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School resource officer charged in Seneca County

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Investigators with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office report the arrest of a 20-year-old Interlaken resident following an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. Elesia M. Panipinto, 20, of Interlaken was charged with official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. She’s accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an eighth grade student. The student is from... more

Two prisons will close; those in Seneca, Cayuga counties will not

Two prisons will close; those in Seneca, Cayuga counties will not
State corrections officials on Friday announced two prisons will close in Manhattan and Livingston County within the next 90 days following an official review and authorization in the newly adopted state budget. Livingston Correctional Facility in Livingston County and Lincoln Correctional Facility in New York City will both close, which currently house a combined 939 inmates. Lincoln, the smaller facility,... more

F.L.X Fry Bird will replace Finger Lakes Gift and Lounge in Geneva

F.L.X Fry Bird will replace Finger Lakes Gift and Lounge in Geneva
Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, called the FLounge by many, is closing, owner Dave Linger said on Friday. However, the space won’t be empty long, as F.L.X. Frybird, owned by Christopher Bates and Isabel Bogadtke, will be moving from its small Linden Street location into the FLounge space in June, said Linger, who informed FLounge employees Friday morning of the... more

GOP state senator to seek US Rep. Collins’ western NY seat

GOP state senator to seek US Rep. Collins’ western NY seat
Republican New York state Senator Chris Jacobs of Buffalo is running for the congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins. Jacobs told The Buffalo News on Friday that Collins isn’t an effective advocate for his western New York district. He said he’s prepared to challenge Collins in the Republican primary if he seeks re-election. In a statement, Collins... more

Economic developer says broadband access major challenge

Broadband challenges remain in Wayne County
Brian Pincelli, Wayne County’s director of economic development, said broadband service is no longer a luxury, but a necessity — nearly on par with a utility. However, said Pincelli, there are rural sections of Wayne County where broadband access is still lacking — and in far-greater numbers than government estimates. According to the Wayne County Department of Economic Development and... more

Cayuga Power Plant will shut down, converting to data center

Cayuga Power Plant to close down, convert to data center
According to a report from Tompkins County Legislator Michael Sigler, the Cayuga Power Plant will be closing down next year. The power plant is planning on converting the plant into a data center and “becoming a significant energy user instead of producer,” according to Sigler. The announcement was made during a Town of Lansing Board meeting on May 15. The... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues
A Mentz resident was arrested on felony charges following an investigation involving deputies and CPS investigators. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Timothy K. Hoisington, 27, of Mentz when he was found to be operating a marijuana growth operation. Members of the Sheriff’s Office – who were working with Cayuga County Child Protective Services responded to the... more

‘CannaBusiness’ symposium looks at business prospect of marijuana legalization

‘CannaBusiness’ symposium helps prepare area for recreational marijuana, if Albany OK’s it
Hundreds packed the ‘CannaBusiness’ symposium in Rochester on Thursday, learning more how they can prepare for recreational marijuana, if it can get legalized. Leaders in the business, health, and law enforcement sectors all spoke about their concerns and hopes regarding recreational marijuana. Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy says the chamber has no position on legalized recreational marijuana, but... more

Trust fund for water infrastructure projects? Rep. Katko says that could work

Trust fund for water infrastructure projects? Rep. Katko says that could work
U.S. Rep. John Katko is partnering with an Oregon Democrat to push for the creation of a federal trust fund to support water infrastructure projects across the country. Katko, R-Camillus, is the original cosponsor of a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer to establish the fund that would help states repair and upgrade drinking water systems. The fund would... more

U.S. Senate confirms new members to International Joint Commission

U.S. Senate confirms new members to International Joint Commission
Federal lawmakers have confirmed three new members of the International Joint Commission, Senator Schumer announced Thursday. Jane Corwin has been confirmed as the next U.S. chairwoman of the IJC, and Robert Sisson and Lance Yohe were added as commissioners for the IJC. The IJC is the agency that is responsible for overseeing water levels in Lake Ontario. A change to... more

Geneva Housing Authority gets $455K for improvements

Geneva Housing Authority gets $455,000 for improvements
The Geneva Housing Authority is getting a $455,000 federal grant that will be used for a number of improvements. The grant, announced by Rep. Tom Reed, R-23 of Corning, comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair access to quality housing,” Reed said in a recent press release. “This... more

Seneca County urged to prepare solid waste management plan

Seneca County urged to prepare solid waste management plan
Seneca County does not have a state-mandated solid waste management plan. Valerie Sandlas, chairwoman of the Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee, asked the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to take steps to begin working on that plan. She noted that the county is host to the state’s largest landfill, Seneca Meadows in Seneca Falls, and that under Local Law... more

Golf courses worried proposed New York bill would hike taxes

Golf courses worried proposed New York bill would hike taxes
Golf course owners and operators across New York worry a new tax proposal would mean putting away their clubs and parking their carts for good. The bill proposed by lawmakers downstate would allow cities and town to hike up property taxes based on an assessment of the property’s highest and best use rather than its current use. It would impact... more

Auburn council wants more help with repairing local roads

Auburn council slams state (again) on lack of road repair assistance
The Auburn City Council is continuing to request more funding from the state to repair Auburn roads. In a letter to state Assemblyman Gary Finch, Auburn Mayor Michael Quill said that a supplemental capital budget — that could have included additional funding for road repair — was expected to be approved by the end of April. There has been no... more

Federal grant to help Auburn providers treat opioid use disorder

Federal grant to help Auburn providers treat opioid use disorder
Two Auburn-based service providers have been jointly awarded a $350,000 grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced Thursday. East Hill Family Medical and Confidential Help for Alcohol and Drugs, both in Auburn, were awarded the grant as part of a $5.25 million funding initiative to expand access to medication-assisted treatment,... more

Cayuga County-area wineries, distillery take medals at competition

Cayuga County-area wineries, distillery take medals at competition
Several Cayuga County-area wineries and one distillery took medals at the 19th annual Finger Lakes Wine International Wine Competition held in April in Rochester. More than 2,800 wines from more than 450 wineries in 42 states and 16 countries were entered into the competition. They were evaluated by a panel of 54 judges (27 men and 27 women) representing distributors,... more