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#1516204 --- 06/30/18 10:03 AM ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react
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‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react

Published: 06/30/2018 @ 10:21 am | Updated: 06/30/2018 @ 10:28 am
Seneca County Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor has been placed on paid, administrative leave, according to County Manager John Sheppard.

While it’s unclear what prompted the administrative leave – County Manager Sheppard said in that email notification to the board – that it was ‘pending’ an internal investigation.

In the meantime, 911 Operations Director Brandi Godley and Deputy Emergency Management Director Tony DiGiovanni will fill in during Taylor’s absence.

County Manager Sheppard confirmed an investigation, but did not detail the circumstances that led up to the paid leave.
The following statement was released by the County Manager on behalf of Seneca County:

“County Manager, John Sheppard, placed The Director of the Emergency Management Office, Melissa Taylor, on paid, administrative leave pending an investigation.”

Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti said she would like to have known more about the details leading up to the paid leave, before it reached this point. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” she said on Saturday, pointing out that this entire investigation has picked up out of nowhere.

“Director Taylor has done nothing but good things for our County. She has secured many grants that have brought in a lot of dollars and she has done a good job getting 911 back on track,” she added. “This is unfair treatment of someone who has done a great job for us,” she concluded on Saturday.

Varick Town Supervisor Robert Hayssen said these circumstances will make Seneca County look bad in the long-term. “We will be the laughing stock of the Finger Lakes,” he said in an email addressed to the rest of the board, obtained by FingerLakes1.com. “This is County Government … not a military operation … not a dictatorship,” he said. “It is supposed to be open government. We have lost that, sadly.”

Supervisor Hayssen went on in that email to suggest that the ‘wrong person’ was escorted out of the County Office Building, and asserted that the investigation into Director Taylor were connected to the Finance Department.

The recently-formed department has drawn harsh criticism from multiple supervisors – on both political sides. “It is time to bring the First Amendment back to Seneca County Government and to employees of Seneca County,” Supervisor Hayssen continued. He then asked the board clerk to forward his email to all department heads – instructing them that he would personally protect their First Amendment rights. “I hope the Board of Supervisors meeting is packed on July 10th,” he continued. “I hope the parking lot is full of fire trucks.”

He called it a ‘sad day’ for Seneca County, as this issue becomes the latest to stir controversy in the Finger Lakes.

Director Taylor was recently featured on Inside the FLX discussing her department, and efforts put forward over the last two years. Listen to that conversation below.

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#1516205 --- 06/30/18 10:26 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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Seems like the County Supervisors are more interested in politics than letting the County Manager do his job.

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#1516207 --- 06/30/18 09:39 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: MCK]
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Is he doing his job? There are a lot of problems in the Finance Office that he doesn't seem to be addressing.
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#1516219 --- 07/01/18 10:07 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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Originally Posted By: all seeing eye
Is he doing his job? There are a lot of problems in the Finance Office that he doesn't seem to be addressing.
OK Ms. Know-it-all, give us a hint instead of making such an open statement. Give us a detailed list of these supposed problems.
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#1516222 --- 07/01/18 01:04 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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sc... spend some time doing research... you would know all seeing is correct!!! Besides, we know what happens to people who speak against the finance department.

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#1516223 --- 07/01/18 04:14 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: Interested Party]
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More baloney from the Lorenzetti cheerleaders. all-seeing eye has been wrong 99.9999999999999999% of the time. Most of the time she can't even write a sentence.

If you're so smart, who's doing the investigation ?


Edited by scwoodchuck (07/01/18 04:22 PM)
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#1516224 --- 07/01/18 05:41 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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Apparently, Mr. Sheppard is doing it, personally.

PS, how's the daycare coming? When will it open?


Originally Posted By: scwoodchuck
More baloney from the Lorenzetti cheerleaders. all-seeing eye has been wrong 99.9999999999999999% of the time. Most of the time she can't even write a sentence.

If you're so smart, who's doing the investigation ?
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#1516225 --- 07/01/18 06:17 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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Incredible how, once again, the access to funds is too much of a temptation.

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#1516232 --- 07/01/18 08:37 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: Here's Johnny]
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Actually, from what I hear, the problem is not "finances," it is the Finance Office.
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#1516233 --- 07/01/18 09:03 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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WOW ! You have really gone over the edge on this one.
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#1516234 --- 07/01/18 10:05 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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What?

There are numerous reports of the Water and Sewer financials being in disarray. In fact, at the last committee meeting, one of the supervisors reported that NO INCOME had been posted to any of the water and sewer accounts all year. Why would you think that other departments AND the entire county financial records are not being similarly messed up?

To my knowledge, there is no evidence that the investigation is about any financial mismanagement in the Emergency Management office. If there were....the County Manager should call in the State Attorney General or Comptroller or Sheriff Luce. The County Manager does not qualify to conduct a financial investigation.

SOOOOOOO.....

The fact he is handling it personally means there is something else going on.


Edited by all seeing eye (07/01/18 11:34 PM)
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#1516239 --- 07/02/18 07:05 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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EXACTLY
So explain how, in your mind, it's the county manager's fault or the new finance department's fault for something that has been going on for decades ?
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#1516240 --- 07/02/18 08:55 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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I am talking about what is happening NOW, not what happened for decades.

The water and sewer income has not been posted in the County financial records. That is the responsibility of the current administration.


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EXACTLY
So explain how, in your mind, it's the county manager's fault or the new finance department's fault for something that has been going on for decades ?
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#1516241 --- 07/02/18 11:05 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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Are you totally brain dead ? the county finance department just took over.
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#1516243 --- 07/02/18 01:15 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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They started handling the books in 2017.

But how long do you think we should give them to enter the income into the books. It is now 6 months.

"I'm new at the job," has to stop sometime.
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#1516256 --- 07/02/18 09:01 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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That was just an example of the problem with the FD.

I mention Water and Sewer as it comes up at every board and committee meeting, with the BOS commenting on problems with the timeliness and accuracy of the billings and last week the lack of any income for 2018.

No other financial information is available to the public or discussed. That doesn't mean it is correct.

But you are right, let's get back to the topic. Why was an extremely competent employee placed on administrative leave?

In fact, the front page story on today's Finger Lakes Times was about another achievement by Melissa, that would allow the county to get more grant money:

Seneca County All Hazards Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA

By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com 13 hrs ago 0

WATERLOO — The Federal Emergency Management Agency — better known as FEMA — has approved Seneca County’s All Hazards Mitigation Plan.

County Emergency Management Director Melissa Taylor announced the approval, noting the next and final step is for all jurisdictions in the county to adopt the approved plan.

The plan can be viewed by visiting www.co.sene ca.ny.us/departments/saf ety-services/emergency- services/.

Taylor said a FEMA- approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects.

“Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and protect and lessening the impact of disasters,” Taylor said.

She said the Office of Emergency Management staff has been working on this project plan for several years, meeting with multiple agencies and jurisdictions and traveling throughout the county to determine hazards and funding to mitigate them.



Originally Posted By: scwoodchuck
Originally Posted By: all seeing eye
They started handling the books in 2017.

But how long do you think we should give them to enter the income into the books. It is now 6 months.

"I'm new at the job," has to stop sometime.

Keep in mind WHO is providing that information. wink There is a reason the county is making the change and that reason is because the water and sewer districts were a total mess. That MaryAnne lady has no idea what she's talking about. Matter of fact I think you are MaryAnne. By the way this thread is not about water and sewer.
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#1516279 --- 07/03/18 08:35 AM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: Interested Party]
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sc... spend some time doing research... you would know all seeing is correct!!! Besides, we know what happens to people who speak against the finance department.
You and all seeing eye have a problem with the county manager and will do anything to keep him from straighting out the counties problems. What could you two possibly gain by preventing the finance department from saving the tax payers money ?
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#1516293 --- 07/03/18 12:44 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: scwoodchuck]
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Time will tell who is correct, Chuck. You should really do some research instead of blindly following the CM.

PS, when does the del Lago daycare open?




Originally Posted By: scwoodchuck
Originally Posted By: Interested Party
sc... spend some time doing research... you would know all seeing is correct!!! Besides, we know what happens to people who speak against the finance department.
You and all seeing eye have a problem with the county manager and will do anything to keep him from straighting out the counties problems. What could you two possibly gain by preventing the finance department from saving the tax payers money ?
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#1516323 --- 07/03/18 04:01 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: all seeing eye]
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Ok Chuck... whatever you say.

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#1516324 --- 07/03/18 04:42 PM Re: ‘A SAD DAY’: Director Taylor on ‘paid leave’ in Seneca County, BOS members react [Re: Interested Party]
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Let me just say that I know more than you think and I am well aware of the games some people play. This situation was so predictable when you know the main players. There is a reason county managers don't last long in Seneca County.
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