Board of Supervisors


Waterloo, New York (March 25, 2020) – Seneca County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Robert Hayssen is calling on residents of more populated areas of the state and country to avoid sheltering in Seneca County. The Governor of New York State has issued a State of Emergency and the Seneca County has done the same. Seneca County hosts people from around the Globe that want to visit the great area known as the Finger Lakes Region.

“We need to work together at this time to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus down,” said Hayssen. “As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Seneca County I am encouraging that vacation rentals temporarily postpone renting until we get past this pandemic.”

Seneca County has a limited number of healthcare resources and is not equipped for a broad spread of the virus.

Chairman Hayssen is also requesting that all second-home owners and short-term rental owners remove any short-term rental listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo and not rent their properties until the crisis has ended. Hundreds of letters have been sent to these property owners.

Seneca County joins Essex and other counties throughout the state who find themselves in a similar predicament and has called on the New York State of Association of Counties to play a greater role in getting support from New York State to enact stricter regulations related to vacation rentals and second homes. News articles in these communities can be viewed at:

Deborah Birx, the State Department doctor who is advising Vice President Mike Pence, said at a White House news conference on Tuesday. “Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to others.”

“I know this will be a hardship for those who must cancel reservations and lose important income. Some individuals depend on this income for maintaining the property and various other cost associated with short term rentals. We do not need people to possibly be quarantining themselves or not knowing they are infected until it is too late,” said Seneca County Manager Mitch Rowe.

At this time it is more important to protect all the individuals that can be associated with vacation rentals. Hopefully this industry will be helped or aided by the State or Federal Government minimize loss of revenue.

Contact: Robert Hayssen 315-549-7121.


The Seneca County Board of Supervisors, under Governor’s Executive Order No. 202.1, has suspended its regularly scheduled meetings. Meetings will be attended only by members of the Board of Supervisors and persons requested to attend in person.

The meetings will be live-streamed via YouTube for public viewing at this link:

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors and meetings of the Standing Committees are anticipated to be Tuesday, April 28, 2020