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Mar 23, 2018

Seneca County man sentenced on child pornography charges

A Seneca County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges. Christopher Eberhardt, 34, of Ovid, who was convicted of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography, also must serve 15 years of post-release supervision. Eberhardt was part of a network of more than 70 people who traded child pornography, according […]

May 5, 2017

Indian land case may be headed for Supreme Court

A federal judge has refused to declare that land now owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation in Seneca County does not constitute a reservation, which prevents the county from collecting property taxes. The Cayugas have refused to pay taxes on property they purchased over the past several years because they contend it is reservation land. […]

Jan 22, 2016

Seneca County Sheriff’s deputy shoots self by accident

ONONDAGA — A Seneca County Sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot himself while holstering his gun at a central New York juvenile center. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened at the Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center in the town of Onondaga about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said the Seneca County deputy had been taking an […]

Jul 14, 2015

Seneca County casino approvals thrown out

Construction on a proposed $425 million Seneca County casino project is stopped for now in the wake of an appeals court decision vacating approvals by the Tyre Town Board. In a statement issued Monday, Thomas C. Wilmot Sr., director of the proposed Lago Resort & Casino, said construction is being suspended until the site plan […]

Feb 9, 2015

Supreme Court, Seneca County – Zoning: Lemmon v. Seneca Meadows

Supreme Court, Seneca County – Zoning – Article 78 – Standing – Interpretation of Local Law   Lemmon v. Seneca Meadows 48606 Judge Falvey   Background: The petitioners commenced an article 78 proceeding seeking to annul a 2014 resolution and decision that granted the respondent a mining permit and a special use permit for operation […]

Aug 3, 2014

Seneca County can’t foreclose on tribal lands

Seneca County can levy property taxes on land owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation, but has no legal means of collecting them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday agreed the tribe has federal sovereign immunity from suit and upheld a preliminary injunction preventing the county from foreclosing on Nation-owned lands […]

Dec 10, 2013

Seneca County solar project completed

Spear Point Energy, a Colorado-based solar project developer, is about to flip the switch on a municipal solar project for the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. The project will save the county more than $1 million on its electric bill through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Spear Point, according to a release. […]

Aug 21, 2012

Seneca Co. can’t foreclose on Indian property

Seneca County cannot foreclose on tax-delinquent properties owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation. U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa on Monday granted a preliminary injunction to the Cayuga nation, saying it had demonstrated the foreclosure actions are barred from suit by its sovereign immunity. “The nation is very pleased with the decision which once […]

May 6, 2011

Court reserves decision in Indian tax case

The wait continues. A federal judge Thursday reserved decision in a request by the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York to stop Seneca County from foreclosing on some of its properties.

Feb 9, 2011

Seneca County woman admits stealing

Vita Traver, 70, of Seneca Falls, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David B. Larimer to theft of government money. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

Jan 13, 2011

Cayuga Nation foreclosure hearing postponed

A hearing is being rescheduled in a federal case being brought by the Cayuga Indian Nation against Seneca County. The hearing, seeking an injunction to stop the county from foreclosing on Nation properties ...

Oct 5, 2010

High Court will not hear Seneca/Cayuga case

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Seneca and Cayuga counties to hear a case involving a tax dispute with the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York.

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