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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

Cato woman facing three years in prison for drug-related felony

Cato woman facing three years in prison for drug-related felony
A Cato woman is facing three years of prison time after she pleaded guilty to a drug-related felony Tuesday in Cayuga County Court. Tabitha Ferguson, 38, of 10636 Shortcut Road, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony. She had intended to sell a narcotic preparation to another person in Auburn. The Citizen: Read... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Cato-Meridian school board candidates discuss plans

Cato-Meridian school board candidates discuss plans
Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education hopefuls debated issues and made their arguments at a candidate forum and district budget hearing Monday night. Kathleen Bratt, the board vice president, Kristin Cox, Timothy Hulbert and Nicholas Schmitt are aiming for three open three-year positions. The candidates spoke in front of over 25 people. The Citizen: Read More more

William LeVea seeks parole for the 6th time while serving sentence for deadly Cato wreck

William LeVea seeks parole for the 6th time while serving sentence for deadly Cato wreck
William LeVea is trying for his sixth time to get released early from prison, for an alcohol-fueled road-rage killing in 2009. LeVea chased 41-year-old Christopher Spack in Cato for miles, repeatedly ramming his SUV into Spack's truck until Spack spun out and was sent careening into the path of another truck. Spack died in the crash. LeVea is serving 6... more

Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose

Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose
Voters weighed in Tuesday as several of Cayuga County’s villages as well as Jordan and Skaneateles in Onondaga County held elections, with races for mayor, trustee, and in one case, village justice. Out of the races, only two were contested, with many incumbents going unopposed or newcomers taking vacated seats without a challenge. Here are results that were reported on... more

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan
The Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking to others to assist mapping out its strategic plan for the next five years, the district recently announced. The district is making a plan that includes long-term goals and smaller objectives, according to a press release on the district’s website. The district board of education held a special meeting in October centered on... more

Cato-Meridian’s Chalon works to become one of the top players in Cayuga County

Cato-Meridian’s Chalon works to become one of the top players in Cayuga County
Despite being more than six feet tall, Cassie Chalon spent most of her freshman season on the bench. Not getting much playing experience or training before joining the varsity team, the young basketball player wasn’t trusted enough for regular minutes. But instead of complaining about playing time, Chalon did what she and her mom thought was right. She worked for... more

Change in Cato Town Clerk’s hours may go to referendum

Change in Cato Town Clerk’s hours may go to referendum
A proposed change to the business hours for the Cato Town Clerk was postponed Tuesday night after the town board decided to explore the possibility of putting the changes on the ballot. Originally, the board was considering a local law changing the hours for Town Clerk Jody Snyder to include three or four hours on Saturdays in order for residents... more

Cato Town Board to vote on local law changing clerk’s hours

Cato Town Board to vote on local law changing clerk’s hours
The Cato Town Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed local law that would change the hours of operation for the town clerk. According to Town Supervisor Charles Ray on Monday, the law would change the clerk schedule to work three or four hours on Saturdays. Currently, the clerks office is available nights and... more

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato
The Cayuga County Health Department is advising residents of the Village of Cato and those who use its water supply to boil it before use. This order was issued Saturday afternoon. This comes after part of the village’s water system lost pressure due to a water line repair. Health officials say when this happens, it increases the chance that untreated... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week
Residents in two Cayuga County school districts will decide on school project proposals this week, with neither expected to increase taxes. The first vote, on Tuesday, involves the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s energy performance contract for $2.4 million in upgrades to various systems in the district. The proposal asks whether district residents want the state to pay an additional 10... more

Cato-Meridian schools receive $15,000 from Dollar General campaign

Cato-Meridian schools receive $15,000 from Dollar General campaign
The Cato-Meridian Central School District was greeted with a surprise $15,000 donation Tuesday morning. Dollar General gave the principals for the elementary, middle school and high schools unexpected $5,000 donations for literacy and education initiatives, according to a press release. The donations were a part of a gift due to Dollar General’s “Thanks Giving” holiday campaign. The schools will be... more

Cato-Meridian soccer coach resigns after reported ‘incident’ involving players

Cato-Meridian soccer coach out after students made inappropriate gestures at game
The boys varsity soccer coach at Cato-Meridian High School has resigned in the wake of an apparent incident that took place last week after his team won an overtime match at Onondaga. The coach, Gordon (Geoff) Carvey, this week following an incident in which players apparently made inappropriate gestures around a concrete statue of a Tiger — Onondaga’s mascot —... more

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more
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