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Seneca supervisors hear how discovery changes are impacting local courts

Discovery changes make for difficult work in local courts
On Tuesday a local judge was back before the Seneca County Board of Supervisors requesting additional funding to deal with changes that stemmed from the bail reform initiative passed into law in 2019. more

Sheriff Luce: 64 arrests made, update on fatal wreck, and more work helping in Karlsen case

Sheriff Luce: 64 arrests made, update on fatal wreck, and more work helping in Karlsen case
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office provided their monthly snapshot for activity during the month of January. There were 1,172 total calls for service, with 64 arrests made throughout the month. There were 17 DHS fraud cases, resulting in $714 being recouped. There were four new drug cases with three new arrests being made. The average number of inmates at the... more

NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL: Sheriff Luce expands advisory for Seneca County motorists

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Sheriff Luce asks motorists to avoid travel until 9 a.m. on Saturday
Sheriff Tim Luce has upgraded the travel advisory issued earlier to a no unnecessary travel advisory. It doesn’t restrict travel, and roads remain open at this time – but travel is discouraged. “It is recommended that citizens do not engage in unnecessary travel. Roads in Seneca County are open but are snow covered and slippery,” an updated release said. “Citizens... more

Sheriff: Interlaken man charged with predatory sex assault, rape of child less than 13

Sheriff: Interlaken man charged with predatory sex assault, rape of child less than 13
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the arrest of a 34-year-old Interlaken resident on felony predatory sex assault charges following an investigation. Dana Goodman, 34, of Interlaken was charged with predatory sexual assault, a Class A-II felony; first-degree rape, a Class B felony; and endangering the welfare of a child. Sheriff Luce says the charges stem from an investigation where... more

Bob Hayssen wins close election to lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020

Bob Hayssen will lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020
The final vote was 406-344. Supervisors David Hayes, Mike Ferrara, Cindy Lorenzetti, Kyle Barnhart, Jim Borst, and Paul Kronenwetter voted for Hayssen. He also cast a vote for himself. Supervisors Mike Reynolds, Ralph Lott, Ron McGreevy, Michael Enslow, and Jim Cleere voted against Hayssen's appointment to the leadership post. more

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings
Last week, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors made headlines after entering into an executive session without enough votes to do so. The story prompted FingerLakes1.com to reach out to Kristin O'Neill, of the Committee on Open Government for more information. more

Ithaca man accused of violating protective order in Seneca County

Ithaca man accused of violating protective order in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Ithaca resident who violated a protective order during a domestic incident earlier this month. On December 9th at approximately 11:45 p.m. deputies arrested John Orak, 51, at an Interlaken residence on a criminal contempt charge, as well as one count of harassment. Orak is accused of violating an order of... more

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Manager Rick Newman joins Sydney Rogers and Jim Sinicropi in-studio to talk about everything going on at the Chamber including tonight’s Business After Hours event being hosting at FingerLakes1.com’s offices in Seneca Falls. Also, a look at the weekend ahead, some great local fall photos and tips for prepping for Thanksgiving dinner next... more

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has announced Megan Slater as its new Membership Development Manager. In her role, Megan is responsible for helping connect area businesses to one of the largest and most successful professional advocacy and development networks in the Finger Lakes Region. A native of Waterloo, Slater is a 2009 graduate of Waterloo High School and studied... more

Officials, law enforcement review bomb threat evacuation at South Seneca HS

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‘An Unfortunate Reality’ – By Josh Durso South Seneca Central School District Superintendent Steve Zielinski has provided additional insight about the response to Wednesday’s bomb threat, which prompted a full-campus evacuation in Ovid. The evacuation lasted approximately an hour. Students returned to class, and the academic day resumed. “It’s an unfortunate reality in 2019 that we must pay so much... more

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

Survey aims to identify where candidates stand on environment in Seneca County

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The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee is sending out a survey to those running for office in Seneca County. The survey consists of eight questions; and aims to see where each stands on important environmental questions related to policy in Seneca County. For those on the SFEAC – it’s a way to create accountability moving forward. Candidates are asked to... more

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service
Volunteers are needed for the 3rd Annual Day of Service taking place this Saturday, October 5th for the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus being organized by Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS).  Participants who want to give back to their community by helping with a variety of projects, should gather at the South Seneca Middle/High School on... more

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party
Tom Fox wants to be elected to another two-year term as chairman of the Seneca County Republican Party. Fox, a member of the Varick Town Board, served as Seneca County sheriff from 1991 to 2003. The county Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fayette Fire House on Route 414 for its required reorganizational meeting, a gathering... more

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party
Attorney Christopher Folk of Waterloo, who lost the Republican Party primary election for Seneca County district attorney, has been endorsed by the Serve America Movement Party. Folk, who resisted efforts by county Republicans to have him drop out of the race, also will appear on the Libertarian and Working Families party lines in November. He will run against Assistant Public... more
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