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Sedita delays decision on Chautauqua Amphitheater

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It's going to be another week to fight over the future of Chautauqua Institution's landmark Amphitheater. New State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita wants to talk to some experts before handing down a decision in the controversial case.

Sedita spent decades as a prosecutor, working his way up to becoming a judge. Now, he's dealing with the Amphitheater case as opponents of the demolition and replacement fight that plan. He has to deal with environmental issues, state law and zoning rules. Yesterday, he set up a meeting with lawyers for the two-sides tomorrow in his chambers and there will be another court hearing next week.

"This is getting to be a very technical discussion on application of zoning laws and definitions," said Institution Chief Marketing Officer George Murphy.
"So, he wants to spend a little bit more time with some experts, is what he said. So, there's a preliminary meeting on Wednesday and then he'll set, hopefully, another meeting in public early next week."

Murphy says the delay will cost a little money but further delays might cost a lot of money. Opponents say they are looking forward to the process.