About

Geneva Believer is an independent news source for the City of Geneva, NY.

Geneva Believer strives to provide a consistent public forum devoted to unflinching examination of the threads in the fabric of our city that may be frayed or broken and in need of repair.

Geneva Believer is always looking for writers who wish to tell a story about Geneva. I also welcome ideas for news stories, comments, complaints, tips, and questions. Please visit the Contact page to connect with Geneva Believer.

About the Editor:

My name is Jim Meaney, and I’m the founder and editor of Geneva Believer, an independent citizen watchdog news outlet in Geneva since July 2016. Utilizing FOIL requests, publicly available information, and both named and anonymous sources, Geneva Believer has investigated and spotlighted numerous examples of misconduct, conflicts of interest, and environmental and social injustices throughout the city of Geneva.

Geneva Believer’s in-depth coverage of the Geneva Foundry environmental disaster, Geneva Police Department, the Geneva Community Compact, the city manager search, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Lakefront Park, the City’s budget process, and other issues has spurred public involvement and discussions of transparency at a level rarely experienced in Geneva, and helped to spark actual legislative and policy changes in the city.

In 2013, I founded “Geneva Night Out,” a monthly downtown event that brought together business owners and hundreds of artists for the next three years. Geneva Night Out received a Tourism Legacy Award for Community Partnership from the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection in 2016.

I prompted City Council to rename a downtown street after legendary jazz bassist and Geneva native Scott LaFaro in 2014, and founded the annual “Scott LaFaro Day” celebration, which has since brought some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians to the Smith Opera House to perform and honor LaFaro.

I’m a believer in Geneva.