Torrey gets grant for water district

Torrey gets grant for water district
The town will be getting a large federal grant to form its first water district. In a press release, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he helped secure a $684,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The program offers loans, grants, and lone guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development in rural communities. “We care... more

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

CHARGED WITH MURDER: Khouzam indicted, accused of bludgeoning widowed mom in Torrey

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A Yates County grand jury has indicted Paul Khouzam on second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and aggravated cruelty to animals after a violent, summertime incident involving his widowed mother. The charges stem from a violent, August 6th domestic incident, which took place on Arrowhead Beach Road in the Town of Torrey. Khouzam... more

LATEST: Branchport man arrested hours before violent attack on woman

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike has identified and outlined the charges filed against a 37-year-old Branchport resident, who violated attacked a 67-year-old female domestic violence victim. Paul M. Khouzam, 37, of Guyanoga Road was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, and aggravated cruelty to an animal – all felonies. Khouzam is accused of forcefully breaking into a home in Dresden,... more

Town of Torrey annual Memorial Day Service

The Town of Torrey will hold its annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28th at 10:30 AM at the Dresden United Methodist Church on Cornelia Street. Richard Simpson, Yates County Deputy Sheriff and US Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret.), will be the guest speaker. Jeff Waite will lead the Penn Yan Middle School Band. Toby Bond and Sheryl Parkhurst will... more

SENECA7: 2,400+ athletes set to run around Seneca Lake in a 77.7-mile relay race Sunday

The eighth-annual Seneca7, a 77.7-mile relay race, consisting of 348 seven-member teams running the circumference of Seneca Lake, will be held this Sunday, April 29. The event begins in downtown Geneva, with runners heading south along the west side of Seneca Lake, through Yates County, Schuyler County including Watkins Glen, and Seneca County, before returning to Geneva for a finish... more

Torrey questions Penn Yan wastewater treatment permit application

Given the opportunity to respond to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding changes to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit for Penn Yan’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), the Town of Torrey Board sent a letter to the DEC Jan. 10, expressing their concerns about the impact discharge from the plant has on water quality... more

Water samples from Torrey show contamination

Water samples collected from homes in the two proposed municipal water supply districts in the Town of Torrey have come back from the lab showing bacteriological contamination. The report from testing conducted for the town from samples collected by the Town of Benton, was presented at the last Torrey Town Board meeting, Dec. 12. Approximately 80 percent of the samples... 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

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... 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

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

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

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

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more

Lack of quorum sends projects to local boards in Yates County

The last meeting of the Yates County Planning Board was forced into cancellation due to a failure to draw a quorum. Planner Dan Long says the attendance was expected to barely meet the necessary number of members, but at the last moment, one member was unable to attend due to a family emergency. Consequently, all the applications due for review... more

Fire strikes Martens’ organic farm in Torrey

Fire, one of any farmer’s worst fears, struck the Martens’ family farm, one of the largest organic grain producers in the nation, Saturday night, Sept. 23. At approximately 10:45 p.m. Yates County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hansen was returning home from a long shift when he passed the farm on Ridge Road in Torrey, and saw the main barns already filled... more

Barn fire results in extensive losses

Torrey farm owners Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens are assessing the extensive damage from a large fire that happened at their Ridge Road farm overnight, Sept. 23 – 24. Mary-Howell has listed losses on her facebook post that include hay, straw, grain, equipment, pigs, calves and vehicles. Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the scene around 11 p.m. Saturday night, and... more
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