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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

SMI employees take pledge to combat texting and driving

Food, cell phones, pets and kids arguing in the back seat are all everyday distractions we face while driving. If you’re like me, you pledge to cut down on the avoidable distractions, then find yourself sneaking a peak at your cell phone when a call comes in that seems too important to ignore. So, how can we stay steadfast? Our... 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

Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve featured in magazine

Seneca Meadows, Inc. announced its wetlands preserve on Black Brook Rd. was featured in Land and Water Magazine, a national publication which services the erosion control and water management industry. The success of the extensive wetlands mitigation project at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, as well as a successful brook realignment project, were also featured in the magazine’s March/April issue.... 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

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

Study finds Seneca Meadows to have $72M impact on economy

Seneca Meadows, Inc., announced the findings of a recent economic impact study assessing the landfill’s total economic impact in Seneca County. The study found that Seneca Meadows has a $72 million annual impact on Seneca County. In addition, the study shows that for every $1 dollar in revenue generated at Seneca Meadows, $1.30 in economic activity is generated within the... 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

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
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