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Weekend in review

Oct 07, 2013 6:41 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Oct. 4 to Oct. 7:

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman Catskill Town Board members were briefed on the STAR re-registration campaign by a representative of the state Office of Real Property during a recent meeting. The board was told the campaign was necessary because so many people have illegally claimed more than one property for assessment reductions. Property owners who have been receiving basic STAR exemptions should have received a letter with an identification number for their property. They will be required to use that number to re-register either on the state Web site at www.tax.ny.gov or by calling (518) 457-2036. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Merry Shiels reported in the Columbia Paper Columbia County Jail revenues have nearly doubled over the past year from boarding fees. According to a report recently presented to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee, as of August, the county received $600,000 for boarding out-of county inmates, versus approximately $319,000 for the same period in 2012. Lt. Thomas Lanphear of the county Sheriff’s Office explained inmate daily rates are $80 for Greene County, $90 for the U.S. Marshals Service and $85 for other counties. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

Michael Ryan reported in the Windham Journal on the details of the Lexington town ballot in November. In the town supervisor race, incumbent Democrat Dixie Baldrey, seeking a fourth term, is being challenged by Republican Donald Falke. Five candidates are vying for two open Town Board seats: Incumbent John Berger, GOP choices Bradley Jenkins and Anthony Glennon, and Democratic Party hopefuls Michael Barcone and Joe Cuesta. Incumbent Robert Basil, a town justice for more than 30 years, is seeking re-election. Basil, a Republican, will face Democratic challenger Allen Cross. Incumbent highway superintendent Frank Hermance is seeking re-election on the Republican line. He will be opposed by Democrat and political newcomer George Dart. And Democrat Alice Cross is running against incumbent Republican Emily Plishner for town clerk. Read the full story in the Windham Journal.

John Mason reported in the Register Star the city of Hudson is looking for a new assessor. Attorney Garth Slocum's term ended Sept. 30, but he was not reappointed by Mayor William H. Hallenbeck Jr. Hallenbeck said he is now in conversation with the New York Conference of Mayors and the state Office of Real Property Services to determine whether the city’s currently listed job qualifications are sound. The mayor said he is considering the possibility of asking GAR Associates, the firm that did the city's reval in 2011, to help during the interim. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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