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Town Board Proclaims April 10 as Richard C. Laude Day

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Seneca Falls Town Board, Supervisor Ferrara honored one of her citizens, retired U.S. Army Specialist Richard C. Laude, with a proclamation upon his 90th birthday.


WHEREAS, The Village of Seneca Falls welcomed the birth of Richard C. “Dick Laude to parents Christian and Mary Fitzsimmons on April 10, 1933; and

WHEREAS, The Laudes’ raised their four children in Seneca Falls and saw Dick attend St. Patrick’s Catholic School and later graduate from Mynderse Academy’s Class of 1951; and

WHEREAS, Soon after graduation, Dick enlisted in the United States Army to serve in the Korean War, where he was stationed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, then transferring to the 82nd Airborne briefly, before serving the remainder of his career with the 328th Communications Reconnaissance Company in Germany; and

WHEREAS, Upon his discharge from service, he was gainfully employed at Goulds Pumps Manufacturing for 47 years; and

WHEREAS, During that time, Dick met the love of his life Arlene A. Pezzulo and on April 2, 1959, they were united in marriage having celebrated sixty years as husband and wife while raising their two children, Brian, and Kyle; and

WHEREAS, His love of golf began as a young boy often hitchhiking to the Seneca Falls Country Club to fulfill his position as a caddy, and since 1951, Dick has been a dedicated member of the club for 72 years, and has served as financial adviser for the past 53 years, and having served as President for a time; and

WHEREAS, As a community member, Dick has always enjoyed helping people and giving back to the community which has embraced him for 90 years, and over the many decades, he has volunteered his time for such organizations as the former Village of Seneca Falls events, Bridgeport Fire Commission; Seneca County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; Special Olympics New York; United Way; and

WHEREAS, Dick further served as a founding board member of the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry and the 150th anniversary celebration of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848; he also was a Board Member of Seneca Falls Historical Society and Boy Scout Council; Financial Adviser, Creative Choices Child Care Center; and Treasurer, Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes; and

WHEREAS, The communities around Dick have expressed their appreciation of his support over the years, having honored him with several awards including ‘United Way’s Volunteer of the Year’ (2006); ‘George Bailey Award’ (2012); ‘New York State Senate Resolution’ (2012); and

WHEREAS, In recognition of his honorable and selfless service to our country, Dick was appointed to the ‘New York State Veterans Hall of Fame’ in 2020 by New York Senator Pamela Helming, 54th District; and

WHEREAS, Dick is a fan of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” which shares a heartfelt message conveyed which could be a call tag for Dick’s life- the little things we do make a big difference and how wonderful a life he has led.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Ferrara, Town Supervisor of the Town of Seneca Falls, New York, on behalf of the Town Board, do honor Mr. Richard C. Laude for his long standing service to Seneca Falls and its citizens, and hereby proclaim April 10th as,

Richard C. “Dick” Laude Day

in the Town of Seneca Falls, and encourage all citizens to observe this day by giving back to their community through volunteering and engaging civic action that has limitless possibilities to transform an entire community.

Town Supervisor Michael Ferrara presenting retired U.S. Army Veteran Richard C. Laude with Proclamation

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Town seeks Laborer for Water & Sewer department

The Town of Seneca Falls is situated in the heart of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region and is the birthplace of women’s rights. The Water & Sewer department is seeking applicants for the position of full-time laborer. Interested applicants shall submit an application for consideration. More information: Water & Sewer Laborer

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Seneca Falls Awarded NYS Environmental Facilities Corp Funding for Project

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday that over $70 million in financial assistance for water infrastructure improvement projects across New York State. The Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors has approved low-cost financing and previously announced grants, authorizing municipal access to the capital needed to get shovels in the ground for drinking water and sewer projects that reduce potential risks to public health and the environment. The Board also approved low-cost long-term financing for five completed projects, providing debt relief through lower interest rates than if the municipalities borrowed on their own.

The Town of Seneca Falls was awarded $5,130,000 short-term interest free financing and $1,710,000 WIIA grant for the planning, design, and construction of a new excess flow tank at the Seneca Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.“New York State is committed to providing communities with the resources needed to take action on critical water infrastructure projects that prevent exposure and health risks,” Governor Hochul said. “The grants and financings approved by the Environmental Facilities Corporation Board will leverage even greater local investments to help ensure our communities in every corner of New York have access to clean, safe water.”New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Maureen A. Coleman said, “The significant resources included in today’s announcement underscore Governor Hochul’s commitment to help ensure all of New York’s communities have the financial assistance necessary to undertake their critical sewer and drinking water projects. We are making strategic, life-saving improvements to our state’s water infrastructure and these investments will benefit New Yorkers for generations to come.”

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Public Notice

Notice concerning the examination of assessment inventory and valuation data (Pursuant to Section 501 of the Real Property Tax Law).

Notice is hereby given that assessment inventory and valuation data is available for examination and review. The data is the information which will be used to establish the assessment of each parcel which will appear on the tentative assessment roll of the Town of Seneca Falls which will be filed on or before May 1st. The information may be reviewed, by appointment, in the Assessor’s office at 130 Ovid Street, Seneca Falls, NY. An appointment to review the assessment information may be made by calling the Accessor at 315-568-9700.

Dated on this 1st day of April 2023

Deborah L. Von WaldAssessor

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Town to mark Earth Day 2023 with SwapCycle event

Go Green! Join the Town of Seneca Falls, Seneca Housing and Seneca Meadows, Inc. for “SwapCycle” during Earth Day weekend. Upcycle your usable and well-conditioned home goods with your neighbors. See the flyer for details. Note: All goods are to be removed from the curb/lawn by end of the day Sunday, April 23rd by participating households. Any unclaimed items will be collected by the Town of Seneca Falls on Bulk Waste Day, Monday, April 24. All Zoning ordinances apply for participants within the Town of Seneca Falls.More About Earth DayRegister Today! for SwapCycle:

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Nominations sought for 2023 Anthony Varacalli Day awards

Do you know a hero?  Antonio Varacalli, the Italian immigrant who saved a woman from drowning in the Seneca Falls Barge Canal in 1917, is the namesake to the “Antonio Varacalli Day – Celebration of Heroes” event. 

Individuals are being asked to nominate a person they see as a hero to be awarded the Annual Antonio Varacalli Day Award, which will be presented Saturday, April 15, 2023 on the Bridge Street Bridge.

Additionally, all non-profit organizations are invited to choose a “Community Angel” from their organization to be honored during the event.  

The theme “Who in Your Life Has Influenced You the Most” has been chosen as a topic for the essay contest which students of Elizabeth Cady Stanton elementary school will participate.

Click here to nominate your Hero and Community Angel. The deadline is March 31.

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