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Cayuga County Legislature approves $334,000 for energy agency amid debate

In a recent meeting, the Cayuga County Legislature approved a contentious budget amendment to allocate $334,000 to the Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency (CCPUSA) for the 2024 fiscal year.

The decision reported by The Citizen followed a proposal by Legislator Robert Shea, who also chairs the agency’s board. Initially, Shea requested $500,000 for CCPUSA but later revised it to the current amount, with an intention to use American Rescue Plan funds.


Criticism about transparency, results, and past performance were all chief among those bringing concerns to the table.

The legislators demanded regular reporting from CCPUSA on the utilization of the funds. The final vote on the amendment fell along party lines, with the Republican caucus in favor and the Democratic caucus opposed.