Christian comes back from meeting in Albany even more opposed to consolidation
Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian believes she has new evidence to feed her opposition to consolidation between the town and the city.
Christian and colleague Patti Pacino recently attended New York Conference of Mayors' Winter Legislative Meeting in Albany.
She says she heard horror stories about how consolidation is going in other municipal jurisdictions.
She said lawsuits and fees are skyrocketing.
"One of the areas is with the fire department: volunteer versus paid. And now the volunteers want to get paid," Christian says. "The other one was the (village) police department, and where their jurisdiction is going to stop. Are they going into the town?"
Christian says Seneca Falls was one of the only approved consolidations in New York State. Municipalities almost everywhere else have voted it down. Christian says those votes have been very lopsided, and she believes it would be the same way here -- based on what she's heard about the town.
"So obviously they have to work everything out in our area," she says, "before they even consider putting this forth."
Christian says there’s a much better alternative.
"You can have shared services, without doing any of this," she says.