Commission says $269M brought into region by HWS

Hobart and William Smith Colleges may not pay property taxes, but it wields plenty of economic impact in the region and state, a new study says. A recent analysis by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities said the Colleges’ total economic impact in 2015 was $269.2 million, an increase of about $25 million since 2013. The commission used data... more

Multiple bridges in Finger Lakes to receive funding this year

Some bridges in desperate need of repair in the Finger Lakes region will finally see some work. A package was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace and repair 23 bridges and culverts in the region. The measure will cost $19.7 million dollars, and will be part of Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on repairing struggling infrastructure around the... more

Cayuga County-area school districts get modest aid increase in Cuomo’s budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $1 billion education aid increase in his 2017-18 executive budget, including a modest bump for Cayuga County-area school districts. Under Cuomo’s budget plan, the Auburn Enlarged City School District would receive $29,179,205, a 2.3 percent increase over its 2016-17 foundation aid total. The Weedsport school district’s aid would increase from $5,607,988 in the 2016-17 school... 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

Auburn officials outline plans for State Street lot, central New York welcome center

Auburn officials spoke Wednesday to the progress that’s been made with several initiatives, including the redevelopment of a vacant State Street lot and ongoing plans for a downtown regional tourism center. The lot at 1-7 State St. — once targeted as the project site for a performing arts center — will be recommended for use as a space for public... more

Governor’s budget calls for gondola between Fairgrounds and Amphitheater

The budget Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed Tuesday evening says it, “provides up to $70 million in additional capital funding to modernize the State Fair.” The Fair drew record attendance figures during the summer of 2016. 1.1 million visitors attended. The Governor’s budget plan calls for a multi-use building host events, as well as the construction of a gondola to transport... more

Dryden awarded $3.64 million grant to repair bridges

The Town of Dryden is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $3.64 million from the NY State Department of Transportation under the 2016 Bridge NY Program. The Town of Dryden and Tompkins County will use these funds for repair and replacement of the bridges located at Freese Road over Fall Creek and South George Road over Virgil Creek.... more

Cuomo seeks to balance budget with new plans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to retain higher taxes on the wealthy to help balance the state’s books and increase spending on schools by about $1 billion. The Democratic governor unveiled his $152.3 billion state budget proposal Tuesday night, laying out a wide-ranging plan that would couple an income-tax cut for the middle class while extending a soon-to-expire higher tax rate... 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

Cayuga Nation appeals federal decision recognizing Clint Halftown’s leadership

A faction of the Cayuga Nation has appealed a recent decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that recognized members of the Clint Halftown delegation as the nation’s leaders. The BIA, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior, moved last month to recognize Clint Halftown, Tim Twoguns, Gary Wheeler, Donald Jimerson and Michael Barringer as the governing council... more

Canandaigua celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The powerful words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech rang true again during Monday’s 18th-annual Canandaigua Community Celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event at First Congregational Church of Canandaigua, United Church of Christ included a dramatic presentation by Canandaigua Academy students and songs by the Canandaigua Primary/Elementary choral group. Read more... more

CLOSER LOOK: Details hidden in free tuition plan proposed by Gov. Cuomo

Of all the questions surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free college tuition” proposal, one of the biggest probably cannot be answered. Unveiled last week at LaGuardia Community College, Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship plan was touted as the first such program in the nation. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose free tuition plan was a signature part of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential... 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

Local law enforcement officials draft secondhand dealer law in Cayuga County

Years after the Cayuga County Legislature tabled a proposed secondhand dealer law, local law enforcement officials have once again come together to create a new draft. Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould, Undersheriff James Stowell, Detective Lt. Brian Schenck and District Attorney Jon Budelmann met Friday afternoon to discuss the draft, which would ultimately require secondhand sellers to register with the... more

Private schools concerned over free SUNY tuition plan

Private colleges are warning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free State University of New York tuition could put them at a major disadvantage. A statewide organization representing more than 100 private colleges and universities has emerged as a careful critic of Cuomo’s new plan, which would provide free SUNY tuition to students from families who make less than $125,000... more

Rep. Katko voted against Obamacare repeal process due to no replacement

Republicans in Congress took the first step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as "Obamacare" – Friday, but did so without the support of Syracuse-area Congressman John Katko. By a vote of 227-198, the House of Representatives passed a budget that will allow Congress to move forward with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without the... more

STAYING HOME: Gov. Cuomo proposes plan to help grads plant roots

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to keep recent-graduates in New York State. In a proposal announced this week, the governor said that he wants to establish a program that will encourage recent-graduates to buy a home in Upstate New York. Particularly, he wants to see upstate’s cities retain their young people. He said that the program would be aimed at keeping... more

Sodus man allegedly found with stolen property

A Sodus man was charged Wayne County sheriff’s deputies following a complaint at a relative’s house. Austin Hogan, 22, was arrested following a complaint on Bay Street in Sodus where it was reported that he had stolen property, deputies said. While investigating the incident, deputies said, Hogan was allegedly found to be in possession of the stolen property. Deputies also located a small quantity... more
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