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Torrey property owners express Seneca Lake concerns to governor

Torrey property owners express Seneca Lake concerns to governor
Nearly 40 Dresden-area property owners on the west shore of Seneca Lake are concerned about what they feel is the “deteriorating” condition of the lake. The signed a March 26 letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlining their concerns, giving priority to the pollution in the Keuka Outlet in Penn Yan that is flowing into the lake, their only source of... more

Ferro Corporation of Torrey seeks to modify discharge permit

Ferro Corporation of Torrey seeks to modify discharge permit
Ferro Electronic Materials on Perry Point Road is applying for permission to modify its State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The Cleveland-based company is proposing to add chromium III and cadmium to the chemicals it can discharge into Seneca Lake. Those chemicals are part of a new production process at the facility. Ferro produces inorganic material for surface finishing of... 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

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County
Scream louder than the pessimists. That’s how Steve Griffin has approached his role as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center. But, now that he’s been in the position for more than a decade – and closing in on his 12th year of service for the FLDC – the hard work is paying off. While Yates is a rural... more

Solar project may be built in Torrey

Solar project may be built in Torrey
Yates County legislators are considering installing solar panels on the former Yates County landfill property on Long Point Road in the Town of Torrey. Richard Lu from Abundant Solar will make a presentation to the Legislature’s Public Works committee at 11:30 a.m. March 4. County officials are also talking about the possible installation of a charging station for electric vehicles.... more

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet
Yates County’s post-revolutionary history is rooted in the area we now know as a beautiful natural area in a ravine that connects Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The mills that were powered by the flowing water of the Keuka Outlet became the basis of industry here. As the mills prospered, other businesses and services were needed. Soon there were homes, inns,... more

Torrey makes water District No. 1 official

Torrey makes water District No. 1 official
Following the Dec. 18 approval from the New York State Comptroller, the last hurdle in Torrey’s more than 20-year journey to create a public water district was finally behind them. Jan. 8, the board approved the construction of the district, with Supervisor Patrick Flynn authorized to sign the order. In 2018, the Town approved plans to connect to the end... more

Torrey changes code on mobile homes

Torrey changes code on mobile homes
Responding to a change in state law enacted in late 2015, the Town of Torrey is altering its building codes regarding manufactured homes. Passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Nov. 2015, the new article added to existing law states, ”… manufactured homes that meet identical development specification and standards as those used as single family-dwelling... more

Benton & Torrey water projects get the green light

Benton & Torrey water projects get the green light
Voters in the proposed expansion of Benton water district No. 1 approved the project in a permissive referendum vote held on election day. That was good news to the residents of Torrey’s water district No. 1, the creation of which was predicated on the expansion of the Benton water main to the Torrey town line. Now Torrey has received word... more

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
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