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Catskill village officials give thumbs up to demolition of historic jail, sheriff's office

Feb 28, 2020 3:00 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Catskill village officials February 26, agreed to the demolition of the former Greene County Jail and sheriff's office. Although the property is owned by the county, because it is located within the village, board action was helpful. “The county was asking for our OK to demolish the building the county owns already without going through more hoops,” Trustee Joseph Kozloski said. Village President Vincent Seeley, trustees Kozlowski, Natasha Law and Peter Grasse Jr. voted "yes" on the resolution; Gregory Smith abstained. Some residents were critical of the board’s willingness to go along with the county plan. “The village doesn’t have to agree with the county,” Catskill resident Hudson Talbott said. “...They were signing something they didn’t have to sign...It felt like bullying to me. It felt like the county was bullying the village.” The final decision on what to do with the buildings and the property rests with the county, Seeley said. “It’s not our building,” Law said. "Who are we to tell them what to do with their property? That’s like me telling my neighbor they cannot knock down their old garage and build a new one...,” she said. The county has explored a few options for the parcel, including two parking lot designs with either 23 or 41 spots, carrying an estimated price tag of $1.33 to $1.9 million. Greene County Treasurer Peter Markou said the state Office of Court Administration has expressed interest in developing additional office space on the property. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.
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