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More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal

More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal
The Wayne Central School District has offered signs it would give the public more information about two members of the school system’s board in danger of removal from the board over misconduct accusations. On Wednesday, February 20, school officials planned to hold a special meeting to consider revealing information previously discussed behind closed doors about the charges against board members... more

Cayuga County emergency management deputy director placed on leave

Cayuga County emergency management deputy director placed on leave
The deputy director of the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office has been placed on administrative leave, according to an email obtained by The Auburn Citizen. Cayuga County Planning and Economic Development Director Stephen Lynch notified ambulance providers and fire chiefs that Deputy Director Niel Rivenburgh has been placed on administrative leave and will not be in the office until further... more

Cuomo wants to close three NY prisons

Cuomo wants to close three NY prisons
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking the state Legislature for authority to close up to three correctional facilities by September. The proposal is outlined in Cuomo’s 30-day amendments to his 2019-20 executive budget. An amendment to the public protection and general government budget bill would permit the governor to shut down as many as three correctional facilities. Cuomo would be allowed... more

Why Amazon’s huge plans for New York fell apart

Why Amazon’s huge plans for New York fell apart
Amazon’s plans for New York City were poised to become one of the largest economic-development projects in state history. Between 25,000 to 40,000 jobs in the Long Island City section of Queens. An estimated $27 billion in tax revenue, backed by $3 billion in state and local subsidies. Supporters said it would advance the city’s efforts to bolster its tech... more

DiNapoli issues warning about NYS budget

DiNapoli issues warning about NYS budget
Comptroller DiNapoli in a statement Friday afternoon warned state revenue is sagging — making the state budget process all the more difficult for lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. DiNapoli’s office released the January revenue numbers, showing a decline in projected revenue to the state of more than $2 billion. In a statement, DiNapoli said the state needs to prepare the... more

Cuomo eyes fix for NY towns, villages affected by proposed state aid cuts

Cuomo eyes fix for NY towns, villages affected by proposed state aid cuts
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to divert some of the revenue from the proposed expansion of the state’s internet sales tax collections to towns and villages affected by aid cuts in his budget plan. The plan, according to a source, is in the governor’s 30-day budget amendments. Towns and villages would receive a portion of the internet sales tax revenue to... more

State comptroller faults Moravia assessor for some property tax exemptions

State comptroller faults Moravia assessor for some property tax exemptions
An audit by the state comptroller's office that reviewed property tax exemptions of 85 properties in the town of Moravia found a number of key failings by the town's assessor. The report reviewed 85 agricultural, nonprofit, senior citizen, veteran and other exemptions granted by the town assessor. Under an agreement with Cayuga County, an employee of the County Office of... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)
When Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson succeeded longtime Sheriff Philip Povero, the focus was on transitioning smoothly. Now, more than 50 days after taking office – Sheriff Henderson is establishing himself as a leader, not only locally, but in the region. This week he joined FL1 News Intern Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to get an update, and... more

Cuomo blames Democrats after Amazon pulls plug on HQ in New York

Cuomo blames Democrats after Amazon pulls plug on HQ in New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement blamed the state Senate, led by his own party, for the sinking of a deal to bring up to 40,000 Amazon jobs to Queens tied to $3 billion in tax breaks. Amazon announced Thursday it was pulling out of the deal amid a political backlash to the proposal. Cuomo in his statement pointed to... more

The end is near: Auburn landfill has about two years of life left

The end is near: Auburn landfill has about two years of life left
Auburn’s landfill has just under two years of life left. In preparation of its cap-off, the city is planning on constructing a transfer station, where trash will be transported to another nearby landfill. Based on a survey taken in December, an estimated 116,000 tons of space remains at the landfill, which may sound like a lot, but about 60,000 tons... more

Benjamin to challenge Davidson in Lodi primary

Benjamin to challenge Davidson in Lodi primary
A Republican Party primary for town supervisor appears likely. Mark Benjamin, community relations director for Seneca Meadows the past several years, has announced plans to run for supervisor in this Seneca County town. If he submits the required party petitions by the April 4 deadline, he will force a primary against incumbent Republican Supervisor Lee Davidson, who said he will... more

New York gives sex abuse victims more time to sue, press charges

New York gives sex abuse victims more time to sue, press charges
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday long-sought legislation that gives the victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. The law known as the Child Victims Act loosens one of the nation’s tightest statutes of limitations on molestation cases. It also creates a one-year litigation window for victims... more

Recreational marijuana: Police, doctors and educators fighting legalization in New York

Recreational marijuana: Police, doctors and educators fighting legalization in New York
A growing opposition movement across law enforcement, education and public health is attacking the politically charged push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. Many of the powerful advocacy groups suggest passage could lead to spikes in drugged driving and marijuana-related health risks ranging from smoking hazards to psychotic episodes. Some warn New York’s sudden rush towards legal marijuana ignores... more

Tax deadline extended for some Cayuga County municipalities

Tax deadline extended for some Cayuga County municipalities
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday issued an executive order extending the property tax payment deadline for numerous municipalities throughout the state, including Cayuga County, after severe winter storms made payment difficult for some. To accommodate those affected by the Jan. 19 storm, the executive order retroactively extends the period for paying taxes without interest or penalty to 21 days from the... more

Yates Legislature approves sale of loan fund

Yates Legislature approves sale of loan fund
Following a public hearing which drew no comments and discussion by legislators which including unsuccessful efforts to amend the resolution, Yates County legislators approved the sale of a loan fund by Yates County Industrial Development Agency to Finger Lakes Horizon Economic Development Corp. This will allow the about $66,000 to be available for a forgivable loan to Catholic Charities for... more

Sexual-harassment victims tell horrific stories about NY’s Capitol in first hearing in 20 years

Sexual-harassment victims tell horrific stories about NY’s Capitol in first hearing in 20 years
Chloe Rivera was 24 when she was hired as a legislative aide for then-Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the powerful Brooklyn lawmaker and Democratic boss. He would make inappropriate comments about her body and clothes, she testified Wednesday. He would tell her to rub his hands as he drove, implored her to wear more revealing clothes and asked her to send him... more

Cuomo launches statewide push against SALT cap

Cuomo launches statewide push against SALT cap
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced he would launch a national campaign to repeal the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. The announcement follows a meeting Cuomo had on Tuesday with President Donald Trump about the issue. “The disgraceful federal tax assault stole from 12 Democratic states to give to Republican states, and it was a gross injustice,”... more

Schuyler County appoints assistant attorney at February 11 meeting

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Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has announced his appointment of Vinton Bovier Stevens, an Elmira native, as an Assistant County Attorney. The appointment was unanimously approved by the Schuyler County Legislature at its February 11 meeting. As an Assistant County Attorney, Stevens will join Getman in representing Schuyler County in civil litigation, family court prosecutions and related matters. Stevens has... more
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