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Seneca Falls Town Board will meet to discuss landfill litigation on Thursday

Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro announced over the weekend that the Town Board would meet for a special session on Thursday at 4 pm. The meeting would be held to discuss potential litigation, which Supervisor Lazzaro said would likely involve a mixture of public and executive session. He did not specify whether he believed any action would be taken... more

It’s complicated: How INHS plans to pay for massive multi-million dollar renovations

At first read, this article might be confusing. Non-profit housing landlord and developer Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is refinancing its properties in order to pay for long-needed renovations. How it plans on doing that, is a little complicated. First, the easy part. INHS owns 98 units in 44 buildings spread throughout the city of Ithaca, mostly small apartment buildings... more

Women’s Rights National Historical Park slashes hours again due to staffing woes

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park has cut its hours of operation again due to understaffing, according to a news release. The park will now be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Ami Ghazala, the park’s superintendent, couldn’t be reached for comment. The park previously announced that all tours were cancelled until further notice due to understaffing... more

PETITION: Reducing visitation at 17 maximum security prisons labeled ‘cruel’

A petition has been signed by more than 2,100 people opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reduce visitation at New York’s 17 maximum security correctional facilities. As of Saturday afternoon, there are 2,102 supporters of the petition titled “Don’t Restrict Visits in NYS Prisons!” The petition calls the governor’s plan to alter the visitation policy “regressive, counterproductive and cruel.” –... more

Regional GOP representatives ‘on notice’ after continued protests

Congressman Tom Reed said in a Fox News interview he didn’t know why protesters gathered at his Ithaca office on Valentine’s Day for a 24-hour sit-in, despite numerous public statements, through traditional media outlets and on social media, about their intentions. “I don’t know what they are protesting other than they are taking over the office,” Reed said in the... more

del Lago will partially fund Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack under proposal

The deal comes down to preserving jobs and a facility, which has been hurting bad over the last several years. A new plan announced by the New York State Gaming Commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would ensure that thoroughbred racing at the Farmington track continues. It’s a two-year plan, which will have the option for a third — should... more

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette answers city’s charges

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette on Friday testified on a number of issues brought up against him by the city, including timekeeping, purchase orders and his actions at a 2015 rescue operation. Testimony during his civil service hearing wrapped up Friday afternoon, but a resolution may be weeks away. Marentette, who has been fire chief since 2011, was suspended... more

Geneva Foundry claims moving forward

A recent conference with the state Court of Claims judge assigned to the case has resulted in a schedule of events to deal with the notices of claims filed Jan. 3 by 136 city property owners against the state, city and county over soil contamination by the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street. The judge has told attorney Steve Williams... more

State senators oppose Cuomo’s free tuition plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to offer free tuition at state colleges and universities for students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually is opposed by Cayuga County’s state Senate delegation. State Sens. John DeFrancisco, Pam Helming and Jim Seward said in separate interviews that they have concerns about Cuomo’s plan, which is included in his 2017-18 state budget proposal.... more

New York lawmakers propose program for crumbling water pipes

Small upstate New York communities faced with dilapidated wooden pipes rumored to be more than 100 years old need state money to repair water system infrastructure on the verge of collapse, a group of lawmakers said Thursday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined officials in proposing a program that would provide annual repair and maintenance funds to villages, towns and... more

Auburn council authorizes construction funding for Genesee Street, bridge repairs

The city of Auburn projects to have a busy construction season starting this summer. The Auburn City Council authorized funding for the construction phases of three separate projects: repaving West Genesee Street, the replacement of the North Division Street Bridge and the reconstruction of the culverts over the North Hunter Brook. Between all three projects, the combined total cost for... more

Seneca Board of Elections rejects two independent petitions

The Seneca County Board of Elections has upheld an objection to the independent petitions of Republican Waterloo village trustee candidates John Butlak and Damon Monroe. Butlak and Monroe filed petitions this week to obtain an independent ballot line for the Revitalize Waterloo Party. Ted Young, the village mayor and county Democratic Party chairman, objected saying there were an insufficient number... more

Local school officials skeptical of DeVos

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ views on school choice and her alleged lack of familiarity with public education concern local school administrators. Meanwhile, a local school-choice leader said DeVos’ history as an advocate for private education — and school vouchers to support that effort — is just what the nation needs to provide competition for what he described as... more

Waterloo school board hears compliance study results

Last year, the school district’s superintendent was retiring and the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction also left before the start of the new school year. That leadership vacuum resulted in at least two annual reports not being completed and filed in a timely manner with the state Education Department. New Superintendent Terri Bavis convinced the school board to hire... more

Committee shakeup, Sheriff’s contract makes waves among supervisors

If there was any major takeaway from Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley’s remarks at this week’s meeting — it was that he’s serious about making county government work better. Last month he was elected chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday he delivered updated committee assignments, which took effect immediately and had an impact on how... more

Hearing today on Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette’s suspension

More details about the suspension of Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette are expected to emerge later this morning. A civil service hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Marentette was suspended without pay for 30 days in January. The suspension remains in place, although city officials said he now is being paid. City Manager Ted Andrzejewski said in early... more

$7.7M project proposed for Naples schools

The Naples Central School Board of Education heard about a proposed $7.72 million capital project Wednesday. The plan, which will require voter approval, would involve building a new bus garage and creating a new parent drop-off loop, new bus loop, and new parking layout at the elementary school, along with a secure, upgraded entrance and office at the elementary school.... more

Energy-efficient street lights could save $1M in village of Waterloo

Trustee David Duprey said the village’s future looks bright. It may turn out to be even brighter, thanks to new, energy-efficient street lights. Speaking at Monday’s board meeting, Duprey said preliminary discussions and fact-gathering have taken place on converting the existing high-pressure sodium light fixtures to LED fixtures to save money. He said the village spends $100,305 now on electricity... more
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