Seneca County Facts

Seneca County is at the heart of NY’s boutique wine industry, with 30 wineries.
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board members

Steven Brusso
Steven Brusso, a New York Registered Professional Engineer, is the Site Manager of Evans Chemetics LP, where he has worked for over 30 years. Over the years Evans Chemetics has been owned by a number of multi-national chemical companies, giving Mr. Brusso the international perspective and experience that is valuable in assisting companies that are expanding into a new location.
“Seneca County has all the ingredients for a successful business. A motivated and loyal workforce, with a strong work ethic and the ability to learn new skills. Available sites for immediate development, tied into an excellent transportation system. A small town quality of life just hours away from the major northeastern metropolitan areas.”
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G. Thomas Macinski
Vice Chair
G. Thomas Macinski is the co-owner and General Manager of Standing Stone Vineyards in Lodi, NY. In the past, he has held positions in International Procurement and Quality Management for a large international corporation.
“Standing Stone Vineyards chose to be on Seneca Lake not only because it is beautiful, but because it is the best place in New York State—and arguably the United States—to grow and make world-class Riesling.”
Stephen Wadhams
Stephen is the President & CEO of Wadhams Enterprises, responsible for the overall operational management of the business. He currently serves on the Advisory board of the Lyons Nation Bank branch in Seneca County and is a past board member of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce.
Erica Paolicelli
Erica is a General Manager and Partner of the Three Brothers Wineries & Estates; managing all aspects of the business operations. She currently serves on the Finer Lakes Alliance board, Geneva Community Projects board and the Seneca Lakes Wine Trail Association.
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Thomas L. Kime
Thomas joined Lyons National Bank as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004, bringing 30 years of strategic banking experience to the position. He currently serves on several community boards, including Finger Lakes Regional Health Care System, Inc., and is a past board member of the Independent Banker Associates of New York State.
“I believe Seneca County offers a unique set of opportunities and benefits to businesses looking for an advantageous location to establish or expand their company, benefits that range from economic incentives to outstanding natural resources and an improved quality of life.”
Valerie J. Bassett
Board Member
Valerie Bassett retired as director of the City of Geneva's Department of Economic Development after nearly 26 years in the economic development field. The first eight years were spent in Seneca County, the highlight of which was the siting of the MacArthur/Glen Outlet Center project, now Premium Outlets, in the Town of Junius. In Geneva, she worked on numerous projects, including Guardian Industries, the Ramada Hotel, and downtown revitalization projects that included the Hampton Inn and the Lyons National Bank block. She served for 12 years as a Town Of Covert board member; for 16 as a planning board member; and is currently on the board of Finger Lakes Fire & Casualty Company. She resides in Interlaken, overlooking beautiful Cayuga Lake!
It's about location! Seneca County is a short drive to Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca with their well-known universities and research institutions. It's at a literal crossroads of easily accessed highways that allow efficient travel. Fifty miles to your destination? It'll take an hour or less. Are you concerned about your employees liking the area? Seneca County's wineries, breweries, and distilleries are world-class. Its location on the two best-known of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, along with federal forestlands and a wildlife refuge, ensure endless recreational opportunities.
Don Trout
Board Member
Jeff Shipley
Board Member
President and CEO of Seneca County Chamber of Commerce
Menzo Case
Board Member
Generations Bank President and CEO, Menzo Case has an extensive record of service in the community. In addition to his responsibilities at Generations Bank, he holds leadership positions in many other community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Merry Go Round Playhouse, New York Chiropractic College and Women’s Right to Run.