Cayuga County-area village elections: Who’s running for office this year?

Several villages in Cayuga County and western Onondaga County will be holding elections March 20, and although many ballots are filled with unopposed incumbents, a few races are contested with a strong turnout of political newcomers. Village clerks reported the following information for the village elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 20: Follow the link below to see the list. The... more

Cato-Meridian sending positive messages to students following recent lockdown

It is a big message of positivity delivered in small way. “We need to heal as a community and we need to heal as a school building and a school district,” Dr. Terry Ward, Cato-Meridian superintendent, said. More than a thousand Post-it notes plastered the lockers of Cato-Meridian high school – reminding students to be powerful and brave. “Really the... more

‘Shelter in Place’ lifted at Skaneateles school, Gould says Cato-Meridian incident ‘non-malicious’

A pair of incidents at Cayuga County area schools left a district and middle school on lockdown Thursday morning. While the two incidents are not related, parents first received a message that the Cato-Meridian School District was being placed on lockdown after ammunition was reportedly found inside a backpack. That lockdown was lifted shortly thereafter, but a second incident had... more

Sheriff Gould: Teen charged with making terroristic threat at Cato-Meridian school this week

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould says an arrest has been made in the investigation into a threat at Cato-Meridian Middle School this week. The threat was made on social media, according to the Sheriff — and as result, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody on a warrant issued out of Ira Town Court. The teen was not identified, but... more

Cato-Meridian school district’s $5 million capital project passes

Taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s capital project Tuesday night. Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project, with a budget set at $5,470,000, passed by a vote of 95 to 16. He said the district appreciates that community members “recognize the importance of providing for the needs of our students both now and for decades to come.” Work will... more

Cato traffic stop leads to DWI charge for Jordan man

On Sunday Troopers arrested a Jordan man in Cato for driving while intoxicated after police observed him speeding on Jordan Road. Ricky A. Jewett, 59, of Jordan was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, refusal to submit to a... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

Cato predator sentenced to 57 years in prison after being found guilty

District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann reports that William H. Lewis, of Cato was sentenced in Cayuga County Court to 57 years to life following his verdict of guilty on all counts after a five day Jury trial in October. Assistant District Attorney Heather De Stefano successfully prosecuted the case. Lewis was sentenced on both counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Cato-Meridian schools superintendent search down to two

The Cato-Meridian Central School District has narrowed its pool of potential superintendents to two. Superintendent Noel Patterson's retirement, effective Jan. 2, was approved at a board meeting Monday, and school board president Michael Lees said the board is planning to select a superintendent by early December. Selected candidates for the superintendent spot met with the board in interviews Oct. 3... more

Jury finds Cato man guilty of sexually abusing three girls

District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann announced that the Cayuga County DA’s Office successfully prosecuted a Cato man. William H. Lewis, 30, of Cato, was convicted of two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (class “A-II” felonies punishable by up to twenty-five years to life each), one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (class “D” violent felony,... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Cato-Meridian school district hashes out budget, scope of potential capital project

The specifics of the Cato-Meridian School District’s possible capital project are becoming clearer. The larger details of the project were discussed at a school board meeting Sept. 26. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project is currently set for a $5,470,000 budget. The project was also discussed at a board meeting earlier that month. A board decision on whether to... more

Cato-Meridian school district to buy new math textbooks, educational software

Cato-Meridian High School will be getting new math textbooks for the first time in years. The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education adopted books for algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2 at a school board meeting Sept. 26, district Superintendent Noel Patterson said. The high school’s principal, Danielle Mahoney, has decided to buy all of the texts at once... more

Cato-Meridian school district eyes preliminary plans for capital project

The Cato-Meridian Central School District is in the early stages of planning a capital project taxpayers could vote for by year’s end. The $3 million to $5 million project and the possible referendum for it were discussed at a district board of education meeting Monday. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said Tuesday that although the exact costs and scope haven’t been... more

Health department lifts Cato boil water order

The Cayuga County Health Department announced Thursday that a boil water order for the village of Cato has been lifted. The department had issued the order on Monday while repairs were made to the water distribution system. The work caused a loss in water pressure, potentially causing harmful bacteria to be in the water. The department said repairs were completed... more

Health Department issues boil water order for Cato residents

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a boil water order for village of Cato residents Monday afternoon due to repairs on the water distribution system. The department said repairs have caused a loss of water pressure, which may allow disease-causing organisms to enter the water. The department expects the order to be in effect for a few days, and it... more

Cayuga County road rage killer denied fifth request for parole

An inmate who killed a man in a road-rage crash in Cayuga County has been denied parole for the fifth time. William LeVea was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in 2011 and was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison. At the time, the court found him guilty of... more
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