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Several urge more funding for Seneca Falls Visitor’s Center for 2020

Most of those speaking at Wednesday’s Town Board public hearing on the preliminary town budget supported additional funding in the 2020 budget for upgrades to the Seneca Falls Visitor Center at 89 Fall St.

A common theme of speakers was that 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote, and that should attract a large increase in visitors to the community.

Seneca Falls is considered the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement, based on the first women’s rights convention being conducted there in July 1848.

Jim Bero expressed his love for the community where his family has lived for 50 years, but acknowledged that it has changed from being a heavily-industrialized community with downtown stores full. “We’ve lost that, so we’re at a crossroads. We have an opportunity to do better and we have a lot to offer,’’ Bero said.

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