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

Batman unveils steps to end corruption in Albany at campaign event

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New York State Assembly candidate Keith Batman outlined his plan to crack down on corruption and give New Yorkers an honest and open state government that works for them. “Corruption, greed and dishonesty have hurt our families and made their struggles take a backseat to big-money special interests,” said Batman. “Enough is enough. We need real leadership and representatives that... more

Three injured, one airlifted from scene of Scipio crash

Three injured, one airlifted from scene of Scipio crash
A two-car crash on Friday in the Town of Scipio sent several people to the hospital. According to first responders, three people were injured – with one of those individuals being airlifted from the scene on Route 38. Life Net was called to the scene, which transported the patient with serious injuries. This story will be updated as more information... 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

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Senator Helming to honor 16 women from Wayne-Finger Lakes region

Senator Pam Helming recently announced the 16 nominees for New York State Senate Woman of Distinction recognition from the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. This award recognizes the outstanding work of extraordinary women from our region and throughout New York State, with one honoree selected from each State Senate District. “Our community is fortunate to have so many remarkable women whose lives,... more

One injured after rollover accident in Scipio

One person was injured after a rollover accident in the Town of Scipio on Saturday. Scipio, Poplar Ridge, Fleming and Southern Cayuga Ambulance responded to Sherwood Road and Cork Street for the report of a rollover accident with injuries around 9 a.m. First responders confirmed that there was only one patient upon arrival. The extent of the injuries were not... more

Scipio Center farm, landowner settle lawsuit

A land dispute between the Elizabeth Lacey Trust and a Scipio Center farm has been settled after approximately five years of litigation. The trust, which owns land in the towns of Venice and Scipio, leased a parcel to Sharon VanNostrand and Vans Ridge Dairy, a concentrated animal feeding operation. The Lacey Trust decided to sell about 260 acres through a... more

Cayuga County will get some federal aid, but no disaster declaration for summer storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York's appeal for a major disaster declaration, but some federal aid will be available for Cayuga County and other counties affected by flooding and severe storms last summer. The state requested a major disaster declaration for Cayuga and 14 other counties due to severe storms in July. The state's application was denied in... more

Family displaced after home heavily damaged by fire in Scipio

Crews in Cayuga County were battling a structure fire at 4492 Route 38 in Scipio on Saturday. The fire broke out during the early-morning hours, and took some time for first responders to get it under control. Scipio, Poplar Ridge, Long Hill, Flleming, Owasco, Aurelius, Genoa, Locke and Moravia fire departments were all called to the scene. Southern Cayuga Ambulance... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Roadside ditches in Owasco Lake watershed need work

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program assessed more than 100 town and county roadside ditches in the watershed totaling just under 10 miles. More than five miles, the program determined, are high priority to be stabilized. Ditches, especially when not properly maintained, are one of the culprits for transporting sediment and nutrients into water bodies. Kathryn Vellone, an assistant watershed inspector,... more

Cayuga DA: Scipio duo received thousands illegally, face felony welfare fraud charges

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced on Monday that two Cayuga County residents were arrested and charged after a years-long investigation into welfare fraud. Rhea J. Peck, 30, and Patrick C. Stotler, 33, both of Scipio were charged with third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny, six counts of first-degree filing a false instrument for filing, third-degree identity theft, as... more

Cayuga County Legislature allocates $1 million for emergency road repairs

With flooding damage from July storms to southern Cayuga County roads wracking up large price tags, the county Legislature voted Wednesday night to allocate $1 million from the highway department’s fund balance for repairs. Cayuga County Highway Department Superintendent George Wethey said initial damage estimates are $1.3 million to county roads and infrastructure alone. “It could be better,” he said.... more
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