Town of Seneca Falls names new board members at Monday meeting (full video)

The Seneca Falls Town Board appointed two new members on Monday. Annette Lutz and Mary Sarratori were named to the board after two unanimous votes by sitting board members. Lutz wasted no time getting involved in the meeting immediately following, as Donald Collins, Seneca Falls Town Assessor gave a presentation to the board. She said after the meeting concluded that her involvement was about helping the community move forward. As part of the Waterloo Container ownership, Lutz had been a regular public speaker at board meetings in recent months.Sarratori told FingerLakes1.com that her goal was simple: To make the community better for her son. She owns Sarratori Acupuncture, and also works with Clifton Springs Hospital. She is a graduate of the New York State Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, which added to her long-term investment in the community as a whole.Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro said that he was proud of the way the board handled the process, moving as quickly and effectively as they did. He also pointed out that this was an opportunity for Seneca Falls to really move forward on some important issues.One of those important issues was the water and sewer upgrades, which have been years in the making. Peter Baker and John Condino, of Barton & Loguidice gave a lengthy presentation on the upgrades, which the board will have to approve in the coming months. Both new board members, in addition to the other board members, could be seen visibly taking notes throughout the presentation.Lutz also cited a desire to see more engagement between the public and those on the board. She was excited about a public forum, which Lazzaro announced would be held on April 20th for Seneca Falls residents. The forum was described as an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions, and speak openly to the board in an environment that would allow more dialogue. Lutz pointed to to the reality that many individuals cannot make regularly scheduled board meetings, but still deserve a voice in the things that happen in the community they call home. Photo of swearing-in by Joanne Elliot

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