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Ontario BOS committee approves use of Casella landfill expansion payments

Ontario BOS committee approves use of Casella landfill expansion payments
The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan on how to use payments it will receive from the operator of the county landfill this year and in 2020. Casella Waste Services agreed in 2015 to make annual payments to the county totaling $18.3 million over the next 14 years, at $1.3... more

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death
A lawsuit against an Auburn man who served prison time for a conviction related to an Auburn woman’s overdose death was dismissed Oct. 8 by an appeals court. Matthew M. Malenick was convicted in March 2014 for delaying emergency services to 25-year-old Jessica Gentile, who died of a heroin overdose in his residence on May 9, 2013. Read more from... more

Waverly man charged with threatening President Trump going to prison for sex assault

Waverly man accused of threatening President Trump
A Waverly man who is under federal indictment for allegedly threatening to kill President Donald Trump was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison for his conviction on sexual assault and aggravated assault charges in Bradford County. Jesse Allen Blake, 24, pleaded guilty Aug. 12 to two counts of statutory sexual assault, one count of corruption of minors and a... more

LIFE IN THE FINGER LAKES: Pumpkin Patch Power

Pumpkin Patch Power
A week ago, with pumpkin season in full swing and a full moon rising, Derek Doeffinger headed out to the countryside an hour before sunset. He wasn’t looking for the headless horsemen who terrified Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Instead, Derek wanted to find a full moon rising over a pumpkin patch. Just as the sun set... more

Bill would place special requirements on all single-use plastics

Bill would place special requirements on all single-use plastics
A bill introduced this month by Assemblywoman Pat Fahy would require all single-use plastic containers — items like water bottles — to be made of 75 percent recycled material. “We think it’s doable, although it’s ambitious. We have got to change what we are using in our single-use plastic water bottles,” Fahy said. The idea has stalled in California, but... more

New delay could have big impact on Upstate NY casinos

New delay could have big impact on Upstate NY casinos
A quiet decision by the state Gaming Commission to delay an eagerly awaited study on the future of gambling in New York may have a profound impact on whether the state moves forward with mobile betting and a casino expansion. State leaders are in the midst of considering whether to add private casinos in the New York City area, legalize mobile sports betting and standardize the tax... more

Bail reform laws put crime lab under pressure; some tests must meet 15-day deadline

Bail reform laws put crime lab under pressure; some tests must meet 15-day deadline
The Monroe County Crime Lab will soon be under pressure by new criminal justice laws coming January 1. “It’s really going to put everyone under the gun,” said defense attorney Vince Merante. The laws are included in a bail reform package that limits the time someone accused of a crime can spend in jail prior to their trial. They also... more

Three former Syracuse standouts picked in XFL Draft

Three former Syracuse standouts picked in XFL Draft
Former Orange guard Andrew Tiller, defensive back Jordan Martin and wide receiver Jamal Custis were selected in the inaugural XFL Draft. Held over the past two days via conference call, the draft featured a pool of more than 1,000 players. Picks were announced via social media and players were allocated in four, 10-round phases separated by position groups. The fifth phase was... more

Dundee plans new streetscape, sewer plant

Dundee plans new streetscape, sewer plant
Things are changing in Dundee. The small community in Yates County is taking steps to make major changes a reality in 2020. The first is the Gateway Streetscape Improvement project, which will transform much of the village’s core along Water, Main, and Union Streets, according to the Chronicle-Express. The second project is construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and... more

Finding the Finger Lakes’ oldest winery at the southern end of Keuka Lake

Finding the Finger Lakes’ oldest winery at the southern end of Keuka Lake
At the southern end of Keuka Lake, two miles from Hammondsport in the tiny town of Urbana, is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region. The Pleasant Valley Wine Company dates back to 1860. Back in the day, they were so big they had their own post office in the winery. A railroad track was built on the grounds... more

New beer fest coming to Cayuga County

New beer fest coming to Cayuga County
A new beer festival this weekend will not only offer guests food, live music and samples from several state craft beverage producers, but also the opportunity to meet new people. Happening Saturday at the Springside Inn, the inaugural Owasco Lake Fall Craft Beer Festival is a collaboration between inn owner Sean Lattimore and Octane Social House owner Robert Otterstatter. Read... more

Local conservative radio host says GOP should look at alternatives to Trump in 2020

Local conservative radio host says GOP should look at alternatives to Trump in 2020
Bob Lonsberry, a well-known conservative radio host heard on 570 WSYR, could easily earn himself a derogatory presidential nickname if Donald Trump finds out the new question he’s peddling on the air and in an online essay he recently wrote. Lonsberry, who has been a strong supporter of the president’s policies, questions if it is time for the GOP to dump Mr.... more
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