Author: Todd Elzey

Todd covers local government in the Finger Lakes. He has a JD degree the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. Send tips to [email protected].
Councilors and Residents Debate Indigenous Peoples Day
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Geneva City Council, residents debate Indigenous Peoples Day

Mayor Steve Valentino was absent from the October 6, 2021, Geneva City Council meeting. The meeting was led by Deputy Mayor Bill Pealer (Ward 2). Council was supposed to hold a work…

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Ontario County Board of Supervisors set to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson
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Ontario County Board of Supervisors set to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Sheriff Kevin Henderson

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors held its first public meeting since allegations of sexual harassment and other wrongdoings surfaced within the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. Originally intended to be mostly in…

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Geneva City Council tackles community choice aggregation and garbage issues but ignores Pruett’s resignation
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Geneva City Council tackles community choice aggregation and garbage issues but ignores Pruett’s resignation

Geneva City Council held its September meeting on September 1, 2021. Council moved the meeting from the Geneva Public Safety Center to Jordan Hall at the Cornell AgriTech Campus. Council spent most…

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Geneva City Councilor John Pruett will stay on through end of 2021, or until replacement is found

On August 17, 2021, Geneva Ward 6 Councilor John Pruett resigned his Council seat effective August 31, 2021. Pruett said, “The commonly underproductive and often hostile working environment in council creates an…

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Geneva rescheduled city council work session, moved the council’s regular meeting, and postponed water main work
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Geneva rescheduled city council work session, moved the council’s regular meeting, and postponed water main work

The City of Geneva announced three major changes for the week of August 30, 2021. First, the city rescheduled the City Council work session scheduled for August 30, 2021. Geneva moved the…

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Geneva City Council Honors Juneteenth Volunteers and Rejects Resolution to Legalize Temporary Sidewalk Art
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Geneva City Council rejects resolution to legalize temporary sidewalk art

Geneva City Council opened its Wednesday, August 4, 2021 meeting with the issuance of two Proclamations. Mayor Steve Valentino read the first Proclamation honoring Juneteenth Community Service. The resolution was brought because…

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Geneva Council Wastes Residents’ Time With Unproductive Debate On Police Staffing Study
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Geneva City Council hosts unproductive debate on police staffing study

The July Work Session held by Geneva City Council marked the return to its normal meeting location at the Geneva Public Safety Center. Mayor Steve Valentino, Councilor Laura Salamendra (Ward 5), and…

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Protests at June Geneva Council Work Session Impacted July Meeting, Geneva Council Divisions Widen, Salamendra Says City Employees Should Celebrate Juneteenth With “Anti-Racist” Training, Geneva Refuses To Make Public Letter Read At Council Meeting
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Division widens on Geneva City Council after meeting: Legion plan passes unanimously

Protests at June Geneva Council Work Session Impact July Meeting, Geneva Council Divisions Widen, Salamendra Says City Employees Should Celebrate Juneteenth With “Anti-Racist” Training, And Geneva Refuses To Make Public Letter Read…

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Geneva Rolls Back Public Access To Public Meetings
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Official blames venue change for possible streaming issue with Geneva City Council meeting, effectively rolling back public access

Geneva City Council is scheduled to meet tonight July 7 to hold public hearings regarding the rezoning of 1115 Lochland Road at the American Legion and regarding the creation of a planned…

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Geneva City Council approves using 5,000 in COVID-19 relief funds for improvements to Marsh Creek Pump Station
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Geneva City Council approves using $325,000 in COVID-19 relief funds for improvements to Marsh Creek Pump Station

On Tuesday Geneva City Council met for the first time since its June 7 work session that ended abruptly in chaos. Councilor Laura Salamendra (Ward 5) who was the target of audience…

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GPD Michael Passalacqua Says GPD Can’t Keep City Safe with Current Staffing Levels  Crowd Verbally Attacking Salamendra Ends Geneva City Council Work Session
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Geneva City Council work session cut short after turning to chaos (video)

Staffing issues took center stage at a work session for Geneva City Council- as a presentation by GPD Chief Michael Passalacqua led to a contentious exchange between council members. Less than an…

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Divided Council Fights Through Police Review Board Appointments
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Geneva City Council fights through PRB appointments despite division

During Geneva City Council’s Wednesday, June 2 meeting, Council spent a large portion of the meeting considering appointments to the Geneva Police Review Board (PRB). Despite interviewing well over 40 applicants and…

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YouTube & Zoom Audio Difficulties Shut Many City Residents Out of Large Portion of Council Meeting  Ethics Board Brings Two Complaints Against Camera  Council Narrowly Approves Community Choice Aggregation Program
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YouTube, Zoom audio issues shut out Geneva residents from big portion of Council meeting

Geneva City Council held its monthly meeting Wednesday at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Public attendance was limited to 20 individuals due to COVID-19 restriction. Most City residents could only observe the…

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Canandaigua City Council Meets In Person
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Canandaigua City Council holds in-person meeting, says July 4th parade will take place

The Canandaigua City Council returned to in-person meetings on June 3. They met in Council Chambers in the Hurley Building in Canandaigua. Councilors sat at their normal dais but with newly installed…

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Geneva City Council Delays Decision on Genesee Park Remediation & Joining  Community Choice Aggregation Program
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Geneva City Council delays decision on Genesee Park remediation, joining community choice aggregation program

Geneva City Council met Monday and Wednesday this week- marking the first in-person sessions since the pandemic forced most public meetings to be held remotely. Only Councilor Frank Gaglianese (At-Large) attended virtually…

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Divided Geneva City Council Considers Resolutions to Censure Laura Salamendra  And To Remove City Attorney from Police Matters – Ken Camera Does Not Want To Return To In-Person Meetings Without Police Presence
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Divided city council considers resolutions to censure Salamendra, remove Bove from police matters; Camera pushes back on in-person meetings

On Wednesday Geneva City Council’s divisions continued to be evident as they considered resolutions to Censure Councilor Laura Salamendra (Ward 5) and remove City Attorney Emil Bove, Jr. from participating in police…

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