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#1509525 --- 11/22/17 01:37 PM Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating
newsman38 Offline
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Chamber leader unexpectedly leaves; authorities investigating

PENN YAN--The interim director of the Yates Chamber of Commerce has unexpectedly left the area.

That was the word from chamber board member and officer Kathy Waye in an email Thursday, Nov. 16.

Waye said, "Recently it was brought to our attention there were some irregularities in financial matters. We immediately began an investigation. However, during that process, the interim director [Julie Coleman] departed the area unexpectedly. The investigation is ongoing and we are working with the proper authorities."

Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sheriff Ron Spike released the following statement: "The Yates County Sheriff's Office is investigating the misappropriation of funds belonging to the Yates County Chamber of Commerce since being notified Nov. 14 by the chamber board of directors. Investigators await official bank records at this time as the matter continues to be investigated. Any amounts in excess of $1,000 would be considered a felony. Investigation continues with unnamed persons of interest at this time."

Coleman was appointed interim director after the sudden passing of longtime former chamber President and CEO Michael Linehan in February, 2017.

Waye added, "Rest assured that the chamber staff and board will continue to do their jobs serving the Yates County community."
Waye said the chamber board is in the final stages of selecting a permanent president and chief executive officer.

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#1509537 --- 11/22/17 05:55 PM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: newsman38]
helpme Offline
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Originally Posted By: newsman38
Chamber leader unexpectedly leaves; authorities investigating

PENN YAN--The interim director of the Yates Chamber of Commerce has unexpectedly left the area.

That was the word from chamber board member and officer Kathy Waye in an email Thursday, Nov. 16.

Waye said, "Recently it was brought to our attention there were some irregularities in financial matters. We immediately began an investigation. However, during that process, the interim director [Julie Coleman] departed the area unexpectedly. The investigation is ongoing and we are working with the proper authorities."

Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sheriff Ron Spike released the following statement: "The Yates County Sheriff's Office is investigating the misappropriation of funds belonging to the Yates County Chamber of Commerce since being notified Nov. 14 by the chamber board of directors. Investigators await official bank records at this time as the matter continues to be investigated. Any amounts in excess of $1,000 would be considered a felony. Investigation continues with unnamed persons of interest at this time."

Coleman was appointed interim director after the sudden passing of longtime former chamber President and CEO Michael Linehan in February, 2017.

Waye added, "Rest assured that the chamber staff and board will continue to do their jobs serving the Yates County community."
Waye said the chamber board is in the final stages of selecting a permanent president and chief executive officer.
Why did they hire someone from outside the county and why in hell does the county give the chamber half of the bed tax each year which was $240,000 last year? Why did the county give the tourist agency which is illegality locate at Red Jacket Park $15,000 this year, they pay the village $40 a year and have failed to honor their illegal contract with the village to hire their help from the village?


Edited by helpme (11/22/17 06:04 PM)

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#1509947 --- 11/27/17 10:36 AM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: helpme]
French Pastry Offline
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helpme......what???? Really hard to follow your train of thought...Did you mean to say the tourist agency is illegally located at Red Jacket Park?? You should read your posts before submitting them....My question is does anyone know the location of the interim director??? She has some questions that need answering.....

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#1509960 --- 11/27/17 03:37 PM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: French Pastry]
helpme Offline
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Originally Posted By: French Pastry
helpme......what???? Really hard to follow your train of thought...Did you mean to say the tourist agency is illegally located at Red Jacket Park?? You should read your posts before submitting them....My question is does anyone know the location of the interim director??? She has some questions that need answering.....
Yes that's what I said and I also claimed they have failed to honor the illegal contract they have with the village concerning hiring their help, this coming year 2018 the chamber will receive $298,000 from the county which is way to much money and yes she is working with me but don't tell anyone.

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#1510003 --- 11/28/17 05:20 AM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: newsman38]
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Registered: 09/29/17
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The chamber is not located at Red Jacket Park. It is located on Rte 14A next to Phelps Sun Gas.

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#1510028 --- 11/28/17 03:48 PM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: Spenson1981]
helpme Offline
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Originally Posted By: Spenson1981
The chamber is not located at Red Jacket Park. It is located on Rte 14A next to Phelps Sun Gas.
No one every claimed it was at Red Jacket Park, the Finger Lakes Tourist Agency is illegality located at the Park.

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#1510064 --- 11/29/17 09:08 AM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: helpme]
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"No one every claimed it was at Red Jacket Park, the Finger Lakes Tourist Agency is illegality located at the Park."

illegality ????
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#1510083 --- 11/29/17 05:17 PM Re: Chamber leader leaves unexpectedly, authorities investigating [Re: Curmudgeon]
helpme Offline
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Originally Posted By: Curmudgeon
"No one every claimed it was at Red Jacket Park, the Finger Lakes Tourist Agency is illegality located at the Park."

illegality ????
Yes forbidden by law because it's a non park use, like what is going on behind Birkett Mills on Parkland.

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