Auburn police: Be aware of your deliveries

The Auburn Police Department is cautioning the public about package deliveries and unlawful solicitors after a theft in the city of Auburn on Dec. 4. Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said a package was taken from 21 Lafayette Place by a heavier set black male wearing a lanyard around his neck. The individual, Butler said, appeared to be going door-to-door... more

Seneca Falls PD: Driver had nine suspensions during traffic stop

On Wednesday at 10:50 am the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Michael H. Thomas, 32, of Rochester following a traffic stop on State Route 318. Thomas was originally stopped by police for speeding. During the traffic stop, Thomas admitted to having a suspended license. A check of DMV records returned with nine suspensions. Thomas was issued tickets for... more

Deputies: Manchester man damaged $800 mattress

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Manchester man following an incident in Canandaigua. Mark Young Jr., of Manchester was charged with third-degree criminal mischief after damaging a mattress valued at $800 on December 5th at Candlewood Apartments. HE was arraigned in Canandaigua Town Court and will answer the charges at a later date. more

Ontario, Seneca, Wayne receive ‘Crisis Intervention’ funding for training

Senator Pam Helming announced that the Sheriff’s Offices in Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne Counties have received funding for Crisis Intervention Team training. This important funding covers mental health training, materials, and overtime for police officers. this funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health allows police officers to learn how to identify mental health situations so that officers... more

Cayuga County legislators consider raises, shrinking its membership

Some Cayuga County legislators feel it’s about time they get a raise. The base pay for a legislator is $10,100, and outgoing Legislator Terry Baxter said it’s been 15 or 16 years, at least, since the salary has changed. Baxter, who is wrapping up his term on the Legislature to take on the Moravia town supervisor post, brought the issue... more

Seneca Falls woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart

On Monday at 3:32 pm the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Elizabeth J. Keefer, 31, of Seneca Falls following a shoplifting complaint. Keefer was observed by employees of the Wal-Mart Supercenter passing all points of sale without any attempt at rendering payment for the merchandise she had in her possession. She was charged with one count of petit... more

Group takes a closer look at opioid crisis in the Finger Lakes

In their ongoing effort to better understand and inform others of the social, economic, environmental, and political issues facing the United States and the world, the Yates Progressives invited a panel of diverse experience to discuss the rising heroin and opioid drug abuse problem in our region. Convening at Hunt Country Vineyards Sunday, Nov. 19, the panelists were Penn Yan... more

Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler officially welcomed, appointed to position

The City of Ithaca officially welcomed new Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler to the position, after he was appointed by Mayor Svante Myrick, a move unanimously approved by Common Council Wednesday night. Myrick publicly announced his endorsement of Tyler on Nov. 14 saying, “I’ve had an opportunity to work with and watch Pete for years and have always been impressed,... more

Holiday season spending may increase this year, says poll

According to a new Siena College survey, Christmas cheer may be in the air, as excitement for the holiday season has increased among New Yorkers this year. Eighty-five percent of people polled plan to celebrate Christmas and ‘Merry Christmas’ is still the top holiday greeting. One-third of New York residents still even say they believe in Santa Claus. The ninth... more

Crews from Cayuga, Onondaga respond to mobile home fire in Brutus

It took fire crews from two counties to tend to a mobile home fire in Brutus on Wednesday. According to first responders, the call came in around 2:30 pm. Weedsport, Jordan, Port Byron, Sennett and Elbridge fire departments were called to the scene. The home, which was located at 8 Fiesta Lane was deemed a total loss. The Red Cross... more

6-3 vote closes Ezra’s Tunnel, at least for now

In a 6-3 vote, the city of Ithaca voted Wednesday night to fence off Ezra’s Tunnel after hearing out the community’s objections to the move. Numerous people stood in the back of Common Council chambers holding signs or snapping their fingers in support of sentiment to —keep the natural area open. About a dozen people who spoke about the tunnel... more

Penn Yan man charged with DWI in Hopewell

On Wednesday around 10:12 pm deputies arrested a Penn Yan man for driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on County Road 10 in Hopewell. Deputies say Richard R. Lewis, 53, was observed traveling back-and-forth across the roadway, crossing over the fog and center lines multiple times. They say he additionally struck curbing alongside the road. Lewis was charged with... more

Perfect score nets state grant for public health in Yates

The NYSDOH General Public Health Work program includes a statewide performance-based incentive program that allows the NYS Commissioner of Health to establish statewide performance standards for delivery of core public health services and to provide additional funding referred to as incentive awards to local health departments that meet or exceed statewide performance standards. For 2016-2017 NYSDOH chose to focus on... more

Brand new Farmington Town Hall unveiled by officials

Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe and the Farmington Town Board welcomed several distinguished guests and town residents in a ceremony to dedicate a new Municipal Town Hall facility in the Town of Farmington. The $1.6 million dollar project, which began in 2016, included an assessment of the existing conditions, programming and concept studies in order to meet space requirements, accessibility needs and... more

Canandaigua City Council to consider new fire position

Should Canandaigua City Council give the OK to creating a deputy fire chief position — as it is expected to do Thursday night — the process of hiring for the position will be similar to the one used in finding a new fire chief. Canandaigua Fire Chief Frank Magnera was appointed fire chief in September after a search and interviews... more

Geneva man pleads guilty to drug charges

A Geneva man who was involved in a pair of 2016 shootings will be going to prison after pleading guilty to several drug charges Monday in Ontario County Court. District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said Maurice “Flash” Maxon pleaded guilty to three counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 4... more

Pinnacle North tax break on tap

What happens next with the ambitious Pinnacle North lakefront development could come down to a vote Thursday night. For the last several weeks, members of City Council have considering an amended payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement that the developer of the residential and commercial project said is critical in completing its next four phases. Councilmembers, who appear... more

Seneca IDA to vote on casino hotel tax breaks

For every dollar of tax exemption given to the Indus Hospitality Group for a proposed 150-room Hilton Garden Inn at the del Lago Resort & Casino site, there would be $4.40 in benefits. That’s the conclusion of a cost-vs.-benefit analysis of the project done for the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency by the Center for Governmental Research in advance of... more
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