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Voters say ‘nay’ to dissolution in Rushville

The results are not official, but questions are already being raised about today’s vote in Rushville. Voters turned out to decide the fate of the village, which consists of a little more than 650 residents. Reports indicate that opposition to dissolution outweighed those in favor by roughly 75 votes. The unofficial count was 179 to 96. It was a process... more

Supervisors give Seneca County Manager Sheppard another four-year term

In a special meeting held before the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ standing committee meetings, the supervisors met to consider the future of County Manager John Sheppard. The resolution, which extended his tenure through 2021, was presented by Fayette Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti — who would ultimately vote against it. Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro supported the motion, which brought the... more

Committee calls for independent investigation into handling of Geneva Foundry

The Foundry Action Committee, a group of Geneva residents concerned about and living in the old- foundry zone, organized a press conference in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) confirmation that there was no confidentiality clause preventing Geneva city officials from informing residents of the soil contamination in the Foundry Zone. Recently, the former director of public works... more

Counties want answers on tax questions

State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is confident lawmakers will approve the extension of two local taxes that Yates County officials depend on for over $3 million in revenue to help pay for local services. “I fully expect that we will have to get called back. It’s too big of an issue for it not to get done,” said Palmesano Monday. Now... more

Repair aid available to some homeowners in town of Waterloo

Own and live in a home in the town of Waterloo needing repairs to meet health and safety codes? If you fall into the guidelines for low to moderate income, you could be eligible for a grant from the town through the Community Development Block Grant program. Supervisor Gary Westfall said application forms are available at the town office building,... more

Cayuga County Democrats announce county Legislature District 5 endorsement

The Cayuga County Democratic Committee announced it will endorse Melissa Jenkin of Union Springs for the Cayuga County Legislature’s District 5 seat. Jenkin is an alumna of Wells College and program coordinator for the Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network at Cayuga Community College. In her position, Jenkin provides provides professional development and oversight to over 23 literacy education... more

Rose justice forced to resign after significant misconduct

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced on Monday that Rose Town Justice Gary M. Poole will resign from office effective July 1st. The move is part of terms agreed to by the Commission, as well as Poole after a lengthy investigation into complaints that he engaged in repeated, undignified, and discourteous conduct toward a woman with whom... more

Facts and fiction about Lake Ontario’s Plan 2014

From the time the first big waves started slamming the Lake Ontario shoreline in March, south shore residents have been shouting the same refrain across the water: The lake is too damned high, and it’s the International Joint Commission’s damned fault, or at the very least it’s somebody’s fault. It’s difficult to find someone who lives along the Lake Ontario... more

Brutus officials pass resolution to construct Trolley Connection Trail in Cayuga County

Officials in the town of Brutus have passed a resolution to begin funding the Trolley Connection Trail in Cayuga County. At a special meeting Monday evening, Brutus Town Supervisor Jim Hotaling met with several councilors to discuss the project, which would create a 10-foot-wide, mile-long trail in the town and the village of Weedsport. The Trolley Connection Trail would ultimately... more

DEC: Geneva could have released foundry information

At an emotional City Council meeting June 7, a number of people came to the defense of embattled City Councilor Gordy Eddington. Their reaction was related to the Geneva Foundry contamination that has resulted in protests and legal actions. It was Eddington himself who drew the most attention that evening. After being vilified in protests, criticized in a local political... more

Sen. Pam Helming hopeful Cuomo won’t veto $90M flood relief bill

It received unanimous support in the state Legislature, but it appears legislation to establish a $90 million flood recovery program for communities along Lake Ontario and others that have been affected by severe weather will be vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo and representatives from his administration addressed the bill Thursday during a media availability in Albany. He said they... more

Fourth Democrat enters race to challenge Tom Reed in 23rd Congressional District

A fourth Democrat is seeking the party’s nomination to vie for the 23rd House seat occupied by incumbent Republican Tom Reed of Corning. Eddie Sundquist, a native of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, made his campaign for the 23rd House seat official on Thursday. While the election is not until November 2018, Democrats around the nation have begun lining up to run... more

Why the $90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill may be about to sink

A $90 million flood relief bill for residents, businesses and municipalities along Lake Ontario has hit a big snag. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly unanimously, but don’t expect it to be signed into law – at least, not in its current form.   The governor’s office tells CNYCentral the bill, as it is now, is “unworkable.” The... more

Waterloo Village Board adopts nepotism policy

The Village Board voted 5-0 Wednesday to adopt a new nepotism policy for the village handbook. The vote followed an executive session called to discuss the employment history of a particular person. The new policy comes as the village plans to interview four finalists for the police chief position. The board expects to make an appointment at its July 10... more

Seneca Falls board activates new rules; 80-person limit, metal detectors to be used

The Town of Seneca Falls has decided that the “tone and rhetoric” have grown to be a concern at monthly board meetings. Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, working in coordination with Police Chief Stu Peenstra released new guidelines for all future Town Board meetings. Among the changes will be full-utilization of the metal detector for all visitors during public... more

Pro-dissolution group holds information meeting in Rushville

About 40 people turned out to hear what the pro-dissolution group One Rushville had to say at a meeting Thursday at the Gorham Fire Hall. With the vote next Tuesday, the heat is on. More signs have cropped on lawns both for and against dissolving and reports of stolen and damaged signs have only added to heightened emotions. “Every single... more

SUNY trustees raise tuition on in-state students … again

State University of New York students are going to be paying more. At least those who don’t qualify for the Governor’s new Excelsior Scholarship. The SUNY board of trustees voted on Wednesday to raise tuition 3.1 percent. It brings tuition up to $6,670 for in-state students attending any four-year colleges. Opponents of the increase, which breaks down to $200 called... more
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