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‘ALARMING AND ILLEGAL’: FBI, NYSP investigating online posts made by Port Byron students

FBI investigating ‘alarming and illegal’ internet posts made by Port Byron students
Officials with the Port Byron School District say that ‘alarming’ and ‘illegal’ posts online are subject of an investigation involving the FBI and State Police. Superintendent Neil O’Brien confronted the issue in a letter to parents and guardians on Friday. The letter can be read in-full below. He told parents to talk to their children and remind them that it... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

One dead after boat launch accident in Cayuga County

One dead after boat launch accident
The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports that a man died in the Town of Conquest following a boat launch accident along the Seneca River. The accident happened Friday afternoon just off Route 38, according to WSYR-TV. An investigation is underway. It’s unclear what exactly happened – but early indications suggest that the vehicle became submerged while attempting to back the... more

FOLIAGE REPORT: Explore the Finger Lakes as colors of fall arrive!

FOLIAGE REPORT: Explore the Finger Lakes this weekend as colors
Colors are finally being spotted around the region; and this weekend – the weather should cooperate at least 50 percent of the time. Get out and enjoy fall in the Finger Lakes. Check out the latest foliage reports below to plan your getaway! Finger Lakes In the Finger Lakes, Chemung County reports from Elmira predict 75% change and near-peak leaves by the weekend,... more

Shortage of high-dose vaccine impacting seniors

Shortage of high-dose vaccine impacting seniors
If you’re a senior, and you need the high dose flu vaccine, you may be having trouble getting your flu shot. That’s because there’s a shortage in the high-dose vaccine for those 65 and older. The NewsChannel 9 Your Stories Team has heard from several people dealing with this issue. Phyllis Vanhorn and her husband ran into roadblocks at both... more

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods

NY money available for homes damaged by Lake Ontario floods
Homeowners with property damage from flooding along Lake Ontario this year can apply for financial assistance from the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $20 million is available for homeowners in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties. Homeowners can get up to $50,000 for flood damage to their primary residence. Aid to repair secondary... more

Auburn seeks feedback on use of development funds

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The city of Auburn is seeking input on how to distribute Community Development Block Grant funds over the next five years. The funds, which come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, assist city residents and areas of low to moderate income. Possible uses of the funds could include park improvements, sewer and water line replacement, sidewalk improvements, clearance/demolition,... more

Trio of legislature candidates in Cayuga County fail to disclose campaign finances

Trio of legislature candidates in Cayuga County fail to disclose campaign finances
Three Republican candidates for the Cayuga County Legislature did not file required campaign finance disclosures within a mandated deadline, while a fourth candidate’s disclosures did not include expenditures, state records show. District 10 candidate Ed Darrow, District 8 candidate Hans Pecher, and District 14 incumbent Michael Didio have not filed the 32-day financial disclosure forms required by the state, with... more

Cayuga County man arraigned on dozens of child pornography charges

Springport man arraigned on dozens of child pornography charges
A 54-year-old Cayuga County resident pleaded not guilty to all counts in a 49-count indictment accusing him of possessing and promoting child sexual performances. According to The Citizen, Richard Potter, of 741 Conners Road in Springport, pleaded not guilty to all counts. He was charged with 26 counts of promoting a sexual performance of a child, 22 counts of possessing... more

FLX WEEKLY: Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive, your October weekend ahead and Union Block in Penn Yan (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive, your October weekend ahead and Union Block in Penn Yan (podcast)
Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive is in-studio to talk about how you can support their organization this month before a look at some great local fall photos, a look at your October weekend ahead and a review of some stops on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail including the new Union Block Restaurant in Penn Yan. . more

Auburn McDonald’s set to re-open after construction

Auburn McDonald’s set to re-open after construction
After closing down this May for a complete teardown and rebuild, the Genesee Street McDonald’s restaurant in Auburn is reopening Friday Oct. 11. The new structure is a complete redesign of interior and exterior of the restaurant, and includes a number of new features designed to enhance the customer experience, owner Courtney Feehan said. Read more from the Citizen more

Gov. Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding

Cuomo directs DEC to sue IJC over Lake Ontario flooding
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is filing a lawsuit against the International Joint Commission for its mismanagement of Lake Ontario water levels that caused catastrophic damage to shoreline communities. As a direct result of the IJC’s mismanagement, extremely high water levels exacerbated damage to residences and businesses, swept away large swaths of... more

Decision likely near on Cayuga County emergency director

Decision likely near on Cayuga County emergency director
The search for a new director for the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office could soon come to a close, as a search committee for the position recently began interviewing several candidates. The Emergency Management Office has been without a director or any full-time staff since earlier this year. In January, then newly-appointed Director W. Douglas Whittaker and Deputy Director Maureen Conley... more

Lakefront residents hope for the best as New York State files suit against IJC

Lakefront residents hope for the best as New York State files suit against IJC
Sodus Point resident Tom Piekunka’s lakefront backyard has seen its share of flooding, both in 2017 and this year. It’s mostly dry now, that doesn’t mean the problems have dried up. “The ground isn’t steady, we’ve got different pressures pushing on the foundations,” Piekunka said. All of which, he says, is due to the high lake levels and mismanagement by the... more

Auburn co-defendants get more prison time for not appearing at original sentencing

Auburn co-defendants get more prison time for not appearing at original sentencing
Co-defendants in a Finger Lakes Drug Task Force cocaine case were sentenced in Cayuga County Court on Wednesday to more time in prison. Amy Kocur and Kenneth Shelton Sr., formerly of 15 Madison Ave. in Auburn, were each supposed to be sentenced on July 23 to three years of incarceration followed by two years of parole. Read more from the Auburn Citizen more

Ribbon-cutting event planned for new Auburn VA clinic

Ribbon-cutting event planned for new Auburn VA clinic
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for a recently opened veterans outpatient clinic in Auburn. The event will be held Friday at the clinic, which is located at 47 E. Genesee St. and opened in August, according to a news release from the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Syracuse center and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gave the contract... more

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO says $5M worth of assault rifles destroyed

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO says $5M worth of assault rifles destroyed
Perhaps the biggest sporting goods chain makes a statement against assault rifles. The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods said the company has destroyed more than $5 million worth of assault rifles and turned them into scrap metal. Last year the retail chain announced it would stop carrying the rifles following the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Dick’s also said... more
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