TIME FOR CHANGE: Deputy Supervisor Ferrara calls for efficiency, more community input

“We need to be more efficient and better for our taxpayers.” Those were the words spoken by Deputy Supervisor Lou Ferrara at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting in Seneca Falls. On the heels of a significant tax hike, the councilor said it’s time to begin looking at the value provided to the community — as well as the effectiveness. “We need... more

Hearing on Ludovico Trail will be held at SF Municipal Building despite capacity concerns

Taking the advice of two different attorneys, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says the venue of the public hearing scheduled for March 6th will not be changed. While he initially considered changing the venue — Lazzaro said that after getting two legal opinions — there wouldn’t be enough time to change the venue of the session. The necessity of... more

Seneca Falls Municipal Building ‘compromised’ as vendor dispute escalates

Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro says it’s a matter of safety and security. That matter involves a computer, once used in the ‘Server Room’ at the new Seneca Falls Municipal Building. The computer was owned by a former-vendor, who brought it in to house a number of Town-related items. In late-December one of the doors to the Municipal Building ceased operating.... more

Kyle Black calls on board to avoid litigation, presents Seneca Falls with two large checks

It was an exciting night for Seneca Falls residents who are hopeful for a relief from a strained relationship between the Town and one of it’s largest economic drivers. Seneca Meadows Landfill Regional Manager Kyle Black addressed the board, presenting two checks making the case for local economic impact. “Seneca Meadows is pleased to provide our 2017 fourth quarter payment... more

Report calls for better policy, stricter controls on employee spending in Seneca Falls

An investigation into spending on Town of Seneca Falls credit cards revealed a lack of policy, according to a Forensic Accounting Consulting Report obtained by FingerLakes1.com. The report was authored by Bonadio & Co., LLP at the request of Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, and the entire Town Board. The report is dated Nov. 3, 2017, and was voted on by... more

Taxes remain trending topic at first Seneca Falls Town Board meeting of 2018

The Seneca Falls Town Board only had to hear one speaker during public comment address tax bills, which arrived in mailboxes over the extended holiday break between Christmas and New Years. Perhaps by virtue of the those bills arriving in mailboxes after the public comment deadline for Tuesday’s session, more speakers didn’t have time to sign up. Paul Kelsey, a... more

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
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