FACT CHECK TIME: 4/11/13 Mayor Statements vs FLT 4/10/13 Investigative Article —>

Rulings: Fact checking Mayor Kleisle objections to FLT 41013 article

  1. Grant language requires that alternatives to dissolution are to be drafted = Partially True with explanation   The LGE grant process gives the option of applying for funds to research alternatives to dissolution AFTER completing the required dissolution plan as requried by GML 17-A.  PER the Mayor’s statements to FLT Reporter Jule Anderson, the MAYOR is the one who added this language to the grant application.  This is now required that the village consider alternatives.
  2. Mayor’s assertion that village board approved the creation of two plans on 9/11/12 board meeting = FALSE Mayor was approved to execute contract and submit a request for grant funding.  No discussion of actual approval of the language of the final grant funding is found in the village minutes.  However, an EMAILobtained via FOIL shows the Mayor acknowledges verbally obtaining permission from the Village Board on 9/26/2012 and notes a formal approval will be obtained 10/9/2012.  None is noted in the 10/9/12 minutes This appears to be an illegal act under the OPEN MEETINGS LAWS and is representative of behavior ONELYONS has challenged the village about. 
  3. Mayors assertion that MYRA Fedyniak of LGE required her to put the language into the proposal = Inconclusive          Review  of EMAILS does not support Mayors assertion here, but we note that Mayor reports she met in person with Myra Fedyniak.  We have no written correspondence to support the claim at this time.
  4. Trustees Vanstean and Alvaro deny knowledge of Mayor plan to create two plans, Trustee Greco asserting this was always the case = FALSE     Review of EMAILS 9/26/2012 by Mayor Kleisle report that she briefed the board the previous evening and received their approval. 
  5. Dissolution Committee Chair reporting at 3/21/2012 meeting that the requirement for two plans was IN THE LAW = FALSE     REVIEW of GML 17-A shows that this is not required in the law.  We don’t know how the chair received this information.
  6. MRB Diana Smith 4/11/13 assertation that this was clear from the beginning that there is ONLY one plan, and that alternatives would be part of the plan = FALSE     REVIEW of all Village Board meetings and all Dissolution Committee meetings does not support this assertion.  OneLyons Member DeWolf FOILED the Village of LYONS and received emails and the LGE plan, which revealed this information to us. 

OneLyons will be copying our research to the FingerLakes times encouraging a skeptical review of our findings here.  We also challenge the mayor and village board to challenge our findings and back up any challenges with proof. 

OneLyons continues to believe that the relationship between MRB and the village is extremely cozy and questionable.  There are many financial and ethical conflicts of interest present.  From the emails, and from the confusion, we can begin to now see and realize the results of this cozy relationship.  MRB was advising the Mayor on the process since at least 9/7/2012 in a direct relationship on how to proceed.  MRB actually CREATED the part 3 and WORK PLAN of the LGE Grant, and strongly guided the wording of the RFP that was put to bid.  Is it surprising MRB won the contract?

Further, the emails obtained via the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL) show that the Mayor held an illegal session of the board for the purpose of obtaining consent, and that the anticipated 10/9/2012 follow up approval of the language of the Grant was never entered into the minutes!  This is a violation of the OPEN MEETINGS LAW and clearly the behavior OneLyons has been campaigning against.

OneLyons looks forward to more media involvement.  We believe that such scrutiny helps open the doors and clear the secrecy and distrust.  We will be forwarding these findings to the FLT and INVITE the public to sign in and comment below this post:

Mayor challenges, backs down when asked to explain NYCOM and counsel to ignore NYS Law

At the February 12 Village Board meeting, OneLyons members reported that Mayor Corrine Kleisle ”chastised” our group for providing inaccurate information and opinion.  A follow up letter was sent by member Andrew DeWolf looking for clarification.  (Email exchange of Mayor challenging but declining to elaborate).

OneLyons invited the mayor or her NYCOM representative to discuss the formal position of NYCOM in advocating that NYS Law doesn’t have to be followed.  Please review for yourself the formal position and literature the village is using to guide this process:  MMS – Guide to GML 17-A – Consolidation and Dissolution of Local Government (3).  Remember, NYCOM considers themselves the largest lobby for village officials in NYS and the fees they are paid come from village taxpayers.  Thus, NYCOM’s position in this would refute the spirit and purpose of an “ELECTOR” initiated dissolution.

OneLyons received further information from that meeting which is being researched. .  From the witness accounts we have, it appears the Mayor overrode the counsel of the village attorney and our newest trustee and forced a vote to affirm MRB group as the consultant.  OneLyons has concerns about MRB group because of financial and political conflicts of interests.  See previous postings and explanations on or blog and in our detailed pages on www.OneLyons.com.

OneLyons advises it’s members we will be meeting next week to discuss this further and seek the counsel of our entire group.  Please contact one of the group’s leaders for information.

Welcome to OneLyons

This site will help explain why we think it is a good idea to ‘dissolve’ the Village of Lyons and become ‘OneLyons.’  Our primary concern is the high Village Tax Rate coupled with cumulative taxes that have elevated Lyons to the #1 highest taxed Village in the Fingerlakes Region of NYS, and among the top taxed Villages in the USA!   See the news coverage of our recent meeting with Seneca Falls.  The Seneca Falls delegation unanimously affirmed that they would NEVER return to a two government system to provide the same services, especially given the cost savings and efficiencies now that the Town provides everything!  OneLyons Informational Meeting with SF – FL Times Article 110212

11/3/2012:  D&C Reporter Bennet Loudon did another excellent dissolution piece, check it out HERE

Compare the two final mailers, the village doesn’t want to discuss their record or the “facts” obtained from the village of LYons and NYS mostly through FOIL.  Please check our detailed information pages and references for yourselves, they are verifiable. 

Final mailer of save lyons group 110212

OneLyons final mailer 110212

New update 11/2/2012:  OneLyons successfully hosted an informational meeting with Seneca Falls current and previous administration and learned alot.  Some major learning points:  OneLyons Informational Meeting with SF – FL Times Article 110212

  • The best answer they gave was to the question, “Knowing what you know now, would you want to go back to having a separate Village and Town?” — every one of them said, “Absolutely not!”
  • Without having the landfill $, Seneca Falls still would have saved $7 per $1,000 assessed due to elimination of a layer of government, renegotiation of contracts, increased efficiencies, and contracting with private companies for some services.
  • No service interuptions occurred during transition, and no services were cut.
  • Police force was made a townwide force with reduced budget and more officers, higher call volume.
  • 5 DPW workers transferred to town and 2 retired, 2 clerks were retained.
  • The former village still exists, just not the village government.  No changes made to the village, still enjoying same services as previously at less cost.
  • Stay tuned for video of the meeting, and look for the FingerLakes Times coverage of the event.

Our vision is to create a community where taxes are reasonable and fairly shared, restrictions on business development and personal property are reasonable and as minimal as possible, and the government that represents us is responsive to us and treats us equally and fairly. We believe that Lyons is a community that encompasses all of the village and town of Lyons.  Dissolving the village of Lyons will not result in the loss of our history, heritage, culture, or common beliefs.  The benefits of a unified government may better prepare our community to attract businesses and citizens to live here.  We will have one set of zoning rules, codes, and laws that are predictable and not overly burdonsome.  We will have a more equitable distribution of costs that will benefit everyone as they tend to be more involved in the process of government.  Our public services will be unified in purchasing and efficiency, thus eliminating waste that hurts those on fixed budgets.  Together, we can unite under one government and work to solve our issues.

We have opened this discussion, it’s your turn to continue it.  We invite you to join with us as we learn about the difficulties facing this village and town and work to create solutions.  We invite you to contact us, attend meetings, and get involved in our democratic republic style of government.  Finally, we invite you to take a stand against the status quo and use your anonymous right to vote on November 6 to send a message and help us begin to unite and solve our common problems.
 

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