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

Cayuga County sheriff’s office hopes to be first in state with jail transitional coordinator

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is looking to be the first county in the state with a specialized position to help jail inmates transition to civilian life, which Sheriff David Gould said would be the right thing to do both morally and financially. At Wednesday's Cayuga County Legislature's Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting, Gould said he'd like to soon... more

Schuyler Co. may have been underpaid by federal government for PILOTs

The U.S. Department of Interior may have underpaid Schuyler County for payments in lieu of property taxes on federal lands within the county. In response, the County Legislature’s Legislative Resolution Review Committee moved Wednesday (August 8) to authorize Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman to file papers joining a federal class action lawsuit initiated by Kane County, Utah. According to Getman,... more

THE DEBRIEF: Geneva names new police chief, city manager; and latest in Seneca Falls, Auburn politics (podcast)

The City of Geneva named their next City Manager and Chief of Police, but a lot of questions remain after a clouded search process that led some to believe that things weren’t as they seemed. The historic Huntington Building in Seneca Falls has also been at the center of controversy for several weeks, as its future remains unclear. These are... more

Algae toxins found at low levels in Skaneateles Lake intake pipes

For the first time this year, algae toxins have been found in the city of Syracuse's water intake pipes in Skaneateles Lake. The levels are very low — at the threshold of detection — and none of the toxins are reaching drinking water, said officials from the state Department of Health. Samples taken Monday and Tuesday show 0.3 parts per... more

NY teachers union endorses Batman, Mannion in Auburn-area state legislature races

Two Democratic candidates in Cayuga County-area state Legislature races won the support of New York's powerful teachers union. Keith Batman, a Cayuga County legislator challenging Assemblyman Gary Finch, and John Mannion, a teacher vying for the 50th Senate District seat, have been endorsed by New York State United Teachers, a union with more than 600,000 members. The Citizen: Read More more

Cayuga Nation announces criminal court system, names two judges

First came a police department. Now, the Cayuga Nation will have its own criminal court system. Clint Halftown, the Cayugas’ federally recognized leader, announced Monday that former Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey will serve as the Nation’s trial court judge and former Wayne County Court Judge Dennis Kehoe has been named as appellate court judge. Halftown said the Nation... more

Dwello removed as Waterloo town Planning Board chairman

The Town Board voted 5-0 Monday to remove Bob Dwello as chairman of the town Planning Board. Dwello would remain a member of the board. That move was followed by a unanimous vote to name Reed Balewski as chairman, effective immediately for a term expiring Jan. 31, 2024. “The chairman of the Planning Board serves at the pleasure of the... more

Race for Congress: Mitrano responds to Reed’s staff harassment claims

Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano has responded to allegations from Congressman Tom Reed’s campaign that her supporters threatened and harassed campaign staff at a rally in Olean in July. Reached for comment on Monday morning, Mitrano 59, of Penn Yan, distanced herself from the comment’s authors, stressing they are not associated with her campaign and are not registered volunteers. “I ask... more

Auburn’s $10M downtown revitalization: What happens next?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Auburn less than two weeks ago to announce the city was the latest winner of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant, which will fund a variety of projects aimed at continuing Auburn’s downtown renaissance. But now that the dust has settled from the announcement, many Auburnians may be left wondering, “What now?” The city... more

Sen. Helming seeks nominations for New York State Senate Veterans HOF

Senator Pam Helming announced that she is inviting people to nominate local veterans from the six-county Wayne-Finger Lakes region that she represents for the prestigious New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. The Veterans Hall of Fame honors outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves and made significant contributions in their military careers, professional endeavors, and... more

Geneva councilor’s Trinity remarks anger city attorney

A city attorney has taken issue with Ward 4 Councilor Ken Camera’s criticism of the city’s handling of the Trinity Episcopal use-variance application, including the associated costs paid to outside legal counsel. Camera also questioned whether the Zoning Board of Appeals members were qualified to serve and whether they should resign. Camera said at Wednesday’s Council meeting that he was... more
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