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Unemployment rate increases in Cayuga County

Cayuga County’s August unemployment rate was above the prior-year level, the third straight month for such an increase. The county’s 4.8-percent jobless rate was up from 4.7 percent reported for August 2016, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday. The county rate was lower than the New York state rate (4.9 percent) but above the national rate (4.5 percent). Those... more

Helming urges residents, businesses to apply for flood aid

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, is reminding residents who plan to apply for grant funding through the Lake Ontario Flood Recovery Program that the application deadline is quickly approaching. Homeowners must submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 29, while small business owners, farmers, nonprofit corporations, homeowners associations and municipalities have until Sunday, Dec. 31, to send in their... more

SFDC to hold community workshop on Thursday

The Seneca Falls Development Corporation (SFDC) is inviting Seneca Falls residents, business owners, and community leaders to a public Community Workshop to discuss and generate specific action steps to be included in the upcoming 2017 Town of Seneca Falls Economic Development Plan. The open meeting will take place from 5:45-7:30pm on Thursday, September 21st, in the Generations Bank Headquarters located... more

Seneca County officials concerned about potential for violence, conflict during Cayuga Nation property transition

Sometime over the next few months, one faction of the Cayuga Indian Nation will turn over operation and control of the Lakeside Trading convenience store and gas station and other properties to another tribal faction. That is being done under a recent court decision by Acting State Supreme Court Justice and Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender. Seneca County officials are... more

Auburn City Council looks to ban overnight parking on Genesee Street

Members of the Auburn City Council are considering enacting an overnight parking ban in downtown Auburn. During a presentation to the city council Thursday evening, Auburn Police Officer Greg Gilfus said the department received a complaint earlier this year from the owners of Hunter’s Diner in regards to vehicles being left in the parking spots in front of their restaurant... more

‘Special feeling:’ Young entrepreneur’s Auburn streetwear shop brings nostalgia

Most high school students fill their after-school hours with an extracurricular activity. So does 15-year-old Aaron Lesch, but it’s not the kind of extracurricular one would normally think of. Lesch, a sophomore at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Syracuse, now runs his own streetwear shop called Kick it Back, where he sells new and used name-brand shoes and vintage clothing.... more

Canandaigua chamber urges: Be an ambassador for community

Out-of-town customers who stop into Simply Crepes ask all the time what else there is to do around Canandaigua. And Kaylee Jerome, the Main Street eatery’s general manager, and other staff share all they know — whether it’s wineries, winter skiing or summer and fall adventures at Bristol Mountain, special events in and around downtown and more. After taking a... more

del Lago purchases local wine to be gifted to guests

From the start, the mission behind del Lago Resort & Casino has been to act as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region. The mission continues as the resort and casino celebrates the fall grape harvest by purchasing 3,000 bottles of wine (250 cases) from Thirsty Owl Wine Company on Cayuga Lake and 3,000 bottles of wine (250 cases) from... more

New municipal building, Aldi’s expansion on Seneca County Planning Board agenda

The Seneca County Planning Board will conduct seven general municipal law reviews and be addressed by Craig Sessler at its Thursday evening meeting. Sessler, of Waterloo, will discuss future development on Routes 318 and 414 in Tyre and Junius. He is an executive with Sessler Excavating & Wrecking Inc. and 3S Gateway Development LLC, which owns property on Route 318... more

Court orders faction to surrender Cayuga Nation gas station in longstanding dispute

A state Supreme Court Justice last week ordered one group of the Cayuga Nation to surrender a gas station and ice cream shop, among other properties, to another group who is recognized by the federal government. The ruling affects control of the the Nation-owned Cayuga Lake Trading (also known as LakeSide Trading) store in Seneca Falls, at 2552 state Route... more

FAFSA workshop coming for parents in Seneca and Cayuga counties

Generations Bank announces the offering of two FAFSA – Free Applications for Federal Student Aid – Workshops for students and parents in Seneca & Cayuga County. These workshops will be hosted by Generations Bank Student Lending Champion, Christie Schwab, and will offer students and parents a chance to complete the FAFSA at the event with assistance from bankers and lending... more

Pioneer Millworks launches $15/hour wage program

Pioneer Millworks, a reclaimed and sustainable wood manufacturer in Farmington, recently committed to a $15 per hour wage program for full-time employees. Farmington’s current statutory minimum wage is $9.70. Pioneer Millworks estimates that the program’s costs will be offset by higher quality employees, better retention and more efficient work on the jobsite. It will cost the company approximately 2 percent... more

Casino hotel seeks financial aid from Seneca IDA

The Board of Directors of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency voted 6-0 Thursday to approve an initial inducement resolution to provide financial aid to the Rochester developer of a proposed new, 150-room hotel that would be attached to the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre. Indus 414 LLC, a subsidiary of the Indus Hospitality Group, applied for the... more

Landfill to stop mining Monday; opponents object

Seneca Meadows Landfill workers are still removing soil from its Meadow View Mine off Burgess Road, despite the state’s highest court refusing to hear the landfill’s appeal of a court ruling that the mining is illegal. Kyle Black, the landfill’s regional manager, said the landfill has five days, by law, to continue mining. He said that means the mining will... more

Canandaigua National Bank, Leonard’s Express partner for flood relief

Canandaigua National Bank and Trust has partnered with Leonard’s Express of Farmington to collect funds and distribute needed supplies to flood victims in Houston, Texas. All 24 branches of Canandaigua National Bank are collecting funds that will be donated directly to the Houston Food Bank for disaster relief. Leonard’s Express will also be collecting monetary donations and supplies at their... more

Seneca IDA to vote on three aid packages

hree local businesses are in line to receive property tax abatements and sales and mortgage tax exemptions from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. Summit Milk LLC of Waterloo and Danaren Dental Laboratories of Seneca Falls will have their applications for aid put to a final vote. Their initial resolutions were approved in August, and the required public hearings were... more
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