GUEST: Seneca Meadows is ‘no friend’ of the community

Much has been made of the last Seneca Falls Town Council election. Town Supervisor Lazzaro proposes that the election was a vote for Mr. Ferrara, Mr. Ruzicka and Seneca Meadows and a mandate that the future of Seneca Falls should be placed in their hands. I propose that the controversial election was, at its core, a vote against higher taxes.... 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

Landfill debate remains up in the air as Town Board weighs options

With much to consider and still awaiting the completion of the State Environmental Quality Review, the Seneca Falls Town Board had little to say about proposed Local Law No. 2, tabling the issue for another month. But that didn’t mean local residents were done talking. At their regular meeting Tuesday night, residents petitioned the board to speak about town issues... more

BLACK: Local Law No. 3 should be rescinded

When FingerLakes1.com News approached our company with a request from their readers to hear our viewpoint on Local Law No. 2, currently under consideration by the Town of Seneca Falls, we greatly appreciated the opportunity. Seneca Meadows is committed to open, honest dialogue with our community. In the past 24 months, I’ve attended more than 60 local, public meetings, and... more

Action on landfill law possible in Seneca Falls on Tuesday

On Tuesday the Seneca Falls Town Board will meet for the first time since the dramatic public hearing on a newly-proposed local law. Proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2017, which would rescind Local Law No. 3 of 2016 has generated a lot of debate within the community. The Waste Disposal Law of Seneca Falls or Local Law No. 3,... more

Public Hearing on Local Law No. 2 held Wednesday (video)

When the Seneca Falls Town Board convened to hold a Public Hearing on the controversial Local Law No. 2 of 2017 — the community saw a variety of speakers, take a variety of positions on the ongoing debate around the future of Seneca Meadows. Before it could begin, though, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro had to ask residents to... more

Lazzaro: ‘Compromise’ a must moving forward in Seneca Falls (video)

Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says he enjoys serving the community and people of Seneca Falls, but wants to see more cooperation and compromise. On Monday, Lazzaro was a guest on Weber this Week, where he discussed the challenges associated with governing through polarizing political times. The most-polarizing issue in Seneca Falls has revolved around the future of the Seneca Meadows Landfill.... more

FOR SALE: Former school, Town Hall on the market in Seneca Falls

The former home of the Seneca Falls Town Offices is up for sale. The 33,000 sq-ft facility, which was previously the home to the St. Patrick’s School had also been home to the Town Board, Town Court, and other municipal offices after it’s closure in 2004. The Town now occupies 130 Ovid St., which means the former-school is empty. This... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro in-studio (podcast)

On Monday afternoon, Weber this Week will featured Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro. Lazzaro joined Harold ‘Web Dog’ Weber in the FingerLakes1.com Studio in downtown Seneca Falls. The appearance was just days before the crucial Public Hearing on Local Law No. 2 of 2017, which would rescind the previously-passed Local Law No. 3 of 2016 — otherwise known as the... more

Does Local Law 3 violate host agreement in Seneca Falls?

There hasn’t been a more hotly-debated issue in Seneca Falls than the operating future of Seneca Meadows. The landfill, which operates along State Rt. 414 for decades has come under fire in recent years by a growing group of concerned citizens. As with any controversial issue, each argument one side makes — it is quickly walked back or challenged by... more

Seneca Falls Town Board: Raise put on hold, hearing on LL2 rescheduled

It was a meeting of unexpected outcomes. On Tuesday, the Seneca Falls Town Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting for the month of March. Two major items of public interest were on the agenda — with many expecting action on both. The first involved a pay raise for Seneca Falls Highway Superintendent Jim Peterson. A Public Hearing was held... more

Local laws and litigation: Recent history of landfilling debate in Seneca Falls

The polarizing nature of the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has folks from every walk of life weighing in. While the community remains largely split on the issues at play — this year is shaping up to be as important — if not more important than 2016. On March 14th a Public Hearing is scheduled to take place at... more

Supervisor Lazzaro explains why there will be no public comment at Tuesday’s meeting

In a move announced Wednesday afternoon, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro said that there will be no public speakers at next Tuesday’s Town Board meeting. The move to eliminate the public comment portion of the board’s meeting is not a new one, but will undoubtedly draw criticism from some. Due to the passion from those on both sides of... more

Legislation introduced by Seneca Falls Town Board to kill Waste Disposal Law (video)

  Local Law No. 3, otherwise known as the Waste Disposal Law could be off the books in mere weeks — if the Seneca Falls Town Board continues on the path it has created. On Thursday, in a special session — the Town Board voted 3-2 introducing a new local law, which would nullify the previously adopted Local Law No.... more

‘SYMBOLIC’ DELIVERY: Seneca Falls Town Board receives check from SMI at Tuesday’s meeting

  When Seneca Meadows District Manager Kyle Black arrived at the Seneca Falls Town Board meeting to address the board, as well as those in attendance — the expectation was that he’d provide an update on Seneca Meadows efforts to control odor. While Black delivered on that part, he also delivered with a check; two of them, in fact. A... more

LAZZARO: Cuts to services are imminent as Seneca Falls faces litigation over Local Law #3

UPDATE The cuts are coming. In a conversation Saturday morning, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro told FingerLakes1.com that the litigation announced on Friday “Would cost the Town hundreds of thousands of dollars.” He said that the Town Board would begin looking at cutting services and that future budgets would likely be impacted. “Recreation and Public Safety are our two... more

Environmental Committee gives presentation on LL3 in Seneca Falls, steps taken to improve quality locally

On Wednesday, a special committee in Seneca Falls met to give a presentation on recently-enacted Local Law No. 3, as well as other environmental issues. While the committee is not officially sanctioned by the Town Board, this environmental committee acts to inform community members of the realities facing Seneca Falls. Wednesday’s educational session lasted a little more than one-hour and... more

NEW YEAR, SAME ISSUES: Board hears comments on development, landfill in Seneca Falls

  On Tuesday the Seneca Falls Town Board held it’s annual organizational meeting. There were two new faces to the five-person council. Lou Ferrara Jr. and Thomas Ruzicka defeated Mary Sarratori and Annette Lutz in a contentious race on November 8th for two seats that had been earlier vacated by Chad Sanderson and Jim Ricci. Many of the issues hashed... more
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