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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

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Route 90 garage sale set for 50-mile stretch from Montezuma to Homer

This weekend will be the last of July, which means the Fifty-Mile-Long Garage Sale will take over Route 90 from Montezuma to Homer. The sale officially takes place at participating houses, businesses and other organizations along the road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, though sales have been known to take place before... more

Trooper accidentally discharged weapon at Montezuma standoff

New York State Police confirmed Friday that a trooper accidentally discharged a weapon during an hours-long standoff in Montezuma late last week. On July 13, state police were called to 7391 Fuller Road after a resident, Joseph Wilmarth, made a threatening post on social media. At the time, officials said there was a Wayne County warrant for Wilmarth’s arrest as... more

UPDATE: Suspect in Montezuma standoff threatened Wayne Co. judge

A man was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff in Montezuma, according to state police. The incident unfolded at 7391 Fuller Road, which resulted in the roadway being shut down for several hours. While the incident was called in around 1 pm, the road re-opened at 6:45 pm. There weren’t any hostages or victims involved, but the man inside... more

Cayuga Co. couple accused of faking son’s cancer for donations plead not guilty

The Cayuga County couple charged for pretending their child had cancer to get donations pleaded not guilty. Martin and Jolene LaFrance appeared in Montezuma town court Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty to charges of scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s office, the couple created a Go Fund Me page... more

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch

Keith Batman, a former chair of the Cayuga County Legislature and past Scipio town official, has formally announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 126th Assembly District race. Batman created a campaign committee last month but said at the time he hadn't made a final decision on whether he would run for state Assembly. Nearly two weeks... more

For the bird nerds: Montezuma Audubon Center to hold owl dissection workshop

Not everyone gets shipped a cooler full of dead owls, but Alyssa Johnson isn’t everyone. An environmental educator at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Johnson is bringing a whole new level of programming to the local bird branch — dissection. With about 30 dead barred owls at her disposal, Johnson will be offering a workshop in March for people to participate... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Montezuma Audubon director talks birds, records, & upcoming events (podcast)

It’s been an incredible winter for local birders. According to Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski, a record-breaking number of bald eagles were spotted just a few weeks ago. Beyond those bald eagle sightings, a number of snowy owl sightings have been recorded throughout the region. Lajewski was in-studio on Friday talking about the development of conservation efforts over the... 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

Montezuma bald eagle survey sees record-breaking numbers

Birders taking part in the Midwinter National Bald Eagle Survey out of Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge counted a record-breaking number Friday morning — 81. The tally exceeds the last record year in 2016 by about four eagles, and smashes last year’s sightings, which were 44. Volunteers have been conducting the winter count across the nation since 1979. It’s sponsored by... more
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