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Cayuga Co. couple accused of faking son’s cancer for donations plead not guilty

The Cayuga County couple charged for pretending their child had cancer to get donations pleaded not guilty. Martin and Jolene LaFrance appeared in Montezuma town court Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty to charges of scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s office, the couple created a Go Fund Me page... more

‘I just want justice’: Weedsport employee discloses workplace harassment claim

Carson DiRisio said she was nervous to drive to work every day. In December, DiRisio — a village of Weedsport public works employee — filed a workplace violence and harassment complaint against her boss, who also is the mayor's son. The filing of the complaint with the village's harassment committee led the municipality to hire the Bond, Schoeneck & King... more

Weedsport public works department hires first full-time female employee

The Weedsport Board of Trustees voted to hire a full-time female employee in the department of public works on Wednesday, a first for the village. At the end of a regular meeting, the board, including Mayor Jean Saroodis and Assistant DPW Superintendent Jeff Goodell, entered an executive session “to talk about an employee’s probation,” Saroodis said. The decision made in... more

Following employee complaint, Weedsport public works chief resigns

Amid an investigation of an employee workplace violence and harassment complaint, the Weedsport Board of Trustees has approved entering into a resignation agreement with the village’s public works superintendent. During an afternoon special meeting on April 24, called “to discuss employment and disciplinary action of a particular employee with attorney,” Trustees Harry Hinman, Chris Lukins, Chere Perkins and Steve Sims... more

Weedsport Fire Department puts new rescue pumper in service

The Weedsport Fire Department recently put a new rescue pumper truck into service, a culmination of three years of work and over $750,000. The rescue pumper replaced two other trucks — a 1990 fire engine and a 1992 rescue truck — the fire department previously had, and have since auctioned off, Chief David James said. "Combing those two trucks into... more

Attorneys bill Weedsport $25,572 so far for undisclosed employee issue

Weedsport has run up more than $25,000 in attorney fees in connection with an investigation of a complaint that a village employee filed in December, records obtained by The Citizen show. Invoices to the village from the Syracuse-based law firm of Bond, Schoeneck, & King were disclosed in response to a state Freedom of Information Law request made by the... more

Weedsport board reverses vote that would have ended worker’s employment

The Weedsport Board of Trustees has rescinded a resolution made last week that had effectively terminated a village employee. A special meeting was called Sunday morning to discuss a particular employee's probationary status and any other business that comes before the board. Mayor Jean Saroodis, all four trustees, temporary Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Goodell and the Village Clerk... more

One hospitalized after tractor-trailer collides with car in Weedsport

Crews were called to a crash on South Seneca Street in Weedsport around 5:45 p.m., which involved a tractor-trailer and car. First responders say they were called to 8864 South Seneca Street for a reported accident involving minor injuries. When the first crews arrived on-scene they found a vehicle on its side. While there were only minor injuries — one... more

Sennett and Weedsport reach water cost compromise

Sennett and Weedsport have negotiated a new water rate and water contract after disagreeing on a transmission-fee increase. For the month of January, Weedsport received a water bill from the town of Sennett with an 18-percent increase to the transmission fee the village had been paying the town for the past 10 years, Feb. 14 meeting minutes indicate. The bill... more

Weedsport officials meet with attorney over ongoing ‘sticky situation’

A special meeting was called in the village of Weedsport on Thursday “to discuss a specific employee’s employment status/discipline,” a meeting notice online and hung on the village’s door read. When the meeting opened at 4:30 p.m., the village board immediately moved to enter an executive session. Attorney Colin Leonard, of Bond, Schoeneck & King, was present in the executive... more

Weedsport school district budget a work in progress

The Weedsport Central School District is exploring different options for the 2018-2019 budget. The district’s assistant superintendent of business, Doug Tomandl, said the board of education is still discussing what the district’s estimated tax levy will be. The district’s property tax cap allowed by the state is 3.58 percent. Tomandl said the board is still looking at different preliminary options... more

Weedsport mayor to be precluded from employee discussions after conflict of interest debunked

In a special meeting held Monday afternoon, the village of Weedsport passed a resolution precluding Mayor Jean Saroodis from discussions involving her son, James Saroodis, the village's Department of Public Works superintendent, who is currently on administrative leave until a decision can be made about his employment. The special meeting, advertised on the village offices' door, was called "to discuss... more

Port Byron man charged with DWI in Weedsport parking lot

State Police say a 29-year-old Port Byron resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being dispatched to a parking lot on State Route 34 in Weedsport. The incident unfolded on Friday and resulted in the arrest of Chris R. Calkins, 29, of Port Byron. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation of a... more
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