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Weedsport school district holds open house for new fitness center

Trish Frost didn’t wait long after entering the Weedsport school district’s new fitness center to try the equipment. After testing out the shoulder press and chest press machines, among others, Frost said she was impressed by the new facility at Weedsport Junior-Senior High School. District students and community members got a sneak peak at the facility Saturday. It will officially... more

Weedsport Kartway under construction with opening planned for mid-October

Weedsport Speedway announced a new clay karting oval is near completion on its grounds which will be known as Weedsport Kartway. The idea of a karting facility at Weedsport has been more than a year in the making, with a groundbreaking just before spring. As of mid-June, some 45 loads of clay have been dropped on the Kartway’s surface with... more

Weedsport High School to hold vigil for recent graduate killed in crash

Earlier this week, a car crash claimed the life of a 19-year-old Cayuga County resident, and now her alma mater will host a candlelight vigil in her memory. Late Monday afternoon, Cayuga County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a car accident on Shepherd Road in the town of Brutus. Upon arrival, the sheriff's office said they discovered Kayla Marie Cox,... more

Weedsport names new DPW superintendent

The village of Weedsport Board of Trustees has promoted two Department of Public Works employees to the positions of DPW superintendent and assistant superintendent and hired two new motor equipment operators. Trustee Steve Sims said the village board on Monday promoted DPW Assistant Superintendent Jeff Goodell to be the new superintendent. The role, however, is not completely new to Goodell.... more

Tony Stewart to race in Dundee & Weedsport this weekend

Former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart is coming to the Finger Lakes region this weekend. He will compete at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee on Friday night and then will return to Weedsport Speedway on Sunday for the first time since 2010 to compete with his own Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car Series. ICYMI: .@TonyStewart will join the... more

Troopers: Syracuse man raped 13-year-old in Weedsport

A Syracuse man has been arrested and charged following an investigation in Cayuga County, according to state police. West H. Aziz, 21, was charged with second-degree rape, fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly traveled from Syracuse to Weedsport to have sex with an underage girl. Police say he met the 13-year-old... more

Weedsport paying nearly $18,000 for DPW chief to quit after harassment complaint

Following an investigation that substantiated some allegations made in a workplace harassment claim against former Weedsport Public Works Superintendent James Saroodis, the village allowed Saroodis to resign from his job of 23 years with several weeks of continued pay, health insurance and additional monetary and professional benefits. On Tuesday, the village released Saroodis' voluntary separation and resignation agreement — officially... more

Cayuga Co. couple accused of faking son’s cancer for donations plead not guilty

The Cayuga County couple charged for pretending their child had cancer to get donations pleaded not guilty. Martin and Jolene LaFrance appeared in Montezuma town court Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty to charges of scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s office, the couple created a Go Fund Me page... more

‘I just want justice’: Weedsport employee discloses workplace harassment claim

Carson DiRisio said she was nervous to drive to work every day. In December, DiRisio — a village of Weedsport public works employee — filed a workplace violence and harassment complaint against her boss, who also is the mayor's son. The filing of the complaint with the village's harassment committee led the municipality to hire the Bond, Schoeneck & King... more

Weedsport public works department hires first full-time female employee

The Weedsport Board of Trustees voted to hire a full-time female employee in the department of public works on Wednesday, a first for the village. At the end of a regular meeting, the board, including Mayor Jean Saroodis and Assistant DPW Superintendent Jeff Goodell, entered an executive session “to talk about an employee’s probation,” Saroodis said. The decision made in... more

Following employee complaint, Weedsport public works chief resigns

Amid an investigation of an employee workplace violence and harassment complaint, the Weedsport Board of Trustees has approved entering into a resignation agreement with the village’s public works superintendent. During an afternoon special meeting on April 24, called “to discuss employment and disciplinary action of a particular employee with attorney,” Trustees Harry Hinman, Chris Lukins, Chere Perkins and Steve Sims... more

Weedsport Fire Department puts new rescue pumper in service

The Weedsport Fire Department recently put a new rescue pumper truck into service, a culmination of three years of work and over $750,000. The rescue pumper replaced two other trucks — a 1990 fire engine and a 1992 rescue truck — the fire department previously had, and have since auctioned off, Chief David James said. "Combing those two trucks into... more

Attorneys bill Weedsport $25,572 so far for undisclosed employee issue

Weedsport has run up more than $25,000 in attorney fees in connection with an investigation of a complaint that a village employee filed in December, records obtained by The Citizen show. Invoices to the village from the Syracuse-based law firm of Bond, Schoeneck, & King were disclosed in response to a state Freedom of Information Law request made by the... more
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