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Posted on March 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Recently the Town of Webster published a new town-wide map called “Preserved Lands in the Town of Webster”. The map shows six different categories of preserved lands that Webster has.
Total = 3,129.85 acres currently preserved
The Town has hung these new maps inside the Town Hall and the Town Board Meeting Room inside the Justice Courts building. In May we will publish the map in the Town Times for all residents to look at.
Open Space is always a hot topic, and I wanted to make our residents aware of exactly what your Town Board has done over the past 20 years to preserve lands in Webster for future generations. I often hear that the Town Board is not saving enough green space, but you cannot make that statement unless you understand how much the Town of Webster already has.
More lands than not are currently being offered for sale in Webster for one very simple reason and that is the $ 40.56 per thousand combined tax rate amongst the Webster Town Board, Webster Central School District and Monroe County. This tax rate is up exactly $ 1.00 per thousand over last year or up $ 191.00 on the average assessed home in the Town of Webster. Last year the Town of Webster went up $ .06 cents per thousand, Monroe County went up $ .46 cents per thousand and the Webster School District went up $ .48 cents per thousand which equals your $ 1.00 per thousand increases on your tax bill for 2019.
Now the reason open space owners are selling their lands is the very simple fact they cannot afford to pay $40.56 per thousand assessed on land just sitting there for others to look at and enjoy. How many of us could afford to pay a tax bill each year on land that is just sitting there? I for one could not do that along with my other monthly commitments, could you?
Please do not fool yourselves in to thinking that a new Comprehensive Plan is going to save green space in town. If someone feels they cannot afford their land, no Comprehensive Plan is going to stop them from selling regardless of the zoning, etc., because if you cannot afford it, you cannot afford it. How many are going to disagree with the fact that the three combined tax rates in the Town of Webster are just too high for the average homeowner and anyone who owns open space in town?
The only way Webster can again save a lot of green space is to again bond up to $5 million to purchase what available lands we could purchase at a discounted land value rate and also raise town taxes in doing so.
For example, the former Webster Lumber yard has 70 acres of land for sale. I have called and they want $4.9 million for the property. So my question to the Webster community is are you willing to bond and raise taxes in town to own this piece of land?
The Town of Webster will continue to seek and obtain Open Space like we did this year with the no cost acquisition of North Ponds Park from New York State and the 80 acres of Open Space given to the town at Salt Road and State Road by a developer in that area. We will also continue to use cluster development as a tool to bring extra parklands to developments in town as they are developed for enjoyment of residents living in that subdivision.
The Town of Webster has a direct link to the Open Space map on the website. The link is:
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on March 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
There was a news story recently regarding the experience level needed to be a Town or Village Judge. The premise was that no experience is needed for this elected position, and that lack of knowledge can lead to misconduct. I felt it would be prudent to show our residents the vast legal experience and knowledge our Webster Town Justices have, which makes them more than qualified to hold their elected seats. Webster has two elected Town Justices in the Hon. Thomas DiSalvo and the Hon. David Corretore.
All non-lawyer Town Justices are required to take initial training before taking the bench. All Town Justices must complete a minimum of 12-hours of yearly training. For Webster, both of our Town Justices are practicing attorneys with law degrees. Much of what they do in private practice mirrors the same type of cases that are before them in Town Court.
Many residents may not be aware of what our Town Judges are responsible for on a day-to-day basis. The Town Judges handle misdemeanors through a bench or jury trial, and felonies through preliminary hearing or presentation to grand jury. In fact, anyone arrested in Webster from felonies and misdemeanors, to town code violations are brought before our Town Judges. Other responsibilities include:
- Make determinations for setting bail or releasing someone
- Sentencing people, ranging from unconditional discharge to one year in jail
- Issuing orders of protection
- Sending people to drug court, veteran's court or mental health court
- Dealing with violations of conditional discharges or probation
- Presiding over landlord/tenant and small claims cases, and Town Code violations
- Handle arraignments, at all hours, including nights, weekends and holidays
- Conduct weddings
Getting to know your Town Justices:
Judge David Corretore
Judge Corretore has been a Town Justice for 31 years, beginning in 1988, and has presided in over 85,000 cases. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. He was admitted to Practice Law in NY State Courts in 1983, and a year later he was admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court (Northern District of NY). Judge Corretore has been a practicing attorney in the Village of Webster since 1985. He is a member of the Magistrates' Association for Monroe County and New York State. Over the years he has also served as an Acting Rochester City Court Judge and an Acting Irondequoit Town Justice. As a Webster Town Judge, he has conducted over 1,000 weddings!
Judge Thomas DiSalvo
Judge DiSalvo has been a Town Justice for 18 years, beginning in 2001. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. Since February 1983, Judge DiSalvo has been in the General Practice of Law which involves trials and appeals of misdemeanors, felonies and civil matters, along with real estate, family law, wills and estates. He was an Adjunct Faculty member at R.I.T. from 1981 - 1991 where he served as an Instructor of Business Law. In Webster, he served as a Conservation Board Member from 1993-1995, and as Webster Deputy Town Attorney from 1995 - 2001. Judge DiSalvo is a member of the Monroe County Magistrates Association, where he is currently a Trustee, as well as, Past President. He is also a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. Additionally, Judge DiSalvo has numerous published Legal Decisions in the NY State Reporting System and many published articles.
Residents can be rest assured that the court system in Webster is run by two very experienced and knowledgeable Town Justices. Both of our Town Justices are attorneys that are admitted to practice law in New York State. Our community is well served by Judge Corretore and Judge DiSalvo, and I appreciate their dedication to their elected positions, and to our Webster residents.
If you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on February 5, 2019 at 2:24 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
In a very informed article this week in the Democrat and Chronicle, Mary Chao writes about how the millennial class has chosen Webster as one of the top places to reside from 2013 to 2018. According to the article, millennial now represent the largest block of homebuyers in the county according to the National Association of Realtors.
It is not surprising to me that Webster leads the pack in this area with all that Webster has to offer minnennial’s in their quest to find housing. First and foremost is our outstanding Webster Central School District.
Next, we have Open Space in Webster that compiles of 1,500 acres that will never be developed, Webster Park and its 532 acres of park land, 28 miles of trails, throughout the town, and many Park Districts that belong to sub-divisions in town for their resident’s enjoyment.
Webster is also known as Sports Illustrated “Sports Town USA” from years back, and has certainly carried on the tradition with a first class Soccer Tournament over Father’s Day weekend. Also, we have girls and boys WAA baseball, first class events at the Webster Aquatic Center and Field House, a Waterfront Art Festival in July, and our own annual Summer Celebration in June. We also have many summer activities, and in the Village the event that comes to mind is the Jazz Festivals that fills Main Street with residents on a summer night.
Webster also offers as a plus to the community with our own Webster Police Department that does an outstanding job patrolling the Town and Village. We offer a wonderful Parks and Recreation operation that has a variety of programs for the very little right up to our famous senior program. We have a 40,000 square foot Library that offers countless programs for residents of every age, and a Highway Department that keeps our roads clear and drainage flowing.
For years the Town of Webster has offered many different styles and price ranges for housing within the town. We have a varied cross section of housing that will meet almost everyone’s needs from single family homes, to townhouses, to patio homes, to apartments, to upscale apartments, empty nester homes, senior housing, homes over looking Irondequoit Bay or Lake Ontario and subsidized housing.
The Town of Webster, the Village of Webster, the Webster Central School District, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Village Business Improvement District work together to promote both the Town and Village of Webster. This unique collaboration helps in bringing new residents and business to town to enjoy the outstanding qualities of Webster which sits on two bodies of water not found in many areas of the country.
We welcome millennials and hope that everyone continues to find that Webster is a pleasant, friendly, inviting, community that provides all of your needs; whether that is in the way of schooling, shopping, recreation, parks, trails, open space, lake and bay access, or just the warm and friendly atmosphere of being a part of, “Where Life is Worth Living.”