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

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project
The fate of the project to rewater the Erie Canal is in flux nearly a year after Port Byron received a $418,300 state Regional Economic Development Council planning grant. In December 2017, Port Byron was awarded the grant for the Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project, which would also involve Mentz and Brutus, as the lead agency. The purpose... more

Tractor-trailer destroyed by train after accident in Mentz

JUST IN: Train collides with tractor-trailer in Port Byron
First responders say a train collided with a tractor-trailer in Port Byron on Friday around 3:15 pm. The accident report came in to first responders, which prompted a response from Port Byron Rescue and Ambulance, as well as Weedsport EMS. The accident took place on North Main Street Road and New York Central Road. On the scene of a collision... 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

Port Byron School District rededicates new athletic facilities to legendary coaches

Port Byron School District rededicates new athletic facilities to legendary coaches
Thunderstorms tore across Cayuga County Monday night, but the rain stopped above Port Byron just in time to rededicate the school district’s new athletic facilities in honor of legendary coaches Gino Alberici and Ron Crowell. The school district formally unveiled the newly completed turf “Alberci Field” and “Ron Crowell Press Box” outside of the Dana-West Jr.-Sr. High School to honor... more

Port Byron woman chosen to lead Cayuga County’s Veterans agency

The Cayuga County Legislature Tuesday appointed a Port Byron woman, an Air Force veteran and Air National Guard member, to serve as the director of the county's Veterans Service Agency. In a 13-2 vote, the Legislature appointed 1st Lt. Jessica Strassle to lead the agency which assists veterans and their dependents with pensions and compensation, medical needs, educational services, life... more

UPDATE: Thruway reopens after accident involving tractor-trailers in Cayuga Co.

Westbound traffic was snarled on the New York State Thruway near Port Byron following an accident involving two tractor-trailers around 1 am. State Police were on-scene investigating the incident during the early-morning hours, but the only westbound lanes were being impacted. Two people were taken to Upstate University Hospital, according to dispatchers, but additional information was not available about their... more

Bustling Port Byron button business is headed to a big-box retail store

In this red barn, Alice Globus and her team run Winky and Dutch, a company started by her father and uncles in 1987 in New York City. “They were an inventor of one of the first panoramic cameras and you can actually see it at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester,” explained Globus. Six years ago, Globus moved the... more

Hot-button issue: Port Byron business selected as new Walmart supplier

Two years ago, Winky&Dutchy Inc., brought its business to central New York, moving much of the company to the village of Port Byron. Now, Winky&Dutch is making a different kind of move — this time to over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide. Last month, Winky&Dutch CEO Alice Globus visited Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, to pitch her products during the retail... more

Port Byron man had stolen car, controlled substance during investigation

State Police say a a suspicious vehicle complaint in the Village of Weedsport led to the discovery of a stolen vehicle around 2:46 am on North Seneca Street. Upon investigation it was determined that the vehicle was stolen, and being operated by Westley J. Alfred, 37, of Port Byron who had been operating it on a suspended license. Police say... more

Trooper accidentally discharged weapon at Montezuma standoff

New York State Police confirmed Friday that a trooper accidentally discharged a weapon during an hours-long standoff in Montezuma late last week. On July 13, state police were called to 7391 Fuller Road after a resident, Joseph Wilmarth, made a threatening post on social media. At the time, officials said there was a Wayne County warrant for Wilmarth’s arrest as... more

Sheriff: Port Byron couple fabricated child’s cancer diagnosis to solicit donations

A Port Byron couple has been charged with creating a fraudulent GoFundMe page by falsely claiming their child had cancer, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office announced Monday. Martin D. LaFrance, 35, and Jolene M. LaFrance, 35, both of 78 Rochester St., Port Byron, were arrested on May 4 after a four-month investigation "revealed conclusively that the child was never diagnosed... more

Fire closes Savannah Bank in Port Byron

Savannah Bank in Port Byron will be closed for several days after a small fire broke out in the building Thursday evening. A passerby noticed the fire inside the 126 Main St. building and called 911 just before 7 p.m., according to a Cayuga County 911 dispatcher. Initial reports indicated a chair was on fire inside the bank, which had... more

After state aid concerns, Port Byron school district to have a tight budget

The Port Byron Central School District will have a tight 2018-2019 budget after state aid issues. At a district board of education meeting Thursday night, the board approved the 2018-2019 budget to be brought forth to taxpayers for the budget vote May 15. Mitch Toleson, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance, said during a budget presentation before the... more

Port Byron village board votes to approve budget

Following a public hearing, the village of Port Byron unanimously voted to approve the proposed budget of $803,571 for the June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 fiscal year during a regular meeting on Monday. The proposed budget’s total appropriations are $34,341 higher than last year’s budget of $769,230. The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes for... more

Port Byron parents still upset with school leaders

Parents in Port Byron say Tuesday was another example of what they believe is a lack of communication between school leaders and parents. Two weeks ago, parents rallied, concerned about how school leaders handled the situation where a 12-year-old student was arrested after police said the student posted threats on social media. Parents say the district isn’t notifying them quick... more
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