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Weekend in review

Nov 24, 2014 6:46 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Nov. 21 through Mon., Nov. 24:

Ariel Zangla reported in The Daily Freeman Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh announced last week he is stepping down from his leadership position due to his health. He has been battling cancer since December. His resignation as the Legislature's chairman is effective Jan. 5. Greenville Republican Kevin Lewis will assume the chairmanship. He has been serving as acting chairman since January. Speenburgh, also a Republican, will continue to represent Coxsackie in the Legislature. Legislator William Lawrence of Cairo will succeed Lewis as majority leader. Speenburgh, 70, has served on the county Legislature since 2004. He has served as its chairman since 2007. Editor's note: Lawrence is a WGXC programmer.

Ariel Zangla reported in The Daily Freeman Greene County property owners can expect rebate checks from New York state next year because the 2015 county tax levy increase falls within the state tax limit, according to County Administrator Shaun Groden. The amount of the rebates are unknown. On Nov. 19 the county Legislature adopted a $105 million spending plan for the coming year, which includes a 2.16 percent increase in spending and a 3.55 percent increase in the tax levy. The county is projecting a $28 million hike in sales tax revenues in 2015, $1.4 million more than what is expected this year.

Diane Valden reported in the Columbia Paper the Copake Town Board has unanimously appointed Jeffrey Judd as the fifth and newest member of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Judd was chosen over three other candidates, including Adam Reznikoff, the ZBA's recommended choice. Judd is an attorney with a practice in New York City. In September, the ZBA deadlocked two-to-two on whether to approve a special permit for the $80-million Berkshire Mountain Club four-season resort project located at the base of the Catamount Ski Area. At the time of the vote, the five-member board was down by one person due to a death. Project developers proposed building a hotel and time-share with 153 residential units (256 beds) in three-phases over 10 years.

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