Thursday, October 24, 2013


I will hold my 3rd Annual Thank You Dinner for all Town of Verona Veterans and their families on Monday, November 11th from 5pm to 6pm at the Verona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6811 (4928 Spring Rd.) in Verona. 

“I have a deep respect for Veterans and thought this would be a nice way to thank them again,” said Scherz. “The last two years I’ve held this event, there was a nice turnout. It was pleasing to see Veterans of various ages attend, share their stories with each other, and even make some new friends.  Also, I want people to know that as with last two years I’ve held this dinner, no town funds are being used for it whatsoever as this is not a government-based event.  Rather, I am personally covering the cost because this is just something I thought would be nice to do.  In fact, my family looks forward to this annual event. So, if you’re a Veteran from the Town of Verona, I sure hope to see you and your family at my Thank You Dinner!”

While reservations are not mandatory, Veterans who plan on attending are asked to contact me at and/or (315) 363-3509 by November 9th so he can better plan on how much food to have. For more information on Fritz, go to:, Fritz’s Twitter feed at:, and/or his blog at: 

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Based on the increased amount of animal cruelty, I am hopeful the New York State Legislature will change animal cruelty laws.  I've created an on-line petition regarding such: and plan to submit it to the New York State Legislature by October 31, 2013.

“Sadly, animal cruelty has become increasingly prevalent in society,” said Scherz.  “Currently, in New York State animal cruelty is considered a violation of Ag and Markets Law. Because of this, any penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty are often minimal. I call on the New York State Legislature to change the laws on animal cruelty and have these violations covered by penal law. By doing so, it would be easier for law enforcement to prosecute these cases. Moreover, it would increase the penalties for repeat offenders and hopefully act as a deterrent. I know attempts have been made at strengthening animal cruelty laws. For example, Senator Griffo has sponsored a bipartisan bill calling for an animal abuse registry and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi has co-sponsored a bill that would remove animal cruelty violations from Ag and Markets Law and put them under the penal code, which is exactly what I’m hopeful of. I applaud both the Senator and Assemblyman for their common sense legislation and hope their colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support their efforts. I hope those that feel the way I do on this issue will consider signing my on-line petition. 

 For more information, go to: or email me at: 
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Monday, September 9, 2013


Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, has scheduled three more town hall-style meetings.  The first one will take place on Monday, September 23rd at 7pm at the New London Fire Hall, located on Cornell Street in Rome.  The next two meetings will take place on Monday, September 30th as follows: 7pm at the Verona Fire Hall, located at 5555 Volunteer Avenue in Verona and 8pm at the Durhamville Fire Hall, located at 5305 Church Street in Durhamville. 

“I’ve been holding these town hall-style meetings since I became councilman and have been pleased by the number of residents who attended and shared their concerns with me,” said Scherz.  “I wanted to offer another opportunity for residents of the Town of Verona to stop by and share with me informally any of their ideas, concerns, and/or questions. I realize it’s sometimes difficult for residents to attend the town board meetings, so this is just another way for me to reach out.  As with all the town hall-style meetings I've held, this is not a town board meeting, but rather an opportunity for residents to connect with me personally.  I’m honored to serve the residents of the Town and look forward to having some more informative conversations with them.”
For more information on Fritz and his town hall-style meetings, go to:, his Twitter feed at:, his blog at:, email him at: and/or call: (315) 363-3509. 

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