October is celebrated nationally as Chiropractic Health Month and at this month’s Town Board meeting, Seneca Falls pays tribute to the physical well-being and the professionals who provide the specialized care.Since 1991, Seneca Falls has been home to the Northeast College of Health Sciences- formerly referred to as the New York State Chiropractic College until 2021 when the college changed its name to reflect its evolution as an educational institution accrediting students in various fields of healthcare.The town is appreciative to the college as a community partner and for playing a significant role in facilitating the education and training of numerous graduates, past and present, seeking to provide care to individuals with chiropractic pain through a variety of non-invasive approaches. The Seneca Falls Health Center located at the college is readily available to residents of the community who seek treatment.Supervisor Ferrara stated the proclamation would be presented in-person to the Northeast College of Health Sciences.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Goulds Pumps long history in manufacturing in Seneca Falls. Now known as ITT Goulds Pumps when the companies merged in 1997, the Seneca Falls Town Board recognized the pump manufacturers enduring legacy in the community with a presentation of proclamation.Supervisor Ferrara read aloud a noted history attributing to the settlement and industrialization of the village dating back to the 1800’s. On behalf of ITT Goulds Pumps Seneca Falls, Director of IP Operations Matt Anderson was in attendance to accept the honor.
At the October meeting of the Seneca Falls Town Board, Supervisor Ferrara and the Board, honored the S.M.S. (The Italian Mutual Benefit Association of Seneca Falls) recognizing October as Italian-American Heritage Month. The proclamation was presented to Carlo Lorenzetti, President, of the S.M.S. Mr. Lorenzetti expressed his appreciation to the Town Board recognizing their support of the Italian American community in Seneca Falls, and reiterating the organization’s mission to ‘preserve and promote the mutual welfare of its members.’
According to Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, “Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. It occurs in October to overlap with the federal holiday of Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of each October. Italian American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush.
Over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2000. Currently, there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent residing in the United States. This makes Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group in our nation. Each year Italians around the country take time to celebrate their heritage, history, and culture with festivals and parades. The largest parade occurs on Columbus Day in New York City and has over 35,000 marchers!”
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We would like to inform the community that a recent report by Channel 9 News inaccurately stated that Seneca Falls had lifted a boil water advisory today. It is important to note that there has never been a boil water advisory issued in Seneca Falls.
The Seneca Falls Town Board will be conducting a Public Forum at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at the Seneca Falls Community Center located at 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls, New York. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the proposed Town of Seneca Falls Comprehensive Plan.By Order of the Seneca Falls Town Board
Nicaletta J. GreerTown ClerkTown of Seneca Falls
At Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Town Board, Frederick Capozzi and Christine VanDusen, members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, introduced the draft comprehensive plan ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 to the members of the Board. While the draft will be under continued review for the next month, the Board took action to declare itself Lead Agency in the matter of SEQRA review. According to New York Department of State, “a municipality’s adoption of a land use or “comprehensive plan” (as referred to in General City Law §28-a, Town Law §272-a, and Village Law §7-722) is not only subject to SEQRA but is classified as a Type I action in the SEQRA regulations.” The Town Board will meet on September 20th for a work session. At the meeting, the Board will discuss the contents of the plan and share its feedback with the steering committee prior to finalization and its impending adoption. The Town of Seneca Falls in collaboration with the former Village last produced a comprehensive plan in 2006 which was not formally adopted.
Why does the Town need a comprehensive plan? First, one must look at the definition of ‘comprehensive plan’. A comprehensive plan “encompasses the materials, written and/or graphic, including but not limited to maps, charts, studies, resolutions, reports and other descriptive material that identify the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards, devices and instruments for the immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development” of the municipality”, according to New York State.Further, ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 Comprehensive Plan outlines the community’s sense of place and its vision. With active participation of residents and business owners in Seneca Falls comprising the steering committee and 4 sub-committees, their work set the pace for the Public Visioning session held in June. The community’s responses were catalogued and the information was compiled and compressed into various policy areas in which the steering committee later analyzed. The work of the steering committee, sub-committees, and the resulting visioning session makeup a vast scope of the draft plan introduced on Tuesday. Therefore, the adoption of a comprehensive plan by the Town will enable the plan ‘to act as a ‘guide in developing zoning and other land use regulations, and serve as a guide for local and state agency decision-making’ as outlined by the State.What is the purpose of having a comprehensive plan that is reflective of the current state of the community? Such a policymaking tool as the proposed draft ”ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040”:
Identifies what the community looks like now
What it should look like in the future (goals, objectives, principles)
How the community intends to get there (regulatory standards, devices and legal instruments) and
Why it should be done (protection, preservation, conservation, enhancement, growth and development)
It is the desire of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee that the draft plan be adopted to help solidify the community’s identity and build consensus through the creation of a shared vision, goals, and strategies. These goals and strategies can be the basis for new programs and regulations that will guide development and enhance the Town. All Town agencies involved in planning capital projects in the Town should first consider this plan. New York State Law mandates that zoning be made according to a well-reasoned plan.With the voices of the community at-hand, the Town of Seneca Falls has the ability to coordinate planning, zoning and spending in a dynamic framework that directs and controls growth that serve the community’s needs rather than be subject to the vision of others in the absence of a master comprehensive plan. ADVANCE Seneca Falls 2040 is Your Town. Your Vision. View Draft #1 Comprehensive Plan here.