UPDATE: Suspect in Montezuma standoff threatened Wayne Co. judge

A man was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff in Montezuma, according to state police. The incident unfolded at 7391 Fuller Road, which resulted in the roadway being shut down for several hours. While the incident was called in around 1 pm, the road re-opened at 6:45 pm. There weren’t any hostages or victims involved, but the man inside... more

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes

New York could take in up to $678 million in tax revenue in a year if it legalizes marijuana for recreational use, according to a long-awaited report issued Friday by the state Department of Health. The state Health Department's 74-page report officially backed the legalization of marijuana, concluding that the "positive effects" outweigh the "potential negative effects." That conclusion was... more

Seneca County supervisors debate support for Sampson dog show

Should Seneca County provide financial support to the organizers of the 31st annual Wine Country Circuit Dog Show at Sampson State Park? That question was raised at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Romulus Supervisor David Kaiser broached the subject, calling the American Kennel Club dog show a “big event and an important attraction” for the county to retain. Kaiser noted... more

Newfield man arrested for stealing over $7,000 in unemployment benefits

A Newfield man was arrested this week after a New York State Police investigation revealed he stole several thousand dollars of unemployment benefits. Ransome S. VanRiper, 40, was arrested on Wednesday at 9:56 a.m. and is charged with felony third-degree grand larceny. Police say VanRiper is accused of stealing over $7,000 dollars in unemployment benefits in 2014 while he was... more

Taughannock closed for weekend due to suspected Harmful Algal Bloom

Following reports of a suspected algal bloom at Taughannock Falls State Park, the swimming area has been closed for the weekend until further notice. Cayuga Lake is currently being monitored for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB's), a visually identifiable bacteria which is blue or green in color and slightly resembles wet paint. People are advised to steer clear of the toxic... more

ALGAE WATCH: City of Syracuse testing Skaneateles Lake water once a week

This summer, Skaneateles Lakes looks beautiful — and so far, no signs of algae. Despite that, the City of Syracuse, which gets its drinking water from Skaneateles Lake, is increasing its monitoring of algae. The Syracuse Water Department has developed its first-ever plan to monitor the lake. Developing a plan became a priority after last September’s first-ever algae detection. While the drinking water... more

Warren “absolutely” wants Pegulas running Blue Cross Arena long-term

Mayor Lovely Warren introduced Pegula Sports as the interim manager of Blue Cross Arena on Friday, with an eye toward a long-term deal. “Absolutely that is the plan,” she said when asked if the city wanted the Rochester Americans, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills owners in charge from now on. The interim pact will run from Aug. 1 through Dec.... more

Doubledays can’t capitalize on chances in extra innings loss to Spinners

Auburn sent the game to extra innings, but Lowell had its best inning of the day in the 10th. The Spinners batted around and plated three runs on four hits to top the Doubledays, 8-5, at Falcon Park Friday. With the win, Lowell sweeps the three-game series. The Doubledays loaded the bases in both the seventh and eighth, but only... more

Katko for Congress has $1.6M for re-election campaign against Dana Balter

With less than four months to go until Election Day, U.S. Rep. John Katko has a significant financial advantage over Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $514,977 in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign spent $153,859 from April 1 through June 30. At the end of the fundraising... more

Auburn, CCC discuss $3M project to turn Falcon Park into multi-sport facility

The city of Auburn and Cayuga Community College are in the process of negotiating a deal that would require the city to make $3 million in upgrades to Falcon Park and allow the college to have greater use of the park's facilities and expand its athletic offerings. City Manager Jeff Dygert and CCC President Brian Durant shared details about the... more

Cornell researcher points to myriad causes of harmful algal blooms

Cornell University ecosystem scientist Dr. Robert Howarth thinks he may have an answer for why harmful algal blooms on the region's lakes last year were so bad, according to a presentation he gave to the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday. For background, Howarth explained that, until the past decade or so, the academic consensus around harmful algal blooms... more

Swimming area at Wells College closed because of algae blooms

The swimming area next to the dock at Wells College has been closed under an order by the Cayuga County Department of Health due to the presence of harmful algal blooms. The college said in a news release Thursday that although the beach is on land owned by the college, the day-to-day operations of the beach and its swimming area... more

del Lago’s Savor del Lago raises nearly $900 for Seneca Falls Read & Feed Program

del Lago Resort & Casino hosted another successful Savor del Lago event on June 30th, with proceeds benefitting Seneca Falls Read & Feed. The Summer Read & Feed Program provides lunch to any child 18 or younger at either of its feeding locations: Seneca Falls Public Library and Cady Stanton School. Lunch is offered from 11:45AM to 12:45PM Monday, July... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to burglarizing home, threatening victim with knife

While pleading guilty to first-degree burglary Thursday in Cayuga County Court, Leslie McLeod had one request for the judge: more time on post-release supervision. The 44-year-old had agreed to admit to the class B felony in exchange for six years in prison and five years post-release supervision. But for the first time in Judge Thomas Leone's career, a defendant asked... more

Syracuse women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman gets contract extension through 2024

Syracuse women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman reached a long-term deal with SU Athletics to continue coaching through 2024 on Thursday, according to an SU Athletics press release. “I am very fortunate and appreciative of this opportunity,” Hillsman said in the release. Since beginning at SU in 2006, Hillsman’s compiled a 241-127 overall record, took the Orange to the NCAA... more

Auburn, CCC discuss $3M project at Falcon Park

The city of Auburn and Cayuga Community College are in the process of negotiating a deal that would require the city to make $3 million in upgrades to Falcon Park and allow the college to have greater use of the park’s facilities and expand its athletic offerings. City Manager Jeff Dygert and CCC President Brian Durant shared details about the project... more
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