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‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

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

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

Survey aims to identify where candidates stand on environment in Seneca County

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The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee is sending out a survey to those running for office in Seneca County. The survey consists of eight questions; and aims to see where each stands on important environmental questions related to policy in Seneca County. For those on the SFEAC – it’s a way to create accountability moving forward. Candidates are asked to... more

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party
Tom Fox wants to be elected to another two-year term as chairman of the Seneca County Republican Party. Fox, a member of the Varick Town Board, served as Seneca County sheriff from 1991 to 2003. The county Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fayette Fire House on Route 414 for its required reorganizational meeting, a gathering... more

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party
Attorney Christopher Folk of Waterloo, who lost the Republican Party primary election for Seneca County district attorney, has been endorsed by the Serve America Movement Party. Folk, who resisted efforts by county Republicans to have him drop out of the race, also will appear on the Libertarian and Working Families party lines in November. He will run against Assistant Public... more

Del Lago Resort & Casino wins several awards

Del Lago Resort & Casino wins several awards
Del Lago Resort & Casino has received awards from Casino Player magazine and USA Today. The business has been recognized by Casino Player in its annual New York State Best of Gaming Awards Reader’s Survey. The Route 414 facility received a total of 11 awards. Each year, the magazine asks its reader to select casinos across the country that are worthy of being honored as... more

Big development coming to busy corner in Tyre

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores coming to Tyre
Love is coming to Tyre — as in Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores of Oklahoma City. Company officials made an initial presentation of their plans to a joint meeting of the town Planning and Town boards Tuesday. They want to buy a 13-acre parcel of land immediately south of Thruway exit 41 from 3S Development of Waterloo, a company... more

Police use drone during Hall of Fame weekend at del Lago Resort & Casino

Police use drone during Hall of Fame weekend at del Lago Resort & Casino
Extra security was plenty visible during last weekend’s National Women’s Hall of Fame induction at del Lago Resort & Casino. Much of it was focused on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and actress Jane Fonda, the latter the subject of protests by Vietnam War veterans. What people may not have noticed was the added security overhead — in the form... more

Troopers: Four Cayuga County residents arrested on felony burglary charges in Tyre

Troopers: Four Cayuga County residents arrested on felony burglary charges in Tyre
Troopers arrested four Cayuga County residents on burglary charges following an investigation, which was led by State Police. Timothy M. Gower, 29; Darrin M. Hayes, 28; Helen R. Calkins, 27; and Tasha M. Sweeny, 26, all of Moravia, were charged Monday with third-degree burglary, a class D felony. Troopers arrested the four suspects after investigating a burglary complaint in Tyre.... more

Upstate casinos see record revenue from first week of NFL action

Upstate casinos see record revenue from first week of NFL action
Four upstate casinos including del Lago Casino & Resort took in record revenue from sports wagering during the first week of the NFL, according to the Albany Times Union. Sports betting is proving to be real boost to the struggling Finger Lakes Casino. Del Lago brought in more than $263 thousand in gross revenue from sports wagering since the NFL season opener. That’s twice... more

HALL OF SHAME: Veterans rally outside of del Lago during the NWHF Induction Ceremony

HALL OF SHAME: Vocal Vietnam veterans rally outside of del Lago during the NWHOF Induction Ceremony
Announcing Jane Fonda as an inductee for the 27th annual National Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony certainly stirred-up controversy for Americans, especially Vietnam veterans. While the two-time Academy Award winning actress graced the Vine Theater stage this Saturday and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, a band of mostly vocal Vietnam veterans stood several hundred feet away from the... more

PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 NWHF Induction Ceremony at del Lago

GALLERY: Behind the scenes at the NWHOF induction ceremony at del Lago
– Gallery by Gabriel Pietrorazio An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently a reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at gabriel@fingerlakes1.com. more

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online
A formal draft of Seneca County’s economic development strategic plan is now officially available for public review and comment. The public comment period starts today and will continue through Nov. 1. Seneca County’s draft plan is available for public review and comments at www.seneca-economy.com. The Seneca County IDA started the strategic planning process last year by identifying the community’s economic... more

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’
Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for their upcoming productions of both male and female versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on September 16 & 17. Seneca Community Players will be producing both plays simultaneously and they will run on opposite nights November 15, 16 and 17 and November 22, 23 and 24. This classic... more

State Police: Rochester man used forged gambling chips at del Lago

State Police: Rochester man used forged gambling chips at del Lago
A 62-year-old Rochester man has been arrested after New York State Police say he used forged gambling chips at del Lago Resort & Casino. Troopers say that Ronnie Lewis was arrested after a “lengthy investigation” that found that Lewis had altered gambling chips in a way that allowed him to cash them in for $600. Lewis was arrested after release... more
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