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Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget for 2019

Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget
Yates County Legislators adopted the $44.3 million 2019 county budget Nov. 15 following a public hearing when they heard bi-partisan support for increasing wages for the Yates County Board of Elections Comissioners. The only change they made to the budget before adopting it was an adjustment to a Court Security line in the plan. Treasurer Winona Flynn said increases in... more

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension

Greenidge gets green light, as well as controversial 5-year extension
Since its restart in the Spring of 2017, the Greenidge Generation power station has been skirting federal law governing its use of cooling waters drawn from Seneca Lake. The Clean Water Act requires electric power plants to recycle or filter the tens of millions of gallons of water used daily to cool their condensers. Greenidge does neither, and the Cuomo... more

Barrington justice resigns while under investigation for interjecting herself into custody case

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Barrington Town Court Justice Rennee N. Crofoot has resigned while under investigation by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct for allegedly interjecting herself in a custody proceeding pending before another judge, according to officials with New York State. Judge Crofoot resigned from office effective October 3rd and agreed never to seek or accept judicial office at any time... more

One dead after hours-long standoff, gasoline fire in Yates

Hours long standoff ends with one dead in Yates
A warrant execution turned into a long, multi-department investigation, which even involved the FBI on Monday, as authorities dealt with an hours-long standoff that left one man dead. According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike deputies received an order to execute a Supreme Court Arrest Warrant for failure to comply with psychiatric treatment issued out of Chemung County. The individual... more

Paving work to begin on Rte. 54 in Yates

Paving work to begin on Rte. 54 in Yates
A single course asphalt overlay paving project on State Route 54 from G. Fullagar Road to the Steuben County line in the Towns of Milo and Barrington, Yates County, will begin Wednesday, Oct. 10. The paving project is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation. The public should expect... more

Tap room dispute lives on in Barrington

Town officials in Barrington have agreed to consult with the town’s attorney about a potential lawsuit related to the town’s handling of issues with the Olney Place store on State Route 54. The town received a July 20 letter from Alan Knauf of Knauf Shaw LLP in Rochester which states that Olney Place neighbor Marion Louden and other neighbors were... more

Barrington halts action against Olney Place

The Barrington Town Board has unanimously agreed to not take further action in regard to the 2016 legal action that could have put a stop to serving beer in the taproom at Olney Place. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York issued an order June 15 that dismissed the town’s appeal of Yates County Judge Dennis Bender’s... more

Beer flows again at Olney Place in Barrington

After more than two years, customers at The Olney Place on Keuka Lake are able to drink a beer that is drawn from the taps on the bar in the tap room at Seth Olney’s deli and market. Olney learned last Friday, June 15, that his argument prevailed in a case before the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division.... more

Dundee duo arrested after meth lab discovered on Thursday

Two Yates County residents were arrested after deputies investigated a reported meth lab on Thursday. Shannon Rosemier, 31, of Dundee was arrested on a parole warrant — after being located on Dombrowski Road in Barrington. While deputies were at the home — a suspected meth lab was found, and as result, 30-year-old Spencer Hines, of Dundee was arrested. He was... more

Barrington will hire new code enforcement officer

Barrington Town officials are in the market for a new Code Enforcement Officer. The board did not re-appoint John Griffin to the position, and town officials have begun the process to recruit a new CEO. At a special meeting Jan. 11, the town board unanimously agreed to contract with Benton CEO Jayson Hoover to serve the town on an interim... more

Yates dog dealer turns in state license

Two men who have withdrawn their applications for permits to operate dog-related businesses do not have plans to re-apply for permits, and that’s the way some Barrington residents want things to stay. In a brief phone conversation Dec. 1, Wayne Sensenig said his father, John, plans to cancel his pet dealer license which had been issued by the New York... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

Yates County targets big pharma

Yates County has joined other New York State municipalities in engaging a legal firm for representation for a potential lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies for aggressive marketing of opioids. The firm, Napoli Shkolnik is in the process of filing lawsuits on behalf of cities and counties against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medications. Those lawsuits allege that the... more

Permit application withdrawn, meeting for Yates Co. puppy-selling business cancelled

Two men looking to open a puppy-selling business in Yates County have withdrawn their permit applications, town officials say, after opposition from the community. A petition circulating online said one of the men trying to open the business is a convicted animal abuser and had a business shut down in Pennsylvania. A meeting was set for Tuesday night to consider... more

Neighbors express concern over proposed puppy-selling business in Yates County

Puppies by appointment only: A man is asking a town zoning board for permission to sell puppies for money out of his home in Yates County. But that’s not what some neighbors are upset about. John Sensenig filed an application in the Town of Barrington, asking to sell up to 500 puppies per year from a farm that his family... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more
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