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

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Cato-Meridian schools developing new security measures

In response to school security issues local and nationwide, the Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking at new safety and security measures. District Superintendent Terry Ward said the district has included card-reading systems on doors, interior security doors and window film in the $65 million capital project approved by the community in December. The security features were added to the... more

UPDATE: Wolcott woman ID’d as fatality in Cato crash

Sheriff David Gould reports that on Sunday at approximately 2:05 pm the Cayuga County E-911 Center dispatched deputies to a motor vehicle accident on Route 370 near Bradt Road in the Town of Ira. The investigation into that accident revealed that Carol Mastowski, 71, of Wolcott was operating a 2006 Volkswagon Jetta Westbound on Route 370 when she left the... more

Over a dozen fire companies called to Cato blaze on Friday (photos)

It took firefighters from four different counties to battle a garage fire that spread to another garage, and a home at an address in the village of Cato on Friday. The call came in around 2:20 pm for a garage fire at 2527 West Mechanic Street; and less than 15 minutes later – it had spread to a neighboring garage,... more

Proposed Cato-Meridian gym rental deal canceled

A proposed deal that would have allowed a Liverpool college’s basketball team to use the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s recreation center for games and practices has fallen through. District superintendent Terry Ward said in an email Thursday that the possible contract giving Bryant & Stratton College’s men’s basketball team access to the center’s gymnasium had been called off. “The proposed... more

Worth 1,000 words: Cato-Meridian students create portraits for Syrian children

On Tuesday, Cato-Meridian High School art teacher Shayna Burghdorf witnessed something she had never heard before: her sixth-period class reduced largely to silence. Burghdorf said that apart from some subtle sniffles, no sounds came from her 12 students. A video on painted portraits the students made of Syrian refugees was the culprit. Months earlier, the students participated in The Memory... more

Cato-Meridian school district recognized by education research group

Cato-Meridian Elementary School has been acknowledged by an education research and consulting group. For the second year in a row, the school has been recognized by the company Better Outcomes as being among the top public schools for the achievement of students in poverty, according to a letter the Cato-Meridian school district received earlier this month from the company. The... more

Cayuga County-area village elections: Who’s running for office this year?

Several villages in Cayuga County and western Onondaga County will be holding elections March 20, and although many ballots are filled with unopposed incumbents, a few races are contested with a strong turnout of political newcomers. Village clerks reported the following information for the village elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 20: Follow the link below to see the list. The... more

Cato-Meridian sending positive messages to students following recent lockdown

It is a big message of positivity delivered in small way. “We need to heal as a community and we need to heal as a school building and a school district,” Dr. Terry Ward, Cato-Meridian superintendent, said. More than a thousand Post-it notes plastered the lockers of Cato-Meridian high school – reminding students to be powerful and brave. “Really the... more

‘Shelter in Place’ lifted at Skaneateles school, Gould says Cato-Meridian incident ‘non-malicious’

A pair of incidents at Cayuga County area schools left a district and middle school on lockdown Thursday morning. While the two incidents are not related, parents first received a message that the Cato-Meridian School District was being placed on lockdown after ammunition was reportedly found inside a backpack. That lockdown was lifted shortly thereafter, but a second incident had... more

Sheriff Gould: Teen charged with making terroristic threat at Cato-Meridian school this week

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould says an arrest has been made in the investigation into a threat at Cato-Meridian Middle School this week. The threat was made on social media, according to the Sheriff — and as result, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody on a warrant issued out of Ira Town Court. The teen was not identified, but... more

Cato-Meridian school district’s $5 million capital project passes

Taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s capital project Tuesday night. Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project, with a budget set at $5,470,000, passed by a vote of 95 to 16. He said the district appreciates that community members “recognize the importance of providing for the needs of our students both now and for decades to come.” Work will... more

Cato traffic stop leads to DWI charge for Jordan man

On Sunday Troopers arrested a Jordan man in Cato for driving while intoxicated after police observed him speeding on Jordan Road. Ricky A. Jewett, 59, of Jordan was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, refusal to submit to a... more
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