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Three villages hold first DRI meeting in Cayuga County: Planning process begins as Wells College shuts down

Former Cayuga County Treasurer James Orman elected mayor of Aurora
Three Cayuga County villages have embarked on a months-long planning process to determine the allocation of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant. Representatives from Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs attended the first local ... more
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Wells College closure means 100+ will lose jobs

Wells College closure means 100+ will lose jobs
Over 100 people will lose their jobs as result of the Wells College closure, according to a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) notice. The private college, a community cornerstone since 1868, cited inadequate financial resources ... more
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REPORT: Did Wells College accidentally release closure announcement over the winter?

Wells College going remote for the week after positive COVID test
Did Wells College accidentally signal that they were shutting down months before a formal announcement was made? While college officials have been adamant that the decision was made in the last two weeks, with official ... more
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Sen. May proposes legislation to support communities impacted by closures like Wells College

Wells College going remote for the week after positive COVID test
More officials are pledging support to students and staff following the unexpected closure announcement of Wells College in Aurora, Cayuga County. The small private institution will be closing after more than 150 years due to ... more
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Aurora, Seneca Falls, and Skaneateles make list for best places to visit in Upstate NY

Aurora, Seneca Falls, and Skaneateles make list for best places to visit in Upstate NY
While New York City often captures the spotlight, the state is home to numerous picturesque historic towns that boast a rich heritage and scenic beauty. A new list from World Atlas spotlighted three local communities ... more
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REPORT: Wells College criticized by accreditor for mishandling closure announcement

Achievements of Class of 2022 celebrated during Wells College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education criticized Wells College for failing to adequately plan and notify the accrediting body in a timely manner regarding its decision to close. Earlier this week Wells College announced ... more
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Village of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs will host downtown revitalization meeting on May 13

Union Springs aims to modify marijuana opt-out law to serve as compromise with Cayuga Nation
The villages of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs are advancing plans to allocate a $10 million state grant aimed at downtown revitalization. A Local Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13, from 4 ... more
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Wells College notified state of closure just days before telling students, faculty

Wells College notified state of closure just days before telling students, faculty
After announcing its closure due to financial difficulties, Wells College has swiftly implemented measures to support its students and staff. The college, which will cease operations at the end of the spring semester, has entered ... more
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Aurora assistant fire chief had illegal, sexual contact with teen for months; held on $10,000 bail

Aurora assistant fire chief had illegal, sexual contact with teen for months; held on $10,000 bail
Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of an Aurora man following an investigation into inappropriate sexual conduct. In late-March, investigators with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after it was reported that 34-year-old ... more
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Wells College’s financial woes exposed: Why did president collect $310K in bonuses during final years?

No cases of COVID-19 yet at Wells College
Wells College in Aurora is shutting down. While that news has reverberated throughout the Central New York community over the last three days since the College's surprise announcement, questions have swirled about notification. Students and ... more
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Community frustrated over Wells College sudden closure; enrollment and financial viability was in decline for years

Grant win for Wells College means water plant improvements can happen without tax implication
Fallout continues in the small community of Aurora, as well as others in Cayuga County, after the sudden closure announcement of Wells College. The small institution, which has served as a pillar in the community ... more
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Wells College shutting down: Officials say financial hurdles were too great

Wells College shutting down: Officials say financial hurdles were too great
In a significant announcement, Wells College has announced its upcoming closure at the end of this academic semester, citing financial struggles. The esteemed institution, which has been an integral part of the community since 1868, ... more
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Sheriff: Aurora man showed at family member’s place of work, violating court order

Sheriff: Aurora man showed at family member's place of work, violating court order
The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of an Aurora man after he violated an order of protection, showing up at a person's place of work. Christopher Driscoll was arrested after violating a full ... more
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Fair Haven elects new mayor: Cayuga County village election results here

CUOMO: Elections for town, villages, and schools get new dates in June, September
In the recent village elections across Cayuga County on Tuesday, several local positions were filled, with many candidates running unopposed. In Aurora, JD Balloni and Janet Murphy were elected as village trustees with 49 and ... more
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Poachers ticketed for illegal shooting of snow geese in Seneca and Cayuga counties

Poachers ticketed for illegal shooting of snow geese in Seneca and Cayuga counties
Two individuals were ticketed for shooting at snow geese from the side of the road in the town of Junius on Leap Day. Acting on information provided by Forest Rangers, Lieutenant Thomas initiated an investigation ... more
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MacKenzie-Childs unveils rosy check collection for spring

MacKenzie-Childs unveils rosy check collection for spring
MacKenzie-Childs, the beloved home decor brand, has launched its new Rosy Check collection, adding a fresh burst of color to its iconic range. Known for its distinctive black and white Courtly Check pattern, the brand's ... more
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Aurora residents split on zoning changes that would impact public lake access, green space

Former Cayuga County Treasurer James Orman elected mayor of Aurora
Aurora residents expressed mixed reactions during a public hearing on February 21 regarding proposed changes to the village's zoning laws, specifically affecting a strip of lakeside property owned by Wells College. The proposed Local Law ... more
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Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs win $10M DRI award

Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs win $10M DRI award
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a significant boost for the future of three Cayuga County villages on Monday. The villages of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs were awarded a $10 million state grant through the Downtown ... more
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Wells College sells 125-year-old house locals say has historic value in Aurora

Wells College sells 125-year-old house locals say has historic value in Aurora
Wells College has sold the 125-year-old McGordon House at 110 Main Street in the village of Aurora, igniting a contentious debate in the community. The Citizen reports the property, acquired for $425,000 by Kevin Fitzgerald, ... more
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