Teachers with guns? NYSUT calls proposal ‘misguided’

A proposal to allow educators to carry concealed firearms in schools isn’t supported by the state’s powerful teachers union. New York State United Teachers opposes arming educators in schools. The proposal, which is supported by President Donald Trump, is one of many ideas floated to address school safety. Trump also suggested that there could be incentives for teachers who carry... more

NYSSA says fund a resource officer at every school in New York

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association says it’s time for sufficient funding to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. They called on state legislators to make it happen. “This will be an expensive undertaking,” said Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.... more

Seneca County joins effort to get state funds for jail inmate substance abuse treatment

As of Wednesday, 104 people were incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility in Romulus. County mental health and jail officials said 75 to 90 percent of them have mild, moderate or severe substance abuse and addiction problems. In many cases, their addiction was the underlying cause of their arrests. Seneca County has paid for Tania Doverspike, a full-time substance... more

Benton considers creating two new water districts

At the Benton Town Board meeting Feb. 14, the board heard from Ben Tomion, a resident of Fergusons Corners, and his proposal that the town bring public water to that neighborhood. Tomion describes the quality of well water in that area as “terrible.” He estimates there will be about 36 residences served by approximately 15,000 feet of mains. Supervisor John... more

Weedsport deputy mayor’s title removed, officials mum on reason

Weedsport Trustee Chris Lukins was removed as the village's deputy mayor, but officials are not saying why. The village's board of trustees voted Feb. 14 to release Lukins from his duty as deputy mayor, which was a position appointed to him by Mayor Jean Saroodis in April. The removal followed a special closed-door meeting held Feb. 8. At the Feb.... more

Hundreds of thousands in funding delivered for aging septic systems in Finger Lakes

Senator Pam Helming announced $1.1 million in funding to improve water quality through the replacement of aging septic systems in communities across the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. The funding was secured through last year’s budget, and it required an intense fight on behalf of residents in the 54th District, according to Helming. “The Septic Tank Rebate Program will give local communities... more

Auburn to double size of Court Street parking lot, improve drainage

More details were released Thursday about the city of Auburn's plan to expand the Court Street parking lot to make up for some of the parking spots lost after the Lincoln Street lot closed early this month as construction begins on the Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center. The current parking lot will double in size after the project is complete,... more

Algae summits battle the blooms in region

Will summer 2018 bring another scourge of algae to the Finger Lakes? A $65 million project to combat harmful algae blooms at select water bodies in the state is bringing in national experts to work with state and local leaders in battling the blooms that pose a hazard to health and drinking water — not to mention an economic blow... more

No contests in Penn Yan, Dresden, Rushville village elections

Petitions have been filed at the Yates County Board of Elections for those running for office in the Village of Penn Yan. Three Village Trustee seats and the Village Mayor’s seat will be on the ballot March 20. The trustee seats are currently held by William Allison, Carolyn Benedict, and David Reeve. Allison and Reeve did not file petitions. Benedict... more

‘Moms Demand Action’ rep addresses Ontario County Democrats

A local leader of a national organization demanding action on gun reform was in the Canandaigua area Wednesday to speak at a meeting of the Ontario County Democratic Committee. The committee hosted a number of speakers, including Democratic candidates for contested races. In the wake of last week’s shooting rampage that killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas... more

New York State charts future of Canandaigua Highlands

The state wants the public to weigh in on the future of more than 8,700 acres of state forest and wildlife management area called the Canandaigua Highlands. The property includes the Italy Hill State Forest and High Tor Wildlife Management Area in the towns of Italy, Jerusalem, Naples, Middlesex, South Bristol and Naples in Yates and Ontario counties. The state... more

Organizers talk history, appeal of Ludovico Trail in Seneca Falls ahead of public hearing (video)

In 1998 businessman Frank J. Ludovico gave the canal side property along Bayard Street, which was an abandoned railroad bed to Wilhelmina Pusmucans to establish a Sculpture Trail. While the trail has evolved, grown, and become a prominent part of Seneca Falls — an eminent domain process, which was initiated by the Town of Seneca Falls by calling for a... more

Public forum will outline Cayuga County Social Services five-year plan

The Cayuga County Department of Social Services is inviting the public to attend an upcoming forum examining its five-year plan for the family services it provides. Called The Child and Families Services Plan, Deputy Director Christine Bianco said it will include goals for programs like child protective services, preventative service, foster care, adoption, adult services and others. It will cover... more

Syracuse man admits threatening to kill Rep. John Katko over net neutrality

A Syracuse man faces up to five years in prison after admitting he threatened to kill U.S. Rep. John Katko and his family in October. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to interstate communication of a threat, according to the U.S. attorney's office in western New York. "While citizens are certainly entitled to communicate their views... more

Tompkins County committee to discuss Housing Capital Reserve Fund to combat instability

In an effort to combat housing instability, the Tompkins County Housing Committee will be discussing a proposed $3 million fund which would be used in line with housing-related goals and criteria established by the Tompkins County Legislature. The $3,000,000 Housing Capital Reserve Fund would be pulled from the Unassigned General Fund Balance and funds would be restricted and remain in... more

2017 Movers Study shows ‘why’ residents are leaving New York

According to the ‘2017 United Movers Study’ the state is losing residents by the day. That’s not breaking news, since U.S. Census data has shown residents leaving New York in flocks for years — but the survey puts a little more detail to the numbers. The study found New York ranked the third-highest in outbound moving — with the leading... more
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