Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | October 18 - October 25

These are the top local stories of the past week.

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1 – Virgil crash victim identified; accident investigation continues

Authorities identify man killed in Virgil crash – Steven Barrett, 42, of Berkshire, N.Y., was killed instantly following a head-on collision on Route 13.



2 – City fights allegation in U.S Department of Labor report

Cortland mayor, city dispute findings in Department of Labor report – City officials are challenging the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, which showed the city owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to 89 of its employees.

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3 – County passes 2016 budget, including funding for 2 investigators

Official: 2016 budget addresses Cortland's drug problem – Included in the 2016 budget is funding for two new investigators at the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, who would focus heavily on drug-related activity.

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4 – A longtime county employee retires from public service

Brenda DeRusso, Cortland's 'Disaster Lady,' retires after 30 years – Brenda DeRusso, known to many in Cortland as the "Disaster Lady," received a certificate of recognition Thursday from the county legislature.

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5 – Hazmat team contains chemical spill at Pall Trinity Corporation

Chemical spill contained at Pall Trinity Corporation – The Cortland County Hazmat Team was called to a chemical spill at the Pall Corporation building on Route 281 Thursday afternoon.

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6 – A pedestrian is killed following a crash in Dryden

Pedestrian struck by car and killed in Dryden – Authorities are investigating the death of a Dryden woman who was struck and killed by a car while walking on Route 13 last week, state police announced Monday.

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7 – Read our interview with a candidate for Common Council

6 questions with Adam Megivern, candidate for Cortland Common Council – Cortland County native and 7th ward resident, Adam Megivern, hopes to represent the 7th ward on the City of Cortland’s Common Council.

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8 – Sen. Seward visits Cortland, pushing mandate relief bill for municipalities

In Cortland, Sen. Seward pushes aid bill for cities that host SUNY campuses – New York State Senator James Seward (R–Oneonta) appeared at city hall Thursday to announce legislation that would provide state aid to municipalities that host four-year SUNY colleges.

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9 – 4 people face drug charges following arrest in Groton

Four people charged with making meth in Groton – Four people were charged with making methamphetamine Saturday in the town of Groton, police said.

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10 – Training grants coming to Cortland businesses

TC3 secures training grant for Cortland businesses – Employees at five organizations in Tompkins and Cortland counties will be upgrading their skills and improving their job performance, thanks to $71,500 worth of grants Tompkins Cortland Community College has secured from the SUNY Community College Workforce Development Training program.


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