Former village employees ‘made whole’ in Seneca Falls after three hour executive session

The Seneca Falls Town Board held a special session on Wednesday at the Community Center to address a pair of items before them.

Within moments of opening session, Supervisor Greg Lazzaro moved to enter executive session. They entered executive session to address a personnel matter and contract negotiations involving the Seneca Falls Police Department.

Before entering executive session Supervisor Lazzaro indicated that there would be possible action taken at its conclusion.

However, that executive session would ramble on for at least three hours, before reporters left the session.

Supervisor Lazzaro said after the session during a phone call on Wednesday that the executive session ended shortly after the three hour mark. At that point, he reported that a resolution was introduced to address one of the items that was discussed during the meeting.

“We opted to make our former-village employees ‘whole’,” he explained, referencing a small group of town employees who had lost civil service time when the village dissolved. “A small group of employees lost part of their time when the transition happened, because those who went from village to town employees were only able to keep up to 15 years of their service time.”

The resolution passed unanimously, granting those employees with the ability to keep all of their civil service time.

“I think it was the right thing to do, and clearly the board agreed,” added Supervisor Lazzaro. “This was the right thing for those employees.”

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