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Krause, Ontario County part ways; Brian Young named County Administrator

Krause, Ontario County part ways; Brian Young named County Administrator
Prior to Thursday’s regular meeting of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors the Government Operations & Insurance and Ways & Means Committees held a special meeting to consider approval of resolutions to approve a separation agreement between Ontario County and County Administrator Mary Krause.  The resolutions also appointed a new County Administrator. The Committees considered these issues behind closed doors in... more

Supervisors focus on COVID-19 pandemic, local crisis at monthly meeting in Ontario County

Supervisors focus on COVID-19 pandemic, local crisis at monthly meeting in Ontario County
The main focus of the meeting was the County’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. Ontario County Public Health Director Mary L. Beer reported that the County had 14 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 3 individuals hospitalized, 58 individuals in self-isolation/quarantine, and no deaths. Beer stated that self-isolated/quarantined individuals were regularly checked on by County staff. Beer also informed the Board that... more

Geneva will host ‘working sessions’ each month, public works shakeup possible

‘Working Sessions’ coming to Geneva, potential shakeup in public works
The most hotly debated topic of the evening was a proposal by Councilmember Frank Gaglianese III (At-Large) to consolidate positions at the Department of Public Works. Gaglianese proposed consolidating functions by asking the Director of Public Works to shift some duties, such as sidewalk inspections, to lower level employees while taking on other higher-level functions such as engineering responsibilities for... more

Community lured out into the cold for 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival (photos & more)

Community lured out into the cold for 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival
Hundreds of visitors to Downtown Canandaigua enjoyed the 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival sponsored by the Canandaigua Business Improvement District (BID). BID Director Denise Chaapel said that the festival was originally developed as a way to get the community to come out and frequent local businesses during the winter months when business traditionally slowed. Chaapel also said that the... more

Ontario County continues push to recover $2.4M in funds

Ontario County continues push to recover $2.4M in funds
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors met for its regular monthly meeting. The Board considered and approved a total of 52 resolutions. Board Chairman John Marren (Victor) said that the most important resolution of the night was the resolution presented by the Ways & Means Committee that called on the State of New York to restore $2,391,000 in... more

Canandaigua task force takes shape to look at downtown revitalization

Canandaigua looks at Geneva’s Linden as it weighs revitalization of Phoenix St.
On Thursday, Canandaigua City Council considered a resolution to create a task force to evaluate the possibility of moving forward with revitalization of the Phoenix Street area often referred to as “Blood Alley”. Phoenix Street between Main and Lafayette gained the nickname “Blood Alley” because it was once a location for brawls, drugs, and many other crimes. Phoenix Street property... more

Fees on the rise, but additional council meetings possible in Geneva

Fees on the rise, but additional council meetings possible in Geneva
The Council considered several resolutions, including a proposal to increase the fees for licensing dogs in the City of Geneva. The current fees are $15 annually for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 annually for dogs that are not spayed or neutered.  The resolution called for increasing the fees $5 to $20 annually for spayed or neutered dogs and $10 to... more

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to impose an occupancy tax of up to three percent (3%) on lodging facilities of three rooms or less.  Currently, New York’s tax code exempts these facilities from the occupancy tax. According to the resolution, Ontario County’s tourism promotion agency is proposing the occupancy tax change to “level the... more