Portion of South Street in Auburn will be closed Friday

South Street's northbound lane will be closed between Lincoln and Genesee street Friday in order to replace water pipes around the Schine Theater. The street will be closed from 7 a.m. to around 3:30 p.m. and traffic will be detoured around Loop Road, Director of Planning and Economic Development Jenny Haines said Thursday during the Auburn City Council meeting. The... more

Crews respond to Auburn prison, investigating white, powdery substance

Officials at the Auburn Correctional Facility are following protocols after a white powdery substance was discovered in the mailroom. TLC Ambulance was on standby during the incident which remains under investigation by authorities. No injuries or illnesses were reported, but HAZMAT crews, as well as fire and law enforcement were on scene. This story will be updated as more information... more

FLX WEEKLY: When will the never-ending winter finally end? (podcast)

As we move into the second half of April, we’re still waiting for winter to end here in the Finger Lakes. On this week’s edition of FLX Weekly we’ll tell you if the end is in sight, round up the week’s top local stories, check out some of our favorite local photos from the past several days, round-up your sports... more

Auburn man charged with possessing over 25 grams of marijuana in Junius

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 19th at about 9:15 p.m., deputies arrested an Auburn man on drug charges following a traffic stop. Ryan M Bond, 26, of Auburn was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. The arrest stems from a traffic stop in the Town of Junius where Bond was found to be in possession... more

Auburn City Council supports new hires, software upgrades, police safety equipment

The Auburn City Council gave its input on the proposed 2018-19 city budget Thursday. Before offering his opinions, Councilor Jimmy Giannettino recognized the work city department heads put into making their budgets every year. "We must constantly do more with less," he said. "We're not different than any other municipality across the state." Councilors supported several staffing changes, such as... more

‘You’re playing the system’: Auburn woman sent to prison for violating probation

When Jessica Allen pleaded guilty to four felonies in September 2016, she was able avoid prison. But on Thursday, after violating probation terms from that case, the Auburn woman learned she'll be spending time in a state correctional facility. Allen, 26, of 169 Woodlawn Ave., had previously admitted to four crimes in Cayuga County. At the time, she confessed to... more

Auburn school district could possibly cut 28 staff positions in face of deficit

The Auburn Enlarged City School District could cut 28 proposed staff positions. The cuts were discussed during a board of education meeting Wednesday. The board also approved a 1.58-percent tax levy increase to present to taxpayers for the May 15 budget vote. That levy increase is equal to the district’s tax cap limit given by the state. The district’s total... more

Auburn police: Arrests and school, traffic incidents up as department faces vacancies

Auburn police officers reported an increase in arrests and activity last month, as they look to fill several vacancies in the department. According to the APD’s monthly activity report, in March, officers received 490 more calls for service (3,574) and made 17 more arrests (81). The department also investigated 26 more school-related incidents (147) and 12 more missing persons complaints... more

Repeat offender faces more drug charges in Cayuga County

Richard Bizardi had been out of prison barely a year when he was rearrested in Cayuga County last fall, and now a grand jury has charged him with possessing drugs once again. On Tuesday, Bizardi was arraigned on an indictment charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession... more

Troopers: Auburn man charged with DWI after using mobile phone

On April 13th an Auburn man was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop, which stemmed from using a mobile phone while driving. Troopers arrested Michael L. Emmi, 51, of Auburn for driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone. Emmi was stopped on Clark Street Road in... more

Public’s help requested after fire at Barr Transportation in Auburn

Authorities in Cayuga County are trying to determine the origin of a fire at Barr Transportation on York Street. The fire, which is now under investigation by the Auburn Police Department and Auburn Fire Department — destroyed three tractor-trailers, and seriously damaged another. There was even a diesel spill as result of the fire, due to a melting tank. The... more

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project

The Nature Conservancy plans to acquire or restore over $1.2 million worth of land in the Owasco Lake watershed to protect water quality, part of an approximately $1.5 million project that relies heavily on state funding. The conservancy was awarded over $1.1 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council announcement in December, one of the largest grants in... more

Auburn’s State Street lot receives clean bill of health from environmental consultants

The former site of the Kalet’s department store in Auburn is slated to be redeveloped as a public park, but the plan could face a legal challenge from an Auburn attorney who filed multiple lawsuits against a prior project planned for the site. The property, located at 1-7 State St., was previously the proposed site for the Schwartz Family Performing... more

City of Auburn will not lose federal block grant funds

The city of Auburn will not see any change in its 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funding from the federal government, despite struggling to comply with recently revised regulations attached to the grant money. Mayor Michael Quill announced Monday that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has decided not to reduce the city's grant due to "circumstances beyond... more

‘There is hope, there is help’: West Middle School Apartments provide affordable housing in Auburn

Alan Richards said it was a "miracle" that he was able to speak before the crowd gathered in the community room at West Middle School Apartments Monday afternoon. "I suffered for quite a long time from opioid addiction…," Richards said during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new apartment building. "A few years ago, my opioid addiction became a really... more
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