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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

Weedsport board reverses vote that would have ended worker’s employment

The Weedsport Board of Trustees has rescinded a resolution made last week that had effectively terminated a village employee. A special meeting was called Sunday morning to discuss a particular employee's probationary status and any other business that comes before the board. Mayor Jean Saroodis, all four trustees, temporary Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Goodell and the Village Clerk... more

One hospitalized after tractor-trailer collides with car in Weedsport

Crews were called to a crash on South Seneca Street in Weedsport around 5:45 p.m., which involved a tractor-trailer and car. First responders say they were called to 8864 South Seneca Street for a reported accident involving minor injuries. When the first crews arrived on-scene they found a vehicle on its side. While there were only minor injuries — one... more

Sennett and Weedsport reach water cost compromise

Sennett and Weedsport have negotiated a new water rate and water contract after disagreeing on a transmission-fee increase. For the month of January, Weedsport received a water bill from the town of Sennett with an 18-percent increase to the transmission fee the village had been paying the town for the past 10 years, Feb. 14 meeting minutes indicate. The bill... more

Weedsport officials meet with attorney over ongoing ‘sticky situation’

A special meeting was called in the village of Weedsport on Thursday “to discuss a specific employee’s employment status/discipline,” a meeting notice online and hung on the village’s door read. When the meeting opened at 4:30 p.m., the village board immediately moved to enter an executive session. Attorney Colin Leonard, of Bond, Schoeneck & King, was present in the executive... more

Weedsport school district budget a work in progress

The Weedsport Central School District is exploring different options for the 2018-2019 budget. The district’s assistant superintendent of business, Doug Tomandl, said the board of education is still discussing what the district’s estimated tax levy will be. The district’s property tax cap allowed by the state is 3.58 percent. Tomandl said the board is still looking at different preliminary options... more

Weedsport mayor to be precluded from employee discussions after conflict of interest debunked

In a special meeting held Monday afternoon, the village of Weedsport passed a resolution precluding Mayor Jean Saroodis from discussions involving her son, James Saroodis, the village's Department of Public Works superintendent, who is currently on administrative leave until a decision can be made about his employment. The special meeting, advertised on the village offices' door, was called "to discuss... more

Port Byron man charged with DWI in Weedsport parking lot

State Police say a 29-year-old Port Byron resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being dispatched to a parking lot on State Route 34 in Weedsport. The incident unfolded on Friday and resulted in the arrest of Chris R. Calkins, 29, of Port Byron. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation of a... more

Meeting minutes: Weedsport mayor defies attorney advice on conflict of interest

Despite an attorney's advice to the contrary, Mayor Jean Saroodis refused to recuse herself from an executive session in the village of Weedsport on Feb. 8 in which an unspecified conflict of interest arose, according to meeting minutes The Citizen obtained this week. The state Committee on Open Government released the Feb. 8 executive session meeting minutes to The Citizen... more

One-car crash reported in Weedsport, multiple agencies respond

First responders in Cayuga County were called to a one-car accident with entrapment a little after 8 p.m. Weedsport Ambulance and Rescue, as well as Jordan Ambulance were dispatched to 2472 Hamilton Road for the accident. The first crews on-scene reported that extrication was in progress. AMR and Port Byron ambulances were handling patient care, according to scanner reports. This... more

Weedsport deputy mayor’s title removed, officials mum on reason

Weedsport Trustee Chris Lukins was removed as the village's deputy mayor, but officials are not saying why. The village's board of trustees voted Feb. 14 to release Lukins from his duty as deputy mayor, which was a position appointed to him by Mayor Jean Saroodis in April. The removal followed a special closed-door meeting held Feb. 8. At the Feb.... more

Tractor-trailer catches fire on NYS Thruway near Weedsport (video)

Weedsport and Port Bryon fire departments were called to the scene of a tractor-trailer fire near mile marker 298 overnight. The incident happened in the eastbound lane and was put out within around 30 minutes, according to first responders. It doesn’t appear there were any injuries stemming from the incident. It’s unclear how significant the damage was to the truck.... more

Looking back in time: When the Thruway came to Brutus

Weedsport was founded on the basis of transportation. Prior to the community being called Weedsport, it was a sleepy hamlet of several homes in what is now the Rude Street/Seneca Street area called Macedonia. With the coming of the Erie Canal, and the construction of a turning basin on the canal about where the parking lot for Nickel Back Jack’s... more

Weedsport woman trespasses, dumps alcohol all over floor of store

The Auburn Police Department reported the arrest of a Weedsport woman after she violated a trespass order and damaged property. Tiffany Jo Ernst, 35, of Weedsport was arrested Monday after the Auburn Police Department said she retaliated against the Wegmans store. She had been issued a trespass order after a larceny incident, but around 9:30 on Monday, she returned to... more

Old Erie Restaurant in Weedsport to close

The Old Erie Restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday evening that the Weedsport establishment will be closing the first weekend of February. “It is with heavy hearts we announce we will be closing our doors … Sunday, Feb. 4 will be our last day of service. Thank you for your support through the years,” the social media post announced.... 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

Crews respond to reported head on crash in Weedsport

First responders say they were called to the area of Oakland and Day roads in Weedsport The accident, which was reportedly a head on collision, resulted in crews from Weedsport being called to the scene. The two car collision resulted in at least one reported injury. AMR Ambulance was called to the scene as well. However, Weedsport Ambulance transported one... more

#ICYMI: Biggest stories of the week (Dec. 17-23)

#ICYMI will be a weekly feature to FingerLakes1.com, recapping the biggest headlines of the week from around the region. We begin over the busy, holiday weekend — as readers try to catch up on what’s happening in the region. Look for it weekly, on Saturday’s exclusively on FingerLakes1.com Here are the most-read local headlines for the final week before Christmas... more
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