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Cayuga County man sentenced for 2013 rape after fleeing state to allegedly avoid charges

Nearly three years after fleeing New York state to allegedly escape police, a Cayuga County man has been sentenced to prison for having sex with an underage girl. Joseph Kowal, of 5555 West Lake Road, Fleming, was 26 years old when he was accused in 2013 of raping a 16-year-old. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Smith Center hosts celebration of Sen. Michael Nozzolio on Wednesday

Politicians are known for “tooting their own horns,” but Mike Nozzolio didn’t have to do that during a tribute to him Thursday night at the Smith Center for the Arts. A brass band called the Hitmen did it for him, as did a number of speakers who paid homage to the retiring state senator, who at the end of 2017,... more

Auburn’s Julia Wagner prepares for fourth and final trip to state tennis tournament

Julia Wagner has checked off one goal after another over her six-year varsity career. As a junior, she won the section and state qualifier doubles titles. This year, she has done the same as a singles player and earned her fourth trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Tennis Championships. The Auburn Citizen – Sports:... more

Finger Lakes reaching ‘peak’ for fall foliage this weekend

The latest report from the Empire Center has been released and the Finger Lakes is officially reaching peak season for fall foliage. While we have been receiving many great photos of the fall foliage over the last week, the center expects that the best conditions will be this weekend. Next week, the region will fall back into ‘past peak’ conditions,... more

Helming re-affirms commitment to FingerLakes1.com debate slated for Nov. 3rd at 8 pm

All three candidates running for New York State Senate in the 54th District reaffirmed their commitment on Tuesday. After select outlets reported confusion over the date and time of the debate, which had Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming uncertain about the details of the debate – her campaign confirmed that she would be taking part in the November 3rd debate. A... more

FLX receives first taste of winter, NYSEG says snow likely caused outages

The calendar says October, but walking outside on Thursday morning made it feel like late-November or December. The temperatures were hanging in the low- to mid-30s with a light layer of snow on the ground. It wasn’t enough to cause any major delays, or even any significant headaches on area roadways – but it was enough to cause some minor... more

Fingerlakes Mall turns Event Center over to promoter as RC, other new stores open

As the holiday season approaches, Fingerlakes Mall is adding stores — and possibilities. The Aurelius shopping center this month added handmade clothing store Inti’s Path and hobby shop Small Addictions RC, welcomed back Go Calendars and bumped up 20th Century Toys to full-time tenancy. Meanwhile, the mall has also signed 727 Entertainment, a new entity that includes rock promoter Gigsmack,... more

Discount chain Five Below to open Auburn location

About a year after it was vacated, the former Pet Depot in Auburn Plaza will have a new tenant: discount chain Five Below. A building permit in the window of the 217 Grant Ave. storefront announced the national chain's new location. Construction is under way by National Structures, of Syracuse, and includes the complete removal of the signboard atop the... more

Deacon, Katko put Cayuga County in spotlight at first televised debate in race for Congress

Cayuga County doesn't often steal some of the limelight from Onondaga County, but that was the case Tuesday during the first televised debate in the 24th Congressional District race. The latter half of the hour-long debate, which aired on Time Warner Cable News, featured several references to Auburn and the county. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Comptroller DiNapoli headlines Auburn fundraiser for Diane Dwire in 126th Assembly race

One of New York’s statewide elected officials will visit Cayuga County next week to support Democratic challenger Diane Dwire in the 126th Assembly District race. New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will headline a fundraiser for Dwire, D-Camillus, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at A.T. Walley & Co., 119 Genesee St. Tickets for the event range from $100 to $500.... more

Cayuga County monthly jobless rate drops as employers fill more positions

Cayuga County employers added 500 new jobs in September, with most of them coming from the private sector. New data from the state Department of Labor put the county's total non-farm job count at 27,100 last month, a 1.9-percent increase over the level reported for September 2015. The private sector job count of 21,100 was an increase of 400 jobs.... more

American Mobile Dental settles into new office on Grant Avenue in Auburn

After around seven years of operation on William Street in Auburn, facilitators with American Mobile Dental are settling into a new location on Grant Avenue after opening in September. Carole Totorici, regional director for American Mobile Dental, said the company started in Auburn with only a mobile dental van, but a high demand in the area led to an office... more

Auburn community forum on racism: ‘What are you going to do?’

Speakers at "Understanding Diversity," a community forum held Monday night at Auburn Public Theater, agreed on much. But perhaps the strongest consensus was that their dialogue must continue. Auburn Public Theater Artistic Director Angela Daddabbo convened the forum in response to an Oct. 15 set by comedian Godfrey, whose material about slavery and interacting with police as a black man... more
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