10-digit dialing begins next week for everyone in the 315

With a new area code taking effect next month, the state Public Service Commission is implementing mandatory 10-digit dialing in 18 counties, including all of Cayuga County, beginning Saturday, Feb. 11. The 680 area code will be provided for new phone numbers in the existing area covered by the 315 area code. Because of the introduction of a new area... more

Arc of Seneca Cayuga awarded $630K grant for Finger Lakes Textiles upgrade

Arc of Seneca Cayuga has been awarded a $630,000 grant from the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. The grant will be used to renovate and expand the building that houses the Finger Lakes Textiles operation at 1885 Danaren Drive in Seneca Falls. Auburn-based Beardsley Architects + Engineers of Auburn submitted the application and designed the proposed renovation... more

Inmate pleads guilty after slashing another during violent incident at Auburn Correctional Facility

A Cayuga County inmate pleaded guilty on Friday in Cayuga County Court to one count of first-degree promoting prison contraband, as well as second-degree attempted assault before Hon. Mark H. Fandrich, who is presiding over the case. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says that Shabay Bonnett, 24, admitted that while an inmate at the Auburn Correctional Facility — he... more

Man charged with pair of Locke burglaries after being extradited from South Carolina

A man who was charged in December with committing a burglary in Locke was charged Wednesday in connection with a second burglary. Scott M. Stockton, 29, was charged with second-degree burglary on Feb. 1, according to the New York State Police in Auburn. State police said a burglary in Locke was reported on Sept. 28. State police said Stockton, who... more

No major weather threats this weekend, but unsettled week coming up

It’ll be a quiet weather weekend for most of the region, but early indications suggest that next week could get tricky. At the very least, next week appears to be more wintry than most of this winter has been. In the meantime, here is your weekend forecast, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil: Saturday “A cold air mass has... more

Auburn calls on state legislators to support proposed $2 million for water upgrades

Auburn councilors are calling on state legislators to support a proposed $2 million funding measure for upgrades to the water treatment facilities in the city and Owasco. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $2 million last month to include in the state’s 2017-2018 budget, which is due for adoption by April. The money would be used to help implement ways for... more

Springport couple charged after sheriff’s office allegedly finds heroin

A couple from Springport was charged after the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office allegedly found heroin in a residence last month, according to a news release. On Jan. 15, the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant for a residence at 1281 Route 326, Springport, after an investigation gave police reason to believe the residents had heroin, Detective Sgt. Fred Cornelius said.... more

Auburn man sentenced to prison for assaulting Vietnam War veteran

An Auburn man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced to prison Thursday for assaulting a 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran last year. Darius E. Brown, 26, of Auburn, pleaded guilty in December 2016 to felony second-degree assault. At the time, he admitted to attacking a veteran in his home at around 2 a.m. on May 22, 2016. Cayuga County District... more

Slow internet speed: Spectrum TWC accused of bilking users

Spectrum's Time Warner Cable deliberately scammed customers by promising internet speeds the company knew it couldn't produce, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman charged in a lawsuit Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed against Charter Communications Inc. and its subsidiary Spectrum Management Holdings, which merged with Time Warner Cable last year. The cable conglomerate is the largest provider in New York, serving one... more

DEC issues new permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the renewal of its Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permits, ending an approximately year-long public comment and review process but also disappointing some water quality advocates in Cayuga County. The Citizen: Read More more

FLX Forecast: Snow showers with windy, cold weather expected to end week

A cold front is pushing through the Finger Lakes early Thursday morning. A few areas of moderate snow accompanied the front, but are mostly east of the area as of 7:30 am. Additional snow showers are likely through the morning and midday hours as a second cold front crosses the region. These snow showers may briefly reduce visibilities with up... more

Syracuse man charged in Skaneateles motorcycle theft

A 35-year-old Syracuse man is accused of stealing a motorcycle, according to State Police. Troopers say that John B. Betsey III, 35, of Syracuse was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property — a Class E felony. Betsey is accused of possessing a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle that was reported stolen from a shed on Sheldon Road in the Town... more

Port Byron man who tried to run down deputy in 2008 accused of another high-speed chase

A Port Byron man convicted of trying to run over a deputy in 2008 has been arrested after leading police on another high-speed chase. Dale R. Rigby, 47, was charged Tuesday with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and several other traffic violations following a pursuit in Onondaga County. On January... more

Prison City Pub & Brewery wins four medals at national beer competition

Already recognized nationally for its Belgian and India pale ales, Auburn’s Prison City Pub & Brewery earned hardware for a slew of other beer styles at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards Jan. 28 and 29 in Bend, Oregon. The Copper John is the only winner currently on tap at the five-barrel brewpub, which owners Dawn and Marc Schulz... more

Proposed Auburn algae toxin treatments could cost up to $15 million

The cost of installing blue-green algae toxin treatments to the city of Auburn’s plant will likely cost between $1.5 million and $15 million, city and Cayuga County leaders learned on Monday. Seth Jensen, director of Municipal Utilities for Auburn, said GHD Consulting Services Inc. met with local officials to go over preliminary results of the water treatment plant’s engineering study.... more

Covering history: Former Cayuga Community College student photographs Trump’s inauguration

Caleb Slater, 20, a former Cayuga Community College student, said his time covering the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump Jan. 20 will be forever etched in his mind. Slater, a photojournalist who graduated from CCC in 2016 after two years and started at Ithaca College that fall, had the opportunity to cover Trump being sworn in as the United States’... more

Progress 2017: Harriet Tubman developments should draw more visitors to Cayuga County

In the summer of 1998, thousands of people gathered outside Harriet Tubman’s Home for the Aged to celebrate history. The heroine’s South Street home was one of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first stops on her Save America’s Treasures tour, an initiative to preserve culture across the country. And it was then that the effort to nationally recognize Tubman truly began.... more
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