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Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake’s harmful algae recipe

2017 was a rough year for Owasco Lake, but John Halfman has some ideas for improving its water quality and keeping harmful algal blooms from turning its beaches to pea soup. Halfman, professor of geolimnology and hydrogeochemistry at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, gave his annual lake water quality report Tuesday morning. It started out... more

Major flooding in Cayuga County; Port Byron among hardest hit

On Friday, as warm air held on in the Finger Lakes — several communities in Cayuga County were hit hard by flooding. While the National Weather Service reported that an ice jam along the Seneca River caused flooding from Montezuma to Port Byron and Weedsport, the excessive rainfall did not help matters. As of 10:30 am on Friday, the river... more

Slippery conditions leads to one-car crash in Moravia

Crews responded to a one-car accident in Moravia on Saturday around 4:30 pm. First responders were busy throughout the day, as crews scrambled to contend with multiple minor accidents due to worsening weather conditions. A burst of snowfall during the afternoon caused roads to quickly change from wet-to-slick. Long Hill Rescue and Fourtown Ambulance were called to the Moravia accident,... more

Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle heroin, Suboxone into Moravia prison

A Queens woman was sentenced to a year in jail for trying to bring a package of narcotics into Cayuga Correctional Facility. Cassie L. Rodrigues was arrested in September 2016 after state police found 10 bags of heroin and 56 strips of Suboxone — a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction — in her purse. And in October, Rodrigues... more

Six years later, Cayuga County awards Owasco Flats project bid

After what has seemed like never-ending delays to a project that would help reduce sediment loading into Owasco Lake, Cayuga County has some good news. The Cayuga County Legislature awarded a bid Thursday night to begin work on part of the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative. Divvied into two phases because there was not enough funding for... more

First responders deal with car fire in Moravia on Saturday

On Saturday, the Moravia Fire Department was called to a scene on Main Street after first responders say a car caught fire. The incident took place near Kinney Drugs in Moravia and the fire was out within moments of first responders arriving on-scene. There were no injuries reported at the scene. This story will be updated when more information is... more

Soil and water district asked to keep Owasco Lake inspectors into 2018

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District will decide this month if it will keep the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program for a while longer, after efforts to transfer its ownership have been delayed. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit corporation created in 2010 by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, was meant... more

Cayuga County business leaders tell Katko: Tax reform would help workers

At a roundtable discussion Monday, a group of central New York business leaders explained to U.S. Rep. John Katko how tax reform would benefit them — and their employees. The meeting, held at Progressive Expert Consulting in Syracuse, featured 20 business leaders from the Syracuse area. Two panelists were from Cayuga County: Joanne Cross, owner of Cross Filtration in Moravia,... more

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

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
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