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Seneca Lake Guardian Disappointed in Varick’s Support of Seneca Meadows


A vote by the Varick Town Board, supporting Seneca Meadows application to expand the state’s largest landfill, is coming under fire.

The town board voted 3-0 to support Seneca Meadows application. Board members Tom Fox, Richard McCullough and Eric Riegel voted in favor, while Town Supervisor Bob Hayssen abstained and board member Richard Peterson was absent.

Yesterday, the Co-Founder of Seneca Lake Guardian, Yvonne Taylor, released a statement saying “it’s disappointing that the Varick Town Board has been influenced by a multi-billion dollar corporation’s greed.”

The Finger Lakes Times reports all Seneca County Towns and Villages will be asked to support the Seneca Meadows Expansion.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2023

Please see below for a statement from Yvonne Taylor, Co-Founder of Seneca Lake Guardian, on the Varick Town Board’s resolution in support of the Seneca Meadows Landfill expansion.

“It is disappointing that the Varick Town Board has been influenced by a multi-billion dollar corporation’s greed and decided to go against the needs of their town and our state to pass a resolution in favor of a dump,” said Yvonne Taylor, Co-Founder of Seneca Lake Guardian. “However, eight municipalities and two county governments have passed resolutions against the Seneca Meadows Landfill expansion, and over 400 public officials and business owners throughout the Finger Lakes, 24 regional and national organizations, and 40 State Senators and elected officials have signed letters of opposition to the landfill. This is just a drop in the bucket – New Yorkers across the state are vehemently against the proposed expansion of the landfill and we will continue to fight for our right to a clean, healthful environment for all. The Department of Environmental Conservation should absolutely not consider this resolution as a reflection of what New York wants with its biggest landfill – Seneca Meadows must be permanently closed once and for all.”

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