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Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project
The fate of the project to rewater the Erie Canal is in flux nearly a year after Port Byron received a $418,300 state Regional Economic Development Council planning grant. In December 2017, Port Byron was awarded the grant for the Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project, which would also involve Mentz and Brutus, as the lead agency. The purpose... 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

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs

Manure lagoon wins green light ahead of DEC’s new rules on CAFOs
Construction resumed Thursday on a controversial 10-million-gallon manure lagoon that state officials had recently ruled to be in violation of state regulations. Neighbors of the rural site 30 miles west of Syracuse say they fear the project will foul the air, threaten their groundwater and ruin the value of their homes. They’ve flocked to public meetings, posted anti-lagoon yard signs... more

Mentz manure lagoon work halted by DEC

The manure lagoon construction that caught Mentz residents by surprise last week has currently ceased progress due to a notice of violation issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC had stated on July 24 that Hourigan Dairy Farm, which owns the land off of Maiden Lane Road in Mentz that the manure lagoon is being installed on,... more

Auburn man charged with DWI in Mentz

On Sunday a 35-year-old Auburn man was arrested for driving while intoxiated after a traffic stop in Mentz. William R. Garrigan III, 35, of Auburn was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent and moving from lane unsafely. Garrigan was stopped in the Town of Mentz for moving from lane unsafely.... more

Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake’s harmful algae recipe

2017 was a rough year for Owasco Lake, but John Halfman has some ideas for improving its water quality and keeping harmful algal blooms from turning its beaches to pea soup. Halfman, professor of geolimnology and hydrogeochemistry at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, gave his annual lake water quality report Tuesday morning. It started out... more

Major flooding in Cayuga County; Port Byron among hardest hit

On Friday, as warm air held on in the Finger Lakes — several communities in Cayuga County were hit hard by flooding. While the National Weather Service reported that an ice jam along the Seneca River caused flooding from Montezuma to Port Byron and Weedsport, the excessive rainfall did not help matters. As of 10:30 am on Friday, the river... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Southern Cayuga County works to rebound with nearly $4 million in flood damage

Driving down North Glen Haven Road in the town of Niles Wednesday, "for sale" signs dotted the southern part of the road, sandwiching a crew of Cayuga County Highway Department workers as they replaced a washed out culvert. With the road bank caved in, and trees hanging precariously on the hillside up above, Doug and Kathy Sage walked up their... more

Supervisor: Montezuma highway superintendent ‘double dipping’ in Brutus

The supervisor for the town of Montezuma has announced a public meeting to address the highway superintendent’s position. Dennis Lapp Jr., 25, was elected as the highway superintendent in Montezuma in 2015. A registered Republican, Lapp earned roughly $8,300 as superintendent in 2016. He also earned an additional $25,000 working for the town of Mentz. Now, Republican Supervisor John Malenick... more

Smoking materials cause large Cayuga County house fire

A fire that burned through the windows and walls in a back room of a Cayuga County home was ruled accidental, according to fire officials. Smoking materials had not been disposed of correctly and ended up sparking the blaze, said Kristin Devoe, a spokeswoman for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Several fire departments were called just before 5 p.m.... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

27 acres of hydrilla found in Cayuga Lake

Surveys from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reveal 27 acres of Cayuga Lake are infested with an aquatic weed. The surveys, which were completed last fall, state there is a hydrilla infestation in 27 acres of the eastern portion of the lake by Aurora. Before last fall, hydrilla was found only... more

Multiple bridges in Finger Lakes to receive funding this year

Some bridges in desperate need of repair in the Finger Lakes region will finally see some work. A package was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace and repair 23 bridges and culverts in the region. The measure will cost $19.7 million dollars, and will be part of Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on repairing struggling infrastructure around the... more

25-year-old charged with disseminating indecent materials to 12-year-old Cayuga County child

Sheriff David Gould reports that last Thursday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into an allegation that an adult male from Syracuse had been engaging in inappropriate online contact with a 12-year-old child from Cayuga County. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Joshua E. Mauro of 209 ½ Lawrence Avenue in Syracuse was arrested on Monday for disseminating... more
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