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Port Byron CSD Superintendent O’Brien will retire in 2021

Port Byron CSD Superintendent O’Brien will retire in 2021
By the end of 2021, the superintendent who has led the Port Byron Central School District since 2004 will retire. Neil O’Brien will retire in December 2021, as principal Mike Jorgensen succeeds him in the post. The Citizen reports that O’Brien took steps to help the district prepare. He didn’t renew a contract in 2016, and let the Board of... more

Sheriff: Port Byron man tried to receive a large quantity of meth through the mail

Sheriff: Port Byron man tried to receive a large quantity of meth through the mail
Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of a Port Byron resident following a drug investigation in Cayuga County. He says that following an extended investigation, which resulted from a tip being submitted by a member of the public, James Hall, 53, of Mill Street was charged with one count of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as... more

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold
Cayuga County E-911 has some staffing issues that it needs to resolve. At least that was the pitch heard by the Cayuga County Legislature this week when they met. E-911 Administrator Denise Spingler addressed the legislators at a meeting on Wednesday – asking for more staff – due to the constant struggle to keep up with discovery requests from the... more

CNY HOOPS NATION: Aiden Retzos of Faith Heritage & the week in OHSL high school basketball (podcast)

CNY HOOPS NATION: Aiden Retzos of Faith Heritage & the week in OHSL high school basketball (podcast)
Introducing the CNY Hoops Nation Podcast covering the high school basketball scene for Oswego County and Onondaga High School League including Weedsport, Port Byron, Skaneateles, Auburn and Cato-Meridian. Our goal is to provide a platform where we discuss scores, stats and news around the area and Section III to compliment the existing coverage of Wayne-Finger Lakes and Section V coverage... more

Christmas Eve crash in Cayuga County remains under investigation

Christmas Eve crash in Cayuga County remains under investigation
On Christmas Eve a two-car crash in the town of Mentz left four people seriously injured. Several weeks later that accident remains under investigation. The crash happened on Centerport Road shortly before 7 p.m. near the intersection with Nauvoo Road. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said on Christmas Day that an investigation into the crash was underway, and that four... more

Sheriff: Lyons man leads deputies on pursuit in Cayuga County before rollover crash

Sheriff: Lyons man leads deputies on pursuit in Cayuga County before rollover crash
Sheriff Schenck says a 28-year-old Lyons man was taken into custody after a pursuit and crash in Cayuga County last night. The whole ordeal happened around 10 p.m. Both the driver and a passenger were transported to a Syracuse hospital with minor injuries. more

More than 3,000 without power in Cayuga County, but won’t impact voting

Major power outage reported in Cayuga County
NYSEG is reporting that more than 3,000 customers are without power on Election Day, but the reason for that outage is unclear. Around 2 p.m. 3,141 customers in the middle of Cayuga County were without power. NSYEG’s outage map indicated that the towns of Brutus, Mentz, Montezuma, and Throop were impacted. While the villages of Port Byron and Weedsport were... more

LATEST: Reaction to FBI, NYSP investigation in Port Byron schools

FBI investigating ‘alarming and illegal’ internet posts made by Port Byron students
The Port Byron Central School District has been placed at the center of an investigation involving the FBI and New York State Police. The District’s leader, Superintendent Neil O’Brien, called online posts under investigation “alarming and illegal,” in a letter to parents. Now he’s asking families in the district to have a conversation – even if it’s a difficult one.... more

Partnership allows Port Byron students to get care at community health center

Partnership allows Port Byron students to get care at community health center
The Port Byron Central School District is partnering with a community health center to treat students with acute health issues during the school day. Maggie Sayre, a licensed mental health counselor for the district’s high school and the person who spearhead the partnership, said the goals is to get students immediate medical assistance for issues beyond the capacity of a... more

UPDATE: One killed, another still critical after two-car crash in Cayuga County

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Police have provided an update on the serious, two-car crash in Brutus, which happened Friday afternoon. One person is dead, and two others are injured, according to Troopers. Police say that the crash happened after a single driver crossed into the wrong lane on State Route 31 and hit another car with two occupants inside. All three were taken to... more

Port Byron schools looking for Special Patrol Officer

Port Byron schools looking for Special Patrol Officer
The Port Byron Central School District is still scrambling to put a police officer in their schools this upcoming year. They will not reach that goal by Sept. 1st. However, the district and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office are doing everything they can to fill that position by this year. The district did have a retried state trooper as their... more

Proposed Port Byron apartments take step forward

Proposed Port Byron apartments take step forward
A proposal to build a new apartment complex in the village of Port Byron took a step forward Wednesday, as the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted to take lead agency status for the projects environmental review process. DePaul Properties Inc., has proposed a plan to renovate the existing Church Street Apartments complex, as well as the neighboring gymnasium and... more

Port Byron school district technology plan approved by state

Port Byron school district technology plan approved by state
The Port Byron Central School District has implemented the technology plan it received state approval for. A total of 96 school investment plans were given the green light under the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, a June news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said. The bond act is an education technology initiative intended to provide upgraded equipment to... more

Port Byron man caught by the FBI soliciting a minor pleads guilty

Port Byron man caught by the FBI soliciting a minor pleads guilty
A Port Byron man will likely serve two years in prison for trying to engage in oral sex with someone he believed to be younger than 15. Richard McAllaster, 37, of 10518 Duck Lake Road, Port Byron, pleaded guilty Thursday in Cayuga County Court to one count of second-degree attempted criminal sex act, a class E felony. The person McAllaster... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

Port Byron native finds ‘priceless’ Babe Ruth card

Port Byron native finds ‘priceless’ Babe Ruth card
The keen eye of a Port Byron native has made him the proud owner of a priceless baseball card. Experts say it is the only one of its kind and it was purchased for only $2. Dale Ball, who grew up in Port Byron, is an avid card collector. He found the card on the west coast. “The world seems... more
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