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Decision a setback for church homeless center in Canandaigua

The city Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday ruled that St. John’s Episcopal Church does indeed need a special use permit to open a day center for homeless families in the church rectory — agreeing with the determination by the city zoning officer. Last year, the city Planning Commission denied the permit. The church then appealed to the ZBA over whether... more

Research links HABs to climate change

The elements that combine to result in the blue-green algal blooms which sometimes cause toxic conditions have been in the Finger Lakes for many years, and finding ways to minimize their impact is a priority for landowners, municipalities, conservation organizations, and lake enthusiasts. While researchers study the chemistry, government officials revise regulations, and lake organizations mobilize volunteers to observe changes... more

Police: Former Geneva man stole $1,464 in merch from Seneca Falls business

On Monday at approximately 1:15 pm police arrested a former Geneva resident on drug and larceny charges following an investigation. Todd J. VanDeMortel, 52, was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. The arrest stems from reports in July and August of stolen merchandise from a business totaling... more

Penn Yan seeks comments on parks master plan

The Penn Yan Village Board has set a public hearing on the Proposed Parks and Recreation Master Plan for 6:05 p.m. Aug. 21 during the next regular village board meeting. The plan, which was developed by village officials and the Design Connect team from Cornell University, includes an analysis of existing village-owned and other parks, and recommendations for projects to... more

Changes to Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel plan OK’d

The proposed changes are relatively minor when it comes to the overall scheme of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel project. But to some, what these changes — which include the addition of an elevator and scaled-back parking — mean is progress on the long-stalled project on Canandaigua Lake billed by many as the “bird cage.” The City Planning... more

Two hospitalized after Aurelius crash; driver charged with DWI

Two people were injured after a one-car crash in Aurelius on Tuesday after a drunk driver collided with a utility pole. Around 8:30 pm Lori N. Shinkle, 30, of Auburn was traveling down Route 326 when she crashed a pickup truck into a utility pole – rolling it over. She and the truck’s passenger, Ricky Meehan, were both injured, according... more

Auburn, Owasco drinking water safe despite harmful algal bloom

Drinking water for both the City of Auburn and Town of Owasco remains safe to drink, the Cayuga County Health Department said Wednesday, after samples showed no signs of toxins from the first harmful algal bloom of the season on Owasco Lake. The department released the results of samples taken Tuesday after a harmful algal bloom (HAB) was detected on... more

Auburn teen enter guilty plea involving elderly man

A 19-year-old Auburn man is facing jail time after pleading guilty to robbing an elderly man earlier this summer. The Citizen reports Shane Andrews pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempted robbery. In court, Andrews admitted to pulling out a knife on the man outside the Boyle Center on Genesee Street on June 30th. Police say Andrews did not get the... more

Schumer: Funds will support services for opioid crisis

Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA) is taking opioid treatment out of the counseling clinic to meet the people who need support where they are — both emotionally and physically — with immediate response services. Wednesday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles E. Schumer visited with FLACRA staff and representatives from Yates County to learn more about the... more

Auburn campaign: Clogged sewer lines are usually preventable

The City of Auburn has launched a new campaign. City officials say the “Wipes Clog Pipes” campaign will teach residents that clogged sewer lines are usually preventable. The city says several items that get flushed down the toilet, including baby wipes, paper towels, tissues, feminine hygiene products, and plastic and latex items, should instead of thrown into the garbage. City... more

Cayuga County Shared Services Plan set for vote Friday

Representatives from all of Cayuga County's municipalities are scheduled to vote Friday on the Countywide Shared Services plan developed over the summer to find tax savings through inter-governmental cooperation. The Shared Services Panel, consisting of the mayors of every city and village, the supervisor of every town and the chair of the Cayuga County Legislature, is set to vote on... more

You’ve never seen Taughannock Falls flowing like this (video)

Laura Voorhees posted this incredible video of Taughannock Falls this morning around 10:00 AM as the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River was exploding with muddy water from the heavy rain that has caused extreme flooding in Seneca and Schuyler counties. Scott Hamula posted his own video from late this morning at Taughannock Falls… Taughannock Falls video. @TRUMANSBURG_NY @WayneStormWatch... more

NY Senate candidate Mannion: Algal blooms on Owasco, Skaneateles lakes ‘crisis situation’

With harmful algal blooms present in two nearby lakes, John Mannion believes the state should take emergency action to address water quality concerns and provide more funding to prevent algae from developing in the future. Mannion, the Democratic candidate for the 50th Senate District seat, held a press conference Wednesday to announce he's been endorsed by the New York League... more

Major flooding shuts down roads in Schuyler County (full coverage)

A state of emergency has been declared in Schuyler County due to flooding from extreme rainfall overnight into this morning. The following roads are closed and impassable due to damage: Shumway Road from State Route 414 to Satterly Hill Road; Dugue Road between Round School House & Fausold Rds; Covert Road from Satterly Hill to State Route 414; Robertson Road... more

Wayne County doctor pleads guilty, faces 60 years in prison

A former Wayne County doctor pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography in federal court on Tuesday. Dr. David Blasczak,69, of Newark faces a maximum combined penalty of 60 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Federal prosecutors say Blasczak bought thousands of sexually explicit images of children through a website hosted out of India they’re calling “website... more

Geneva man arraigned on manslaughter charge following 2017 burglary

A 23-year-old Geneva man has been arraigned on a manslaughter charge after an investigation into a 2017 burglary. Jeffery A. Salone Jr., 29, of Geneva was arraigned in Ontario County Court for first-degree manslaughter, a felony, in connection with the September 2017 death of Jawuan D. Brumfield of Rochester, said Geneva Police Lt. Matthew Valenti. Brumfield’s cause of death was... more

Driver ticketed after ‘freak accident’ claims Waterloo woman’s life

Investigators say they have found the truck involved in the fatal freak accident, which left a Waterloo woman dead after a rock was thrown from a vehicle that had recently left the Ontario County Landfill. The accident took place on August 4th, but it took investigators eight days to locate the commercial truck. Deputies say Manuel J. Vallejo, 27, of... more

Rochester man charged after felony drug investigation in Geneva

On August 10th at approximately 2:28 pm police arrested a Rochester man in Geneva on felony drug charges. Rodney J. Lowman, 37, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held without bail due to previous felony convictions. Police say Lowman was arrested after a months-long investigation into the sale of cocaine in the City of... more
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