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Seneca County taking Cayugas to court

Seneca County is taking the Cayuga Indian Nation and four of its members to court for not getting a building permit for construction work at a building the nation owns at 2906 Route 89.

The matter is being handled in Seneca Falls Town Court before Justice Sean Laquidari.

Arguments are scheduled for Aug. 7. Town court is at 130 Ovid St.

The charge stems from information filed Feb. 17 by Robert Steele, an inspector with the county Code Enforcement Office.

Steele claims the Cayuga Nation, headquartered at 2540 Route 89, Seneca Falls, and tribal officials Clint Halftown, William Jacobs, Samuel George, Karl Hill, Chester Isaac and Justin Bennett violated Local Law 2 of 2006 in November 2016 by converting a three-bay garage into living quarters in a building owned by the CIN at 2906 Route 89 without obtaining a building permit.

Seneca County Attorney Frank Fisher has agreed to drop Isaac and Bennett from the list of defendants.

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