Welcome to Aurora, New York

Village of Aurora - 456 Main St Aurora, NY 13026 

Phone: 315-364-7293  Fax: 315-364-6857  Email: villageclerk@auroranewyork.us





The County Health Department is recommending that residents register for "Cayuga Alerts" for information on Harmful Algal Blooms

You must register your cell phone with Hyper-Reach if you want to be contacted by the Cayuga County 911 Center in the event of emergencies in your area, including those related to your public water supply.

Be prepared. Text “Cayuga Alerts” to (828) 201-3877 or use the link below to register today!



Auburn Community Hospital and the Cayuga County Health Department are asking for your input to help us learn how our community uses healthcare services, and to find out how we can help improve the health of those in our area. We would like to hear your story and learn about what is most important to you. The survey should take seven to ten minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous. Please select the link to complete the survey http://www.rmsresults.com/Cayuga We encourage you to share the survey link with family, friends, and co-workers who live in the Cayuga County area!


2018 AWQR Aurora

Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority Master Plan



All meetings are open to the public.  As always, anyone may speak, ask questions or offer comments at the start of the meeting (during"Visitor Welcome"). If your issue is addressed to the Board of Trustees and requires board preparation and action (vote), please submit it in writing to the village office seven days prior to the meeting so that it will appear on the agenda. Agendas are posted on the website and in both village bulletin boards located at the post office and the village office; an accurate agenda lets your neighbors know what will be discussed.

Applications that require Community Preservation Panel/Planning Board review have to be in at least ten days prior for code/zoning consideration.  All meetings are held on Wednesdays at the Aurora Firehouse Meeting Room, 456 Main St., unless otherwise noted.  To view minutes from previous meetings, navigate to the Boards page.

1st Wednesday - Community Preservation Panel (CPP)

2nd Wednesday - Zoning Board of Appeals (as needed)

3rd Wednesday - Board of Trustees

4th Wednesday - Planning Board

Board of Trustees meeting on July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

July 17, 2019 Agenda

The July 24, 2019 Planning Board meeting is cancelled due to a lack of a quorum and is rescheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

The August 7, 2019 CPP meeting is cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.

2019/2020 Adopted Budgets

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

Sewer Increase Notice

Village Office Hours

Revised hours for July 25 and August 1: 9:00-4:00

Monday:  4:00 pm-6:00 pm (Clerk and Code Enforcement Officer)

Tuesday:  10:00 am-2:00 pm (Clerk)

Wednesday:  No public hours

Thursday:  9:00 am-1:00 pm (Treasurer)

                       11:00 am-5:00 pm (Clerk)

                        2:00 pm-4:00 pm (Code Enforcement Officer)

Friday:  No public hours



Opening Soon: Water/Ways

The Smithsonian’s “Water/Ways” Comes to Aurora

This summer, the magic of the Smithsonian is coming to Aurora. The Louis Jefferson Long Library at Wells College, the Aurora Masonic Center, and the Aurora Historical Society are partnering to bring Water/Ways to the area for six weeks, from August 17th through September 29th, 2019.

Water/Ways, part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, is the first such exhibit to come to New York, and this year will travel to six different sites in the state and seven more around the nation. Aurora will be the second of these sites.

The Water/Ways traveling exhibit focuses on cultural, environmental, and historical roles of water. It will be located in the Long Library at Wells College, and will be open to the public during the library’s open hours. Over the same six weeks, the Aurora Historical Society will host events associated with its related display, “How Cayuga Lake Shaped Aurora: Legends and Lore,” and the Aurora Masonic Center will celebrate the bicentennial of Scipio Lodge with a grand ceremonial and related history tours.

Best of all, the fun starts soon: the annual Blessing of the Boats, this year held Friday, July 5th, will be the local kick-off event. Come to the lakeside lawn of St. Patrick’s Church, Aurora, starting around 4:30 p.m. for the Blessing (5:30 p.m.), the dedication of the AVFD dock, a community dinner with band, and to hear more about the fun to come. Bring along your lake stories to share (which will become part of the Smithsonian’s archive) and take a few minutes to help to color the Cayuga Lake Monster.

See the AHS Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

The Aurora Historical Society/Village History Center is located on the rear courtyard, next to Vintage Lighting, and accessible to all, and events are always free.


Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

At your convenience: to reach a Docent-on-Call, call/text to (315)-246-1130.

371 Main St., on the courtyard with Vintage Lighting; Fully accessible

Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation



As we saw with the major floods and flash floods last year, many people lost their lives in the United States despite warnings being issued. It is imperative that our citizens are prepared due to our long history of flooding.

As an emergency management or safety professional, people rely on you to make sure they are prepared, receive warnings, and know what to do. Your mission is the same as ours: to protect life and property. We could not do our jobs effectively without the strong partnership that we have built through the years. We are asking you to highlight flood safety for your citizens, staff and others. We have a website devoted to flood safety awareness week that you can find here to assist you.

The following websites all have excellent information on flood safety that can use at anytime to highlight flood safety and preparedness.





If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.



 David J. Nicosia

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

NOAA-National Weather Service Binghamton NY

607-770-9531 x 223 Cell 607-206-4748

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Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority Master Plan:


Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency 2018 Year End Report

(Posted February 11, 2019)

November 8, 2018 Water Information Meeting

Preliminary Engineering Report (a copy is available for review in the village office.)



UPDATE: https://auburnpub.com/news/local/wells-college-aurora-getting-state-aid-to-upgrade-water-filtration/article_9ee540a5-f5e5-5b3d-82b5-e648a20a077a.html

February 10, 2018 Water Presentation

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Mayor March 1st water update

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

Cayuga Lake HABs Update, Week of July 15, 2019

Update The past few weeks of beautiful, hot, wet, calm weather have resulted in the appearance of many potential Harmful Algal Blooms around Cayuga Lake. The good news is that our HABs Harriers team and members of the general public have been diligent about reporting the locations for testing. You can view the latest results at the 2019 HABs Reporting Page, with map: http://www.communityscience.org/volunteer/harmful-algal-bloom-monitoring/cayuga-lake-habs-reporting-page/ .  Following is a brief report from Nate Launer, HABs Team Leader at the Community Science Institute:

What a fast start to the bloom season it has been! As many of you know, the southwestern shore of Cayuga Lake was hit particularly hard with an extensive HAB last Saturday (July 13). Conditions seem to be just right for these cyanobacteria blooms as the temperatures continue to rise. During the week of July 15 we are continuing to receive bloom reports from around the lake, especially in the southern half.

It can be hard to determine when or where one bloom ends and the other begins. Many of the blooms reported this weekend seemed to be extensive and cover the shoreline of many properties. Thanks to tremendous sampling work by HABs Harriers, we received samples from over 25 locations since Friday, July 12.

To summarize lab results to date, nearly all of the blooms this year have been composed almost entirely of the cyanobacteria taxa Dolichospermum. This is the same type of cyanobacteria that the blooms were composed of at the same time last year.  Also similarly to 2018, the blooms so far this summer have all had very low microcystin toxin concentrations. We will see what the rest of the season brings.

As always, if a suspicious HAB does occur or continue to persist, avoid any contact with the bloom and keep kids and pets away. Make sure to notify the county health department with any health or exposure concerns. And advise others to do the same! (See links to more information below). Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Let's keep it up!  — Nate Launer

Cayuga Lake is Not Alone - Harmful Algal Blooms are Disruptive Elsewhere. Following are news and research reports from several locations, with links to in-depth reading.

Perspectives on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and the Cyberbiosecurity of Freshwater Systems. David G. Schmale III et al. A Perspective Article in Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 04 June 2019: “Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been observed in all 50 states in the U.S., ranging from large freshwater lakes, such as the Great Lakes, to smaller inland lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, as well as marine coastal areas and estuaries. In 2014, a HAB on Lake Erie containing microcystin (a liver toxin) contaminated the municipal water supply in Toledo, Ohio, providing non-potable water to 400,000 people. Studying HABs is complicated as different cyanobacteria produce a range of toxins that impact human health, such as microcystins, saxitoxin, anatoxin-a, and cylindrospermopsin. HABs may be increasing in prevalence with rising temperatures and higher nutrient runoff. Consequently, new tools and technology are needed to rapidly detect, characterize, and respond to HABs that threaten our water security. A framework is needed to understand cyber threats to new and existing technologies that monitor and forecast our water quality.” Read more: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fbioe.2019.00128/full

Alliance for the Great Lakes 2019 HABs Forecast, July 11: "Earlier today, NOAA and its partners released the 2019 Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) for Lake Erie. Researchers forecast a severe algal bloom event in the lake, with a severity forecast of 7.5 on a scale of 1-10. The size of the bloom does not necessarily indicate the toxicity of the bloom.” Read more: https://greatlakes.org/2019/07/statement-on-2019-harmful-algal-bloom-forecast/

Finger Lakes – Heat, early rain contributing to ripe conditions for harmful algal blooms, July 15: “Several bodies of water in central New York have reported harmful algal blooms in recent weeks. With temperatures heating up after a wet spring, conditions are ripe for the blooms. Harmful algal blooms have been widely reported on Cayuga Lake. They have also appeared on Lake Neatahwanta in Oswego County. The Cazenovia and Jamesville beaches closed last week due to the blooms.” Read more from the WRVO news report: https://www.wrvo.org/post/heat-early-rain-contributing-ripe-conditions-harmful-algal-blooms

Upcoming: 6th Annual Finger Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms Symposium July 31, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. At the Scandling Center-Vandervort Multipurpose Room 2nd floor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 300 Pultney Street Geneva NY 14456. Co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Institute and others. List of speakers, registration form (a small fee is required; lunch is included): https://www.usgbc.org/event/2019-finger-lakes-harmful-algal-blooms-habs-symposium

Potable Water & Harmful Algal Blooms: Are you concerned that the water you drink may be affected by Harmful Algal Blooms? Information and advice from the NYS Department of Health is available in the brochure “Harmful Blue-green Algae Blooms: Understanding the Risks of Piping Surface Water into Your Home”: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/6629.pdf

Check the beach for HABs before you go! You can find the most up to date information on water quality by calling the park office ahead of your trip.

Taughannock Falls State Park  (607) 387-6739

Cayuga Lake State Park  (315) 568-5163

Long Point State Park  (315) 364- 5637 or (315) 497-0130

Lansing Myers Park  (607) 533-7388 ext. 17

Village of Cayuga: Harris Park  http://www.villagecayugany.com/

Wells College Dock and swimming area, Village of Aurora:  http://auroranewyork.us/

For more information about HABs and what to do if you believe you have had contact with one, check out the DEC’s HABs page here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html

 HABs Update Editor: Jessica Biggott, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network 2019 HABs Communication Intern habsintern@gmail.com

The Cayuga Lake HABs Monitoring Program is a collaborative effort led by a local consortium of three nonprofits: The Community Science Institute (CSI), the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network (CLWN), and Discover Cayuga Lake (DCL), working in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the State University of New York Environmental School of Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

 Cayuga Lake Watershed Network programs@cayugalake.org 607-319-0475

Community Science Institute info@communityscience.org 607-257-6606

Hilary Lambert, Steward/Executive Director - steward@cayugalake.org

Jenn Tufano Grillo, Programs Staff - programs@cayugalake.org

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

POB 348 Aurora NY 13026

“It takes a Network to protect a watershed!”

www.cayugalake.org << please consider a donation to support our work!



Cayuga Lake & Hydrilla

Treatment of Hydrilla by the Army Corps of Engineers will take place on Thursdays on the following weeks (subject to change):

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

Please click on the link below for more information:

Hydrilla 2019

Cayuga County Department of Health



General Information for Public Communication

Wells College News

Link below to Wells calendar:


Summer Book Arts Classes



Agriculture Energy Audit Program flyer

Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application

Emerald Ash Borer Information from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Town & Village Clerk EAB Letter

eabsurvey form - NYS-DEC-1

NYS -DEC Self Xport for Firewood Cert rev July 2012-1


  Cayuga County Conservation District Information

Algae control information