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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

Moravia woman charged with aggravated DWI in Genoa

State Police say a 51-year-old Moravia woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and was cited on a number of other charges following a traffic stop on State Rt. 34. Police say Sanna M. Russo, 51, of Morvia was stopped on Rt. 34 in Genoa after Troopers observed her vehicle crossing over the lines and missing a headlight. She... 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

Moravia man resentenced to prison for stealing nearly $5,000 in change

This summer, Corey Papusha was sentenced to shock probation for breaking into a building and stealing a large jug of change. But now, the 24-year-old is heading to prison for violating his probation roughly two months after he was sentenced. Papusha, of 10 Grove St., pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in May. At the time, he admitted to burglarizing a... more

Montezuma, Moravia looking to make highway superintendent an appointed position

For years, residents of Montezuma and Moravia have elected a highway superintendent, but now both towns are looking to change that. On Election Day, voters in the towns will have the opportunity to approve a new local law to replace the elected position with an appointed one. That would allow the town board to hire a highway superintendent at its... more

Crews battle ‘fully-involved’ mobile home fire in Moravia

Crews were called to the scene of a structure fire at 6061 Reynolds Rd. shortly before 8:30 pm in Moravia. First responders tell us that Sempronious, New Hope, West Niles, Moravia Fire, Owasco RIT and FourTown Ambulance were all immediately called to the scene. Upon arrival, first responders say that the structure was a mobile home, which was fully-involved, with... more

Moravia teacher to compete for $250K on ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament of champions

The contestants for the upcoming “Jeopardy!” tournament of champions will include a Moravia teacher. Justin Vossler, who won five games and $112,000 on “Jeopardy!” earlier this year, is one of 15 players who were invited back to Southern California to film the tournament of champions. The tournament will be televised beginning Monday, Nov. 6. Vossler’s initial “Jeopardy!” run was filmed... 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

NY ag commissioner: Experts, not elected officials, should drive Owasco Lake changes

New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball believes local elected officials aren’t the best people to be driving changes to Owasco Lake’s watershed rules. Speaking with The Citizen Monday after an address to the New York State Grange annual session in Auburn, Ball talked about water quality in the Finger Lakes and Owasco Lake in particular. Considering Cayuga... more

Owasco Lake harmful algal toxins aren’t gone yet

The weather is getting cooler, but Owasco Lake is not out of the woods yet when it comes to harmful algal blooms. Latest test results from the Cayuga County Health Department continue to show microcystin, a liver toxin released by harmful algae, in the raw lake water entering the city of Auburn's and town of Owasco's treatment plants. The drinking... 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

Updated Owasco Lake harmful algal bloom reports show anatoxin

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program has added a new column to its harmful algal bloom page — anatoxin levels. The relatively new toxin for Owasco Lake’s algae blooms is still showing up at fluctuating concentrations. The usual toxic culprit seen in Owasco Lake harmful algae is called microcystin. A kind of liver toxin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has... more

New toxin found in Owasco Lake algae blooms

A new toxin has been found in algae blooms in Owasco Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department said. In a news release, the department said a previously undetected toxin, homo-anatoxin, was found in algae samples near Indian Cove and Buck Point. The department has previously found a more common type of toxin, microcystins, in the lake. "Both of these HAB... more

Algae toxins appear in Skaneateles Lake drinking water, Owasco Lake’s untreated water

Low levels of harmful algae toxins were detected in some drinking water distributed from Skaneateles Lake, according to a statement from the state Department of Health, Onondaga County Health Department and the city of Syracuse Department of Water on Wednesday. Meanwhile, toxin and chlorophyll levels in Owasco Lake's blooms are high, though the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's... more

Solid passing lifts Lady Falcons over Moravia

South Seneca junior Jenna McDonald scored five goals in a 6-0 victory over Moravia Monday afternoon, more than doubling her season output in the cross-section match-up. She put away the first five, notching all three of the Falcons’ (3-3, 1-2 Fingerlakes) first-half goals, while senior Skylar Shaulis tapped in the final one with four minutes to play in the game... more

Owasco Lake Asian clam problem improving

It only takes one Asian clam to make 16,000 baby Asian clams a year. Small and brown and somewhat inconspicuous, the invasive species likes the sandy parts of Owasco Lake, and Michele Wunderlich, associate planner for the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, shared on Thursday the latest results of a survey conducted in July. Members of the... more

Volunteers help keep track of Owasco Lake’s bill of health

Though raindrops pelted on Michele and Mark Plis’ boat Tuesday morning, Owasco Lake looked a picturesque watercolor scene of dark grays and greens. The only waves came from fog billowing across the hillside, both revealing and hiding the landscape as the volunteers made their way about eight miles south. The Plises are one of two sets of volunteers on Owasco... more

Collectors gather in Moravia for Fillmore Auto Show and Flea Market

Sunday was a day for collectors of all kind at the 41st annual Fillmore Auto Show and Flea Market. The event, held at Fillmore Glen State Park in Moravia, drew car collectors, antique collectors and even "junk" collectors, as Carl Brigham put it. Brigham and his son Jeff had a booth set up for the flea market portion of the... more
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