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Weekend in review

Dec 29, 2014 5:42 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., Dec. 26 through Mon., Dec. 29:

Arthur Cusano is reporting in The Daily Mail Greene County has failed to turn over to the state more than $66,000 worth of property abandoned for more than three years, according to a report released by the New York State Comptroller's Office Sun., Dec. 28. In a letter to Greene County Treasurer Peter Markou earlier this month, the Comptroller's Office provided a list of 18 properties that should have been handed over in accordance with the state's abandoned property law. In an interview with the paper, Markou acknowledged the properties had not been turned over as required. He said the issue is now being addressed. The Treasurer's Office has begun the process of contacting the parties involved in each case. Markou said many of the 18 properties cited by the Comptroller's Office are still in litigation.

Siobhan (shiv-ON) Barton reported in the Register Star plans for a group of new apartment buildings on the east side of Joslen Boulevard were presented to the Greenport Planning Board, Tues., Dec. 23. The project is an extension of Joslen Commons, the senior living facility located at 540 Joslen Blvd. The plan calls for the construction of six, two-story apartment buildings and would be called Joslen Commons Luxury. Plans for the development of a 66-unit facility on the other side of Joslen Boulevard are currently before the Planning Board, as well. The Greenport Gardens proposal would provide housing to mental health consumers, in addition to affordable housing for county residents.

The Daily Mail reported a New York City woman died Sun., Dec. 28, after falling from a chairlift at the Hunter Mountain ski resort, according to the state police. The 44-year-old resident of Brooklyn died at approximately 2 p.m. The accident is under investigation.

Chelsea Diana is reporting in the Albany Business Review as of Jan. 1, it will be illegal in New York state to throw away electronics, including computers, video game consoles, flat-screen TVs, with the normal trash or recycling. The final part of New York’s 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect Thursday, making it illegal for consumers to throw “e-waste” away. Heavy metals, acids and other hazardous materials will be kept out of the soil and drinking water if folks take their used e-waste to an electronics recycler. Violators will be charged a $100 fine for each infraction.

Matthew Hamilton reported at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sent a letter Fri., Dec. 26, to the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Facility Location Board urging it to consider awarding a fourth casino license, this one for the Southern Tier. Because only three licenses were recommended by the board earlier this month, an additional license could go to another proposal. The letter comes after the Cuomo administration announced Dec. 17 a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, which would have helped the Southern Tier economically. Criticism ran high that the economically-depressed Southern Tier was being ignored as part of the governor’s efforts to transform Upstate New York. Cuomo said in the letter he would hope that opening up another license would renew and invigorate other developers to step forward with proposals.
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