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‘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

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

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

PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 NWHF Induction Ceremony at del Lago

GALLERY: Behind the scenes at the NWHOF induction ceremony at del Lago
– Gallery by Gabriel Pietrorazio An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently a reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at gabriel@fingerlakes1.com. more

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online
A formal draft of Seneca County’s economic development strategic plan is now officially available for public review and comment. The public comment period starts today and will continue through Nov. 1. Seneca County’s draft plan is available for public review and comments at www.seneca-economy.com. The Seneca County IDA started the strategic planning process last year by identifying the community’s economic... more

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’
Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for their upcoming productions of both male and female versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on September 16 & 17. Seneca Community Players will be producing both plays simultaneously and they will run on opposite nights November 15, 16 and 17 and November 22, 23 and 24. This classic... more

Flooding, power outages reported in Ontario, Seneca counties after severe storms roll through on Sunday

Strong storms lash Ontario, Seneca counties on Sunday
It was another day of strong thunderstorms for parts of the Finger Lakes on Sunday, as storms moved through – causing downed trees, power outages, and street flooding. This was particularly the case in Ontario and Seneca counties, who were hardest hit by an afternoon cell, which was severe warned by the National Weather Service. @RobertSpetaWX Exchange St in Geneva... more

Wilmot family sells out of del Lago; Peninsula Pacific takes over as sole owner

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The Wilmot family is getting out of the casino business. This week the Tyre Town Board unanimously approved a resolution, paving the way for Peninsula Pacific to take over as sole owner of Del Lago Resort & Casino, located in Tyre. In a statement, Tom Wilmot Sr. said this is an opportunity that will have long-term benefits for all owners,... more

Police: Vehicle didn’t have appropriate emergency lights leading up to crash at busy SF intersection

Police: Traffic tickets pending after two-car crash at Rt 414, North Rd. intersection in Seneca Falls
Police say one person suffered minor injuries after a local first responder en route to a call missed a red light, causing an accident. On Thursday at 5:43 p.m. the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department responded along with the Seneca Falls Fire Department and North Seneca Ambulance for personal injury crash at the intersection of State Route 414 and... more

What’s next for Seneca Falls, Seneca County after Tuesday’s ‘No Confidence’ vote

What’s next for Seneca Falls, Seneca County after Tuesday’s ‘No Confidence’ vote
After Tuesday’s stunning 4-0 vote of ‘No Confidence’ by the Seneca Falls Town Board — questions loom about how the Town of Seneca Falls arrived at adopting a resolution, which took apart Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro’s tumultuous tenure piece-by-piece. The resolution was introduced by then-Deputy Supervisor Lou Ferrara, and seconded by Councilman Vic Porretta. While it would be passed unanimously,... more

Junius home damaged by fire; Magee first responder transported to GGH for heat exhaustion

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  Deputies say that one firefighter had to be transported to Geneva General Hospital following a structure fire on Whiskey Hill Road in the Town of Junius. While the fire was quickly extinguished by first responders upon arrival – and none of the occupants were hurt – the Magee firefighter suffered heat exhaustion, according to deputies. The fire was reported... more

Fire investigation team, Mercy Flight both respond to reported garage fire in Seneca Co.

Fire investigation team, Mercy Flight both respond to reported garage fire in Seneca Co.
First responders were called to a garage fire on State Route 414 in the Magee Fire District Monday afternoon. Several departments were initially called to the scene, which was described as a fully-involved garage fire. Magee Fire on scene of a working garage fire on Route 414, North Seneca Ambo also responding and first alarm requested. — SenecaCountyFireWire (@scfw_50) July... more

EXPERIENCE IN SENECA: Primary for District Attorney in final days

EXPERIENCE IN SENECA: Primary for District Attorney in final days
The two men squaring off Tuesday in a three-party primary election for Seneca County district attorney are touting their experience — albeit in different ways. Christopher Folk is leaning on the combination of his seven years as Waterloo town judge and his managerial skills in the high-tech sector, which he believes can improve how the DA’s office runs. “One of... more
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