Environmental Committee gives presentation on LL3 in Seneca Falls, steps taken to improve quality locally

On Wednesday, a special committee in Seneca Falls met to give a presentation on recently-enacted Local Law No. 3, as well as other environmental issues. While the committee is not officially sanctioned by the Town Board, this environmental committee acts to inform community members of the realities facing Seneca Falls. Wednesday’s educational session lasted a little more than one-hour and... more

Katko, Collins urge Trump to reverse decision on Lake Ontario management plan

A pair of Republican congressmen are asking President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to review and reverse the International Joint Commission’s decision to adopt Plan 2014, which sets a new strategy for managing Lake Ontario water levels. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins and John Katko sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who’s leading Trump’s transition team, requesting another look at... more

Owasco Lake council pleased with state funding news on blue-green algae toxin treatments

The state’s announcement on Monday that it will devote funding to the studies and implementation of blue-green algae toxin treatments to the town of Owasco and city of Auburn’s water filtration plants was “great news” to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council members. In a release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would provide $150,000 for the study of both... more

Cuomo: Auburn, Owasco get $2 million for drinking water system upgrades

The city of Auburn and town of Owasco will receive more than $2 million to upgrade drinking water treatment systems, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The funding, according to Cuomo’s office, will be used for the “design, engineering and construction of upgrades to the drinking water systems.” Both municipalities receive water from Owasco Lake. The lake is a drinking water... more

DEPOT DELAY: Seneca Co. Board members sound off over IDA bid process, lease agreement

For Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill and Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti there were always questions about controversial Depot sale. The sale of the former Seneca Army Depot has been a contentious issue within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, as well as with bidders and constituents who now feel they were misled through the IDA’s process. It was a... more

Developments in 30-year-old tower dispute in Hopewell

Disagreement over a communications tower installed on Route 488 in 1987 is still ongoing. A petition for reconsideration was submitted Jan. 6 to the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn a Dec. 8, 2016 ruling that Verizon Wireless has to review the impact of the communications tower on the adjacent historic 1867 Oliver Warner Farmstead. It is the latest development... more

FOUNDRY MESS: City of Geneva could have averted lawsuit, frustration with dialogue

The old foundry was torn down long ago, its owners now dead or gone. Pollutants spewed into the atmosphere settled onto the lawns, gardens, and houses, and there they remain. I bought land in the fall zone three years ago, from a city now tasked with cleaning up the mess. The City knew my intentions for that land — agricultural... more

Bald eagle survey reveals new occupied nest at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

One of the largest groups of volunteers Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has seen for the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey counted 44 eagles from the north end of Cayuga Lake to the southern shores of Lake Ontario Friday morning. Though last year’s milder weather brought the eagles in droves — 77 of the raptors in total — experienced and novice birders... more

Canandaigua watershed group logs progress, plans

Operators of more than 14,000 boats on Canandaigua Lake inspected last year by local watershed stewards removed invasive plants and animals that would have contaminated the lake. That project was one of many in 2016 involving the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, a nonprofit of 1,100 members that works in partnership with like-minded groups to promote and protect the watershed. "We... more

HAYSSEN: Varick Supervisor responds to ‘FACTS’ issued by Seneca Co. IDA

I’d like to comment on an article in the Finger Lakes Times regarding the facts about the Seneca Army Depot sale and bid process. (Monday, January 9th, 2017) Mr. Earl Martin says he needs time to finalize the assessment. I want to reassure the Board of Supervisors and the public that the assessment, or also known as a ‘REVAL’, will... more

Depot bid process, IDA get spotlight at Seneca Co. BOS meeting

It’s hard to identify an issue that has been more polarizing in Seneca County than the handling of the former-Seneca Army Depot property. Those 7,000-acres were put through a bid process, which ended last year with a winner — and initially — a buyer. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, who owns the Depot property, which is in Romulus and... more

Sen. Helming named chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) today announced that she was named Chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission. Senator Helming noted that the bipartisan Commission is charged with examining the impact of rural resources on the State’s economy, reviewing existing laws and regulations as they relate to rural resources and assessing the effectiveness of programs designed to promote rural viability. “I... more

Seneca Co. Supervisors weigh future solar, wind, farm waste energy tax exemption

The meeting didn’t even last 90 minutes, but the Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard a number of issues on Tuesday. Two public hearings were scheduled for potential adoption of local laws; one addressed the salaries of select officials in Seneca County, while the second addressed a tax exemption in New York for property owners with solar, wind and farm... more

Oak wilt case in Canandaigua appears isolated

About 16 square miles of land area was checked last fall by helicopter. Another 470 acres was inspected on foot. All this after two trees on Ketchum Road tested positive for the lethal oak wilt, but nothing more was found, according to Mark Gooding, a regional forester with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Daily Messenger: Read More more

Gas Free Seneca denied re-hearing request by FERC

On January 6th, 2017 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a request for a re-hearing submitted by Gas Free Seneca on Crestwood’s underground natural gas storage expansion project in the salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake. Gas Free Seneca submitted the request in June 2016. Under New York law, Crestwood cannot proceed with construction of the project... more

Cuomo proposes $2 billion clean water infrastructure fund that could help Owasco Lake

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for record investment in the state’s water infrastructure — funding that could benefit Owasco Lake and its surrounding communities. Cuomo, who spoke in Buffalo Monday, unveiled the Clean Water Infrastructure Act as part of his 2017 State of the State agenda. He wants to provide $2 billion for water infrastructure throughout the state. The Citizen:... more

Seneca Falls Town Board doesn’t schedule public hearing on eminent domain issue

The Seneca Falls Town Board met for a special session on Monday to address a few minor issues, as well as a potential issue regarding eminent domain along the Ludovico Sculpture Trail in Seneca Falls. Those negotiations come as the Town weighs a sewer line expansion, which would either necessitate a modified sewer line coming down Bayard Street, or one... more
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