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CITY OFFICIALS: Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette fired

Canandaigua City Manager Ted Andrzejewski says that suspended Fire Chief Mark Marentette was fired Friday. The reason: Insubordination and mismanagement of public funds. Andrzejewski said the decision was made by assistant city manager, John Goodwin, based on the recommendation of the civil service hearing officer. “We went through the process, the hearing officer rendered a decision and we got the... more

Congressman Katko not running for A.G., wants to focus on CNY

Congressman John Katko has put a stop to rumors circling around over his possible run for State Attorney General. A New York Daily News article raised the possibility that the Republican, who has a record both in Congress and as a federal prosecutor, would run against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2018. However, the congressman is officially saying he will... more

Committee to vote on Seneca County manager’s position

Does the Seneca County Board of Supervisors want John Sheppard to continue as county manager? That question will begin to be answered at Tuesday’s Government Operations Committee meeting. If the committee votes favorably on a motion to appoint Sheppard to a four-year term, the recommendation will go to the full board for a final vote May 9. Sheppard was appointed... more

Collins accepts U.S. Chamber award in Farmington, fields bevy of questions

With Leonard’s’ Express trucks coming and going behind him, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, on Monday accepted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise Award.” Given annually to Congress members, the award is based on rating each member’s votes regarding critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s annual scorecard. “The U.S. Chamber works tirelessly to ensure Congress is... more

Manure discussion gets tense at farming groups’ watershed meeting

Partners for Healthy Watersheds held its second public discussion Monday night, and the subject matter — manure — caused some heated exchanges. The new watershed organization is made up of agricultural groups including the American Dairy Association North East, the Cayuga County Farm Bureau, the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and the North East Dairy Producers Association. Dirk Young, John... more

Art event, auction to support Women’s Hall of Fame

People can support the National Women’s Hall of Fame by going to Rochester on Thursday, May 18. The Hall is sponsoring a SmArt event at the ARTISANworks, 565 Blossom Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature gallery admissions, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a talk on historical perspectives on notable Rochester women by the Monroe County historian, a... more

Chris Collins to receive U.S. Chamber award in Farmington

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will be honored Monday in Ontario County with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce award. Collins will receive the annual Spirit of Enterprise Award “in recognition of Congressman Collins’ continued support of pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress,” according to a release from the congressman. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce scored members... more

Porsch will run for DA in Seneca County again

Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch of Seneca Falls announced Friday he will seek a third, four-year term this fall. “During my first year in office, I fulfilled all of my campaign promises in 2009,” Porsch said in a statement released Friday. He said those promises consisted of budget cuts; eliminating the district attorney’s vehicle and using his own car;... more

Solar farm moratorium proposed

The Town Board voted last week to introduce a local law imposing an indefinite moratorium on the installation of large, commercial solar farms in the town. A public hearing on the proposed local law will be conducted at the board’s May 16 meeting. Town Supervisor Drew Wickham said the moratorium affects new solar arrays built for commercial, electricity-generating purposes. It... more

NY health care providers to push for supervised drug sites

A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users is launching a new effort to bring supervised drug consumption centers to New York state. The facilities allow drug addicts to shoot up or consume their drugs in a safe, secure location under the supervision of medical personnel who can intervene in the event of an overdose. Similar... more

GUEST: Seneca Meadows is ‘no friend’ of the community

Much has been made of the last Seneca Falls Town Council election. Town Supervisor Lazzaro proposes that the election was a vote for Mr. Ferrara, Mr. Ruzicka and Seneca Meadows and a mandate that the future of Seneca Falls should be placed in their hands. I propose that the controversial election was, at its core, a vote against higher taxes.... more

DA candidates land endorsements: Conservatives back Karle; City police unions endorse Ritts

Endorsements have begun in the race to be the next Ontario County district attorney — and county conservatives made a somewhat surprising choice Thursday. Honeoye-area native Kristina “Kitty” Karle said she has received the endorsement of the county’s Conservative Committee. She is one of two Republicans running for the seat held by R. Michael Tantillo, who is stepping down as... more

Katko wants more federal funding for Owasco Lake, CNY water infrastructure

U.S. Rep. John Katko visited Cayuga County Friday to highlight his recent calls for more federal funding to support water infrastructure projects in central New York. Katko, R-Camillus, held a press conference at Emerson Park in Owasco to outline the need for more federal aid to help communities improve water infrastructure. Specifically, Katko said he supports doubling two state revolving... more

Rep. Tom Reed holds Yates County round table

Monday morning at Glenora Wine Cellars, Congressman Tom Reed (R, N.Y. 23) held a round table meeting to hear the concerns of winery, brewery, and distillery owners. Reed came prepared to talk about tax reform, especially for corporations and business investments, but the business people were more concerned with other problems. Their list includes: the Trump Administration’s immigration crackdown which... more

Geneva to host information session on Active Transportation Plan

On April 29th from 9:30 am until 11:30 am an Active Transportation Draft Plan informational session hosted by the Active Transportation Plan Committee. The session will take place at the Hydrant Hose Bingo Room located at 61 Geneva Street. The session will have a presentation to share recommendations and then have an open house gallery of materials to review, ask... more

Nodzo to run for Cayuga County Legislature District 13 seat

Auburn native and former Auburn Enlarged City School District teacher Bob Nodzo will run for the Cayuga County Legislature’s District 13 seat this November, according to a release. He will seek endorsement from the Cayuga County Democratic Committee. “I was raised by parents who instilled in me both hard work and perseverance,” Nodzo said in a release. “I believe that... more

VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Trout released into waterways of former Army Depot

Things are changing at Deer Haven Park at the former Seneca Army Depot. In a press release on Tuesday, Earl Martin announced that 300 brook trout and brown trout would be released into waterways throughout the Depot property. Martin, who owns Deer Haven Park, said the trout were recently released into the Depot waterways in an effort to focus on... more
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