Low levels of blue-green algae toxins still detectable in Owasco’s treated drinking water

For the sixth time in eight days, the town of Owasco’s treated drinking water has low but detectable levels of toxins from blue-green algae blooms, according to a release from the Cayuga County Health Department. The city of Auburn’s treated drinking water had no detectable levels of toxins, its third day in a row. The test results, which came back... more

‘Extreme Drought’ expanding eastward in latest report in the Finger Lakes

While the drought classifications in the Finger Lakes remain unchanged, Central New York’s drought free zone is shrinking. Level 3 (Extreme) Drought persist across most of the Finger Lakes region. Areas to the east remain much better off than the Finger Lakes. The area classified as Level 3 (Extreme) Drought has not changed once again this week. The Finger Lakes... more

Cayuga, Seneca, Cortland and Tompkins officials practice emergency preparedness

Emergency officials from Cayuga, Seneca, Cortland and Tompkins Counties joined forces Thursday morning for an exercise in emergency preparedness and response at the Sennett Fire Station 2, said Niel Rivenburgh, deputy director of Cayuga County’s Emergency Services. More than 60 people from fire departments, hazmat teams, 911 call centers, emergency services and law enforcement gathered together to see how the... more

Two-car accident in downtown Auburn causes minor traffic delays

A two-car accident on North and Genesee Streets in front of the Galbato building tied up traffic for a short time early Thursday afternoon. A black Chevrolet sedan appeared to have rear-ended a silver Subaru Forester close to the intersection of the streets. Auburn Fire Department officials said they believed the driver of the silver Subaru had a learner’s permit,... more

Prison City owners to talk craft beer at Auburn library

Prison City Pub & Brewery owners Dawn and Marc Schulz will present a craft beer tasting and talk about the industry at Books & Brew, an event taking place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn. The Schulzes’ brewpub has attracted national acclaim and attention for its Mass Riot IPA, Bleek Worden Belgian pale... more

Low levels of blue-green algae toxins again detected in Owasco’s treated water

Test results back Thursday afternoon for the town of Owasco’s treated public water showed low levels of blue-green algae toxins from a sample collected Wednesday afternoon, according to a release from the Cayuga County Health Department. The city of Auburn’s treated water detected no toxins. The town of Owasco’s treated drinking water had .16 micrograms per liter of toxins, after... more

Rep. Tom Reed wants death penalty for heroin dealers in fatal overdoses

An Upstate New York Congressman has introduced a new bill that would add life in prison or death as possible penalties for drug dealers who sell heroin connected to fatal overdoses. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) introduced the HELP Act this week, WIVB-TV reported. The acronym stands for “Help Ensure Lives are Protected.” “We care about the families of... more

Troopers: Port Byron school bus went off road after driver lost consciousness

A school bus went off the road last week in Montezuma after the driver lost consciousness behind the wheel, according to the New York State Police. Investigators are still looking into the incident, which occurred at around 3:15 p.m. last Friday along Route 90 near Laraway Road. Troopers said the Port Byron Central School District bus was heading westbound along... more

54th Senate District: Rayburn unsure if he’ll stay in race

There will be three candidates on the ballot in November for the state Senate’s 54th District seat, the result of the Sept. 13 GOP primary. The question is whether all three candidates will be actively seeking the seat. Finger Lakes Times – News: Read More more

FLX Weekly: Here comes October, Apples & Pumpkins

It is hard to believe that this weekend is the first of October as we move deeper into autumn here in the Finger Lakes. Join Jessica Lahr and the FingerLakes1.com Team for a  round-up of the top local news of the week, a preview of the weekend weather, sports and events schedules, and check out the top local photos of the... more

Cuomo: Welch Allyn will retain 900 jobs, add 100 more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a major announcement in Skaneateles Falls at the Welch Allyn facility. Cuomo said that New York will be making a $12 million investment into the facility, which will retain 900 existing jobs — and guarantee the addition of 100 more jobs. He called Welch Allyn a “statewide treasure,” when talking about the expansion at the Skaneateles Falls facility.... more

Auburn-area shopping center sold for $13.1 million

One of the Auburn area’s largest shopping centers is under new ownership. Fingerlakes Crossing in Aurelius has been sold for $13.1 million to Northeast Capital Group, of Ramapo, said commercial real estate company CBRE, which represented sellers the Kipling Group, of Toronto, and the Cameron Group, of Syracuse, in the transaction. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Health department: Latest tests show no toxins in Owasco and Auburn’s treated water

The Cayuga County Health Department said Wednesday in a release that no toxins were detected in the town of Owasco and the city of Auburn’s treated drinking water. Samples were collected Tuesday afternoon and results came back Wednesday afternoon. The health department said it will continue to monitor the public water supplies and collect samples daily for analysis until toxin... more

Dry summer = sweet apples

There are a couple of things you’ll notice about this year’s crop of New York apples: They’re smaller and sweeter. You can attribute both of those things to our drought-stricken summer. “It’s affecting the size of the fruit,” said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, based in Victor. Finger Lakes Times – News: Read More   more

Cayuga County Legislature appoints Grant Kyle to District 4 seat

The Cayuga County Legislature appointed Grant Kyle, an independent, to the District 4 seat at Tuesday night’s meeting, replacing Mark Farrell, who had represented the town of Brutus since 2011. The appointment happened in a flash, with Chairman Keith Batman nominating the Weedsport resident, and no legislators coming forth with interview questions. Batman said the reason for his haste in... more

Bones unearthed in Auburn backyard are those of long-dead inmates

Like a lot of new homeowners, Eric Johnson II had ambitious plans when he moved into his tidy beige house this summer. He envisioned a swing set in back for his 2-year-old son, and a detached garage. But when he and his father started leveling the ground and removing shrubs this summer, they made an unexpected and macabre discovery. “I... more

Race for the 54th: Five key issues heading into November’s election

Now that a winner has been crowned in the Republican Primary for New York State Senate’s 54th District, focus can shift from counting to deciding While Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming won her primary battle against Ontario County businessman Floyd Rayburn – it was just that, an absolute battle. The mailers, argumentative tone, and overall idea that Helming is a representative... more

New York’s economic money lacks oversight, group says

New York is set to spend $8.6 billion this year on incentives and tax breaks to companies, but the money is being doled out without enough safeguards to protect the taxpayers, a report Monday charged. The report from the business-backed Citizens Budget Commission comes just days after 10 developers and former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo were charged in a... more
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