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Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more

Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves forward

Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves into the fall
Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, who is running in November for Schuyler County Judge, declined last week to answer questions or provide requested documents about his role in a Seneca County scandal more than a decade ago. Getman declined to confirm or deny reports that his resignation as Seneca County Attorney in 2007 was prompted by a grand jury letter... more

Officials claim fears of water contamination likely overblown in Schuyler County

Officials claim fears of water contamination likely overblown in Schuyler County
Pressed to respond to public alarm over a report that traces of the toxic PFAS class of chemicals had turned up in samples of local tap water, Schuyler County officials said this week they would conduct their own new tests in coordination with the state Department of Health. “We are being proactive. We are looking into it,” Watkins Glen Mayor... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Schuyler Hospital breaks ground on massive, two-part development project

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Tuesday marked the groundbreaking ceremony for Schuyler Hospital, a member of Cayuga Health System, which kicked off the construction of a new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art Medical Surgical inpatient unit. Phase one of the two-part development is to be completed by July 2020. The project is being made possible by a $10.3 Million New York State Statewide Health Care Facility... more

Steven Getman launches campaign for Schuyler County Court Judge

Steven Getman launches campaign for Schuyler County Court Judge
County Attorney Steven Getman has officially launched his campaign for Schuyler County Court Judge. Getman is a lifelong Republican who resides in Watkins Glen and currently serves as the Schuyler County Attorney. “Our new judge must have experience to handle not only criminal cases, but also challenging civil, Family Court and Surrogate’s Court cases,” said Getman. “I believe that my... more

Schuyler man gets weekends in jail after sexually abusing mentally disabled teen

After sexually abusing mentally disabled teen, being found guilty of violent felony – Schuyler man gets weekends in jail
A Tyrone man who was found guilty of sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter will spend weekends in jail, after being sentenced in Schuyler County Court before the Hon. Dennis J. Morris. Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hayden argued that the court should sentence Wheeler to the maximum sentence of seven years in state prison, with 10 years post-release supervision. Wheeler... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Wayne Central BOE, controversial sentencing in Schuyler, and changes to student loans (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:45 AM: The Debrief Podcast talks Wayne Central Board of Education, Schuyler sentencing, and student loans (podcast)
In less than a week petitions will begin circulating for candidates hoping to win elections this fall. While the change in election calendar and format has caught some off-guard – The Debrief Podcast gives some final takes before election season officially kicks off. They also discuss a series of important, non-election issues including: – Controversial sentencing for one Schuyler County... more

HEAL Schuyler works with local restaurants to offer healthy options

HEAL Schuyler works with local restaurants to offer healthy options
HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) Schuyler is working with local restaurants on the new Choose HEALth program standards. The Choose HEALth, Healthy Food Choices in Schuyler County program was founded in 2015. The new standards tiers restaurants into the following categories: Member, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participating restaurants submit recipes and are classified into a tier. The Member tier... 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

Former Tyrone highway official ordered to plea down to disorderly conduct from felony charge

The 68-year-old old former Tyrone Town Highway Superintendent who was charged with official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing has pleaded guilty. Paul Ernhout, 68, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct, according to FLDN. He faced a felony charge and was accused of submitting altered highway car invoices for work done on his personal vehicle. He... more

Sheriff: Tyrone man jumped from moving vehicle, died on Rt. 14A in Reading

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 47-year-old Tyrone resident died after allegedly jumping from a moving vehicle. Deputies say that they received a call stating that a male subject had jumped from a vehicle on State Route 14A in the Town of Reading. The entire incident unfolded on Tuesday around 2:46 pm. A preliminary investigation revealed that Erik... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Schuyler County

In Schuyler County there is no bigger issue than the ongoing debate around Crestwood Midstream. The Houston-based energy company has been pursuing a development, which would allow them to store LPG beneath the surface of Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. While the issue itself has been polarizing — economic development has taken a back seat. However, the other major... more

Forged NY DOT docs being investigated in Schuyler County

According to Tyrone Town Supervisor Don Desrochers, a document on file with the New York State Department of Transportation has been falsified. During a regular meeting with Town Council on Tuesday, the board was made aware of the irregularity with the document, according to Watkins Review. Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan, as well as about 20 residents were present... more

Corning man arrested on charges of making meth

Authorities in Schuyler County announced the arrest of a Corning man at the end of April. Todd M Eicher, 38, of Corning was arrested on April 29th and charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine — a Class D felony and third-degree burglary — a Class D Felony. It is alleged that Todd Eicher unlawfully entered a trailer in the Town... more

LETTER: Underage drinking still a problem in Schuyler Co.

To the Editor – As an employee of Schuyler County Public Health I am concerned about the underage drinking problem in Schuyler County. According to the most current data 47.6% of 7th through 12th grade students report using alcohol at some point in their life and 25.5% report using it in the past 30 days. Many young people in the... more

Police: Schuyler home health aide charged with grand larceny

Delinda K. Buchanan, 41 years old of Savona, was arrested on Monday and charged with 12 counts Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony and Grand Larceny in the third degree, a class D felony. It is alleged that Buchanan who is a home health aide submitted 12 time cards containing false information and... more