Pair injured in Stanley accident on Rt. 5

Deputies in Ontario County say a 33-year-old Stanley man was traveling west on State Route 5 when he lost control of his vehicle in the Town of Seneca on Tuesday. The driver, identified as Gabriel Rayburn, and his passenger Morgan Miense, 30, required medical treatment. Miense was transported to Thompson Hospital for treatment by Finger Lakes Ambulance. Deputies say airbags... more

Once again, no town tax for town of Seneca property owners

For the 14th consecutive year, town property owners will not pay a penny in town taxes. They also will get a break on their Ontario County tax bill. The reason? The presence of the Ontario County Landfill in the town. The county entered into an Operations, Management and Lease agreement with Casella Waste Systems in 2003 to run the 389-acre... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Ritts is new DA in Ontario County

Ontario County has a new district attorney for the first time in 28 years. First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts, running on the Republican line, defeated Kristina “Kitty” Karle, 12,194 to 8,936, in unofficial results posted by the Ontario County Board of Elections Tuesday evening. Ritts had defeated Karle in the GOP primary in September and following that primary, Karle... more

New Friendly Ford to open Tuesday in Seneca

For months, motorists traveling on Routes 5&20 near the Seneca-Geneva town line have watched a massive, new building being erected. On Tuesday, the Friendly Ford dealership opens at its new location, three days after it closes up shop just down the road in the town of Geneva. A grand opening is planned for Nov. 18. The new dealership is between... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Ontario County

The race in Ontario County that has received the most coverage this cycle locally is that for District Attorney. While Jim Ritts has emerged as the front runner, after claiming victory in the Republican Primary held in September — Kristina “Kitty” Karle has continued seeing support. Even after announcing that she was ending her campaign several weeks ago, the race... more

$10K offered for info leading to recovery of six stolen guns in Ontario Co.

ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the recovery of six stolen guns. The guns were stolen from a Seneca gunshop, which included six handguns. Officials say the guns were stolen from the Turnpike Lodge Guns on Rt. 5&20 on October 5th and October 6th. Anyone with information is asked to call 1 (800) ATF-GUNS or... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Rain doesn’t dampen first-school-day spirits in Ontario County

Teachers and administrators donned umbrellas to greet students, some of whom covered their heads with hoods and backpacks to shelter from the rain. “Children eagerly arrived to Victor Primary School this morning, wet from the rain and excited for the promise the year holds,” said Principal Jennifer Check. “This year, we are looking forward to growing as a school community,... more

Elderly couple seriously injured in Seneca crash, one sent to Strong

Deputies say 64-year-old Paul Stormo, of Elma, Washington State was traveling south on County Rd. 20 in the Town of Seneca, approaching County Rd. 4 when he entered the intersection — colliding with a pickup truck. The pickup truck was being operated by 78-year-old John C. Jones, of Geneva. Both vehicles left the roadway and entered a field, according to... more

Deputies: Drunk driver was going over 90 mph on SR 5 in Geneva

Deputies arrested a 28-year-old Geneva resident after his vehicle was observed traveling 90 mph on State Route 5. Sean E. Beyea, 28, of Geneva was arrested for driving while intoxicated after his vehicle was observed by deputies crossing the middle line, while traveling at more than 90 mph. He was issued several traffic tickets, including aggravated driving while intoxicated. His... more

What are lowest rated bridges in Ontario County?

With just a few more weeks left before the start of a new school year, area families are busy wrapping up vacations, road trips and the annual treks “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house.” But have you ever wondered about the safety of these summer jaunts — particularly the portion “over the river”? New York state... more

Ontario Co. DA Tantillo talks career, prosecution, future on Inside the FLX (podcast)

It’s been 38 years prosecuting for District Attorney Michael Tantillo. He has served as District Attorney for 28 of those 38 years. “It’s not an easy job. I’ve continued handling trial prosecution on felony cases, but have developed an incredibly talented team that has made our office run incredibly well,” Tantillo explained. “While this is my last year as DA,... more

Efforts to find Blue-Green Algae to increase this summer in the FLX

There is an increased effort to keep you safe from harmful algae in the water this summer. This is bacteria that’s not safe to swim in. Officials on Seneca Lake are stepping up efforts to find it before it makes you sick. Harmful Algal Blooms, commonly referred to as blue-green algae, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irritated skin, and make it... more

Hall Diner reopens with new menu, same old charm

Time seems to stand still in the quiet country hamlet of Hall. That feeling is certainly evident in the venerable Hall Diner on Route 14A, which, through a variety of owners, has been serving up simple, affordable fare for more years than many can remember. However, the diner had gone dark for nearly a year, leaving the Seneca hamlet without... more

Bridge in Town of Seneca will be closed throughout summer

Officials in Ontario County say that Ferguson Rd. Bridge over Flint Creek in the Town of Seneca will be closed beginning June 7th. It’s not slated to re-open until early-October. In a message to residents on Wednesday, officials say that detour routes will be established on County Rd. 20, Vogt Rd., and Seneca Castle Rd. They say message boards will... more

Rochester driver ticketed after investigation into fatal Ontario Co. crash

An investigation into a fatal accident, which happened back in January has been completed in Ontario County. The Sheriff’s Office says that a vehicle operated by Michael Nichols, 32, of Rochester was southbound on County Rd. 20 and a vehicle operated by Crystal Roche-Mercado, 29, of Geneva was traveling west on County Rd. 4 when Nichols failed to stop —... 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
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