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Severe drought deepens: Wells dry up, corn shrivels, cities run low

Corn stalks are half as tall as they should be in Monroe County. Wells have dried up in Cortland County. Two Upstate New York cities have warned of critically low water supplies, and at least one village is tapping into emergency water supplies. As the severe drought in much of Upstate New York deepens, everybody from farmers to water managers... more

New York regulators approve health insurance premium increases

New York regulators have approved health insurance rates for 2017, hiking premiums about 8 percent for small group plans and almost 17 percent for individual plans. The Department of Financial Services said rising health care costs and the federal reinsurance program's termination are pushing up rates. The approved increases overall are about one-fourth less than what insurers' originally propo… Read... more

Looking at the ‘income gap’ in the Finger Lakes

If you take the income of the top-percentage of earners in any area — removing them from determining the average income of the other 99 percent — what would that do to the median income? It’s a valid question that I set out to determine after reading some data, and seeing some maps on income trends nationally. Some data had... more

OPINION: 54th Senate, GOP race narrowing

OPINION: 54th Senate, GOP race narrowing
Rather through fault or foul our choices are narrowing. One potential has left the race another is facing a protracted battle verifying petition signatures. Of the standing candidates, look for ‘Character’. That comprehensive trait encompassing; will, competence, virtue, empathy, humility and perspective. There is no better indication of a will to serve than one who has at personal risk. Look... more

Two Democrats kicked off ballot in Cayuga County-area state legislative races

Two Democrats kicked off ballot in Cayuga County-area state legislative races
And then there was one. The state Board of Elections met Friday and officially invalidated petitions submitted by Ilion attorney Audrey Dunning, who filed to run on the Democratic and Women's Equality Party lines in the 51st Senate District, and Ontario County Legislator Charlie Evangelista, a Democrat who was vying for his party's nomination in the 54th District. Read More more

Car show in Auburn benefits Make-A-Wish

A collection of well-maintained and brightly polished custom cars dotted the parking area at the Fox auto group in Auburn Saturday a the owners of the 110 vehicles on display helped raise funds for Make-A-Wish Central New York. Participants in the car show came from near and far, with one man, Bucky Beerman, coming from “way up north (La Fargeville,... more

Finger Lakes wineries praying for August rain

The strong, deep, roots of mature grapevines have kept many of the area’s grape growers from feeling the heat of this summer’s drought — so far. As the hot, dry weather continues, though, some are starting to sweat. Nearly all of western New York and the Finger Lakes region continues to be in severe drought, according to the latest report... more

Toxic blue-green algae confirmed in Owasco Lake

Officials have confirmed the presence of a toxic blue-green algae bloom on Owasco Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department said Thursday. In a press release, the Health Department said a sample collected near Martin Point had elevated levels of toxins, which can pose a health risk to people and animals. Read More more

Desperate to detox: Addiction services struggle to meet demand

Getting hit in the face was all part of Laurie Polatas’ plan. She was desperate to get her daughter Michelle out of a seemingly endless cycle of opioid drug addiction, sex trafficking and crime. Laurie's plan was to offer Michelle money and ask her to meet in a McDonald's parking lot. Laurie had police wait nearby, hoping she could coax... more

Updated: Feds not taking sides in latest Cayuga Nation leadership dispute

A leadership dispute between two factions of the Cayuga Nation has taken a new turn with Clint Halftown, the former federal representative for the tribe, attempting to create a new governing council. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has cut ties with Halftown, releasing a statement to The Citizen Thursday that said, “Mr. Halftown was previously identified as a federal... more

Town of Victory considers local law to allow electric vehicle charging stations

The town of Victory is working on a draft of a local law that would potentially allow the installation of an electric vehicle charging station. Town Supervisor Michael Wiggins said while he is unaware of anyone driving electric cars in Victory, the town decided to pursue the option as part of a New York State Energy Research and Development grant.... more

What colleges have the best dorms? Survey identifies 32 best ‘dorms’ in New York

Niche used student surveys, cost and crime stats to rank schools. The survey looks at a variety of factors and ranks the best schools — with regards to great student housing — among the top. Read More more

As I Was Saying: Deep cleaning today saves loved ones stress tomorrow

Have you ever walked into your home and realized the clutter that has accumulated throughout the years? “Where do I begin?” I had always thought to myself. The thought of starting this great big task becomes overwhelming so, you set it aside again and again for an opportunity to accumulate more clutter. I am no different! I found I had... more

Schumer Calls For Federal Action On Drought Relief

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of issuing a disaster declaration to help Upstate New York farmers who suffer major losses and crop damage from the severe drought. Schumer is calling on the USDA to stand ready to make the declaration so that low-interest emergency loans can be made... more

Three stores, library open at Fingerlakes Mall

Fingerlakes Mall adds a few new tenants this month, though some may be old faces to the Aurelius mall’s shoppers. Sports apparel store Erin’s Way has opened for the season in the old community room near the mall’s food court. Owner Jay Smith said it’ll be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until mid-November to Thanksgiving, when... more
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