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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┬áCornell 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

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

Sennett business exploring adding a convenience store, gas station

Sennett business exploring adding a convenience store, gas station
A Sennett business is in the preliminary stages of exploring adding a gas station to its property. The project first came before the town of Sennett’s board in July when Joseph Durand, of Camillus-based TDK Engineering, presented it to the board on behalf of Ken and Diana Sroka. Durand said the Srokas own the All Ways Concrete Pumping and Repair... more

Sennett takes steps forward on a nearly $3 million water project

Following a public hearing, the Sennett town board passed seven resolutions on Tuesday that enabled the town to move forward on a $2,969,000 proposed water project that will enhance two water districts. The project, presented by Paul Chatfield of the MRB engineering firm, aims to construct a water storage tank, something the town currently lacks, replace old water mains and... more

Former 84 Lumber location in Sennett lands new tenant

A major roofing supply company has signed a long-term lease to occupy the former 84 Lumber location in Sennett, the property’s owner has announced. American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., which is headquartered in Wisconsin, will occupy the 9.45-acre property and its 37,000 square feet of building space. Charlesbank Realty Group, which purchased the property from 84 Lumber in March,... more

Weedsport man leads police on high-speed pursuit

A 41-year-old Weedsport man led State Police on a high-speed chase through the town of Cato and village of Weedsport on Monday – while troopers were on their way to execute an arrest warrant. When police spotted Brandon Millhoff, 41, the subject of the warrant – they attempted to stop his vehicle. He then struck a trooper’s marked car, and... more
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