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Republicans in Greene County Legislature quarrel, delay vote on building spending until Nov. 20

Nov 17, 2023 1:03 am

Michael Ryan reports for the Mountain Eagle that Republicans in the Greene County Legislator quarreled over spending on a new building for lawyers and judges next to the County Courthouse in Catskill, delaying a vote to a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20. Public Safety Committee Chair Thomas Hobart, a Republican from Coxsackie, pulled four resolutions related to bids for construction of a new Justice Center. Hobart, and a few other Republicans, questioned whether the county needed to spend so much on the $28.5 million proposal. Hobart said, "We need to reconsider this fiscally, without pushing this on the people of Greene County for the next thirty years.” Then fellow Republican Legislator Patty Handel from Durham, who is also on the Public Safety Committee, said, “I believe it was very disrespectful of Tommy not to speak to other members of the committee before doing this. I feel sure he spoke to other people, but he did not speak to us.” Catskill Republican Legislators Matthew Luvera and Michael Bulich supported Hobart's blocking the vote on part of the proposal. Deputy County Administrator Warren Hart explained how the building had been designed. He said, “We went through the current staff, what they have and what they are lacking, and filled in a capacity for growth.” Legislative Chair Patrick Linger, a Republican from New Baltimore, said he was “not happy” that the resolutions were pulled, and said, “I think that should be a full board vote. If he wanted to gather the ‘no’ votes, that’s fine, but to pull it with no other plan to move forward is a copout.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.

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