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Resident takes board to task over tax hike in Seneca Falls

The Seneca Falls Town Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, with the recent passage of the 2018 budget fresh on the minds of residents and board members alike. Public comment was dominated by the issues that have made headlines over the last several months in Seneca Falls. The filing and impact of an Article 78 by Seneca... more

SF residents will have to brace for big tax hike in 2018 as board passes budget

In an ironic twist of fate, Seneca Falls residents learned that their taxes would nearly double, simultaneously, as Seneca Meadows served the Town – renewing an  Article 78 proceeding. Resuming the Article 78 won’t cost Seneca Falls any money in the short-term, but as Town Attorney David Foster pointed out – it becomes difficult to plan on host agreement dollars... more

SF EXCLUSIVE: Outgoing account clerk says ‘failed’ communication, ‘negligence’ reasons for exit

It will be the second Senior Account Clerk for the Seneca Falls Water & Sewer Department who has resigned in 2017. Conflicts of interest, procedural issues, extraneous unexplained assignments, unethical practices, failed communication and direct negligence for departmental procedures and town code are among the reasons why Dusti-Lee Provencher has submitted a letter of resignation to the Seneca Falls Town... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca Falls Town Council candidates talk campaign, local issues (podcast)

On episode #77 of the Inside the FLX podcast Dave DeLelys and Douglas Avery joined Josh Durso in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to discuss their race for Town Council. The duo will both appear on the Democratic line on the ballot in November. While landfilling has been the primary debate taking place in Seneca Falls for several years now, a larger... more

UPDATE: Would fleet management save Seneca Falls money? Presenter says ‘yes’

It all comes down to reducing operating costs and saving the Town money. Fleet management is something that more municipalities — big and small — are turning to, as they look at how to handle aging, and increasingly expensive fleets of vehicles. On Tuesday, the Town Board received a presentation from Enterprise Fleet Management, an affiliate of car rental company... more

Avery, DeLelys receive nod from Dems to run for Seneca Falls Town Council

Amid a contentious debate around the future of Seneca Falls — two more candidates have officially gained party support. Doug Avery, a retired teacher from Mynderse Academy, and incumbent Town Councilor Dave DeLelys both received the nod from Democrats to seek the available seats in November’s election. Republicans Steve Turkett and Thomas Ruzicka have both received support from Republicans in... more

SHAKEUP: Seneca Falls Town Attorney resigns, David Lee Foster hired as replacement

On Wednesday, the Seneca Falls Town Board held a special meeting to address a resignation. While the subject was not clear until the meeting began, Seneca Falls Town Attorney Patrick Morrell was not present. Immediately after the session began Councilman Lou Ferrara made a motion to enter executive session, which would allow the board to discuss the personnel matter. The... more

Seneca Falls board activates new rules; 80-person limit, metal detectors to be used

The Town of Seneca Falls has decided that the “tone and rhetoric” have grown to be a concern at monthly board meetings. Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, working in coordination with Police Chief Stu Peenstra released new guidelines for all future Town Board meetings. Among the changes will be full-utilization of the metal detector for all visitors during public... more

SMI gives update, speakers rail against landfill as supervisors meet

Seneca Meadows District Manager Kyle Black gave an update to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday regarding their ongoing efforts at the facility along State Route 414 to mitigate odors and continue working with the community. According to Black, construction of 15 acres of landfill liner are planned, as well as the completion of a 25 acre final... more

THE DEBRIEF: Seneca Falls Lawsuit, Geneva Foundry, Lake Ontario & “Lu-Lu” checks (podcast)

On Thursday night’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a variety of topics including a new Article 78 petition filed in Seneca Falls, the ongoing debate around the Geneva Foundry, as well as “Lu-Lu” checks distributed to certain members of Senate, and New York’s response to the flooding along Lake Ontario. Watch the entire podcast... more

Supervisor Lazzaro: New lawsuit against SF is ‘frivolous’

Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro said Wednesday morning that the Town had been served with an Article 78 petition, calling into question the decision reached by the Town Board to pass Local Law No. 2 of 2017. It’s the second time this year that the Town or Town Board faces litigation over a local law. In February, the Town... more

Charges against Seneca Falls Councilor could go through Waterloo Town Court

Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender has made a decision on who will hear the harassment case involving two Seneca Falls Town Board members. Bender made the decision after both Seneca Falls Justices recused themselves from the case. The incident, which has been described as a scuffle between Board Member’s Dave DeLelys and Thomas Ruzicka made headlines for several days after... more

Supervisor will not seek councilman’s resignation in Seneca Falls

Although New York state police are expected to serve an appearance ticket for second-degree harassment to Councilman Thomas Ruzicka in the coming days following an investigation into an incident at Parkers restaurant on May 5th, Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro will not ask Ruzicka to resign his seat on the board.   According to Seneca Falls Town Councilor Dave DeLelys, Trooper... more

HERRON: Children must be protected

Mothers of Seneca County: You have spent tireless hours researching the benefits of breast milk versus formula, to immunize or not to immunize. You have compared car seats and brands of baby food . You have spent hours interviewing day care providers, and teaching your children basic manners and safety. You have done all of this out of the love... more

EMOTIONS SPILL OVER: Alleged physical altercation between Town Councilors being investigated by SFPD

Tensions were running high during Friday’s special meeting where the Seneca Falls Town Board voted 3-2 to enact Local Law No. 2 of 2017. The new local law rescinds a previously passed local law entitled the “Waste Disposal Law,” which would have closed Seneca Meadows in 2025 — and prevented any additional landfill operations from opening in Seneca Falls. As... more

Landfill law rescinded by Seneca Falls board (video)

The local law passed in 2016 that would have forced Seneca Meadows to cease operations in 2025 at the landfill on Route 414 has been rescinded. It was standing room only in the courtroom for the Seneca Falls Town Board special meeting Friday evening, May 5th. Members of the grassroots group Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee were lining the street... more

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
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