Local and regional news from the Finger Lakes Times covering the Finger Lakes region in Central New York.
'Surprise' $1M-plus gift left to Historic Geneva
August 13, 2022, 4:15 pm | Source
GENEVA — A surprise bequest in excess of $1 million is enabling Historic Geneva to cross items off its maintenance “to do” list.
Claudia Tenney campaign poll claims massive lead over Geneva’s Mario Fratto
August 13, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
If an internal poll is any indication, U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney is poised to win the Republican nomination in the primary for 24th Congressional District, Robert Harding of the Auburn-based Citizen reports.
Seneca County Board of Supervisors asked to help fund stream monitoring
WATERLOO — Seneca County contributes to the cost of testing for harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake, but it hasn’t been contributing money toward the testing and monitoring of streams and tributaries to Seneca and Cayuga lakes.
RG&E employees volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
CANANDAIGUA — Employees from Rochester Gas & Electric spent a day in this Ontario County city recently, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County.
Public invited to Pure Waters annual dinner meeting Aug. 25
GENEVA — Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association’s annual dinner meeting is scheduled for later this month.
Peenstra to provide consulting services for his successor
SENECA FALLS — Police Chief Stu Peenstra and the Town Board have agreed to pay the outgoing chief $1 a month to provide consulting services to his successor for the first six months of 2023.
Geneva Town Board plans special meeting
GENEVA — The Town Board will hold a special meeting Aug. 29 to discuss a possible agreement with the city of Geneva and town of Waterloo over the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
No response to Ferrara offer to pay for leachate testing
August 13, 2022, 11:30 am | Source
SENECA FALLS — During a heated debate at the July 5 Town Board meeting, Supervisor Mike Ferrara offered to pay for board member Steve Churchill to collect and test a sample of Seneca Meadows Inc. leachate for PFAS.
Geneva police officer disciplined in screensaver matter involving City Councilor Salamendra
August 13, 2022, 10:30 am | Source
GENEVA — A city police officer was disciplined by Police Chief Mike Passalacqua for violating department general orders by creating a disparaging screensaver image of Ward 5 Councilor Laura Salamendra on a department computer.
Second confirmed case of monkeypox in Seneca County
August 13, 2022, 2:00 am | Source
WATERLOO — The Seneca County Health Department is reporting a second case of monkeypox identified in a county resident.
Geneva City Councilor John Salone dies
August 12, 2022, 3:45 pm | Source
GENEVA — Ward 6 City Councilor John Salone passed away Thursday, City Manager Amie Hendrix confirmed.
Seneca County Board of Supervisors urged to recognize Cayuga Nation reservation
August 12, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
WATERLOO — The Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard a pair of impassioned pleas at its meeting Tuesday. The crux of those requests: that Seneca County recognize the Cayuga Nation reservation in Seneca Falls, Fayette and Varick, along with its…
Cornell AgriTech at 140: Geneva sation continues its vital role supporting agricultural industry
August 12, 2022, 12:00 pm | Source
GENEVA — This year, Cornell AgriTech — also known as the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station — is celebrating 140 years of being a trusted source of expertise for New York’s farmers and food producers. The station has a…
Plaque honoring Appleknockers unveiled at lakefront Aug. 20
August 11, 2022, 2:30 pm | Source
GENEVA — For nearly 50 years, the Appleknockers Drum & Bugle Corps proudly represented Geneva all over the state and beyond.
City of Geneva seeks economic development director
August 11, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
GENEVA — At-large City Councilor Frank Gaglianese III regularly laments what he views as a failed business-development policy by city government.
Vedora leaving Ontario County board
August 11, 2022, 1:30 pm | Source
GENEVA — After nearly 10 years on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, Dom Vedora is resigning effective Sept. 1.
Seneca County reports monkeypox case
August 11, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
WATERLOO — The first monkeypox case in Seneca County has been confirmed.
Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez views DRI projects in Geneva, Penn Yan
August 10, 2022, 1:45 pm | Source
GENEVA — The head of the agency that administers the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative didn’t have to go far to view projects funded by the program.
Yates increases veteran tax exemptions
August 10, 2022, 1:30 pm | Source
PENN YAN — Yates County residents who served in the military during wartime will be getting a bigger property tax break starting in 2024.
Landfill survey results to be revealed at Tuesday Seneca Town Board meeting
August 10, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
SENECA — The results of a survey of town residents on the future of the Ontario County Landfill will be made public at the Aug. 16 Town Board meeting.
Board hires firm for Ontario County housing study
August 10, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
BRISTOL — In what Ontario County’s administrator calls a “monumental project,” a consultant has been hired for a comprehensive analysis of housing needs in the county.
Geneva street projects bogged down by delays
August 9, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
GENEVA — The $10.1 million downtown streetscape and Routes 5&20 project was to be substantially completed by the end of October, but it is looking less likely that the contractor will meet that deadline, City Council learned last week.
Phelps man accused of fatally shooting dog
PHELPS — A local man accused of killing a dog during a domestic dispute was arrested Friday and could face another charge.
Police look for larceny suspect
GENEVA — City police are asking for the public’s help to identify the person accused of stealing a generator from the new Harbor Freight Tools store last month.
Wayne County man dies in motorcycle crash
ARCADIA — A Wayne County man died Sunday night in a motorcycle crash on Route 88, and another motorcyclist was injured.
Divers find body in Canandaigua Lake
GORHAM — Following a search that began Friday afternoon, the body of a New York City man was recovered from deep water in Canandaigua Lake by state police divers Monday afternoon.
Seneca County IDA approves initial aid for Wilkins RV in Junius
WATERLOO — The Board of Directors of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has given initial approval to an application for financial aid for Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc.
Yates residents weigh in on controversial issue
August 9, 2022, 12:00 pm | Source
PENN YAN — It appears talk of Yates County possibly becoming a “Constitutional County” has struck a chord with some people — both for and against.
FL WINE REGION UPDATE: Wineries adapt to changing times
August 8, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
GENEVA — Facebook users no doubt saw all the humorous posts about wine drinking during the pandemic.
FL WINE REGION UPDATE: Hot, dry weather not having big effect on grape crop in Finger Lakes
August 8, 2022, 12:15 pm | Source
GENEVA — Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of FLX Weather, who writes a weekly weather column for the Finger Lakes Times, said the region has been abnormally dry — by U.S. Drought Monitor rankings — for most of the summer.
DeSales graduate named principal of St. Francis-St. Stephen School
August 8, 2022, 10:45 am | Source
GENEVA — Suzanne Pohorence of Canandaigua, a 1992 graduate of DeSales High School, is the new principal of St. Francis-St. Stephen School.
BIGGER PICTURE: Giving tintype photography new life — Part I
August 6, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part Bigger Picture)
Cayuga Nation conflict erupts again, factions blame each other
August 6, 2022, 1:30 pm | Source
SENECA FALLS — Wednesday’s demolition of three Cayuga Nation buildings by the Clint Halftown governing faction follows a familiar pattern: several months of quiet, followed by an aggressive act and finger-pointing on blame.
Search team responds to Canandaigua Lake drowning
August 6, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
GORHAM — As of Friday afternoon, police and other emergency crews were on Canandaigua Lake searching for a probable drowning victim.
Young boy dies in Wayne County crash
August 6, 2022, 1:00 pm | Source
WOLCOTT — As of Friday, state police continue to investigate a crash in this Wayne County town that claimed the life of a 5-year-old boy and left many others injured.
A 'dream effort' for PY-area artists
August 6, 2022, 12:15 pm | Source
PENN YAN — It was late July 2021 when local artists teamed with a New York City-based illustrator to begin a long-awaited public art project in this Yates County village.
Attorney: Seneca Meadows application should be denied
August 5, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
SENECA FALLS — The attorney for Waterloo Container and Waterloo property owner Dixie Lemmon says New York state should deny an application from Seneca Meadows Inc. to expand upward.
Camera, Salamendra accused of being disrespectful during moment of silence at Geneva City Council meeting
August 5, 2022, 1:45 pm | Source
GENEVA — The brother of a Geneva police officer who recently lost a battle to cancer went to City Council Wednesday evening to express thanks for all the support the family received — from fellow police officers to city staff.
Man gets prison for deputy's shooting injury
LYONS — A Wayne County man has been sentenced to a short prison term for an incident last year that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy being shot in the foot.
Man dies in farm accident
MANCHESTER — A farm accident Thursday morning near Port Gibson claimed the life of a Victor resident.
SF police chief taking new job
SENECA FALLS — After 24 years with the local police department, the last 10 as chief, Stu Peenstra is leaving his job at the end of the year to become the second-in-command at the Cayuga County sheriff’s office.
Lay leaders working to keep Notre Dame Retreat House open
CANANDAIGUA — With the announcement that the Redemptorist Fathers will no longer offer retreat ministry at Notre Dame Retreat House as of August 2023, a committee of lay individuals from across various faiths is working to reorganize and refocus the…
Peterson to retire as Seneca Falls highway superintendent
August 5, 2022, 11:30 am | Source
SENECA FALLS — Jim Peterson will retire as town highway superintendent Aug. 25 after more than 30 years working in the department.
Cayuga Nation demolishes three structures on two of its properties
August 5, 2022, 11:00 am | Source
SENECA FALLS — The Cayuga Nation made news in February 2020 when it destroyed buildings on several Route 89 properties in the early hours of a cold winter morning.
Seneca Falls Town Board OKs negotiating new host agreement with SMI
August 4, 2022, 3:00 pm | Source
SENECA FALLS — By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Town Board authorized its two-member landfill committee to negotiate a new host community agreement with Seneca Meadows Inc.
Peenstra leaving Seneca Falls PD for Cayuga County undersheriff job
August 4, 2022, 2:55 pm | Source
SENECA FALLS — After 24 years with the local police department, the last 10 as chief, Stu Peenstra is leaving his job at the end of the year to become the second-in-command at the Cayuga County sheriff's office.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to speak at Wayne Democrats picnic
August 4, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
WILLIAMSON — The Wayne County Democratic Committee said state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be attending the committee’s annual picnic on Sunday, Aug. 7, at B. Forman Park in Williamson.
Another dive into the weeds in Geneva
August 4, 2022, 2:00 pm | Source
GENEVA — Members of the city’s Local Development Corporation have no doubt had discussions that “get into the weeds,” but they weren’t likely talking about the ones seen in plant beds in downtown Geneva or the lakefront.
Woman guilty of meddling in son's case
August 4, 2022, 11:30 am | Source
CANANDAIGUA — While her son awaits a trial on a charge of attempted murder, a Manchester woman has been convicted of threatening a witness in his case — and now faces a new charge related to her trial.
The stigma of mental illness
August 3, 2022, 4:00 pm | Source
PENN YAN — With the goal of reducing or eliminating the stigma of mental illness, Yates County is starting a project with funds from a state grant.
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