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Ontario Co. BOS puts off tobacco age vote

With four members of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors absent Thursday night, the board delayed a vote on a proposed local law that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Supervisor Dan Marshall (South Bristol), who chairs the board’s Health and Human Services Committee, laid the matter over until the board’s Aug. 23 meeting.... more

Bicyclist seriously injured after being hit by driver in Canandaigua

On Wednesday at about 2:50 pm the Canandaigua City Police Department responded to the report of a bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle on South Main Street, in the area of the Byrne Dairy. Upon investigation, it was determined that a vehicle traveling southbound, in the passing lane, had stopped at the marked crosswalk in order to yield the right... more

Auburn extends contract with state to maintain Arterial

The city of Auburn and the state Department of Transportation extended a nearly 60-year agreement that authorizes the state to pay the city to maintain the Arterial. The contract, which was unanimously approved Thursday by the Auburn City Council, begins retroactively on Jan. 1, 2017 and runs through Dec. 31, 2049. Over that time, the state will pay the city... more

Charter Spectrum says it’s ready to fight for ‘years’ to stay in New York

If you think Charter Communications is going to get booted out of New York without a fight, think again. Charter, which provides television, broadband and telephone service under the Spectrum brand, was ordered by the New York State Public Service Commission on Friday to cease operating its cable franchises in the state within six months. The commission said Charter, the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Kevin Henderson talks campaign for Ontario Co. Sheriff (podcast)

Taking more than three decades of experience with him, Ontario County Sheriff Candidate Kevin Henderson wants residents to know that he cares about the community and its future. Sitting down with Josh Durso on Inside the FLX, Henderson talked about his career, the things he learned, the processes that he’d like to see implemented if elected sheriff – and what... more

Newark police chief to retire

After more than four decades in law enforcement, the last 10 as this village’s police chief, Dave Christler will be retiring. This time for good. Christler said Tuesday he will retire effective Aug. 27. Following a 32-year career with the New York State Police, Christler was hired as Newark’s police chief on Aug. 4, 2008, by the village board and... more

Should Ontario County raise the smoking age?

Ontario County lawmakers are split on whether to pass a local law raising the legal age for smoking to 21. With arguments for and against the proposal, the county Board of Supervisors is opening up the matter for discussion Thursday. People can weigh in at a public hearing, taking place at the board meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. at... more

Moody’s: Auburn’s finances continue to improve though debt is high

A new credit report issued by an international rating agency found that the city of Auburn’s finances are healthy and the city poses a low credit risk to investors. Moody’s Investors Services last week gave the city the same rating it received last year, though the report said Auburn’s financial health has “much improved” due to increases in utility rates... more

Hearing finds Guy lacks signatures needed to qualify for NY Senate race

Republican candidate Rick Guy lacks the necessary signatures to qualify for the Republican primary in the 50th Senate District, a state Board of Elections hearing officer found Wednesday. A hearing was held in Albany to review Guy's petitions. He submitted 1,381 signatures, 602 of which were ruled out by the state Board of Elections. That leaves him with 779 signatures... more

Moravia board of education sets goals for new school year

The Moravia Central School District's Board of Education has established its goals for the 2018-2019 school year, including the possibility of an extended homeroom at the high school. At a meeting Wednesday evening, Superintendent John Birmingham said the district was considering implementing an "advisement block" at the high school. This would provide students some additional time to interact with teachers.... more

Cayuga Centers: Financial situation with Auburn schools is ‘complicated’

A day after the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education voted to request $210,000 from Cayuga Centers, the agency’s president and CEO said the situation is more complicated than it appears. Edward Hayes said Cayuga Centers can’t respond publicly to the district until it receives an official request. “We have not gotten any communication from the Auburn school... more

Firefighter funding may get split in Canandaigua

Susan McCarthy, whose Scotland Road home in the city sustained major damage after a fire in March 2017, said the city is asking firefighters to do more with less. McCarthy, who said she would be heartbroken if a firefighter had been injured in her home, called the staffing situation “unacceptable” and urged strongly for that to change. “Do something,” McCarthy... more

Ontario County considering new tobacco age limit

Ontario County is considering a new age limit on tobacco sales. A proposal before the county’s Board of Supervisors calls for a ban of tobacco for people under 21. A public hearing on the issue is set for Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at The Ontario County Safety Training Facility in Hopewell. A similar proposed law failed in Monroe County... more

Cayuga County Water Quality Management unveils new website as central hub for water issues

The Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency recently unveiled a redesigned website as part of a greater push to provide a central location for residents seeking information on water quality issues. The website, www.cayugacountywater.org, contains an array of informational resources relating to the county’s main waterbodies, namely Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes, Lake Ontario, Duck Lake, Lake Como, Little Sodus... more

Auburn school board to ask Cayuga Centers to make up $210,000 deficit

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education plans to request $210,000 from Cayuga Centers to help the district recover from a deficit due to the center’s residential treatment program closing this spring. Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo explained, during an Auburn school board meeting on Tuesday, that the district “took a financial hit” with the unexpected and uncommunicated closing. “We... more

Kicking out Charter Spectrum in New York called ‘pretty dramatic’

New York’s decision to try to kick out Charter Communications from New York was called an unprecedented step by analysts and experts who viewed the move as a way to force Charter to take more aggressive steps to expand its broadband network. On Friday, the state’s Public Service Commission voted in a hastily called meeting to revoke Charter’s license in... more

Poll: Cuomo leads Nixon by 31 points in Democratic primary for governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a 2-to-1 lead over activist and actress Cynthia Nixon in their Democratic primary election matchup, according to a new Siena College poll published Tuesday. Cuomo leads Nixon 60 to 29 percent among likely voters in the Sept. 13 primary, the poll found. Cuomo’s 31-point lead is down 4 percentage points from Siena’s last... more

Gillibrand talks solutions to drug problems in Canandaigua

Chris Dailey, director of pharmacy at UR Medicine Thompson Health, sees it every day: Patients can’t afford their medication. Costs for some prescription drugs have escalated 30 percent or more in recent years, said Dailey, who spoke during a visit by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Thompson’s Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community on Monday. He gave examples... more
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