Farm law draft gets support

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The town board didn’t hesitate Wednesday night to support the final draft of grape grower

Chris Verrill’s proposed “Right to Farm Law.”

Verrill, a planning board member who suggested such legislation several months ago, couldn’t attend

the board’s meeting that night, so he missed hearing Supervisor David Dresser commend his and Town

Attorney Steven Getman’s efforts to protect local farmers’ interests.

Dresser and board members had been contacted by numerous residents concerned that the original

draft might leave a loophole for puppy mill operators. A paragraph in the new version specifically

excludes protection for dog and cat operations and bars the law from being broadened to mean that.

The board will appoint a three-member Farmland Dispute Resolution Committee to mediate issues

involving farmers. It will consist of a local farmer; a resident not associated with farming; and a resident

and an alternate nominated jointly by the Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension executive

director and the Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation district manager.

There will be a public hearing on the Right to Farm Law at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Dresser planned to have the

law posted at www.townof ovid.com within the next few weeks.

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Steven Getman Attorney Franklin & Gabriel Law Office

Steven Getman County Assigned Counsel, 2008-2011

Steven Getman Seneca County Stop-DWI Coordinator, 2007

Steven Getman Seneca County Attorney, 2002-2007

Steven Getman Seneca County DSS Attorney, 1995-2001

Steven Getman Attorney Midey & Swinehart, 1995-2001

Steven Getman Seneca County Public Defender, 1995

Steven Getman Seneca County Law Guardian Panel, 1992-1995

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