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High-speed internet on its way to some rural Cayuga County towns

By the end of 2018, about 4,000 residents in seven rural Cayuga County municipalities will have access to high-speed broadband internet through 400 miles of fiber network from New Visions Communications. The $14.1 million project covers parts of the towns of Sterling, Victory, Montezuma, Moravia, Summherill, Locke and Genoa. About $11.3 million is funded through the state’s Broadband Program. Carmen... 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

Locke mobile home park plagued by health violations sold, county fines paid

A Locke mobile home park cited for multiple public health violations over the last decade has been sold and county fines have been paid, the Cayuga County Health Department said. The new owners of the former Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park on Tucker Hill Road plan to keep the property a mobile home park and current tenants are expected to... 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

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

Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

Locke mobile home park owner cited by Cayuga County files for bankruptcy

The owner of a Locke mobile home park that has been cited for multiple public health violations has filed for bankruptcy protection. Thelma Slater-Chapman, owner of Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park on Tucker Hill Road in Locke, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy on Aug. 9, the day before Cayuga County was to auction off the property. Slater-Chapman owes the county... more

Friday’s rain brings more flood damage to southern Cayuga County & Ithaca (full coverage)

More rain on Friday caused a deluge of calls into Cayuga County 911 for flooded roads and basements in the southern part of Cayuga County. County emergency dispatchers reported flooding conditions in Moravia, Genoa, Locke, Sempronious, King Ferry and Scipio. The Moravia Volunteer Fire Department called all available personnel to report to its department at about 3:40 p.m. and also... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Driver ID’d in fatal Locke crash

In an update Thursday night, police say the driver of the medical supply van involved in today’s serious accident in Locke on Thursday afternoon has died. The accident happened on West Hill Rd., and was reported around 2:40 pm. It took firefighters 45 minutes to free the driver, who was identified as Zacherie C. Allen, of Ithaca. The Lincare medical supply van... more

Locke man charged with abuse at agency for children

A Locke man has been arrested for abusing adolescents at a children’s agency in Tompkins County, according to the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced Thursday that three counselors at The William George Agency for Children’s Services in Freeville were charged in two separate incidents. Alexander Stewart,... more

Moravia cleans up on Tuesday after storm takes down trees

Crews were busy Tuesday clearing downed trees in Moravia one day after severe thunderstorm swept through the area early Monday night. Multiple trees were down at Fillmore Glen State Park and in various places around the Village. Damage widespread in #Moravia today after storm. This is one couple’s home on Skinner Hill Rd. More @ 5 on @CNYcentral pic.twitter.com/8o4tPaGSet —... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

27 acres of hydrilla found in Cayuga Lake

Surveys from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reveal 27 acres of Cayuga Lake are infested with an aquatic weed. The surveys, which were completed last fall, state there is a hydrilla infestation in 27 acres of the eastern portion of the lake by Aurora. Before last fall, hydrilla was found only... more

State Police: Genoa man charged with DWI after crash, faces multiple felony charges

A Genoa man is facing multiple felony charges after he was found driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit, according to State Police. On Saturday, 48-year-old Shawn M. Case was on West Cayuga St. in Locke when he struck another vehicle. Police were called to the scene of the two car crash, after Case struck... more

Man charged after investigation into sexual contact with 13-year-old

A 21-year-old Binghamton man has been arrested after he allegedly had sexual contact with a 13-year-old from Cayuga County. Sheriff David Gould reports that David G. Leach, 21, of Binghamton was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal sexual act. The arrest stems from an investigation where it was concluded that Leach stayed for a short period of time as a... more

Man charged with pair of Locke burglaries after being extradited from South Carolina

A man who was charged in December with committing a burglary in Locke was charged Wednesday in connection with a second burglary. Scott M. Stockton, 29, was charged with second-degree burglary on Feb. 1, according to the New York State Police in Auburn. State police said a burglary in Locke was reported on Sept. 28. State police said Stockton, who... more
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