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].
Procedural Error Forced City of Geneva To Reschedule Police Review Board Public Hearing
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Procedural error forces Geneva City Council to reschedule PRB public hearing

The City of Geneva has been struggling with consideration of a Police Review Board (PRB) public law for months. Geneva City Council previously held a nearly three-hour public hearing on the initial…

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Geneva Police Review Board Public Hearing Rescheduled
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Police Review Board public hearing rescheduled in Geneva

On Wednesday Geneva City Council was scheduled to hold its second public hearing on the Police Review Board (PRB) Public Law. However, instead Council met to reschedule the hearing. Council was forced…

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Canandaigua City Council Debates Racetrack Noise Study
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Canandaigua City Council debates racetrack noise study

Canandaigua’s City Council kicked off 2021 with its first meeting of the year on Thursday. Councilmember Steve Uebbing (At-Large) began the Council’s work by offering a resolution calling on the City Manager…

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Geneva City Council Opens 2021 With Two Meetings – Ethics Board Brings Three Complaints Against Councilor Laura Salamendra
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City Council opens 2021 with two meetings in Geneva: Ethics board brings complaints against Salamendra

Geneva City Council met for well over 6 hours this week in a pair of sessions. The first was a ‘work session’, which was held on Monday, and the second was a…

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Geneva City Council Sets Police Review Board Public Law Public Hearing
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Police Review Board draft document introduced for January 2021 public hearing in Geneva

On Tuesday Geneva City Council held one of its shortest meetings ever. The Council met for less than 15 minutes setting the stage for the public hearing on the Police Review Board,…

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Geneva City Council Schedules Police Review Board Law Public Hearing and  Debates Winter On-Street Parking Rules
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City Council schedules public hearing for Police Review Board in Geneva, debates winter parking

Geneva City Council held its regularly scheduled December meeting on Wednesday – taking two important actions that didn’t require formal votes. First, City Manager Sage Gerling and Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers…

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Police Accountability Board Renamed Police Review Board  Police Review Board Law Could Be Subject to a Mandatory Referendum
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PAB renamed in Geneva: Could it be subject to mandatory referendum?

On Monday Geneva City Council met in another 3-hour session to address the remaining issues involving the proposed Police Accountability Board. For the most part, the Council continued to rehash previously discussed…

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Geneva City Council Fights Through Another  Police Accountability Board Public Law Work Session
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Geneva City Council fights through another PAB work session

On Thursday Geneva City Council met for what some believed would be the final Council work session on the proposed Police Accountability Board (PAB) Law. Instead, the meeting showed that the Council…

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Council Denies PAB Unrestricted Access to GPD Bodycam Footage – Valentino Ignores Councilors’ Motions to Amend PAB Law As Not Specific Enough
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Geneva City Council denies PAB unrestricted access to body cam footage

Mayor Steve Valentino opened the meeting by asking City Attorney Emil Bove, Jr. to discuss a proposal to establish a time requirement for filing PAB complaints. Bove presented language to the Council that proposed a 180-day complaint filing deadline. Bove contended that this requirement would be consistent with the 180-day requirement for imposing discipline on police officers that existed in State law and Contracts.

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Geneva City Council Votes To Revisit Officer Layoffs
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City Council votes to revisit police officer layoffs in Geneva

The Geneva City Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, November 5th. The meeting was streamed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, and one of the most-controversial topics from the group’s last session…

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Despite Warnings of Public Safety Consequences Geneva City Council  Cuts Two Probationary Police Officer Positions
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Despite warnings of consequences Geneva City Council cuts two probationary police officer positions

The Geneva City Council held its final meeting on the proposed 2021 Budget Wednesday meeting via Zoom due to COVID-19 concerns. Mayor Steve Valentino opened the meeting with the expectation that the…

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Geneva City Council Revisits Budget Deletions And  Returns ,700 For Foundry Voucher Program And ,500 For Colony Care Givers
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Geneva City Council revisits budget items cut in last session, returns foundry voucher program

The Geneva City Council met Monday for a budget work session. The Council resumed virtual meetings via Zoom due to the increase in COVID-19. The Council continued to try and cut enough…

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In Contentious Meeting Geneva City Council Makes Deep Cuts to 2021 Budget Including Eliminating Foundry Voucher Program and Funding for Finger Lakes Television Broadcast of Council Meetings
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Geneva City Council makes deep cuts to 2021 budget at contentious meeting

The Geneva City Council met Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Council held a public hearing regarding lifting the New York State cap on property taxes and conducted a Council budget workshop. The meeting was held both in person for Council members and via Zoom and YouTube for the community. Councilor Laura Salamendra (Ward 5) elected to attend the meeting via Zoom. The first item on the evening’s agenda was the public hearing to lift the property tax cap. There was no public comment from the community and the hearing was closed.

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Divided Geneva City Council struggles with PAB law at another meeting on topic of policing
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Divided Geneva City Council struggles with PAB law at another meeting on topic of policing

The Geneva City Council met Thursday in an attempt to finish redrafting the proposed public law that would establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB). Despite having seven sections of the proposed law…

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Geneva City Council Approves Bodycam Taskforce and  Police Department Budget Review Board Bylaws
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Geneva City Council approves bodycam taskforce, holds hearings, and hears public comment at lengthy October meeting

The Geneva City Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday with seven-of-the-nine council members attending in person. Mayor Steve Valentino, who continues to quarantine following out of state travel, and Laura Salamendra…

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Divided Council Clueless About Cost of Police Accountability Board
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Geneva City Council struggles to understand what police accountability board will cost

The Geneva City Council met for nearly 3 hours Tuesday for a work session regarding the proposed public law to establish a Police Accountability Board (PAB) in Geneva. Despite Mayor Steve Valentino’s…

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