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Sheriff: Waterloo supervisor ticketed after leaving scene of crash

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says deputies were called to a one-car crash on December 22nd, where a driver fled the scene into a nearby wooded area. Deputies say the accident happened in the area of River Road and State Route 96A — when a vehicle operated by Don S. Trout, 33, of Waterloo exited the roadway and struck a... more

Wickham ends tenure as manager of Empire Farm Days

Melanie Wickham’s name is nearly synonymous with Empire Farm Days. After 32 years as organizer and manager of the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeast, Wickham is leaving. A town of Seneca resident in Ontario County, Wickham has served as executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers Inc., which sponsors Empire Farm Days every August. Since 1988,... more

Seneca Supervisors spar over use of Occupancy Tax, TPA funding

Once again, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors debated the level of funding for the county’s Tourism Promotion Agency. Since Seneca County officially named the Chamber of Commerce their Tourism Promotion Agency – funding comes from state-specified sources. Like other counties with specific Tourism Promotion Agencies – funds from Occupancy Tax create the TPA appropriation within the County’s budget each... more

Seneca Supervisors spar over use of Occupancy Tax, TPA funding

Once again, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors debated the level of funding for the county’s Tourism Promotion Agency. Since Seneca County officially named the Chamber of Commerce their Tourism Promotion Agency – funding comes from state-specified sources. Like other counties with specific Tourism Promotion Agencies – funds from Occupancy Tax create the TPA appropriation within the County’s budget each... more

Seneca Supervisors spar over use of Occupancy Tax, TPA funding

Once again, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors debated the level of funding for the county’s Tourism Promotion Agency. Since Seneca County officially named the Chamber of Commerce their Tourism Promotion Agency – funding comes from state-specified sources. Like other counties with specific Tourism Promotion Agencies – funds from Occupancy Tax create the TPA appropriation within the County’s budget each... more

Driver faces felony charges after child found inside her vehicle during Fayette traffic stop

On November 17th around 6:18 pm deputies arrested an Ithaca woman in Fayette after a traffic stop on State Route96. Deputies say Ramona D. Godley, 43, of Ithaca was arrested after the traffic stop – which was initiated after the 911 Center received a complaint of an erratic driver. Upon stopping the vehicle, deputies say Godley was found to be... more

Seneca County completes ‘Public Works’ transition by hiring director

The supervisors didn’t make it easy, but eventually they moved to hire a new employee who will serve as the Seneca County Director of Public Works. Originally listed under a Rule 29 proceeding, the board instead moved to handle the resolution adopting the position under new business. On Monday, eight members of the board met – asking the candidate, who... more

Committee to re-elect Fayette Highway Superintendent Bill Trout responds to article

The following is in response to the article that appeared in The Home Town Helper this past weekend concerning the election of Fayette Highway Superintendent and is paid for by by the committee to re-elect Bill Trout. To all Fayette voters and tax payers. The present highway superintendent (Bill Trout) has a qualified employee who is certified to handle all necessary... more

OCTOBER REPORT: Sheriff Luce highlights significant moments for law enforcement

The following is a republished release from Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce and Undersheriff John Cleere on police activity for the month of October. The Sheriff’s Office received more than 1,000 calls for service during the month of October and saw several significant arrests. LAW ENFORCEMENT: Total Calls For Service: 1055 Total Arrests: 62 NARCO: Total new drug cases: 7... more

Porsch earns third term as Seneca County DA

Incumbent Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch, who was facing his toughest challenge yet, was re-elected to another four-year term Tuesday. Porsch, the county’s two-term DA, defeated challenger Joe Sapio by an unofficial vote of 5,113 to 2,883. Porsch ran on the Republican, Democratic and Working Families lines. Sapio appeared on the Conservative and Independence lines, and was trying to... 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

Seneca County BOS holds budget workshop; questions loom about spending, efforts

“Nothing is going to be perfect,” explained County Manager John Sheppard at the start of Seneca County’s 2018 preliminary budget workshop. The effort was led by the Board of Supervisors, who sought additional information from Sheppard, who is the Chief Budget Officer. “We’re putting the squeeze on the contingency budget.” Sheppard noted that Seneca County is largely dependent on sales... more

Driver ticketed for DWI after Fayette crash

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 4th at 4:49 pm deputies were called to West River Road in the Town of Fayette for the report of a one-vehicle crash. Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested the operator, 30-year-old Daniel Kosienski of Waterloo for DWI. Kosienski was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with .08 percent blood-alcohol content... more

Still no agreement on south Seneca County sewer study

Supervisor Bob Hayssen, R-Varick, came to Tuesday’s Seneca County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee meeting with a new proposal for a study of sanitary sewer system expansion in the south end of the county. He was hoping for committee support in the form of approving a motion to appropriate $30,000 in county funds, plus disbursements, for the study by... more

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

Several important races are taking place in Seneca County, which will have long-term impacts on life for those voters getting ready to cast a ballot. The race for District Attorney has maintained it’s competitiveness — despite the incumbent, District Attorney Barry Porsch successfully fending off a primary bid by challenger Joe Sapio. Sapio stayed in the race after winning the... more
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