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Nozzolio addresses letter to SF Supervisor Lazzaro

New York State Sen. Michael Nozzolio sent a letter addressed to Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro — as well as the rest of the Seneca Falls Town Board — addressing who has authority over the Seneca Meadows Landfill. The letter also addressed the potential transport of waste by rail to Seneca Meadows.Sen. Nozzolio pointed out that at his request, “a legal analysis was conducted reviewing the applicable laws of New York State, the United States Code, local land use law, including the Code of Seneca Falls, the Permit issued by the Town of Seneca Falls and the Host Agreement the Town of Seneca Falls entered into with Seneca Meadows Landfill.”The letter explains that ultimately, the Town of Seneca Falls is the only “appropriate government entity with the power and authority to compel Seneca Meadows to comply with Town law and the Host Agreement.” Sen. Nozzolio goes on to explain that whether it involves “site planning, permits, land use questions” or “the construction of a railroad spur,” the responsibility is with the Town of Seneca Falls.This is in stark contrast to the assertions that have been made by opponents of the Seneca Meadows Landfill. They have argued that state level legislators should be able to do something — that can help alleviate the growing frustrations from opponents regarding Seneca Meadows.In addition, a second letter was attached, which was signed by Assemb. Brian Kolb and Phil Palmesano asking for a public information session. The session would involve the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and would provide the public with an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the operating permit, which is up for renewal in 2017.The letter from Sen. Nozzolio, to the Town Board concluded, “It is our hope that this public information session will also include information on actions that Seneca Meadows has been required to take in order to address the significant number of complaints regarding the odor coming from the landfill.”The entire letter, including the analysis that was included with the letter can be read here.FingerLakes1.com has reached out to Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro for comment. Stay tuned for more on this story as it continues to develop.

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