Category Archives: Waterloo Village News

Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day


February 2, 2021

The Celebrate Commemorate event for 2021, has once again been postponed until May 2022.

This decision did not come lightly and was thoroughly vetted by the multiple public agencies whose permissions were required.

The May 30th Commemorative Memorial Day ceremonies will be allowed, with the appropriate COVID regulations in place at that time.

Given the uncertainty surrounding these types of large events for health reasons, it would be impossible to coordinate with all parties involved in a timely manner if this decision were to be delayed. 

The committee has been working for several months to organize and reimagine the 2021 event.  This group of volunteers deserves a heartfelt thank you for their efforts, not only now but for the past 20 years of family friendly events provided for the community.  

Every effort will be made to hold the solemn Commemoration on May 30th as has been the case for the past 153 years consecutively in Waterloo, NY the Birthplace of Memorial Day.  


Executive Order number 203, “The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative” requires all law enforcement agencies in New York State to develop a plan based upon input from the community. This Plan is “intended to help rebuild the confidence and restore the trust between the police and the community it serves by requiring localities to develop a new plan for policing in the community based on fact-finding and meaningful community input”.

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Ice Skating Rink Opens This Week!

The Ice Rink opens for the first time on Tuesday, January 26th.

(Located on Oak Street behind the Community Center)

Hours: (subject to change)

Weekdays: 1:30pm – Dusk

Saturdays/Sundays & school vacations: Noon – Dusk

*Ice rink will be supervised and will only be open during specified times.

Please keep in mind that it is a natural rink that is dependent on weather conditions for ice quality. The quality and safety of the ice is determined by weather factors, patron use/abuse and/or maintenance issues. OPEN signs will be posted when the ice rink is deemed safe and usable. You can also call us at 315-539-5309 for updated ice status. 

Ice Rink Rules:

  • Open to residents of Waterloo, Fayette, and Junius.
  • No hockey sticks, balls, pucks, or other misc. objects.
  • No food or drinks on the ice.
  • No smoking, vaping, alcohol, or offensive language.
  • No pets.

The use of the ice rink is at your own risk. By using this ice rink, participants are acknowledging that there are inherent risks involved in the activity of ice skating and are voluntarily assuming those risks.

The following health and safety protocols are required:

  • Wearing of face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose.
  • 6 feet social distancing at all times (except for family members).
  • Health screening form to be filled before use.
  • Temperature checks.

PRESS RELEASE Village of Waterloo

Waterloo, New York –The Village of Waterloo in partnership with Seneca County, has been leading an initiative to honor the brave service members who have received the distinguished Purple Heart Award with a new local Wall of Honor that recognizes this distinctive military honor. In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the Village is issuing another call for Purple Heart recipients (and their family members) to apply and be recognized at the May 2021 official dedication ceremony and have their name forever engraved on the living memorial in Lafayette Square.

Over the summer, the Purple Heart Wall of Honor was unveiled, and on May 30, 2021 it will be officially dedicated with a formal ceremony along with various Memorial Day events. “As Veterans Day reminds us to honor military veterans for what they have done for our freedom, we want to bring attention to our local service members who have earned this honor to ensure they are properly recognized and encourage all eligible honorees to apply.” said Mayor O’Connor.  

“The Wall of Honor in Lafayette Park is a fitting and lasting tribute to those service members who have been recognized as a Purple Heart Recipient.  We are all grateful for their service and commitment,” said Robert Hayssen, Chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. 

The Purple Heart was first instituted by George Washington in 1782 to honor bravery in action. The second and current iteration of the award, dating back to February 22, 1932, is to honor those killed or wounded in combat while serving their country. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration presented to our brave service members. 

To ensure a successful application, the Village is asking that the application be submitted by February 15, 2021, in person or by mail to the Waterloo Village Office at 41 West Main Street, Waterloo, NY 13165, or call (315)539-9131. This submission will provide applicants with eligibility for both the Waterloo, NY Purple Heart Wall of Honor as well as the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor The application is available at the Village office and can also be found on the Village of Waterloo’s website at:

To acquire any missing military documentation, contact the Seneca County Veterans Services Office at (315) 539-1651, or the National Personnel Records Center at (314) 801–0800, or at The standard Form 180 (SF180) is required to obtain military records and can be found at 

Architectural design concept for 38 Washington Street (former Moore’s Furniture).

The Village is collaborating with Cornell University to develop an architectural design concept for 38 Washington Street (former Moore’s Furniture). The Village and Cornell University students are soliciting feedback from Village residents to determine the mix of uses for the site. Everyone’s perspectives will be beneficial to produce a well-rounded concept. Please take 5-10 minutes to watch the video and fill out the survey below!

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Waterloo Community Center Newsletter

The Waterloo Community Center has been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  After careful deliberation, we are excited to announce that we are offering the following safe activities to the community: 

  • Adult Pickleball: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, beginning 10/28.
  • Adult Exercise Class instructed by Nancy Lee: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 

                1pm – 2pm, beginning 11/5.

  • Open gym for Walking: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 

10am – 12pm, beginning 10/26.

The following health and safety protocols are required to participate:

  • Wearing of face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose.
  • 6 feet social distancing at all times.
  • Washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer before and after activities.
  • Health screening form to be filled out upon entry to the facility.
  • No handshakes, high fives, or fist bumps.
  • No socializing before, after, or between games/activities.

Youth Update: 

  • The Center remains closed for open gym and other youth activities at this time
  • Per the Waterloo Community Center Youth Group’s recommendation, we will be purchasing 2 Xbox Series X consoles and a second Wide Screen TV. 

The Waterloo Community Center and Village of Waterloo will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 health crisis when deciding on future recreational activities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions or concerns please call Mike Slywka at 315-539-5309.