Hornell Common Council Backs O’Mara on Delaying Criminal Justice Reform Laws

December 16th, 2019

HORNELL, NY – The Common Council put full support behind Senator Tom O’Mara’s request for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of the new laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures.  The Council believes the upcoming 2020 New York State criminal justice reform laws will put an undue burden on law enforcement officers, and believes those changes will severely compromise public safety.

 A second Public Hearing was held for the $745,500 Community Development Block Grant to be used for the rehabilitation of the Maple and Ontario Street Sewer lines. In January 2019, the City completed the cleaning and re-lining of the Maple and Ontario sewer trunk lines and determined that CDBG funding would be available to re-line additional sections of the sewer.

The construction of a UV disinfection system at the Water Pollution Control Plant was approved at a maximum estimated cost of $1,679,000. The plan for the financing of the estimated cost is by the issuance of $1,679,000 in serial bonds.

The City Clerk officially recognized the results of the November 5th, 2019 election, and the following will officially take their seats in January:

Michele L. Smith         Hornell City Chamberlain

Melissa M. Ponticello       Ward 1

Jeffrey L. Brown               Ward 2

John P. Allison                  Ward 3

Richard F. Argentieri       Ward 4

Daniel M. Warriner         Ward 5

Jessica Cleveland             Ward 6

Kevin M. Valentine         Ward 7

James M. Bassage           Ward 8

Steven R. Shinebarger   Ward 9

John A. Carbone Jr.       Ward 10

Also a budget amendment resolution was necessary to account for a FEMA Grant. The 2020 City of Hornell budget now reflects the following adjustments: Increase revenues, Federal Aid – Public Safety Aid , by $137,184.76 and increase expenditure, Fire Department-Equipment by $137,184.76

In other news, the following appointments and resignations were approved:

Approved the appointment of Edward L. Flaitz to a four-year term on the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and expiring Dec. 31, 2023.

Approved the appointment of Garrett J. McGowan to the Hornell Public Library Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of Mary McDaniels through January 31, 2022.

Accepted the resignation of Heather Lisi from the Hornell Housing Authority Board of Commissioners effective December 31, 2019.

Accepted the resignation of Rhonda Willsey from the Planning Board, effective December 31, 2019. Frederick J. Lehman will fill the unexpired term from  January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2025

Approved Martha Marino to a seven-year term on the City of Hornell Planning Board beginning January 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2027, and the reappointment of Bob Peisher  to a seven-year term.