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



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 October 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

October 17, 2018 agenda

Village Office Hours

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) Revised April 12, 2018

Friday:  No public hours


Welcome, new recipients! I am delighted to say that the new exhibit, "A House Tells a Story: The Art, Scholarship, and Friends of Else and Otto Fleissner in Aurora," co-curated by Linda Dugan and Ken Larson, is up and it's magnificent. It is open this Saturday, 11-1, if you can't wait for a peak. The success of the Tuesday events throughout the preceding show, "Aurora Ink!" (the guest book shows a total attendance over 250), and the requests for more such events, led me to ask the AHS officers if we might switch the meetings to Tuesdays and move the time to 4:30-6:00 p.m. for fall and winter. I hope that this is a good time for those at Wells and also assists those who prefer not to travel both ways at and after dark. The officers agreed, and a new series begins! On Tuesday, October 9, at 4:30 pm, curator Linda Dugan will share more about her discoveries and research, including at the Eastman School of Music Sibley Library. Even those of us who knew the Fleissners had little idea of the breadth of their roles in art, literature, and music, or the impact of their hospitality.
Can't make any of those times? Call a Docent! 315-246-1130

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

Printers and Poets

Open to all!

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 and air-conditioned.


Two event flyer2018


Aurora Farmers Market Reopens for the 2018 Season on Saturday, June 2

The Aurora Farmers Market will reopen for the 2018 season on Saturday, June 2; the market will be held on Saturdays from 10:00AM – 2:00PM through October 20th. The market is located at the Wells College Boathouse, across Route 90 from the college in Aurora NY.  


2017 Aurora Water Quality Report

(Posted May 29, 2018)



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

Please copy the link below into your browser


Mayor March 1st water update

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network

Harmful Algal bloom Symposium: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-finger-lakes-harmful-algal-blooms-habs-symposium-tickets-47718940636

October update

September 10 Update

August 6 update

July 31 update

July 24 Update

July 16 update

Harmful Algal Bloom Update 3

Explaining “No bloom,” “Suspicious,” “Confirmed,” “Confirmed with high toxins”

Over the past few weeks of active HABs on Cayuga Lake, we’ve gotten some questions about the testing of toxins in HABs. Our friends at the Community Science Institute provided this note about the toxin microcystin:

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) may produce a variety of chemicals that are harmful to other species, including humans. The most common harmful chemical found in New York algal blooms is microcystin. Detailed toxicity studies have not been performed, and there is not yet a consensus on acceptable exposure levels. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has set upper limits for public drinking water supplies at 0.3 ug/L or parts per billion (ppb) and for public swimming beaches at 4.0 ppb (EPA, 2017). The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) defines a “bloom with high toxin” as 20 ppb near the lake shore and 10 ppb in open water (NYSDEC HABs Program Guide, Section 3).

July 10 Harmful Algal Bloom Update 2

This information is being sent to a group of people around the lake who sent emails to CLWN and CSI last week regarding the blooms being spotted and sampled in Cayuga Lake on both the east and west shores. We are still working out the kinks in our new testing, monitoring, reporting and outreach system re HABs around Cayuga Lake.

Also, the blooms this past week were unexpectedly early - our HABs Harriers are not officially starting until July 14.

The test results below for the three bloom areas (2 on w shore, one north of Long Point) reported this past week, have yet to be fully verified and certified by the lab at UFI in Syracuse (http://www.upstatefreshwater.org/) . What we know so far, as a result of these preliminary results by CSI’s lab in Ithaca (http://www.communityscience.org/), is that these were confirmed Harmful Algal Blooms, apparently not very toxic  - but the results are still subject to verification. See details below. Verified results will be posted at the map link below.

To our friends in Aurora: If the Aurora beach was closed by DOH due to the bloom “north of Long Point State Park,” then reopening the beach may depend on final confirmation of results by the UFI lab, and an ok by the Cayuga Dept of Health (cc’d here: Eileen O’Connor, Cayuga County, and Arthur Sinicropi, Seneca County, Environmental Health Programs).

A map of blooms can be viewed here (results to be posted and updated): http://www.communityscience.org/cayuga-lake-2018-harmful-algal-blooms-results/

Help us fight the HABs by becoming a HABs Harrier!
The onset of beautiful warm weather has reminded us that Summer is right around the corner! This also means that the optimal time for harmful algal blooms (HABs) is fast approaching.
HABs pose a threat to Cayuga Lake. They can produce toxins that lead to sickness and even death in people and pets, and they have the potential to undermine Cayuga Lake as a source of drinking water and a desirable place to live or spend a vacation. As a HABs Harrier, you would play a key role in tracking, understanding, and ultimately managing this emerging threat in our region.
Click here for more information!
To learn more about volunteering and/or to sign up, email us at info@communityscience.org or programs@cayugalake.org

Streaming Presentations https://livestream.com/hvccstreaming/HABsSummits#_blank
These two presentations are available for viewing and listening at www.StopHydrilla.org: http://ccetompkins.org/environment/invasive-nuisance-species/aquatic-invasives/hydrilla/fighting-hydrilla-in-the-cayuga-lake-watershed/2017-hydrilla-eradication-efforts-in-the-ithaca-area-of-the-cayuga-lake-watershed and http://ccetompkins.org/environment/invasive-nuisance-species/aquatic-invasives/hydrilla/fighting-hydrilla-in-the-cayuga-lake-watershed/2017-hydrilla-eradication-efforts-in-the-aurora-area-of-cayuga-lake


HABs Forum Flyer FINAL-1

Army Corps Hydrilla Herbicide Information -PLEASE READ!

Invasive Species Training

Hydrilla Happenings for July

Hydrilla Public Information Meeting July 13 in Aurora

Corps of Engineers to reduce invasive Hydrilla plants in Cayuga Lake area


Cayuga County Department of Health

You do not need to go out and buy bottled water. You can bottle up public drinking water from your faucet. It is important to use only clean, food grade plastic or glass containers that seal tightly and replace the supply every six months. Bottled water should be stored in a cool location away from direct sunlight.



General Information for Public Communication

Wells College News

All Village of Aurora residents are invited to join Wells College for its 150th anniversary celebration during the weekend of Oct. 18–21, 2018!

We’ve got some great events planned, including:

Link below to Wells calendar:


Brett Shepherd reading

Pittelkow lecture

Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation

Fall Fish Press Release

Rt 81 Information

The issue of the reconstruction of I-81 through the city of Syracuse is extremely important for the Village.  All of you are aware of the truck traffic through Aurora and the broken pipes, congestion, noise and safety issues that it causes.  The DOT is in the final stages of deciding whether to repair the elevated highway through Syracuse or to demolish it and replace it with a street-level boulevard.  The boulevard would be a regular city street, with 16 stoplights, connecting I-81 at the south of the city to I-81 at the north of the city.  The highway traffic itself would be routed east onto 481 and eventually connect again with I-81 on the north and with the Thruway.  Right now truck traffic comes through Aurora, or takes other routes to the west, instead of staying on 81, because these routes are 15 to 20 miles shorter than remaining on 81 and the Thruway to get to destinations west of Syracuse.  Taking these alternate routes from Homer to Thruway exit 42 (Geneva) is between 57 and 61 miles; taking the proposed 81 and 481 route is over 90 miles.  There is no doubt that traffic headed west from I-81 will find Aurora an attractive shortcut.  We cannot afford more long-haul trucks through our village.



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