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Cuomo urges commission to maintain Lake Ontario outflows to avoid flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the International Joint Commission reconsiders its plan to decrease Lake Ontario outflows beginning Friday. At 1 a.m., outflows will decrease from 8,950 to 8,550 cubic meters per second. Frank Bevacqua, a spokesperson for the International Joint Commission, said the reduced outflows coincide with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season. But Cuomo is concerned... more

Upstate NY reps want Lake Ontario shoreline damage report

A trio of upstate New York members of Congress is requesting a report examining the damage to Lake Ontario's shoreline last year. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, John Katko and Claudia Tenney have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to include language requiring the report in an upcoming omnibus spending bill. The language would authorize... more

Dam floodgates to open to drain excess Lake Ontario water

Floodgates are being opened at a New York Power Authority dam in Massena to spill excess water from Lake Ontario into the Saint Lawrence River. The gates at Long Sault Dam are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Monday. The power authority says there will be rapidly changing river flows downstream. Outflows from Lake Ontario are established weekly by the... more

Sodus Point woman charged with DWI after nearly sideswiping patrol car

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 45-year-old Sodus Point resident after she nearly sideswiped a patrol car at an intersection in Sodus. Amy Tindall, 45, is accused of nearly swiping that patrol car at the intersection of N. Geneva Road and Christian Hollier Road. Upon stopping the vehicle it was determined that Tindall was operating the... more

Sodus Point woman accused of threatening husband with two knives

Deputies in Wayne County arrested a 57-year-old Sodus Point resident after a domestic incident where she was accused of threatening her husband with two knives. Mary A. Steger, 57, is accused of threatening her husband with two knives during that domestic incident, which unfolded on Monday. She was charged with second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Deputies... more

‘STAY OFF ICE’: Sheriff outlines concerns after Sodus Bay rescue on Thursday

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says a 75-year-old Rose man was successfully rescued from Sodus Bay after he fell into the ice while attempting to cross it on a snowmobile. According to deputies, their office responded to Sodus Bay along with the Sodus Point and Alton fire departments for a subject that fell through the ice while attempting to cross... more

At Capitol dinner, Katko asks Tillerson for help with Lake Ontario water levels

It was a chance encounter, but it may be the first step in revisiting a water management plan affecting communities along Lake Ontario in U.S. Rep. John Katko’s district. Before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Katko went to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office in the Capitol for dinner. It was an informal gathering. The... more

Deadlines approaching for flood recovery applications

Residents and business owners affected by Lake Ontario’s historic flooding this past spring are reminded of the upcoming federal and state application deadlines to receive financial assistance relating to damages they may have. “Lake Ontario’s devastating flooding has caused a great deal of hardship, both emotional and financial, for many residents and business owners along the shoreline,” Assemblyman Steve Hawley... more

Sodus Point man stole $1,218 worth of merchandise from Walmart

Deputies say a Sodus man was charged with grand larceny after stealing more than $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Victor Walmart. The incident took place on Wednesday around 8:50 pm when deputies say Roy M. Wilferth, 25, of Sodus Point was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny after stealing various merchandise from the Walmart store. The merchandise was valued at... more

‘Achilles heel’ begins to surface on Lake Ontario

What one expert calls the “Achilles' heel” of the controversial plan for regulating Lake Ontario water levels is revealing itself for the first time this fall. The lake is high — at a near-record high level for this time of year — because the new regulatory system, Plan 2014, dictates that it be that way. The water is likely to... more
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