Seneca Co. Board of Supervisors could see major election year shakeup

Nine seats on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors are up for election this year. In theory, it could mean nine new faces — as many vie for two- and four-year terms. The Seats The board, which has four at-large seats — are two-year terms. Covert Supervisor Michael Reynolds, who is up for re-election this year — also carries a... more

CLEAR EM OUT: Officials ask for residents to clear around fire hydrants

When a winter storm the magnitude of Stella makes it’s way through, leaving nearly two feet of snow (or more) in some areas — it takes some work to get everything back to normal. The roads have improved significantly just one day removed from the biggest winter storm of the season, but Seneca County officials are asking for a hand... more

Seneca Lake Pure Water Association voices concerns over Reeder Creek at Seneca Army Depot

In comments submitted last week to the U.S. Army and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Final Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the Seneca Army Depot Munitions Sites, Seneca Lake Pure Water Association (SLPWA) requested that steps be taken to identify and remove the source(s) of phosphorus, coliform and E. coli which are polluting Reeder Creek, Seneca Lake and... more

Inside the FLX: Seneca Co. BOS Chairman Bob Shipley talks local issues, 2017 outlook (podcast)

Seneca County is poised to have a great run over the next several years. Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Bob Shipley sat down with Josh Durso on Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast. His goals for 2017 include creating more continuity among the board, as well with other entities within the county to drive economic... more

Massive infrastructure project could cost $13.5M in Seneca County

Fixing the New York State compliance issues with three waste water treatment plants in Seneca County is going to cost taxpayers a great deal in the long-term. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors received an update from MRB Group addressing a series of required upgrades to treatment facilities in Sewer Districts No. 1 and No. 2. The Hillside, Five Points... more

Seneca Army Depot land appraised at $950K

The appraised value of the property Earl Martin wants to buy at the former Seneca Army Depot is a far cry from its assessed value. Michael Egnoto, a professional property appraiser with Syracuse-based Appraisal Research, determined that the 7,234 acres the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency wants to sell to the Fayette businessman is $950,000. The land’s current assessed value... more

DEFEATED: Resolution calling for immediate sale of depot shot down by supervisors

Nearly an hour of debate and speakers. When all was said and done though, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors would defeat the resolution calling for the immediate sale of the former Seneca Army Depot. “It’s a complex deal,” Earl Martin explained to the board during his time addressing the collection of supervisors, county employees and members of the public.... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

SHOWDOWN: Motion to ax lease proposal goes before Seneca Co. BOS

It’s showdown time over the proposed lease-purchase of 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot and a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between Earl Martin and the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The Board of Supervisors’ Governmental Operations Committee voted 4-1 Jan. 24 on a non-binding resolution asking the IDA to “abandon both the lease and pursuit of a PILOT” for Martin... more

Remedy for Seneca Army Depot cleanup discussed

The preferred remedy for cleaning up four old munitions disposal sites at the former Seneca Army Depot is to implement land-use controls. That means future use of those sites, which amounts to about 175 acres, would not allow residential housing, elementary or secondary schools, childcare facilities or playgrounds. In addition, recognition and safety training for explosives will be required for... more

The Debrief Podcast: Augustine, Durso discuss Depot, Geneva DRI, much more in premier episode

On the premier episode of the ‘Debrief Podcast’ hosts Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine go over a number of important issues impacting those living in the Finger Lakes. The podcast will be featured bi-weekly on the FingerLakes1.TV Internet Broadcasting Network. Listen to the podcast in the player below – and subscribe to the FingerLakes1.com YouTube Channel. AUDIO ONLY VERSION: more

Proposed remediation of weapons sites on former Seneca Army Depot land up for comment

Proposed remedies for four military weapon sites on the former Seneca Army Depot land will be the topic of a public information meeting this Thursday. Hosted by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the meeting will cover what has been done to clean up the areas already, and the agencies’ suggestions... more

Seneca White Deer, Inc. issues support of Martin, IDA lease agreement for Depot

Last year Dennis money, president of Seneca White Deer, Inc. had a lot of reservations about a potential Seneca County IDAs interest in selling the 7,000 acres associated with the former Seneca Army Depot. In fact, he was a proponent of the plan, which would have asked for ownership of the property to be moved from the IDA to the... more

Thousands converge in Tyre as del Lago Resort & Casino opens for business (full coverage)

It’s time for the Town of Tyre, and Seneca County as a whole, to place it’s bet on del Lago Resort & Casino. The doors officially opened as thousands poured into the venue at 10:39 am. Massive lines were visible outside the venue, which were quickly worked through by the staff, who ensured guests were not waiting too long after... more

Seneca County IDA gives initial OK to Deer Haven lease application

The public will soon get the opportunity to comment on a financial assistance package being offered to Deer Haven Park LLC, the prospective owner of 7,000 acres at the former Seneca Army Depot. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has given initial approval to an application from Deer Haven owner Earl Martin to lease the land for a year and... more

Federal government’s recognition of Cayuga Nation leadership on hold

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has stayed the Bureau of Indian Affairs' December decision to recognize the Clint Halftown faction of the Cayuga Nation as the nation's official leaders. The stay order was issued on Monday, Jan. 23, a little over a week after another faction of the Cayuga Nation formerly known as the Unity Council, appealed the BIA's... more

SELL IT: Committee calls for IDA to sell, not lease Seneca Army Depot property

It’s been contentious. It’s been debated for well-over a year now. Yet for the first time in recent memory, representation of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency was present at the Seneca County Board of Supervisors government operations standing committee meeting. The goal: Provide the Board of Supervisors an update on the ongoing issues surrounding the former Seneca Army Depot... more
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