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Embattled city library director resigns after 4 years

Cortland Free Library Director Jen Graney, who has been under fire in recent months for accommodating homeless people at the library, announced her resignation in the library’s newsletter. She cited personal reasons for her decision announced in her “Letter from the Director,” in the newsletter dated Monday.

Mexican restaurant opens on Port Watson

The manager of a Mexican restaurant that burned in 2023 on Main Street has opened a new Mexican restaurant in what was an iconic diner that closed in 2021 on Port Watson Street, Cortland. …

Zoning commission approves ‘bong ban’

The city will have a public hearing tonight on restricting smoke shops to a zone that roughly conforms to the Riverside Plaza near Interstate 81’s exit 11.

The United Way for Cortland County will host a virtual public meeting of the board of directors during from 4 to 4:45 p.m. March 19. A brief business meeting will be conducted and the virtual …

GROTON — The village of Groton has won a $4.5 million New York Forward grant, allowing it to fund a variety of improvement projects across its downtown, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday. …

 

Landscape board chair asks vigilance after tree vandalized

Paul Treadwell had asked the city of Cortland to plant two trees outside his home at 7 Sands St. And the city did. They did well, until Saturday morning. Someone had snapped the trunk of one of …

State grant could fund EV charging stations in Cortland

Electric vehicle charging ports are among possible green energy projects the city looks to fund with a $15,000 state grant it recently received, Cortland Mayor Scott Steve said Tuesday. The …

 Officials from Cayuga Health and the Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County announce their affiliation, effective today, to connect the healthcare services that are delivered in a …

Number five plastics now recyclable in Cortland County

Plastic containers with the number five are now accepted as recyclable material by the state – the market for them is growing, officials said. “We’re starting to see more …

City to issue new property assessments

 

The Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York will present an education program March 28 on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The event, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Crescent …

Efforts to feed homeless people stymied

 

Two workers, two photos, nearly two centuries

DRYDEN – The challenge: Restore a historic barn on the Southworth Farm in Dryden. Additional challenges: The barn was built “in the mid-1800s” before the current workers– …

Homer village outlines steps to encourage, improve housing

Homer village trustees approved on Tuesday a pro-housing communities pledge to assure fair housing options, which Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe said was encouraged by the state. Trustees …

The city of Cortland will receive $15,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to improve lighting, install a heat pump and insulation and add electric equipment, …

Funds improve Tioughnioga River water quality

A $2.2 million grant will help Cortland’s wastewater facility remove additional pollutants from the Tioughnioga River, part of the Susquehanna River Basin and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, …

Budget plan cuts road aid 10%

The Cortland County Highway Department repairs 20 miles of road annually – but if the state budget passes with a 10% cut to road repair funding – that would likely decrease to 18 miles, …

Cortland First United Methodist Church will have its Winter Woes Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16. The event includes carnival games, Wii bowling and prizes. Tickets are 10 for $1 and …

Cortland gets $2.2 million water quality grant

The City of Cortland announced Friday it has received a $2.2 million grant from the Water Quality Improvement Project administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to fund …

What’s a functional family? Blood or bills?

The house at 4 Pinecrest Drive in Cortland at the center of the city’s latest conflict over student housing is pretty nondescript: a white four-bedroom, two-bath Cape Cod with 2,300 square feet …

SUNY Cortland students working through mental health challenges and looking to talk with a licensed provider without a long wait have a new resource on campus, the college has announced. …

Proposed pay doubles for Cville town manager

Cortlandville’s supervisor have increased the estimated salary the town could pay a town manager they propose hiring, to $100,000. Town Supervisor Tom Williams said Thursday that by …

The 2024 Cortland Counts Community Forum will be 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 13 at the Center for the Arts of Homer, including updates to a number of community health issues, including opioids and …

Staff, residents, advocates debate homeless people at library

Advocates for homeless people, Cortland Free Library staff and patrons raised questions Wednesday about the limits on use of public space, if any, and how policymakers can relieve homelessness. …

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