Ithaca quietly cut gorge ranger safety program this year and now it’s erased from budget

In his 2018 city budget proposed last week, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick eliminated funding for the city’s decades-old Gorge Ranger program, which employs rangers to monitor safety at Ithaca’s gorges. But it was actually this year that the program first got the chopping block. Despite a $15,000 allocation in 2017’s budget, gorge rangers were never hired for the 2017 season,... more

Harmful algal blooms subject of upcoming Cayuga Community College talk

Partners for Healthy Watersheds will host a harmful algal bloom talk 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in the auditorium of Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Greg Boyer, director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium and professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will share his research around harmful algal blooms at the talk called, “What You... more

Former Cornell student pleads guilty to student loan fraud

A former student at Cornell University has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of student loan fraud, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Cavya Chandra, 26, of Carmel, Ind., admitted she obtained admission to – and attended – three universities between 2008 and 2014 by forging various documents, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation. The charge... more

Molinaro for New York: Republican creates campaign committee to run for governor

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has created a campaign committee to run for governor in 2018, according to state election records. Molinaro for New York was registered with the state Board of Elections Wednesday. It's the latest indication that the Republican will enter the 2018 race. Molinaro has been exploring a gubernatorial bid for months. He has traveled around the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Geneva City Councilor Mark Gramling talks foundry, policing, and downtown (podcast)

On Episode #75 of the Inside the FLX podcast Geneva City Councilor Mark Gramling joins Josh Durso in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to discuss a variety of local issues. Those issues discussed include the latest on the Geneva Foundry, controversy around the Geneva Police Department, as well as continued growth in downtown. . more

Ontario man struck by vehicle in Tops parking lot

Deputies say a 23-year-old Ontario man was sent to Rochester General Hospital after being struck by a car in the Tops supermarket parking lot located on Furnace Rd. David Kennett, 17, of Macedon was southbound in the parking lot when his vehicle struck a pedestrian walking through. The man struck by the vehicle was identified as 13-year-old Brandon Barron, of... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Victim Resource Center works to help those dealing with abuse, violence (podcast)

On Episode #76 of the Inside the FLX podcast Nelly DeVelder and Martha Bailey joined Josh Durso to discuss efforts by the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes to combat domestic, sexual, stalking, dating violence, and child abuse locally. Serving more than six counties collectively in the region, with a wide-range of services offered — the duo talked about... more

Deputies: Wayne County teacher threatened with scissors by 20-year-old

Deputies say a Rochester man threatened a teacher with scissors in Williamson. Elijah Vreeland, 20, became upset and got into an altercation with a teacher inside a classroom at the Wayne Educational Center in Williamson. During the incident, Vreeland is accused of pushing the teacher, grabbing a pair of scissors and holding the teacher against the wall. He was charged... more

Canandaigua VA project could start in 2018

Construction could start next summer on a long-awaited $141 million modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a recent news release, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received bids for the project after setting an Oct. 2 deadline. The Corps expects to award contracts in January, with construction... more

Weather improves dramatically over next several days for FLX

The Finger Lakes is heading into another prolonged period of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation that will persist through the weekend. Yesterday was the first day of the sunny and dry weather as high pressure started to build in. After the frosty start, afternoon temperatures ended up close to normal for mid-October. However, with the introduction of steady... more

Yates County District Attorney candidates answer questions

Yates County District Attorney candidates Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella addressed questions from Yates County voters who attended a meet the candidates forum hosted by Yates County SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) Oct. 12 at the Penn Yan Elks Lodge. Both candidates spoke about their support for Second Amendment rights, their personal pistol permits, and rating by the SCOPE... more

Special investigation leads to sex charge for Auburn man

An Auburn man faces a felony sex charge after a special investigation in Wayne County. I:nvestigators say Darrell L. Hagerman, 52, of Auburn was charged with second-degree sex act after a special investigation. Details of the investigation were not released to the media or public. Hager man was arraigned in Butler Town Court and held on bail. He is scheduled... more

Sheriff talks emergency response in Ontario County

When is the right time to call off a high-speed chase? How fast is too fast when it comes to responding to an emergency in a densely populated area? Those are some of the questions Ontario County deputies tackled during a training session for emergency vehicle operations last month at the former Seneca Army Depot. Each officer completed eight hours... more

Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

Race for Space winner Wicked Water departing Geneva

The city’s 2016 Race for Space winner, Wicked Water, is closing its winery business at 78 Castle St. after a year in operation. The owners of the city’s first urban farm winery are moving and say they still will be making wine under the Wicked Water name, just from a different state. They announced on their Facebook page earlier this... more

Guilty verdicts in Geneva home invasion

Two Rochester men could spend decades in prison after being convicted on all charges in a Geneva home invasion last December. Joshua Johnson and Darrick Settles, both 24, were found guilty of multiple counts of felony assault, burglary and robbery during a trial last week in Ontario County Court. District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said the jury deliberated for about... more

Watkins Glen businesses prepare for IndyCar-less 2018

A fan favorite will be missing from Watkins Glen International’s race lineup next year. Officials announced Thursday that the Verizon IndyCar Series won’t be returning for the 2018 season. Due to some scheduling issues, both parties chose to part ways, at least for the next season. Over the past two years, WGI held Indy on Labor Day Weekend, which is... more
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