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Report: County demands $114,000 from CEDC

Oct 09, 2014 1:25 pm
[Updated: Fri., Oct. 10]
Arthur Cusano in the Register-Star reports that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan, R-Kinderhook, wrote a letter to the Columbia Economic Development Corporation demanding $114,000 from the CEDC for money spent in 1997 on a 33-acre property they planned to sell to Ginsberg's Foods for an expansion center on the Ghent/Claverack border. The CEDC board of directors voted in August to sell that land, located across from Gerald R. Simons Industrial Park, on Route 66, to the food distributor, reportedly for $1. The land is partially located in Claverack and Ghent. According to the new report, the letter was disclosed Oct. 8 at an "emergency" CEDC meeting by board member Greg Fingar. "After the issue was discussed the CEDC members immediately went into executive session to discuss an unspecified personnel matter," Cusano wrote on Oct. 8. Read the full story in the Register-Star.