KOLB FOR GOVERNOR: Assembly Leader launches website, campaign for 2018 bid

“I’m Brian Kolb, candidate for Governor to bring honest leadership to New York.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, but with those words on the website KolbForNewYork.com — the Leader formalized his efforts to make New York better. Kolb currently serves as Assemblyman for all of Ontario, and part of Seneca County.... more

Town Attorney’s son appointed as network administrator in Seneca Falls

Less than a week after tabling a motion to hire Marshall Foster, the son of Seneca Falls Town Attorney David Foster, to a newly-created position to oversee the Town’s information technology — the board moved to make the hire in a special session. Board member Dave DeLelys, who was not present at Monday’s session due to illness, had proposed tabling... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating incinerators, campus safety & Geneva’s future (podcast)

A number of hot-button issues will be discussed on a special edition of the Debrief Podcast. After a delay to the taping of the podcast last week, the news broke this weekend that Geneva City Manager Matt Horn would be exiting his post as the highest ranking administrative figure in Geneva. His unexpected exit, and what it means for Geneva... more

UPDATE: Matt Horn releases statement, will vacate post next month

Matt Horn said there were skeptics who didn’t think he’d last long as manager of this Ontario County city, that he’d jump ship when the next best thing came along. That was nearly 10 years ago. And now, though he will be leaving the post for a new job, he will walk away as the second-longest-serving manager in the city’s... more

Grant comes through for Nolan’s rebuild

In the heat of the summer season, Nolan’s restaurant burned to the ground. In the fall, the restaurant received approvals to build again, possibly as soon as spring next year. Now comes information about $416,000 in federal funding that will help the rebuilding process. The city has received a Community Development Block Grant from the state Office of Community Renewal,... more

Tyre zoning code changes topic of join work session Monday

The arrival of the del Lago Resort & Casino this year has prompted town officials to examine its impact on the zoning code, comprehensive plan and the Route 318-414 corridor master plan. The town Planning Board and Town Board will meet together for a work session Monday to start that process. The public is invited to attend, but public comment... more

Varick Town Board opposes trash incinerator

The Town Board voted unanimously last week to oppose the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in the neighboring town of Romulus. Citing its “negative impact on the environment,” the motion was made by board member Richard Peterson and seconded by Todd Horton at Tuesday’s board meeting. The proposed $365 million facility was formally introduced to the Romulus Planning Board on Monday, Dec.... more

Two Auburn firms will help construct $10M heritage center

Four New York contractors, including two from the Auburn area, will help construct the $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center across from Memorial City Hall. J&E Electric, an electrical contractor based in Aurelius, and Siracusa Mechanical, a plumbing and heating contractor, will have roles in the construction of the downtown Auburn facility. J&E Electric was awarded a $344,100 contract for... more

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

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

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

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

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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