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Seneca County Democrats endorse candidates

The Seneca County Democratic Committee has endorsed two new challengers for seats on the Board of Supervisors. Ben Guthrie was endorsed to run on the Democratic line for supervisor in the town of Covert, a position now held by Republican Michael Reynolds. Rachel Weil garnered Democratic support for an at-large county supervisor seat from Seneca Falls. Party officials are seeking... more

MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Olan Mack of Seneca Co. House of Concern & holistic health practitioner Isabelle Wellauer of Auburn (podcast)

On this month’s edition of The Melissa Killeleagh Show on FingerLakes1.com, Seneca County House of Concern Executive Director Olan Mack is in-studio to talk about what inspires him to serve his community and to talk about an important fundraiser underway for the organization he leads. Then, meet Isabelle Wellauer, a holistic health practitioner from Auburn, NY. Check out the complete... more

Raises coming for Seneca County employees as supervisors approve increases

It had been an item debated and discussed for months. Perhaps for years. The length of that debate and discussion though fell by the wayside on Tuesday, as the Seneca County Board of Supervisors weighed resolutions that would put employment back on track. A report released earlier in the year highlighted a concerning number of employees, who left for jobs... more

Supervisors hear changes to hazard mitigation plan; flood prevention a priority in Seneca Co.

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard revisions on the Seneca County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is a FEMA sponsored plan adopted in 2008 — looking at prevention of natural disasters. Flooding is the main concern, explained Bill Clark, who provided the update to the board on the matter. Waterloo Town Supervisor Gary Westfall, as well as Waterloo at-large... more

Romulus teen pulls fire alarm, faces felony charge

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday around 9:30 am deputies arrested a 17-year-old Romulus resident for falsely reporting an incident. Deputies say that a minor allegedly pulled a fire alarm pull station at a commercial building in Varick. The 17-year-old was subsequently charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident. He was committed to the Seneca County Correctional... more

37th Annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby is Sunday

Will someone catch a 45 pound carp this year? Ted Ralston reeled in a 44.1 once carp last year to capture first place in the 36th annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby. Ralston caught his first place fish at the Oak Island bridge The 37th annual Carp Derby will be on Sunday, June 11, at Oak Island. Fishing can take place... more

18th-century Cornell University Library map details Seneca & Cayuga villages

A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture collections... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Seneca Supervisors Churchill & Lorenzetti in-studio (podcast)

Seneca County Supervisors Cindy Lorenzetti (Fayette) and Steve Churchill (Seneca Falls) appear in-studio to talk about the major issues facing their board. Also, Steve Churchill makes an announcement regarding the end of his current term. Check out the full episode below, originally streamed live on Monday afternoon inside the new FingerLakes1.com Studios… more

Fish-killing disease VHS confirmed in Cayuga Lake, first in Finger Lakes in decade

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of a fish-killing virus in Cayuga Lake. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) has killed thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake, which runs north-south between Seneca Falls and Ithaca. VHS, which poses no threat to humans, causes hemorrhaging of fish tissue and internal organs. It has impacted fish populations... more

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

GolfJay.com: The Players Championship recap show (podcast)

Join Jim Sinicropi, Rhett Ticconi and Doug Brown to talk golf for sixty minutes. Recap Si Woo Kim’s victory at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC-Sawgrass and talk about the controversy between Ian Poulter, Steve Elkington and Brandel Chamblee. Also, a look ahead to the Bryon Nelson Classic at TPC Four Seasons Resort. more

INSIDE THE FLX: Supervisors Davidson, Lorenzetti discuss Seneca County (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso was joined by Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti and Lodi Town Supervisor Lee Davidson to discuss a variety of ongoing issues in Seneca County. Among the items discussed were a potential water authority, employee compensation, future development in the County as a whole, and the expectations moving forward for... more

Judge rules against Seneca County: Siragusa rejects claim against Cayuga Indian Nation over tax issue

Federal District Court Judge Charles Siragusa has dismissed a counter claim filed by Seneca County against the Cayuga Indian Nation. The claim sought a declaratory judgment that land purchased by the Nation since 2008 is not part of a recognized reservation and therefore subject to local property taxes. The Rochester judge rejected the county’s argument that the more than 1,000... more

Future of depot proceeds takes center stage at Seneca County meeting

It had been a few months, but the Seneca Army Depot issue was back before the Seneca County Supervisors at their regular May meeting, which was held on Tuesday. A resolution to request that the proceeds from the sale of the depot to Earl Martin was on the table. The resolution asked the Industrial Development Agency to turn over the... more

Depot property assessed at $8.2M

The long-awaited tentative assessment on the nearly 7,000 acres at the former Seneca Army Depot that Earl Martin wants to buy is in. The number is $8,212,600, according to Ann Morgan, assessor for the towns of Romulus, Varick, Ovid, Lodi and Covert. Morgan divided the land into three parcels and assessed each one separately. The total acreage of the three... 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
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