Seneca County renews room occupancy tax for three more years

Seneca County renews room occupancy tax for three more years
Seneca County wants to raise its room occupancy tax to 4 or 5 percent. But it has had to settle for renewing its 3 percent tax for another three years. The county has been unable to convince local state lawmakers to introduce the necessary state legislation to allow the increase. The Economic Development & Tourism Committee met in special session... 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

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

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

Seneca Co. IDA weighs marketing and PR options

At Thursday’s meeting of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency — marketing and public relations took front stage. Erica Paolicelli provided an update to the IDA board, who will be taking a vote next month to begin the process of soliciting bids from public relation and marketing firms to handle outreach. In addition to raw outreach, overhauling the IDA’s website,... 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

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

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

Former Seneca Army Depot will be leased, not purchased from Seneca IDA

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency will be leasing the 7,000-acres at the former-Seneca Army Depot. That was the decision made after a lengthy executive session, where the IDA looked at the potential legality of leasing the Depot property to Earl Martin, owner of Seneca Ironworks instead of an outright purchase. At least in the short-term. The lease that was... more