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!



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

The Planning Board has a site visit at 396 Main St for Application #19-10 from the Inns of Aurora to convert Taylor House to a conference center on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of Trustees meeting on October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

October 16, 2019 agenda

2019/2020 Adopted Budgets

General Fund

Water Fund

Sewer Fund

Sewer Increase Notice

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-4:00 pm, beginning October 3, 2019 (Clerk)

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

Friday:  No public hours


  October at the Aurora Historical Society/Village History Center
The Smithsonian’s “Water/Ways” has sailed away, but the show “How Cayuga Lake Shaped Aurora: Legends and Lore” remains at 371 Main Street through Saturday, October 12th. This special exhibit gathered fascinating displays loaned from around the region to add to those from the Village Archives. Only one, the pair of Passenger Pigeons (Wells College) is on public display (in Stratton Hall); the rest are from private collections or archives. Visit now to see: four thousand years of artifact history from Mud Lock, a survey of regional cultures (Robert Hiler); a first edition of local son Lewis Henry Morgan’s “League of the Ho-de-no-sau-nee” (Rochester Public Library); the 1805 map of Aurora by Humphrey Howland (Kenneth Zabriskie); two different editions of the famed 1848 view of Aurora (Robert LoMascolo); a poster for 1847 Regatta Day with the regatta rules including “no gambling”(Wells College Archives, Long Library); a board attributed to the wreck of the Frontenac steamboat (Frontenac Historical Society, Union Springs); and early 20th century fishing, hunting, and boating gear, including a rare cork life vest of the type carried on the Frontenac (The Windmill Collection). See them and enjoy their stories; watch https://m.facebook.com/Village-of-Aurora-Historical-Society-369255793807012/ for updates and programs. Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Accessible to all and always free.

Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 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


2018 AWQR Aurora

Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority Master Plan




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 9 16 2019

“The increase in microcystis presence and microcystin toxin levels in early August is similar to the results from this time in 2018. For more information about the results from last season, be sure to take a look at our Fall 2018 Newsletter.”

Excerpt from Nathaniel Launer’s August 15 report to HABs Harriers: “It has been interesting to observe when blooms occur on Cayuga Lake and compare patterns of bloom occurrence to other lakes in the region. While there have been only two blooms reported on Cayuga Lake in the past four weeks, more HABs are starting to occur on neighboring Finger Lakes such as Keuka and Owasco. To stay updated with HABs occurring on these lakes, be sure to visit the state-wide NYHABs Reporting Page.”

Cayuga Lake 2019 HABs Monitoring Map To stay up to date on where suspicious and confirmed HABs are being found around Cayuga Lake, check the online map maintained by the Community Science Institute:

 http://www.communityscience.org/volunteer/harmful-algal-bloom-monitoring/cayuga-lake-habs-reporting-page/ .

 Check the beach for HABs before you go! 

One way to limit HABs-related uncertainty is to call park offices ahead of your trip to the beach. By doing so, you can find the most up to date information on water quality.

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  (315) 252-1707

Wells College Dock and Swimming Area, Village of Aurora  (315) 364-7293

 HABs & Your Health

Stay up to date on HABs on Cayuga Lake! The 2019 Interactive HABs Reporting Map and HABs Master Results Table can be found on CSI’s website here: http://www.communityscience.org/volunteer/harmful-algal-bloom-monitoring/cayuga-lake-habs-reporting-page/. When viewing the map, we recommend using full screen mode. To do so, click on the broken box in the upper right hand corner of the map. Once viewing in full screen, more information on reported HABs, including pictures and date observed, can be found by clicking on the raindrop-shaped icons.

How are you coping with HABs?

Have cyanoblooms disrupted a day of recreation in the lake? Have you had to have a difficult conversation with kids about why they can’t go swimming in HAB infested water? We’re interested in learning about how people are adapting to HABs! Send your HABs experiences and how you dealt with them to habsintern@gmail.com to potentially be included in next week’s newsletter, and to help others learn how to deal with these tricky situations.

A New Old Way to Combat Toxic Algae: Float It Up, Then Skim It Off

According to an NPR article published Monday morning, an old practice is being put into effect at Lake Okeechobee in Florida to remove harmful algal blooms. Through this process, called dissolved air flotation, billions of microscopic air bubbles are attached to solids in the water, including cyanobacteria, which causes them to float to the surface of the water where they are skimmed off. The Army Corps of Engineers are working on developing HABs removal practices that could be applied to bodies of water across the country, not just Lake Okeechobee. Additionally, possible uses are being explored for the blue-green algae removed from the lake, such as converting to biofuel or using it to create consumer products such as yoga mats.

The full article can be found here: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/29/745666501/a-new-old-way-to-combat-toxic-algae-float-them-up-then-skim-them-off

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

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 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 Department of Health



General Information for Public Communication

Wells College News

Link below to Wells calendar:


Wells College Presents Lecture by Master Bookbinder and Conservator Peter D

Wells College Visiting Writers Series Announces Fall 2019 Lineup

A New Exhibit at Wells College

Wells College Announces Fall 2019 Science Colloquium Series



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