Friday, May 22, 2015

Romulus adopts revised zoning law

Following a public hearing, the Town Board of the Town of Romulus, at the Town Office Building, 1435 Prospect Street, Willard, New York 14588 AT 7:30 p.m. on the 20 day of May, 2015, did duly adopt: Local Law 1 of the Year 2015, “A local law to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the Town of Romulus, Seneca County, New York.”
1. The purpose of this local law is to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the Town of Romulus, Seneca County, New York, to better reflect existing and proposed uses of land upon the portions of the former Seneca Army Depot that are located within the Town of Romulus.

2. Zoning text and map changes: Portions of the existing Energy Development district (3,186 acres) proposed to be rezoned to a new Warehouse, Industrial, Transportation, Energy (WITE) district; 342 acres proposed to be rezoned to Agricultural, which permits residences and other uses. Zoning text changes include new and modified definitions and special use permit criteria for uses permitted in the new WITE zoning district and in the existing zoning districts within the Depot (IW [Industrial Warehouse] and IG [Institutional Governmental].) An Environmental Restrictions Overlay District delineates a portion of the former Depot where land uses are restricted as a condition of completed environmental remediation. The Environmental Restrictions Overlay District coincides with the boundaries of the existing Industrial/ Warehouse District.

3. This Local Law shall become effective upon filing with the Secretary of State of the State of New York, as required by the Municipal Home Rule Law. This law supersedes the Town of Romulus Land Use Ordinance, adopted 12/20/06 as amended from time to time.

The complete text of the adopted local law is available from the Office of the Town Clerk, Town of Romulus, 1435 Prospect Street, Willard, New York 14588, during normal business hours and at the town’s website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New York releases final fracking review, plans ban

Gannett News Service:
The state Department of Environmental Conservation released a final version of the roughly 2,000-page document, known as the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or SGEIS, just after 4 p.m.

Now, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens must wait at least 10 days before issuing a legally binding "findings statement," which he has said will formally put the state's fracking ban into place.

The complete report can be found here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1: Law Day in America celebrates the rule of law

Every year, our nation sets aside Law Day, May 1, to remind us of our of our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law.

This year, Law Day commemorates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the “Great Charter of Liberties,” and calls upon upon each of us to "rededicate ourselves to advancing the principle of rule of law here and abroad."

Recently, I had the great honor to attend the 2014 National Lawyers Convention and hear United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discuss the importance of Magna Carta.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Public Hearing: Romulus Town Rezoning

A public hearing will be held before the Town Board of the Town of Romulus, New York, at the Town Office Building, 1435 Prospect Street, Willard, New York 14588 at 7:30 p.m. on the 20 day of May, 2015, concerning the following proposed local law: Proposed Local Law No. B of the Year 2015, “A local law to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the Town of Romulus, Seneca County, New York.”

The purpose of this local law is to amend the Zoning Ordinance for the Town of Romulus, Seneca County, New York, to better reflect existing and proposed uses of land upon the portions of the former Seneca Army Depot that are located within the Town of Romulus.

The complete text of the proposed local law is available from the Office of the Town Clerk, Town of Romulus, 1435 Prospect Street, Willard, New York 14588, during normal business hours and at the town’s website.

At the public hearing, all interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Public Hearing On Proposed Local Law No. 1 of the year 2015 Town of Ovid, New York.

The Ovid Town Board will hold a public hearing on the following proposed Local Law at the Ovid Firehouse, 2136 Brown St Ovid, NY 14521, at 7:00 p.m. on the 10 day of May, 2015: Proposed Local Law No. 1 of the year 2015, Town of Ovid, New York, “A local law enacting the Town of Ovid Building, Structure, Property Emergency Numbering Ordinance.”

The purpose of this ordinance is to promote public safety through the provision of a uniform system of road signage for residences and other buildings in the Town of Ovid, outside the Village of Ovid, in order to increase the speed in which firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency medical services are able to effectively and efficiently locate properties.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Courts Must Consider Firearm Use or Possession and Certain Protection Order Violations When Making Bail Decisions in Domestic Cases.

From the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives:
CPL 510.30 was revised to require criminal courts to consider an arrested individual’s history of use or possession of firearms, and any violation of an order of protection issued by any court for the protection of a member or members of the same family or household as such term is defined in CPL 530.11(1), whether or not the order is currently in effect, when considering release on recognizance or setting bail requirements for those charged with a crime or crimes against a family or household member.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Watkins Glen man arrested on child support warrant

Copyright © 2015 Finger Lakes Daily News
On Friday, March 27, Richard A. Franklin, age 39, appeared before Family Court Judge Dennis Morris on the outstanding warrant.

The warrant was issued when Franklin failed to appear for court in February on a petition charging him with contempt of court, due to his failure to make child support payments.

At Friday’s court appearance, assistant County Attorney Steven Getman asked the court to incarcerate Franklin, due to a history of non-compliance.

More at the link above.