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War over Medicaid underway in NY: Supervisors consider results of change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is fuming over the prospect of the state paying the share typically paid by counties with regards to Medicaid costs. Locally, it’s been an issue for elected officials trying to keep property taxes low. The proposal, which would no longer require counties to pay a portion of Medicaid costs in New York — would bring property tax... more

Supervisors appoint finance director, hears update on new system

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors received an update on the status of the Finance Department and voted on the future of the finance department. During that meeting, Brandi Deeds, who has been acting as Director of Finance was up for board consideration to have the interim tag removed. Deeds was hired last year to work under County Manager John... more

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

Seneca Co. Board of Supervisors meeting rescheduled to March 21st

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors will not meet on Tuesday, according to Board Clerk Margaret Li. The news came down around 1 pm when she said that it became clear a quorum would not be possible. She said that the meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21st at 6 pm. The special finance committee meeting, which was slated... 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

Committee approves purchase of body cams for law enforcement in Seneca Co.

The entire Seneca County Board of Supervisors will vote at their next meeting on a measure that drew interesting dialogue from the body. The Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve the purchase of body cameras, which will be purchased for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Seneca Falls Police Department. The funds will come from the... more

Committee shakeup, Sheriff’s contract makes waves among supervisors

If there was any major takeaway from Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley’s remarks at this week’s meeting — it was that he’s serious about making county government work better. Last month he was elected chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday he delivered updated committee assignments, which took effect immediately and had an impact on how... 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

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

Supervisor Lorenzetti calls ending New York Life agreement ‘ridiculous’ (video)

Seneca County Manager John Sheppard called it ‘bad precedent’, referring to an agreement between New York Life and Seneca County, which allowed the for-profit, private entity to come into the Seneca County Office Building located at 1 DiPronio Drive, and have access to their roster. Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti is baffled at how the issue raised so much concern... more

13 to 5: Supervisor Lorenzetti calls five committee structure ‘crazy’ in FL1 interview

Thirteen committees is a lot. Limiting the number of standing committees within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors down to five would be ‘crazy’ according to Fayette Supervisor Cindy Garlick-Lorenzetti. “We have 13. We could maybe chisel down a couple of them — get it down to 11,” she explained. “But to go with the proposal that was given by... more

‘UP IN THE AIR’: Fayette Supervisor highlights issues with Depot bid process (podcast)

“We’re pretty much up in the air right now.” Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti sounded off on Tuesday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast highlighting a number of the issues she sees with the process that has resulted in a lease of the property. The option to lease the 7,000 acres was not on the table as the Seneca... more

BAD PRECEDENT: Sheppard says deal between Seneca Co., New York Life was ‘inappropriate’

A 15-year-old agreement with New York Life was subject to a lot of debate at Tuesday’s meeting of the Personnel Committee. That debate was not limited to members of the committee, either. Almost everyone present who serves on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors had an opinion on the matter. The story began with an agreement between Seneca County and... 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

Seneca Supervisors: Solar Energy Law killed, would have ‘stifled development’

‘Table it forever’! That was the message from David Dresser, who addressed the Finance, Assessment & Insurance Committee at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled standing committee meetings for the month of January. The resolution being considered by the committee would have forced a full-board vote on a local law aimed at exempting solar, wind and farm waste energy systems in Seneca County... more

DEPOT DELAY: Seneca Co. Board members sound off over IDA bid process, lease agreement

For Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill and Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti there were always questions about controversial Depot sale. The sale of the former Seneca Army Depot has been a contentious issue within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, as well as with bidders and constituents who now feel they were misled through the IDA’s process. It was a... more

HAYSSEN: Varick Supervisor responds to ‘FACTS’ issued by Seneca Co. IDA

I’d like to comment on an article in the Finger Lakes Times regarding the facts about the Seneca Army Depot sale and bid process. (Monday, January 9th, 2017) Mr. Earl Martin says he needs time to finalize the assessment. I want to reassure the Board of Supervisors and the public that the assessment, or also known as a ‘REVAL’, will... more

Depot bid process, IDA get spotlight at Seneca Co. BOS meeting

It’s hard to identify an issue that has been more polarizing in Seneca County than the handling of the former-Seneca Army Depot property. Those 7,000-acres were put through a bid process, which ended last year with a winner — and initially — a buyer. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, who owns the Depot property, which is in Romulus and... more
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