Seneca Supervisors spar over use of Occupancy Tax, TPA funding

Once again, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors debated the level of funding for the county’s Tourism Promotion Agency. Since Seneca County officially named the Chamber of Commerce their Tourism Promotion Agency – funding comes from state-specified sources. Like other counties with specific Tourism Promotion Agencies – funds from Occupancy Tax create the TPA appropriation within the County’s budget each... more

Driver faces felony charges after child found inside her vehicle during Fayette traffic stop

On November 17th around 6:18 pm deputies arrested an Ithaca woman in Fayette after a traffic stop on State Route96. Deputies say Ramona D. Godley, 43, of Ithaca was arrested after the traffic stop – which was initiated after the 911 Center received a complaint of an erratic driver. Upon stopping the vehicle, deputies say Godley was found to be... more

Seneca County completes ‘Public Works’ transition by hiring director

The supervisors didn’t make it easy, but eventually they moved to hire a new employee who will serve as the Seneca County Director of Public Works. Originally listed under a Rule 29 proceeding, the board instead moved to handle the resolution adopting the position under new business. On Monday, eight members of the board met – asking the candidate, who... 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

Porsch earns third term as Seneca County DA

Incumbent Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch, who was facing his toughest challenge yet, was re-elected to another four-year term Tuesday. Porsch, the county’s two-term DA, defeated challenger Joe Sapio by an unofficial vote of 5,113 to 2,883. Porsch ran on the Republican, Democratic and Working Families lines. Sapio appeared on the Conservative and Independence lines, and was trying to... more

OCTOBER REPORT: Sheriff Luce highlights significant moments for law enforcement

The following is a republished release from Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and Undersheriff John Cleere on police activity for the month of October. The Sheriff’s Office received more than 1,000 calls for service during the month of October and saw several significant arrests. LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1055 Total Arrests: 62 NARCO: Total new drug cases: 7... more

Committee to re-elect Fayette Highway Superintendent Bill Trout responds to article

The following is in response to the article that appeared in The Home Town Helper this past weekend concerning the election of Fayette Highway Superintendent and is paid for by by the committee to re-elect Bill Trout. To all Fayette voters and tax payers. The present highway superintendent (Bill Trout) has a qualified employee who is certified to handle all necessary... more

Seneca County BOS holds budget workshop; questions loom about spending, efforts

“Nothing is going to be perfect,” explained County Manager John Sheppard at the start of Seneca County’s 2018 preliminary budget workshop. The effort was led by the Board of Supervisors, who sought additional information from Sheppard, who is the Chief Budget Officer. “We’re putting the squeeze on the contingency budget.” Sheppard noted that Seneca County is largely dependent on sales... more

Driver ticketed for DWI after Fayette crash

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 4th at 4:49 pm deputies were called to West River Road in the Town of Fayette for the report of a one-vehicle crash. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested the operator, 30-year-old Daniel Kosienski of Waterloo for DWI. Kosienski was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent blood-alcohol content... more

Boil Water Order lifted throughout Seneca County

UPDATE:  The Town of Seneca Falls has removed the boil water advisory that was in effect for Seneca Falls as of 11:30 am on Friday morning. According to Town officials, all lab reports have come back negative for any type of contaminates. As of 6:30 pm on Friday, the boil water advisory had also been lifted for Fayette and Varick.... more

LORENZETTI: Clarification on race for Seneca County District Attorney

On Monday Sep.11, 2017, I received an anonymous phone call that District Attorney Barry Porsch filed a Notice of Claim against Seneca County. After my own investigating, I learned the notice was for $800,000 and was filed with Seneca County Attorney Frank Fisher’s office on day 89 (Sept. 8, 2017) of 90 days allowed for that action. The notice was... more

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

Several important races are taking place in Seneca County, which will have long-term impacts on life for those voters getting ready to cast a ballot. The race for District Attorney has maintained it’s competitiveness — despite the incumbent, District Attorney Barry Porsch successfully fending off a primary bid by challenger Joe Sapio. Sapio stayed in the race after winning the... more

Still no agreement on south Seneca County sewer study

Supervisor Bob Hayssen, R-Varick, came to Tuesday’s Seneca County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee meeting with a new proposal for a study of sanitary sewer system expansion in the south end of the county. He was hoping for committee support in the form of approving a motion to appropriate $30,000 in county funds, plus disbursements, for the study by... more

Multiple departments respond to barn fire in Fayette

Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Border City Fire, and the Fayette FastTeam were called to the area of Watts Rd. and Canoga Rd. for the report of the barn fire. First responders say a tanker task force was requested to the scene, which involved a hay fire inside a barn. The fire was put out after a short period of time, and... more

Fleur De Lis Brew Works announces Friday night euchre tournaments

Fleur De Lis Brew Works, is hosting a four-month series of euchre tournaments. Starting Friday, November 11 and continuing once a month on Fridays through February, the Seneca Falls craft beer parlour opens its doors to card players. Beth Partee, partner and Craft Beer Parlour Manager says “the newly added space is perfect for this type of event.” The blind... more

SOCCER: Romulus girls advance in upset win, South Seneca falls to Cuba

Thanks to a late goal in the first half by Ashlynn Currier on an assist from Lydia Seils, Romulus, tenth seeded, defeated Bradford, seventh seeded in an upset win in Class D, 1-0. Romulus is moving on to the next round. Hannah Burch posted two goals and two assists, and Delaney Morris had two goals as the No. 12 Rebels... more

Sen. Helming takes part in Finger Lakes Works event

Senator Pam Helming attended the “Finger Lakes Works … with their hands!” event hosted by the Geneva-based Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board at Rodman Lott & Sons Farms in Seneca Falls. More than 800 students from area schools and BOCES districts spent the day exploring careers in construction, skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and alternative energy. More than 50 businesses, trade... more
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