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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

Auburn driver accused of going 70 mph before pursuit with deputy

Auburn driver accused of going 70 mph before pursuit with deputy
Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of a 20-year-old Auburn resident following a pursuit in Cayuga County earlier this week. On Monday, around 7:06 p.m. a road patrol deputy was stopped at the intersection of Brookside Drive and Grant Avenue in Auburn when a white passenger vehicle passed through it at a high rate of speed. The deputy estimated that... more

Sennett storage facility expanding, adding employees

Sennett storage facility expanding, adding employees
A Sennett storage facility is undergoing a 15,000-square-foot expansion to meet demand for climate-controlled storage, among other common customer needs. AllStorage, at 450 Grant Ave., is adding a 10,000-square-foot climate-controlled building and another 5,000 square feet of standard storage to the 20,000-square-foot facility. The Citizen: Read More 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

Sennett firing range construction set to begin this summer

Sennett firing range construction set to begin this summer
Construction of a shooting range on state property in Sennett is set to start this summer at the Auburn Correctional Training Center. Since the plans of constructing an open range were modified to build an enclosed one, a public information meeting has yet to happen, but at a meeting last week at state Assemblyman Gary Finch’s office, the Department of... more

Police: Syracuse man gets nabbed for DWI, DWAI at checkpoint in Cayuga County

Police: Syracuse man gets nabbed for DWI, DWAI at checkpoint in Cayuga County
Troopers report that a Syracuse man was arrested on DWI and DWAI charges following a stop at a checkpoint in Cayuga County. Darryl A. Esce, 56, of Syracuse was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by drugs. While conducting a DWI road check on State Route 5 in Sennett, Troopers stopped Esce. He was subsequently... more

Department of Corrections revives Sennett shooting range plan

Department of Corrections revives Sennett shooting range plan
After a few years of silence on the project, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is again moving forward on plans to build a shooting range in Sennett. The Office of General Services put out an advertisement for bids in The Citizen this week for an "enclosed firing range" at the Auburn Correctional Training Center at 3579 Franklin St.... 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

Rt. 5 reopened in Sennett after crash during morning commute

Busy road closed in Sennett after accident during morning commute
State Route 5 in the area of County Road 10A was closed in both directions around 7:30 a.m. as first responders worked the scene of a crash. The Department of Transportation reported the closure in both directions on Route 5. That closure was expected to last for a couple hours between Depot Road and Jericho Road. However, the roadway was... more

Three Sennett business projects clear Cayuga County review

Three Sennett business projects clear Cayuga County review
Three different proposed development projects in the town of Sennett have passed the review of a Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development committee. The projects include an existing business looking to add a convenience store and retail gas station, the relocation of an auto repair shop and a construction equipment and rental equipment company hoping to plant roots... more

Sennett awarded $1.78M state grant to advance water infrastructure project

Sennett awarded $1.78M state grant to advance water infrastructure project
The town of Sennett will get help from the state to finance a multi-million dollar water infrastructure project. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week that Sennett will receive $1,781,400 through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act program. The funding will cover 60 percent of the cost of the project. The total cost is $2,969,000. In August, the Sennett town... more

Sennett development: One business looks to relocate, another to plant roots

Sennett development: One business looks to relocate, another to plant roots
Two businesses, one a repair shop another a rental equipment and construction materials shop, came before Sennett’s Planning Board Thursday night for preliminary site plan reviews. An Auburn auto repair shop, Xcelerated Auto, is looking to relocate to Mutton Hill Road in Sennett. The project proposes building a 10,368-square-foot service garage on a roughly 2.5 acre site on Mutton Hill... more

Sennett orchard boasts new, exclusive varieties

Sennett orchard boasts new, exclusive varieties
Two new apples developed by Cornell University and exclusively grown in New York are now available for purchase in Cayuga County. Owen Orchards in Sennett, a family-owned orchard whose roots go back to the 1930s, is now growing a combined 2 acres of SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples in conjunction with Crunch Time Apple Growers. “They’re both beautiful apples, especially the RubyFrost,... more

Backhoe loader and tractor-trailer collide in Sennett, State Route 34 re-opened

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Officials say State Route 34 in Cayuga County was closed around 7:45 am and re-opened around 9:30 am after an accident involving a backhoe loader and tractor-trailer. The accident happened between Potter Road and Turnpike Road in Sennett. Upstate Paving backhoe loader lays on its side after a collision with a tractor trailer, owned by the same company, around 6AM... more

Why reopened Sennett residential facility is named for Harriet Tubman

Why reopened Sennett residential facility is named for Harriet Tubman
After a seven-year hiatus, the Harriet Tubman Residential Center in Sennett reopened last week. The state plans to use the facility now that the "Raise the Age" law, which will increase the age of criminal responsibility in New York over the next two years, is in effect. A question has emerged since The Citizen reported on the building's reopening: Why... 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
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