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Greene Co. Sheriff's Dept. looking for a place to shoot

Aug 21, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Greene County Sheriff's Department is looking into the idea of restoring the county's former firearms training site in Cairo. Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky discussed the proposal with lawmakers at the August meeting of the Legislature's Public Safety Committee as the controversy over allowing law enforcement training at the Sheepdog Warrior Shooting Range in Catskill continues. The county sheriff's office was among the departments that used the range, located on Haines Road, before town Code Enforcement Officer Elliott Fishman cited the facility for a violation nearly two years ago. Sheepdog was approved for a special-use permit in early 2017 as a membership club, which permitted shooting as a recreational activity. The zoning board decided in March 2019 that law enforcement training does not qualify as a recreational use. Sheepdog owner Rivenburg has challenged the town's decision in court, and the matter is ongoing. Sheriff’s officers used to train on Volunteer Drive in Cairo, Kusminsky said. “When the solar farm was installed there it was an issue,” he said. “We would have to build a berm quite a bit higher to avoid striking a solar panel.” Kusminsky told lawmakers at the committee meeting that his department is exploring the option of a capital project to pay for the rehabilitation of the Cairo range. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.
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