Geneva Foundry claims moving forward

A recent conference with the state Court of Claims judge assigned to the case has resulted in a schedule of events to deal with the notices of claims filed Jan. 3 by 136 city property owners against the state, city and county over soil contamination by the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street.

The judge has told attorney Steve Williams of Syracuse, who represents the property owners and filed the notices of claim, that he can amend the claims at any time up to and including March 20.

Williams served the notices of claim, which are an indication that an actual lawsuit may be filed, on the state DEC and Health Department, the city and Ontario County.

The schedule calls for lawyers for the state to submit a motion to dismiss the claims on or before May 1. The motion to dismiss will be in lieu of formally answering the allegations in the claims.

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