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Supervisors will consider external audit amid Medicaid billing concerns in Seneca Co.

Seneca County Manager John Sheppard says that a resolution brought to committee on Tuesday was born out of necessity. The Mental Health Services Committee considered a resolution, which would initiate the process of executing an external audit of self-reported discrepancies with regarding to Medicaid documentation. According to Sheppard, the County is obligated to self-disclose discrepancies to OMIG — the Office... more

Geneva responds to Foundry Action Committee requests on Foundry cleanup

On Monday, the Women’s Association and Foundry Action Committee held a press conference outlining what they’d like to see the City of Geneva do in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s assessment that the City was not legally obligated to remain silent on soil testing around the former-Geneva Foundry. The Foundry Action Committee called for a number of changes,... more

Manchester woman stole more than $25K in benefits from Geneva Housing Authority

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Manchester woman has been charged with welfare fraud after an investigation. Investigators arrested Luanne M. King, 58, of Manchester on June 21st for third-degree welfare fraud — a Class D felony, as well as four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. An investigation revealed that for roughly six years... more

NY lawmakers at standstill as sales-tax battle lingers

New York lawmakers remained in a standstill Wednesday evening as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to resolve an impasse over a number of lingering battles, including an estimated $1.8 billion in local sales-tax revenue. Cuomo summoned the Legislature back to Albany on Wednesday — a week after the annual legislative session ended — in hopes of breaking a... more

Cayuga County Legislature hires consultant to examine county’s organization

The Cayuga County Legislature voted to hire a consulting firm for $75,000 to examine the organizational structure of the county, but not without plenty of discussion on the price tag. The vote was 10-4 to hire consulting firm CGR, with Legislators Tucker Whitman, Joseph Bennett, Timothy Lattimore and Michael Didio against the resolution. Legislator Patrick Mahunik was absent from the... more

Yates GOP lists candidates for county, town posts

The following Republican candidates have announced their intentions to seek public office this fall, according to information provided by the Yates County Republican Committee following a June 8 meeting. A Republican Primary will be held Sept. 12. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 7. Republicans who have announced their intent to run are: Yates County District Attorney: Valerie Gardner... more

Auburn auto business to reopen following seizure by state tax department

Auburn automotive business AAMCO Transmissions will reopen Thursday after being out of commission for a few weeks due to its seizure by the state Department of Taxation and Finance. The 102 Grant Ave. business was seized in mid-June because it had four warrants for unpaid sales tax totaling $65,126, a spokesperson for the department told The Auburn Citizen at the... more

Voters say ‘nay’ to dissolution in Rushville

The results are not official, but questions are already being raised about today’s vote in Rushville. Voters turned out to decide the fate of the village, which consists of a little more than 650 residents. Reports indicate that opposition to dissolution outweighed those in favor by roughly 75 votes. The unofficial count was 179 to 96. It was a process... more

Jurors see the murder weapon in Rideout case

Testimony continues in the Craig Rideout murder trial. During day three of the trial the prosecution called five witnesses to the stand, including a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy with the technical unit who took photos inside Craig Rideout’s Penfield town home. It’s there where police believe Rideout was murdered and where investigators found a home wire ligature the prosecution says... more

Deputies: Four people arrested for Wayne County drug deal turned robbery

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people for robbery on Wednesday. Marion woman 33-year-old Crystal Quinn, 31-year-old Gabrielle Dame, 37-year-old Elijah Jenkins Jr., and 42-year-old Jerome Whitson of Newark are accused of planning a false drug deal then taking the buyer’s money and phone. They ran away, and were later stopped by sheriff’s deputies. WHEC: Read More more

Meth, cash, gun found at Ithaca home; man arrested

Law enforcement officials seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, cash, a loaded firearm and other items indicative of narcotics sales Wednesday morning while serving a search warrant at 224 Wood St. in Ithaca. The search warrant was served at about 4:30 a.m. Members of the Ithaca Police Department SWAT Team secured the residence and two occupants, one of whom was... more

Syracuse police: Weedsport man arrested for allegedly stealing car, fleeing scene

A Weedsport man was arrested by the Syracuse Police Department Wednesday for allegedly stealing a vehicle and fleeing. Robert Stryker, 47, of 2757 East St., was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer. Around 12:55 a.m. in the 2900 block of South Salina Street, a... more

Geneva man airlifted after forklift accident at Green Renewable

Deputies in Ontario County say a 20-year-old Geneva man was injured in a work related crash, which took place at Green Renewable Inc. located in Manchester. Deputies say the accident occurred when a fork lift being operated by Jacob Lyons, of Geneva went off a ramp and over onto it’s side. As result of the crash, Lyons suffered a head... more

Supervisors give Seneca County Manager Sheppard another four-year term

In a special meeting held before the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ standing committee meetings, the supervisors met to consider the future of County Manager John Sheppard. The resolution, which extended his tenure through 2021, was presented by Fayette Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti — who would ultimately vote against it. Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro supported the motion, which brought the... more

Public’s help sought in Hopewell armed robbery

Deputies in Ontario County are asking for the public’s help in locating an individual who was involved in an armed robbery that took place on June 22nd. The incident happened around 1:43 am when a male subject, wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants displayed a handgun, stealing an undisclosed amount of money. The incident took place... more

Committee calls for independent investigation into handling of Geneva Foundry

The Foundry Action Committee, a group of Geneva residents concerned about and living in the old- foundry zone, organized a press conference in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) confirmation that there was no confidentiality clause preventing Geneva city officials from informing residents of the soil contamination in the Foundry Zone. Recently, the former director of public works... more

Ontario Co. DA Tantillo talks career, prosecution, future on Inside the FLX (podcast)

It’s been 38 years prosecuting for District Attorney Michael Tantillo. He has served as District Attorney for 28 of those 38 years. “It’s not an easy job. I’ve continued handling trial prosecution on felony cases, but have developed an incredibly talented team that has made our office run incredibly well,” Tantillo explained. “While this is my last year as DA,... more

Ice covers the ground in surreal Tuesday afternoon scene in Union Springs

Strong storms powered through the region early afternoon on Tuesday and some storms contained a significant amount of hail. One Cayuga County community that saw the most hail was Union Springs. At around 1:00 pm today, Union Springs looked more like a scene from winter than an otherwise sunny, albeit cool, late-afternoon in June. Check out the images from these... more
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