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Lazzaro, Lytle have heated argument over state audit

Supervisor Greg Lazzaro and Cayuga Street resident Christopher Lytle got into a heated argument at Tuesday’s Seneca Falls Town Board meeting over the recent state audit.

It started innocently enough during the public comment period when Lytle said he wanted to thank the board for attempting to implement the remedies identified in the state Comptroller’s Office critical audit of town finances.

But Lytle also said he wanted to acknowledge and thank “the real heroes, the engaged residents that contacted the Comptroller’s Office and initiated the audit, often under significant resistance and criticism after failing to be heard.”

He listed some of those people as the Rev. Allison Stokes, Susan Sauvageau, Brad Jones, board member Doug Avery, Jean Gilroy, John and Kay Quattrociocchi, Bill and the late Annette Lutz “and many more.”

That raised Lazzaro’s ire. He asked Lytle to stop speaking, saying that he and board member Lou Ferrara are the ones who first asked the state to do the audit. The two argued, with Lytle saying he wasn’t aware of Lazzaro and Ferrara’s involvement.

Avery asked the board to overrule Lazzaro’s order that Lytle stop speaking. “Let him speak,” he said. At one point, Lazzaro asked a police officer to escort Lytle away from the podium, but relented.

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