Wayne County joins others across state in search of mandate relief

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Wayne County Administrator Rick House joined other officials from across the state to lobby in Albany for unfunded mandate relief. House visited the Governor’s mansion with other members of the New York State Association of Counties, which represents county leaders all across the state, to seek some relief from state mandates.... more

Wayne County Clerk urges residents to renew locally at your DMV

By Tammy Whitacre For years, Wayne County Clerk Michael Jankowski has worked to educate residents when it comes to helping the county they live in. The “notice to Wayne County residents” urges them to bring their renewals for vehicle registration and driver’s licenses to their local Department of Motor Vehicles in Lyons and forgo returning the payment in the pre-addressed... more

The Nature Conservancy to restore Sodus Bay Wetlands

The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a $193,521 grant from the Sustain Our Great Lakes program to restore and enhance more than 115 acres of wetland habitat in Sodus Bay by reconnecting floodplain habitat and assessing road-stream crossings that prevent fish from reaching spawning habitats. The effort is a partnership among Save our Sodus, the State University of New York... more

Sodus Point postal worker who stole $20K sentenced to probation

A former postal employee in Wayne County has been sentenced for stealing nearly $20,000. Jennifer Passeck, 27, of Sodus Point, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to two years of probation after pleading guilty to theft of public money. The probation will include six months of home detention. Finger Lakes Times – News: Read More more

New Birding Guide is offered by Wayne County Tourism

This unique guide was compiled by author and biologist, Susan Petersen Gateley, who has extensive experience locating birds in Wayne County. Laurie Dirkx, a local conservationist photographer, has contributed her favorite bird photographs and Montezuma Audubon Center’s Director Chris Lajewski also assisted with the new Wayne County Birding Guide. Read More Life in the Finger Lakes:  Read More more

Wolcott man charged after drunkenly crashing boat in June

Lawrence Wiegele, 49, was arrested three months after a boating accident in JuneA Wolcott man was arrested three months after a boating accident in June and was charged with assault and driving a boat while drunk. On June 11, police responded to a boat accident out on Sodus Bay around 11 p.m. Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the... more

Wayne County postal employee pleads guilty to stealing $20K

Deputies say 26-year-old Jennifer Passeck stole the money while working as a relief postmaster in the Sodus Point post office between March 2013 to March 2015. They say the theft totaled up to $20K in stamp revenues, post office box rental payments, and money orders. Passeck pled guilty to theft of public money. She faces up to ten years in... more

Man rescued from Lake Ontario near Sodus after jumping from boat

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts reports that on Saturday, the Wayne County Marine Patrol conducted a water rescue on Lake Ontario. The rescue occurred just north of Sodus Bay Channel when Casey L. Weeks, 43, of Lyons jumped from a 1934 vintage 38-foot boat owned and operated by Norman H. Vanderbilt, 58, of Sodus. Vanderbilt was unaware that Weeks had... more

Video: Boat catches fire on Sodus Bay, destroyed after burning for 20 minutes

Photo by Wayne Stoutner A boat was destroyed Sunday after it caught fire on Sodus Bay. While little information is currently known about the fire – reports indicate that everyone aboard safely made it ashore. Eagle Island, which is a short distance from where the boat began to burn was where the occupants ended up. An investigation is underway and... more
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