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Hazardous waste probed at old Palmyra Landfill

Hazardous waste probed at old Palmyra Landfill
The old Palmyra Landfill, a 6.8-acre site along Garnsey Road west of Route 31 in Palmyra, closed in the late 1970s. Water testing in late 2017 and last summer detected chemical pollutants — perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) — in groundwater and leachate samples, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC is now coordinating with... more

Audit faults Cayuga Co. for purchasing arrangement, process

Audit faults Cayuga Co. for purchasing arrangement, process
The Office of the State Comptroller this week finalized an audit of Cayuga County’s procurement and claims processes, finding, among other things, that the county did not properly seek competition for contracts or equipment purchases. Examiners from the comptroller’s audit reviewed whether county officials followed proper procedure in procuring goods and services and whether claims were adequately supported and audited... more

Army Corps of Engineers to start $100K temporary fix for Fair Haven break wall this summer

Army Corps of Engineers to start $100K temporary fix for Fair Haven break wall this summer
A $100,000 construction project will temporarily fix the broken break wall in Fair Haven. It’s a step forward for the tourism-dependent village that is fighting its way back to normalcy after disastrous flooding in 2017. The break wall in Fair Haven remains in shambles following the high water levels of Lake Ontario. On Thursday, the village learned of a $100,000... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications – as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in Upstate New York who are working to create a better, more-favorable environment for development. Michael Kracker, Director of Unshackle Upstate was... more

Voters to decide if former SMS property in Seneca Falls can be sold

Voters to decide if former SMS property in Seneca Falls can be sold
The former SMS property at 109 Ovid St. could be up for sale. The property was purchased by the Bridgeport Fire District as a possible site for a new firehouse. Now the Board of Commissioners of the fire district has declared that it is seeking voter approval to sell it. The commissioners approved a motion April 9 authorizing the sale... more

Auburn City Council wants to see state act, assist with Arterial change

Auburn City Council wants to see state act, assist with Arterial change
In two separate resolutions, the Auburn City Council called on the state Legislature for city assistance. The council passed a resolution Thursday requesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to consider bills that would adjust the reimbursement rate for maintenance on the Arterial roadway. Currently, the maintenance reimbursement rates for Auburn sit at 85 cents per square yard and... more

Canandaigua snow removal ordinance to stay

Canandaigua snow removal ordinance to stay
Several city residents complained last month about bills they received for snow removal. But, a city ordinance that requires property owners and businesses to clear sidewalks in front of and adjoining their homes or else pay a fee for the city to clear them will stay in place. After a short discussion during City Council’s ordinance committee meeting Tuesday night,... more

Leaders call for more early intervention funds after agency says it may cease in Wayne County

Leaders call for more early intervention funds after agency says it may cease in Wayne County
With a Wayne County agency pondering ending its Early Intervention Program for children ages birth to 3, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to significantly boost reimbursement rates for service providers. The Arc Wayne, a major early intervention provider for the county, has informed officials that it... more

Budelmann is no fan of cashless bail, other criminal justice reforms

Budelmann is no fan of cashless
Criminal justice reforms shouldn’t simply gut, or throw away systems that have worked. That’s the message from Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, who spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio earlier this week. He says that members of law enforcement and prosecutors are fighting a battle of public opinion. As an example, he pointed to changes in the bail system... more

Senecas take casino dispute forward after ruling that they need to pay NYS

Senecas take casino dispute forward after ruling that they need to pay NYS
The Seneca Nation of Indians is calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to review an arbitration panel’s decision in regards to an ongoing dispute over casino revenue sharing. The panel ruled the Senecas are required to continue to pay a portion of slot machine revenue to the state, and also make two years in back payments. It was determined... more

Farmington holds meeting on solar farm that would bring thousands of panels to town

Farmington holds meeting on solar farm that would bring thousands of panels to town
It could be one of the largest solar farms in the region: 40 acres in Farmington are proposed to become home to thousands of solar panels. Nearly 100 people gathered at the highway garage off Hook Road in Farmington, most of them all voicing opposition to the solar panel project by Delaware River Solar, which is seeking a permit to... more

Some officials worried about unintended consequences of expanded plastics ban in Canandaigua

Canandaigua school, governments weigh in on plastics proposal
Should Canandaigua City Council enact a ban on single-use plastic items, the Canandaigua school district will have to hire more people. Superintendent Jamie Farr — who along with Ontario County and town of Canandaigua officials on Tuesday addressed Council’s ordinance committee about the impact of this legislation — said at least four cafeteria workers would need to be hired for... more

DOT to hold public meeting on roundabout plan for Victor

NYS DOT to hold public meeting on plan for roundabout in Victor
A public information meeting to discuss a proposal for a roundabout in Victor is scheduled for next month. The roundabout would be installed at the intersection of Route 96 and Lynaugh Road. Construction for the roundabout would include new sidewalks, a new closed drainage system, a retaining wall, more lighting and landscaping. The New York State Department of Transportation will... more

Reed slams Democrats over tax return push

Reed slams Democrats over tax return push
Republican Rep. Tom Reed in a statement on Wednesday blasted Democrats for seeking to gain access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, calling the move a “dangerous precedent” if successful. The House Ways and Means Committee is using a little-known law in order to gain access to the president’s tax returns, seeking up a potentially protracted fight over executive power... more

Benton completes water district No. 1 extension project

Benton completes water district No. 1 extension project
The installation of the 12-inch main of the Town of Benton’s Water District No. 1 extension along Rte. 14 is complete, reports Chief Water Operator Jayson Hoover. The work was begun in February and completed by the end of March, despite some very cold conditions. Hoover reports the line has been pressure tested and needs only to have the water... more

Rep. Reed raises $347K in Q1 of 2019

Rep. Reed raises
Congressman Tom Reed’s re-election bid is off to a hot start, according to a press release issued by his campaign. Reed, a Republican from Corning, raised more than $347,000 in the first quarter of 2019. It’s more than 15-times that of his Democratic challengers – Tracy Mitrano and Dr. Scott Noren. Mitrano unsuccessfully ran against Reed in 2018, and quickly... more

Sheriff Virts excluded from executive session as supervisors debate deputy’s contract in Wayne Co.

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Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts has written a letter to the Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors — addressing the ongoing contract negotiations for his deputies. He says that on Tuesday, the supervisors met in executive session with the county negotiator regarding the pending contract. “I was not allowed to the meeting, nor was I consulted,” Virts said... more

Hakes Landfill, Town of Campbell, DEC sued over evidence of radiation

Hakes Landfill, Town of Campbell, DEC sued over evidence of radiation
The Sierra Club and others filed suit this week against Hakes C&D Landfill Inc. and Town of Campbell in a bid to block the privately-owned Steuben County landfill’s proposed expansion. Petitioners argue that both the town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation failed to take “hard look” at evidence of radium and radon in the landfill, as required under the State... more
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