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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

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Community remembers ice fisherman who died on Skaneateles Lake

Crews searching for fisherman who fell through the ice on Skaneateles Lake
Investigators said Alfred Coon, 82, from Homer, passed away after rescuers pulled him from the lake. EMTs and firefighters attempted “life saving measures, but were unsuccessful,” according to state police. “Anyone who had a problem in the town they came and saw Alfred,” Dillon Coon said. Dillion Coon, Alfred’s great nephew said he remembers spending every winter and summer out on the... more

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

Southern Cayuga valedictorian wins video game scholarship

Southern Cayuga valedictorian wins video game scholarship
When most people hear that someone is attending college to learn to make video games, they might think of complex programs, detailed 3D models or powerful computers. But for Primrose Kirk, the 2018 valedictorian of Southern Cayuga High School, video game school is all about the music. Kirk, of King Ferry, was one of 35 students awarded a scholarship by... more

Cortland firefighter dies at hospital weeks after Sempronious crash

Cortland firefighter dies at hospital weeks after Sempronious crash
State Police say a man who was hospitalized following a crash in Sempronius died shortly before Christmas. The crash happened on November 30th at the intersection of Route 41A and Sayles Corners Road. He failed to stop his pickup truck at a stop sign, colliding with a tractor-trailer operated by Timothy Shattuck, of Savannah. After the accident it was reported... more

UPDATE: Pickup driver identified, remains in critical condition after Sempronious crash

Crash involving tractor-trailer, pickup truck reported in Cayuga County
State Police say that one person was seriously injured in a crash that happened Friday afternoon in Sempronious. Around 2:45 pm a crash was reported to law enforcement between a tractor-trailer and pickup truck at the intersection of Route 41 and Sayles Corners Road. Troopers say that one driver was taken to Upstate University Hospital with serious injuries — while... 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

New Hope Fire Department audited for insufficient money tracking procedures

The New Hope Fire Department was audited by the New York state Comptroller’s office for inadequate board oversight of financial activities for the audit period of Jan. 1, 2016 to Nov. 1, 2017. The key findings of the audit, released on Tuesday, indicated that the board of directors of the fire department did not adequately oversee or establish internal controls... more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... 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

State comptroller: Sempronius Fire Department should improve financial record-keeping

A state audit of the Sempronius Fire Department found lack of adequate oversight of financial activities. The New York State Comptroller’s Office released a report on Friday citing the department's lack of financial oversight during an audit period of January 2016 to August 2017, largely due to the department's board of directors not performing an annual audit of the treasurer’s... more

Cayuga County student star of viral gymnastics video

Three flips later, Southern Cayuga freshman Sean Kennedy is a viral sensation. A video showing Kennedy challenge the Groton High School cheerleading squad to a “gymnastics-off” has been covered by media company Buzzfeed and viewed more than 11 million times. The impromptu contest took place during the varsity boys basketball game between Southern Cayuga and Groton Jan. 19 at Southern... 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
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