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

Cayuga County Legislature names new legislative chair

Cayuga County Legislature names new legislative chair
Legislator Tucker Whitman, R-Sterling, was sworn in as the new Cayuga County Legislature Chair at the annual reorganization meeting Thursday. Whitman was unanimously approved for the position, with legislators from both political parties saying they were hopeful he would foster bipartisan cooperation on the Legislature. “I’m honored to be up here,” Whitman said. “I appreciate the support and I hope... more

Community vote set for Southern Cayuga schools’ proposed solar panel capital project

Community vote set for Southern Cayuga schools’ proposed solar panel capital project
Residents are set to vote on the Southern Cayuga Central School District’s proposed capital project for a solar panel array. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for January on a proposal for a $1.5 million project to create an approximately 750 kilowatt solar panel system on the district’s campus, according to a news release. The district would partner with... more

Sterling to receive $401K in federal funding for water infrastructure

Sterling to receive $401K in federal funding for water infrastructure
Federal funding, amounting to $401,000, was awarded to the town of Sterling last week by the state’s U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, according to a press release. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Grant Program, will expand clean drinking water for residents by financing the construction of Water District #3 in the town.... more

Sterling man charged with allegedly sexually abusing minor

Sterling man charged with allegedly sexually abusing minor
A Sterling man is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a minor, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. Thaddeus Fields, 46, of Fancher Road, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, second-degree patronizing a person for prostitution, third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release. The... more

Man flees after crashing, flipping car in Fair Haven; charges pending

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After flipping a vehicle in a ditch several times on Monday – the driver of that car fled into the woods, resulting in an hours-long search. New York State Police Sgt. Jay Welsted, of the Auburn barracks, said the man allegedly told a witness that he “couldn’t be involved in anything” before he disappeared into the woods, according to the... 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

Will sexual harassment suit against Sterling Renaissance Festival owner affect its season?

An adult ticket to the Sterling Renaissance Festival costs $28.95. It’s uncertain where every cent of that money goes. The festival, which begins its 42nd season July 7, is one of Cayuga County’s biggest tourist attractions. It draws 100,000 people to Fair Haven every summer for turkey legs, jousts and more in a living, breathing 1585 village. Dozens of staff,... more

Sterling Nature Center celebrates arts and nature to raise funds

The Sterling Nature Center held an annual outdoor festival with local musicians and artisan vendors to raise money to help protect an osprey habitat on Sunday. For over 20 years "Inspiration: A Festival of Art & Nature" has been taking place at the nature center, director Jim D'Angelo said. When Sterling Nature Center was the newest nature center in Cayuga... more

Oswego man sentenced for injuring pedestrian, leaving accident in Sterling

On a cold, December night in 2016, Timothy Oleyourryk was driving back to his Oswego home when, he said, he made a series of "bad decisions." At around 10 p.m. Dec. 10, Oleyourryk was driving down Old State Road in the town of Sterling, a plow attached to the front of his 2011 Chevy Silverado. He had just finished chaperoning... more

DEC’s Great Lakes Program wants to hear from people in Sterling, Wolcott Creek watersheds

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's Great Lakes Program is looking for ways to manage the ecosystem in Sterling and Wolcott Creek sub watersheds located in Wayne, Cayuga and a small portion of western Oswego counties. People who live and work in the watershed, or any other stakeholders, are encouraged to fill out a survey, which the DEC will use... more

Police: Homeowner bound and assaulted by robbers in Cayuga County town of Sterling

An Auburn man released from state prison less than four months ago for a bloody 2011 burglary was charged Wednesday with committing a similar crime. Police said Caleb A. Pilkenton, 26, was one of two men who bound and assaulted a homeowner during a robbery in Sterling Wednesday. Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office had found a suspicious unoccupied... more

State police: Man illegally had pistol, marijuana in vehicle in Sterling

A Webster man is facing criminal charges after admitting to illegally possessing a pistol and some marijuana during a traffic stop Friday, state police said. Zachary F. Sharlow, 33, was charged with third-degree possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and criminal possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor. State police said Sharlow was stopped by a state trooper... more

High-speed internet on its way to some rural Cayuga County towns

By the end of 2018, about 4,000 residents in seven rural Cayuga County municipalities will have access to high-speed broadband internet through 400 miles of fiber network from New Visions Communications. The $14.1 million project covers parts of the towns of Sterling, Victory, Montezuma, Moravia, Summherill, Locke and Genoa. About $11.3 million is funded through the state’s Broadband Program. Carmen... 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
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