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What’s behind the fence at former Seneca Army Depot?

The question as they set off: Would they see the famous Seneca white deer living inside the vast preserve now known as Deer Haven Park? Answer: Yes. Long before the conclusion of the first public tour of the year Thursday at the former Seneca Army Depot, a busload of visitors got more than a glimpse of nearly a dozen snowy... 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

REMEMBERING SAMPSON: It’s been 75 years since the Navy built its training station on the shores of Seneca Lake

No one can say Seneca County didn’t do its fair share for America during World War II and the Korean War. In 1941, the federal government bought out hundreds of farms, homes and businesses in Varick and Romulus to create the 10,700-acre Seneca Army Depot. Hundreds were displaced, forced to move after being required to accept the government’s payment for... 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

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

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

Tours will start at former depot in November

White Deer Tours of the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus will begin Thursday, November 16, Seneca White Deer President Dennis Money announced today. The world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer form the centerpiece of the tours, which will also feature military artifacts from decades as a major weapons storage facility. Reservations for the tours can be made online... 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

STATE POLICE: Town of Varick Court Clerk stole over $166K

On Thursday, State Police arrested 44-year-old Town of Varick resident and Varick Court Clerk, Julie Dougherty, on the felony charge of Grand Larceny in the Second degree. The arrest is the result of a six-month joint investigation by State Police, the Seneca County District Attorney Office and the Unified Court System’s Internal Audit Services Unit. The charge alleges that Dougherty... more

Bender agrees to stay Cayuga Indian Nation property transfer order

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Dennis Bender has agreed to stay his Sept. 8 order transferring Cayuga Indian Nation businesses and properties from one rival faction to another, if one faction posts a $2 million bond. In a seven-page ruling issued late Tuesday, Bender also denied a request from Seneca County Attorney Frank Fisher to have a bond posted to... more

Towns, villages coming together to address municipal services in Seneca County

On Tuesday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard public comments on water and sewer issues. However, some action taken in the last week made for an interesting discussion at Tuesday’s meeting. The supervisors learned that a quasi-special committee met on Thursday to discuss expansion of municipal water and sewer service in the southern portion of the county. The Towns... more

Sheriff: Varick resident threatened to shoot victim during domestic

Deputies arrested a 47-year-old Varick resident after a domestic incident. Joseph M. Jacobs, 47, of Varick was charged with second-degree harassment after allegedly threatening to shoot a resident during a domestic incident. The incident took place on October 3rd around 6:50 am. The charges will be answered in Romulus Town Court. more
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