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Several vying for Cayuga County Legislature chair position

There's some competition for the Cayuga County Legislature chair seat as the body's January reorganization meeting approaches. At least two Democrats — Patrick Mahunik and Ben Vitale — have announced they are running for chair. Republican Andrew Dennison said he, too, was considering throwing his hat in the ring. It was not clear Thursday if other Republicans or Democrats were... more

Seneca Falls man accused of stealing from Walmart

On December 8th at approximately 10:14 am, the Town of Seneca Falls Police arrested Justin J. Leyden, 30, of Seneca Falls for Petit Larceny. Leyden is accused of stealing merchandise valued at $362.71 from Wal Mart in the Town of Seneca Falls. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Seneca Falls Court at a later... more

Feds reject aid for Cayuga, 14 NY counties affected by severe weather

A request by the state for a major disaster declaration covering 15 New York counties affected by flooding and severe weather over the summer has been rejected by the federal government. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday that the state's request submitted Aug. 31 was denied. Long explained that... more

Canandaigua City Council grants Pinnacle North tax break request

Canandaigua City Council by a 5-4 vote Thursday night gave the OK for an amended payment in lieu of taxes agreement, or PILOT, that the developer said is critical in completing its next four phases. Councilmembers Jim Terwilliger, Cindy Wade, Nick Cutri, Matt Martin and Mayor Ellen Polimeni voted in favor of the amendment, which calls for assessment certainty of... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust shifts priorities to meet growing conservation needs across its vast region

Challenges and successes of Finger Lakes Land Trust were the focus of a recent presentation by the land trust’s Director of Land Protection, Zachary Odell. Odell, who has been with the land trust for five years, brings experience from a decade working for The Nature Conservancy and before that, in education as an earth science and biology teacher. The nonprofit,... more

Pultney man arrested after drug investigation in Canandaigua

On December 4th at approximately 10:00 pm officers of the Canandaigua Police Department arrested 26-year-old Alexander Bates of Pultney, New York for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. It’s alleged that Bates sold heroin while in the City of Canandaigua. Bates was being held in the Ontario County Jail to await arraignment. Further drug sale charges... more

UPDATE: Justice charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud in Ontario County

In an official update Thursday morning, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reported that Erika Martin, 45, of Manchester was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, four counts of petit larceny, as well as two counts of issuing a bad check. The charges are a result of crimes that were discovered in the personal and... more

Cayuga Centers teen pleads guilty to assaulting Auburn police officer

A 16-year-old resident of Cayuga Centers has admitted attacking an Auburn police officer. At around 10:30 p.m. July 31, Jacob Mackey was standing in the middle of Osborne Street when Auburn Police Department Officer Scott Deyo approached and asked the teen to move. But, instead of listening to the officer, Mackey lunged and grabbed Deyo around his neck. It took... more

Painted Post teen possessed marijuana at jail

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on December 5th deputies arrested Rebecca L. Ellison, 18, of Painted Post, New York. Ellison, after being remanded to the Steuben County Jail by the Corning City Court for a charge of Petit Larceny, was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana secreted on her person. She was... more

Auburn City Council wants 2-hour parking on Clark Street

Another parking change could be coming to downtown Auburn. During Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting, the Auburn Police Department's traffic coordinator, Officer Greg Gilfus, said he was asked to look into the parking situation on Clark Street by City Manager Jeff Dygert because people have been parking in certain areas of the street longer than allowed. Currently, the portion of... more

Marcus Whitman sends proposal to voters

Qualified voters in the Marcus Whitman Central School District (Gorham-Middlesex CSD) are being asked to vote Dec. 13 on a referendum for $29 million worth of improvements to buildings and grounds throughout the district. Most of the money is expected to come through state aid, yet to be approved. District Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman, in an October letter to the community,... more

SF board tables proposed appointment of town attorney’s son

A motion appointing the son of town attorney David Foster as the town’s information technology network administrator was tabled Tuesday. The motion was made by Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, with a second from board member Louis Ferrara Jr. However, board member David DeLelys made a motion to table a vote, seconded by Vic Porretta. The tabling motion passed 3-2. On Nov.... more

Residents disagree as Geneva Council waives controversial residency requirement

Residents sounded off at Wednesday’s Geneva City Council meeting – as the councilors considered a resolution that would waive the residency requirement of Geneva Police Chief Jeff Trickler. Trickler was hired as the city’s chief of police in 2011, and according to City Manager Matt Horn, was done with the expectation that he would become a city resident. When hired... more

Rushville man charged with felony DWI in Seneca Falls

On Wednesday at 4:08 pm the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Carl E. White, 53, of Rushville following a traffic stop on Fall Street. White was stopped by police after exiting a parking lot failing to yield to the right away and striking the curb. During the traffic stop it was determined that White was operating the motor... more

Police: Auburn woman charged with burglary after domestic incidents

An Auburn woman is facing several charges after she allegedly broke into a person’s home and damaged multiple items. The Auburn Police Department said Caroline J. Clark, of 18 Howard St., was arrested around 2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 after two domestic incidents involving the same victim that day. Police Chief Shawn Butler said during the first incident, Clark is... more

Fight leads to drug charge for Waterloo man

On Thursday at 7:11 am the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested a Waterloo man following a disorderly conduct investigation. Police say Shane W. Harris, 27, of Waterloo was arrested after they were called to an apartment complex for a disturbance. The caller reported fighting. During the investigation police found Harris in possession of Suboxone. Harris was charged with... more

Seneca Falls woman accused of unwanted contact

On Wednesday at 7:32 pm the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Tabitha L. Herman, 34, of Seneca Falls. The arrest stems from a complaint where another town resident reported Herman subjecting them to unwanted physical contact. Herman was issued a criminal summons for one count of harassment in the second degree, a violation. She is scheduled to appear... more

Federal reps ask FEMA to reconsider Cayuga County’s flood aid request

Two upstate New York members of Congress and the state’s U.S. senators are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider requests from Cayuga and Monroe counties for assistance after Lake Ontario flooding affected communities along the shoreline this year. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long urging him to add Cayuga... more
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