Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | September 13 - September 20

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1 – In latest business move, owners of Greek Peak will purchase nearby ski mountain

Greek Peak to buy Toggenburg Mountain – The owners of Greek Peak Mountain Resort announced plans Wednesday to purchase Toggenburg Mountain in southern Onondaga County.

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2 – City alderman's comments on affordable housing draw criticism


Cortland lawmaker: Constituents concerned about housing for "low-income minority people" – Fifth ward alderman Clifton Dutcher made the controversial statement during a meeting of Common Council. His comments drew from criticism from our readers on Facebook.

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3 – Seeing rise in overdoses, health department pushes Narcan training program

Cortland County Health Department to offer Narcan training to combat drug overdoses – Last year, the county health department received state approval to operate an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, giving health providers permission to train individuals on how to properly respond to suspected overdoses, including the administration of naloxone.

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4 – Seward: I won't run for Congress in 2016

Seward says he won't run for Congress in 2016, ending months of speculation – State Senator James Seward hinted at a potential run in January after U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, whose congressional district covers portions of Seward's state senate district, announced he would not seek re-election in 2016.



5 – Local firefighters, EMS crews get $6K in community fundraising effort

Cincinnatus search crews get $6K for help in finding missing man – The disappearance of Alfred Turshman in Cortland County last month set off an intense search effort that involved state police, the Cincinnatus EMS and fire departments and dozens of family members and volunteers.

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6 – Cortlandville housing project advances after county planning board approval

County planning board approves Cortlandville housing project –Developers are looking to construct a residential community on Starr Road that would consist of six single-family homes, six duplex homes and eight six-family buildings for a total of 66 units. They still need site plan approval from the town before the project can move forward.

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7 – Citing lack of proper notice, city council votes down beer tent during Cortland Pumpkinfest

City council says no to beer at Cortland Pumpkinfest – The owners of the Dark Horse Tavern, the Finger Lakes Tasting Room and the Red Jug Pub had sought to sponsor their own beer and wine tasting tent in conjunction with the annual event. The proceeds from the sales at the tent would have been divided equally between the Pumpkin Festival Committee and the Cortland Downtown Music Series.


8 – County legislators seek first salary increase in 25 years

Cortland legislators could get pay raises in 2016 – Legislators make about $6,000 annually and haven't received a salary increase since 1991. A new proposal would increase their annual salary to $10,000.

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9 – McLean man charged with assaulting teen

Police: McLean man punched 15-year-old girl – 31-year-old Joseph M. Bartos is accused of punching a 15-year-old girl in the face following a dispute in the town of Dryden, according to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office.


10 – Police raid Groton homes for drugs

3 arrested in Groton; police seize $1,200 worth of heroin – Three people in Groton were arrested on drug-related charges Wednesday after several law enforcement agencies carried out search warrants at two homes in the village.

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