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Does Local Law 3 violate host agreement in Seneca Falls?

There hasn’t been a more hotly-debated issue in Seneca Falls than the operating future of Seneca Meadows. The landfill, which operates along State Rt. 414 for decades has come under fire in recent years by a growing group of concerned citizens. As with any controversial issue, each argument one side makes — it is quickly walked back or challenged by... more

Lawmakers back new felony assault law

Three state lawmakers, including Assemblyman Bob Oaks, are backing legislation for a new section of law that would create the class E felony of third-degree aggravated assault. Oaks, R-130 of Macedon, is the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Assembly. Sen. Pattie Ritchie, R-48 of Oswegatchie, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate. The impetus for the proposed law... more

Auburn City Council opposes Trump’s proposed cuts to community development block grants

They came in a drove — leaders from the Calvary Food Pantry, the Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Freedom Recreational Services, the Boyle Senior Center, the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cayuga Counseling Services, the Rescue Mission of Central New York and many others. Their message to Auburn city councilors Thursday night was clear — oppose President Donald Trump's proposal... more

Geneva Foundry case: Attorney files amended claim

The lawyer for residents of the Geneva Foundry neighborhoods has filed an amended notice of claim against the state, city and county over soil contamination from the closed foundry operation. The initial notice of claim was filed in January by attorney Steve Williams of Syracuse. A notice of claim is not a formal lawsuit, but reserves the claimants right to... more

Reed, Collins to vote ‘yes’ on health care repeal

Despite the loss of health coverage projected for tens of thousands of people in their districts — especially children, seniors and those with disabilities — Republican Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins said they will vote for the American Health Care Act. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the GOP bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise... more

Newt Gingrich ‘delighted’ with Cornell appearance

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich admitted he was concerned about how his visit to Cornell University would play out. Prominent Republicans visiting campuses in progressive cities can sometimes cause a stir, but everything was civil and respectful Wednesday night in Call Auditorium. “I cannot tell you how delighted I am with the attitude, the tone and the willingness... more

Ontario County’s first assistant DA announces candidacy for top spot

After more than 100 jury trials and having argued more than 160 appeals during his roughly 18 years serving the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office, First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts is looking to make the next step. From the steps of the Ontario County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, Ritts announced that he will be running for the district attorney... more

Sen. Helming sees first sponsored bill pass; will go on to Assembly

The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Helming to pass the Senate. Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers – particularly those located... more

Cuomo: Auburn, CNY hospitals will lose $57M if GOP health care bill passes

If the Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is successful, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says hospitals in central New York would lose millions in funding. An analysis conducted by the state Department of Health found the six hospitals in U.S. Rep. John Katko's district, which covers Cayuga, Onondaga, Wayne and a portion of Oswego County, would lose... more

Discussing healthcare, Guardian PILOT, and local elections in the FLX (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a range of topics, which included the recent firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, as well as developments in the GOP healthcare proposal. The duo also discussed the future of companies like Guardian Glass, who recently won a significant upgrade to their PILOT agreement with the City... more

ELECTION RESULTS: Winners and losers from village contests (full-coverage)

The surprise from Tuesday’s slate of village elections was the loss of incumbent Waterloo Trustee David Duprey who has served on the board since 1996. In races that generated very few votes — Democrat Gina Suffredini and Republican John Butlak both secured seats on the Village Board. Butlak received 250 votes, while Suffredini secured 213. While there are still 44... more

Spiritual retreat shot down in Richmond

The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday voted down granting resident Scott Gillen permission to use 44.25 acres on Briggs Street for spiritual retreats, meditation workshops, yoga, religious ceremonies and similar events. The property at 8823 Briggs St. is zoned for residential and agricultural uses, so Gillen needed a special use permit. The use is “not something that will... more

Parks commission recommends rental fee and parking fee for Auburn graduation

The Cayuga County Parks Commission is recommending that the Auburn Enlarged City School District pay a rental fee to hold high school commencement ceremonies on Deauville Island at Emerson Park and for graduates and their attendees to pay a parking fee. Jeff Pirozzolo, superintendent of the school district, has booked the island for the June 23 graduation while renovations are... more

War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

Supervisors appoint finance director, hears update on new system

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors received an update on the status of the Finance Department and voted on the future of the finance department. During that meeting, Brandi Deeds, who has been acting as Director of Finance was up for board consideration to have the interim tag removed. Deeds was hired last year to work under County Manager John... more

EQ Committee to discuss future of Ontario County Landfill

At current disposal rates, the Ontario County Landfill has 11 more years of capacity. What to do with the 379-acre landfill on Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca after 2028 will be the subject of a landfill master plan now underway. One idea is to convert it to a green energy park, with an effort to locate new industries... more

Cayuga County teacher defeated in race for NYS Board of Regents seat

A longtime teacher and Cayuga County resident wasn't successful in her bid for a seat on the New York State Board of Regents. Ellen Prusinowski, of Locke, challenged incumbent T. Andrew Brown to serve as the Regent representing the 7th Judicial District, which includes Cayuga County. Brown, vice chancellor of the Regents, won re-election with 117 votes. He will serve... more

Will taxpayers foot bill for damaged “I Love NY” signs?

Go ahead and blink. Chances are you won't miss the "I Love NY" signs when you are driving down the thruway. However, an ongoing dispute between the feds and the state about those iconic signs is heating up again. This comes after eight of them were knocked down and damaged in the windstorm. Assemblyman, Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is now calling... more
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