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Community remembers ice fisherman who died on Skaneateles Lake

Crews searching for fisherman who fell through the ice on Skaneateles Lake
Investigators said Alfred Coon, 82, from Homer, passed away after rescuers pulled him from the lake. EMTs and firefighters attempted “life saving measures, but were unsuccessful,” according to state police. “Anyone who had a problem in the town they came and saw Alfred,” Dillon Coon said. Dillion Coon, Alfred’s great nephew said he remembers spending every winter and summer out on the... more

Snowplow strikes utility pole, taking down power lines in Niles

Southern Cayuga County road closed after plow hits power pole
Nearly two miles of road in Southern Cayuga County was shut down for a period of time on Wednesday morning after a snowplow hit a utility pole – taking down power lines. The Auburn Citizen reports that the accident happened before 8 a.m. involved a snowplow catching a pole and bringing the pole down, causing wires to fall across an... 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

Update: Car found, search continues for suspect in three-county chase that went through Cayuga Co.

Update: Car found, search continues for suspect in three-county chase that went through Cayuga Co.
Cortland Sheriff’s Deputies say the blue 2009 Sonata that they chased thru three counties on Tuesday afternoon has been found, in Madison County. They’re still looking for the Homer man who they believe was driving it. The Cortland County Sheriff’s office tells us deputies tried to stop the car for speeding on State Route 41 South around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.... 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

New Hope Fire Department audited for insufficient money tracking procedures

The New Hope Fire Department was audited by the New York state Comptroller’s office for inadequate board oversight of financial activities for the audit period of Jan. 1, 2016 to Nov. 1, 2017. The key findings of the audit, released on Tuesday, indicated that the board of directors of the fire department did not adequately oversee or establish internal controls... more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires Niles property on Owasco Lake

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has purchased about 74 acres on the eastern side of Owasco Lake to be used for a public conservation area, according to a Monday release. The land on Sam Adams Lane in Niles was purchased for $750,000 from Joseph F. Karpinski as trustee of the Joseph F. Karpinski Revocable Trust at the end of January,... more

West Niles Fire Department audit shows lack of financial activity oversight

An audit of the West Niles Fire Department cites a lack of documentation and clarity of financial activities. The audit was released by the New York State Comptroller’s Office for the audit period of Jan. 1, 2016 – July 26, 2017; with an objective to determine if the board of directors provided adequate oversight of operations “to ensure financial activity... 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

One-car accident with minor injuries slows traffic in Niles

West Niles, New Hope, Sempronious Rescue and FourTown Ambulance were called to the scene of a one car accident with injuries in the area of Gahwiler Rd. Upon arrival, only minor injuries were discovered and crews worked quickly to investigate the scene. There was no official update on the accident as of Sunday evening, but this story will be updated... more

Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

UPDATE: Family displaced, dog dies after Niles housefire

There weren’t any injuries reported, but crews were busy at an early morning fire in the Town of Niles. The structure fire was initially reported at 4582 Route 38A, which according to reporting by the Auburn Citizen took the life of a family dog. The family living on the property was also displaced, per Citizen reporting. The call came in... more

Cayuga County Legislature allocates $1 million for emergency road repairs

With flooding damage from July storms to southern Cayuga County roads wracking up large price tags, the county Legislature voted Wednesday night to allocate $1 million from the highway department’s fund balance for repairs. Cayuga County Highway Department Superintendent George Wethey said initial damage estimates are $1.3 million to county roads and infrastructure alone. “It could be better,” he said.... 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
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