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Deputy charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records in Cayuga County

Deputy charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records in Cayuga County
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck announced the arrest of a road patrol deputy following a months-long investigation initiated in January. Sheriff Schenck reports that Robert L. Brown, 42, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny as a crime of public corruption, first-degree falsifying business records, and one count of official misconduct. Brown was employed as a full-time deputy with the Sheriff’s... more

Multiple departments respond to house fire in town of Moravia

Multiple departments respond to house fire in town of Moravia
Firefighters from multiple departments were called to a fire on Dresserville Road in Moravia on Tuesday afternoon. The structure fire was reported at about 5:20 p.m, and members of the Moravia Fire Department arrived to find the home’s kitchen fully involved, according to Moravia Chief Bill Andersen. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down after approximately 30 minutes, Andersen... more

Moravia resident joins bank’s Auburn team

Moravia resident joins bank’s Auburn team
Lyons National Bank announced that it has hired Callie M. Porter to one of its Auburn office’s customer support team. As a customer service representative, Porter will be responsible for exceeding customer expectations by providing outstanding service and supporting sales functions at the company’s Grant Avenue branch. Porter, a Moravia resident, brings over 19 years of personal banking experience to... more

One sent to trauma center after three-car crash in Cayuga County involving tractor-trailer

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First responders were called to the scene of a three-car crash along State Route 41A. The crash involved a tractor-trailer, according to Four Town First Aid, who posted to social media about the accident. It’s unclear if weather played a role, but conditions in Cayuga County were challenging throughout the morning. A snow squall caused treacherous conditions throughout the morning... more

Audit viewed as opportunity for change in Cayuga County

Audit viewed as opportunity for change in Cayuga County
The state comptroller’s office released an audit report of real property tax exemptions granted in the Town of Moravia. The report reviewed 85 agricultural, nonprofit, senior citizen, veteran and other exemptions granted by the town assessor, which Moravia recently began contracting with Cayuga County to provide. “Any organization that has participated in an audit knows it is a lengthy, even... more

State comptroller faults Moravia assessor for some property tax exemptions

State comptroller faults Moravia assessor for some property tax exemptions
An audit by the state comptroller's office that reviewed property tax exemptions of 85 properties in the town of Moravia found a number of key failings by the town's assessor. The report reviewed 85 agricultural, nonprofit, senior citizen, veteran and other exemptions granted by the town assessor. Under an agreement with Cayuga County, an employee of the County Office of... 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

Moravia town board doubles back continuing summer youth program

Moravia town board reverses decision, will continue summer youth program for another year
The town of Moravia will resume its summer recreation program amid community criticism from ending the program last month. The town board unanimously approved a motion to continue the program for summer 2019 at a Moravia Town Hall meeting Wednesday night. Town supervisor Terry Baxter told the group of over 20 people packed into the hall that every municipality wishing... more

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting

Critics of Moravia’s decision to end youth program speak at meeting
Two community members addressed the Moravia school district about the recently discontinued summer recreation program. Meara Sabin and Erica Heim separately spoke about the program at a district board of education meeting Wednesday. The town of Moravia voted to stop maintaining the program at a council meeting last month. Town supervisor Terry Baxter asked the board to consider having the... more

Town of Moravia ends summer recreation program

Town of Moravia ends summer recreation program
The Moravia Town Council has voted to stop operating its summer recreation program after losing thousands of dollars on it in recent years. The town council made the unanimous decision at a meeting Nov. 28, town supervisor Terry Baxter said earlier this week. When Baxter asked the Moravia Central School District Board of Education to take over the program at... more

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin
Moravia Central School District voters approved the first phase of a multi-million dollar capital project on Wednesday. The capital project proposal passed 190-36. The first part of a three-phase project is set to have a $11.5 million price tag, with $10 million in building improvements and a energy performance contract for $1.5 million in upgrades. The district plans to start... more

Mother of bullying victim urges Moravia High School students to be compassionate

Mother of bullying victim urges Moravia High School students to be compassionate
Jane Clementi remembers her son Tyler’s smile. Jane told Moravia High School students Wednesday morning that Tyler was a caring person and a talented violinist who had a passion for learning about different things. Despite that “radiant smile” she saw every morning, she said, Tyler had hidden his sexuality from her, which she said was difficult for her to grapple... more

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling

OWLA reveals results of 2017 Owasco Lake tributary sampling
The Owasco Watershed Lake Association released the results of its 2017 Tributary Sampling Results survey, a program designed to identify potential sources of harmful algal bloom-promoting nutrients for mitigation projects. OWLA Board of Directors member Dana Hall, speaking at a meeting of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Tuesday, explained how OWLA took samples from 17 of Owasco Lake’s tributaries... more

Batman vows to bring sign-stealing bandits to justice

Batman vows to bring sign-stealing bandits to justice
New York State Assembly candidate Keith Batman jokingly condemned the brazen band of sign stealers who’ve reportedly nabbed several of his lawn signs in the town of Moravia. “Hey, I get it: Who doesn’t want Batman merchandise?” said Batman. “In all seriousness, please respect your neighbors and leave their signs alone. If you’d like one for yourself, contact my office... more

Town of Moravia, losing thousands over summer program, asks school district to take over

Town of Moravia, losing thousands over summer program, asks school district to take over
The town of Moravia has asked the Moravia Central School District to take over its summer recreation program. Town supervisor Terry Baxter made his case to the district board of education at a Wednesday meeting, citing the town’s approximate $17,000 loss over the program over the last three years. He said he anticipates the district will vote to disband the... 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

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office’s 3rd Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office’s 3rd Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day
Sheriff David Gould announces that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Third Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day. On October 3rd, 2018 from 8:30AM to 10AM, we will join officers from law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five foreign countries. “One day – and a few cups of coffee – is all you... more
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