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Seneca County Supervisors committee approves plan for second SRO at South Seneca

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee has recommended the full board take up a plan to add a second School Resource Officer in the South Seneca School District.

Superintendent: Eight-mile distance between schools means second SRO is needed

The Finger Lakes Times reports the vote came after a request from Superintendent Stephen Parker Zielinski. He said the current SRO, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputy John McNabb is doing a good job at the Secondary School in Ovid, but he said considering the eight-mile distance between the Secondary School and the Elementary School in Interlaken, a second SRO is needed.

Sheriff Tim Luce says the final decision is up to the Board of Supervisors. He says the time to make a decision is now, because the county budget process for 2023 is underway, and because a new SRO would need to be trained before the start of the school year in September.

The committee voted 5-0 to send the request to the full board at its August 9 meeting.

Related: South Seneca school officials consider second SRO, other security measures

Indian Affairs Committee wants to meet with Cayuga County officials over land-into-trust

The Supervisors’ Indian Affairs Committee also met Tuesday, agreeing to attempt to set up meetings with Cayuga County officials to discuss the possibility the Nation’s land-into-trust application might be reconsidered by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Related: Dept. of Interior decision on Cayuga Nation land trust application could take months