How are codes being enforced? Business owners question process, regulation

Some people have a problem with the way codes are being enforced in Seneca County. The supervisors discussed a variety of issues at Tuesday’s Public Health Services Committee Meeting, which lasted more than an hour-and-a-half. It all centered around the future, or ‘vision’ as one supervisor put it — of Seneca County Code Enforcement. Tom Murray, who owns and operates... more

Seneca Supervisors ready to push back against costly measures

A number of state issues were on committee meeting agendas Tuesday in Seneca County. One of those items was the Shared Services Act, which made its way into the Government Ops Committee meeting. This wasn’t the first time that the matter came up for debate, but for some of the supervisors — particularly the Chairwoman of that committee — it’s... more

Supervisors raise a fuss over County Manager’s proposal; budget guidelines fail

Creating a budget is never easy. For the Seneca County Board of Supervisors it typically means workshops, heated debate, and relative uncertainty. Combine that with the fact that this year is an election year for nine of those supervisors — and it creates a unique, political cocktail only seen once every few years. County Manager John Sheppard presented his budget... more

Supervisors push back against Gov. Cuomo’s ‘Shared Services Act’

Counties will have to create a Shared Services Panel. Well, maybe, but it’s going to be complicated. A provision within the recently passed New York State budget says that counties will be tasked with coming up with plans – for at least the next year – on ways to derive savings for taxpayers through ‘shared’ services. It isn’t a new concept.... more

AVERY: Local Law 3 should be allowed to stand in Seneca Falls

This article is a direct rebuttal of Kyle Black’s guest editorial published on FingerLakes1.com on April 5th, and has been formatted to address each of the major points he made. Seneca Meadows says that the Chamber of Commerce votes ‘no’. Officials representing the Chamber of Commerce have repeatedly spoken for the landfill and against Local Law 3. Most of us think of... more

Seneca Meadows dominates discussion, debate at Supervisors’ April meeting

The night was a slow, grinding debate on nearly every issue that came up. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors struggled to remain on the same page at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Each issue seeming to evoke several minutes of debate and discussion. Public comment dominated the first two hours of the meeting, which largely hinged around the continued dispute... more

DISCUSSION: Supervisors address functionality, future of Seneca Co. IDA

We need more coordination between the various entities charged with promoting and driving business in Seneca County. It was a message shared by Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley at last month’s regular meeting. It’s something he’s made a priority in his first three months as chairman. On Monday, the Planning, Development, Agriculture and Tourism standing committee —... more

REPORT: Seneca losing employees to neighboring counties, pay below average

In recent years Seneca County has struggled to retain employees. It’s been the subject of many committee and board meetings within the Board of Supervisors, but little tangible evidence existed to prove if the working theory; that employees were leaving for better paying area jobs was true. Currently, there are 21 vacancies within the county’s employment structure out of 234... more

Seneca Chamber, IDA join forces to create ‘strategic plan’ for economic growth

There is going to be a significant, across the board effort made to empower and develop Seneca County. That was the clear message from three key agencies involved in bolstering economic development. On Monday, the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency and the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce announced the start of a joint strategic planning process to grow the local... more

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
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