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Cayuga County Legislature to explore commission on redistricting, more

The Cayuga County Legislature is taking the first steps to consider redistricting and alternative forms of government districts in advance of the 2020 U.S. Census. The county leadership team agreed at Tuesday’s meeting of Legislature’s Government Operations Committee to begin exploring options for the formation of an independent commission that would navigate the process of reshaping the legislative districts as... more

Inns of Aurora update village board on spa project

The Inns of Aurora gave an update on the upcoming spa project, located on 265 acres of land at 700 Sherwood Road in Ledyard, during a regular village of Aurora board meeting on Thursday. “As you know, we’re advancing our spa project up the road,” said Sue Edinger, the chief operating officer of the inns. She explained that not much... more

Helming: $5M available through fund to support animal shelter development

Senator Pam Helming announced that there is $5 million available through the New York State Companion Animal Fund to support critical improvement projects at animal shelters around our state. The fund allows eligible organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health. Funding is available to non-profit and municipal animal shelters, humane societies, and societies... more

America was never that great: Cuomo remark ignites firestorm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set off a firestorm Wednesday when he took direct aim at President Donald Trump and his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. “We’re not going to Make America Great Again,” Cuomo said in Manhattan. “It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.” Republicans... more

Yates, Schuyler Counties to share public health director

Yates County and Schuyler County Legislators approved resolutions Aug. 13 that will allow the two counties to share a Director of Public Health and Deputy Director of Public Health. Yates County District 1 Legislator Elden Morrison voted against the resolution creating a pilot program through June 30, 2020. Legislators also created a Deputy Director of Public Health position, appointed the... 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

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

Auburn fire, police unions endorse Mannion for NY Senate

Unions representing the city’s firefighters and police officers support the Democratic candidate in the 50th Senate District race. Auburn Police Local 195 and Auburn Firefighters Union Local 1446 endorsed John Mannion for state Senate. Mannion, D-Westvale, is running to succeed retiring Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco. The Republican candidate in the race is Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. Auburn Police... more

Congressman Chris Collins drops bid for re-election

Days after federal attorneys charged him with insider trading and lying to the FBI, Congressman Chris Collins has announced he will not be seeking re-election for his seat in the House of Representatives. The Republican representative from New York’s 27th District made the announcement in a statement Saturday morning. pic.twitter.com/a3N8tKFpuU — Rep. Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins) August 11, 2018 Read more... more

Committee considers transfer station at Ontario landfill

Commercial trash haulers may have the option of bringing their garbage to the Ontario County Landfill or to a proposed transfer station at the landfill. The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution at its Monday meeting to begin the process of establishing a transfer station in the old Materials Recycling Facility at... more

Waterloo mayor declares war on messy properties

Mayor Ted Young has seen enough violations of the village’s solid waste code. He will devote much of Monday’s Village Board meeting to discussing the proliferation of couches, mattresses, bed springs and old TVs put out by the curb and ways to address the problem. “It’s gotten real bad this summer. We need to crack down on enforcing our code... more

Deadline to remove “I Love NY” signs approaching

New York State doesn’t seem to need any help dealing with the illegal “I Love NY” signs that line our highways. The deadline to remove them is approaching fast and there’s no sign that the signs are, or will be, taken down. The Federal Highway Administration says it will pull $14-million in funding if the signs are not removed by... more

Seneca Falls Town Board approves fine for trashy properties

Town property owners who put unwanted furniture and other junk on the curb or in their yards will run the risk of being fined. The Town Board voted 4-0 Tuesday to adopt Local Law 2 of 2018. It amends the property maintenance section of town code, allowing for a $400 fine to be levied for uncorrected violations. At a public... more

Event at Bicentennial Park in Geneva will target ‘GOP Tax Scam’

Vowing to present the real facts about the “GOP Tax Scam,” a coalition of local progressive groups will gather for a peaceful and educational rally at Bicentennial Park in Geneva on Tuesday, August 14th, from 3:30-5:30 PM. Their purpose is to promote awareness of the economic damage done by the 2017 tax law, officially known as the “Tax Cuts and... more

Rep. Chris Collins, charged with insider trading, will not seek re-election

Chris Collins today released a statement in which he informed his constituents that he would not seek re-election in the NY-27 district this fall. Earlier this week it was learned that Collins will face insider trading charges according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. Collins’ statement is below…. pic.twitter.com/a3N8tKFpuU — Rep. Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins)... more

Auburn City Council discusses next steps of DRI process

Nearly three weeks since Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Auburn won the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant program for the Central New York region, City Council received an update at the weekly meeting on Thursday about what happens next. Christina Selvek, who is the city’s Director of Capital Projects and Grants Department, led the presentation by taking councilors on a... more

Mannion brings NY Senate campaign to Auburn diner

Over coffee and breakfast fare, John Mannion answered questions about his campaign and priorities if he's elected to represent the 50th Senate District. Mannion, D-Westvale, met with local officials and voters at Hunter Dinerant in Auburn Thursday. Attendees included Auburn Mayor Michael Quill and city councilors Jimmy Giannettino and Debby McCormick. The event was part of Mannion's Coffee with the... more
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