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Former-employees dispute claim that ‘low salaries’ drive resignations in Seneca County

The Seneca Supervisors say it’s time to deal with employee retention. Earlier this year, County Manager John Sheppard released a report highlighting the losses that Seneca County has experienced. It revealed more than 20 vacancies and 47 resignations. The resignations were attributed to salary deficiencies, as Seneca County came in significantly lower than competing counties in the area. Board moving... more

Seneca County Arts Council scholarship available for 2017

The Seneca County Arts Council is offering a $500 scholarship to a 2017 high school graduate who plans to attend a college with a major in the arts. Applicants must be a resident of Seneca County. Applicants must be accepted and attending a college, university or post-secondary professional school to study either the visual, performing or written arts. Examples of... more

Deal struck between Airbnb and Seneca Co.

An agreement between Seneca County and Airbnb is expected to grow the tax base and allow the Airbnb to contribute “its fair share” of taxes. That’s the word that came down from officials from both organizations on Wednesday, as the deal, which will go into effect on May 1st — becomes reality. Seneca Airbnb hosts cater to a range of... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

27 acres of hydrilla found in Cayuga Lake

Surveys from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reveal 27 acres of Cayuga Lake are infested with an aquatic weed. The surveys, which were completed last fall, state there is a hydrilla infestation in 27 acres of the eastern portion of the lake by Aurora. Before last fall, hydrilla was found only... more

South Seneca production of The Wiz receives six TANYS Awards

Following a weekend with record setting audiences, the South Seneca Falcon Players received six awards from the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) for their production of Charlie Smalls and William Brown’s The Wiz. TANYS’ mission is to foster the contribution of theatre to the lives of the citizens of New York State, promote high standards of theatre practice... more

Seneca Chamber, IDA join forces to create ‘strategic plan’ for economic growth

There is going to be a significant, across the board effort made to empower and develop Seneca County. That was the clear message from three key agencies involved in bolstering economic development. On Monday, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce announced the start of a joint strategic planning process to grow the local... more

Seneca Co. Board of Supervisors could see major election year shakeup

Nine seats on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors are up for election this year. In theory, it could mean nine new faces — as many vie for two- and four-year terms. The Seats The board, which has four at-large seats — are two-year terms. Covert Supervisor Michael Reynolds, who is up for re-election this year — also carries a... more

CLEAR EM OUT: Officials ask for residents to clear around fire hydrants

When a winter storm the magnitude of Stella makes it’s way through, leaving nearly two feet of snow (or more) in some areas — it takes some work to get everything back to normal. The roads have improved significantly just one day removed from the biggest winter storm of the season, but Seneca County officials are asking for a hand... more

South Seneca in Troy with one goal… another state title

The South Seneca girls basketball team left for the Capital Region Thursday with one goal in mind: coming home with the program’s second straight state championship, and its third overall. While the Falcons will be the favorite to win the Class C title, Mother Nature did them no favors this week. The squad missed two days of practice due to... more

LISTEN LIVE AT 1:30 PM: South Seneca battles Port Jefferson in NYS Class C Final Four

The defending state champion South Seneca Lady Falcons battle the Port Jefferson Royals in the 2017 NYSPHSAA Class C Semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday afternoon. Pregame starts at 1:30 on FL1 Radio. Opening tip at 2:15 pm. Listen in the players below, at Mixlr.com, or tap ‘FL1 Radio’ on the free FingerLakes1.com Android or iPhone app. Jim... more

Inside the FLX: Seneca Co. BOS Chairman Bob Shipley talks local issues, 2017 outlook (podcast)

Seneca County is poised to have a great run over the next several years. Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Bob Shipley sat down with Josh Durso on Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast. His goals for 2017 include creating more continuity among the board, as well with other entities within the county to drive economic... more

South Seneca’s Wagner wins section title, character scholarship

Adam Wagner keeps tearing through the postseason gauntlet. The South Seneca senior won the Section V Division II championship held at The College at Brockport, SUNY Saturday, Feb. 11 for the second consecutive season. “ had to chase every wrestler he faced at 145,” head coach Ken Sweet wrote in an email. “Of course when you are 42-0, they have... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

Sipp acquitted of attempted murder, guilty of lower assault charge

In what his attorney described as a best-case scenario, a Covert man was convicted of assault for injuring his estranged girlfriend with a knife — but was acquitted on more serious charges. After deliberating for about two hours, the last 90 minutes of which occurred Monday, a Seneca County jury found Don Sipp guilty of second-degree assault, a class D... more

ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL: Victim testifies to being beaten, violently assaulted by Sipp

Jamelle Callon doesn’t know how she got the wounds that have likely scarred her face for life. What she does remember is being beaten to the point of unconsciousness by the man police believe cut her up — and how she begged him to stop. “I asked him please to stop, that he was going to kill me,” Jamelle Callon... more

Covert attempted murder trial starts Monday

The trial of a Covert man accused of knifing a woman last spring is scheduled to begin Monday. Don Sipp, 40, faces felony charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch is trying the case in county court. Porsch said jury selection is expected to take most of Monday, followed by... more

Weber This Week: Meet Seneca County Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor (podcast)

Newark native Melissa Taylor, director of Emergency Management and 911 for Seneca County, was in-studio as a guest on Weber This Week on FingerLakes1.TV on Monday morning to talk about her background and what has brought her to her current position since graduating from Lyons High School in 1999. AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more
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