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Court battle over Local Law 3, Seneca Meadows to continue on November 1st

The dispute over Local Law No. 3 in Seneca Falls is headed back to court.

State Supreme Court Justice Dan Doyle has granted a motion from Doug Zamelis to include a new affirmative defense that Seneca Meadows Inc. lacks standing to object to the town’s State Environmental Quality Review process related to adoption of Local Law 3-2016.

Camels represents the Concerned Citizens of Seneca County and Waterloo property owner Dixie Lemmon.

Seneca Meadows’ Article 78 challenge claims the town failed to follow proper SEQR protocol when adopting the law.

Doyle will hear arguments on that motion, as well as cross-motions to have SMI’s lawsuit dismissed, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

That will start at 10 a.m. on November 1, 2022 in Waterloo court.

Local Law No. 3 prohibits construction of any new solid waste management facilities in Seneca Falls and requires Seneca Meadows to shutter its existing landfill along Route 414 by the end of 2025.

Seneca Meadows is the state’s largest landfill and has sought a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to expand its landfill further. If approved, that would extend the life of the landfill through 2040.