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NORTH EAST — The Town Board held a lengthy discussion at its last board meeting, on Thursday, Nov. 8. The talk had to do with a recently-passed solar law, Local Law No. 3 of 2018, and if the town should allow payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for solar facilities entitled to senior exemptions. PILOTs require payments be made to the taxing municipality in lieu of taxes.

Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky said he reviewed the law with the town assessor and prepared for it to be sent to the town clerk.

“The only issue to discuss is who provides notice to property...

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Engines warm for open house at Town Hall

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board will hold an open house on Saturday, Sept 24, so taxpayers can learn about a truck it intends to purchase for the Highway Department.

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Battle of the books

The NorthEast-Millerton Library held its Battle of the Books on Saturday, Sept. 10. Participants competed to answer book trivia questions based on specific books they have read. Agnes Galvin, left, and Cordelia Schiller were the smallest team of the 25 participating. They made it to the third round. The team from Beekman came in first overall. Everyone who participated reported they had a great time and is looking forward to next year’s battle.

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The stars and stripes

MILLERTON — On Sunday, Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Slater family transformed their front lawn into a giant American flag. The Slaters originally painted their lawn as an American flag on Sept. 11, 2001, when they were unable to find an American flag in the stores. Tim Slater said that honoring the events of Sept. 11 is important because of the American unity it created. “Communities drew closer together after it happened,” he said.

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Michaud hurls accusations against town supervisor

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NORTH EAST — Sometimes the most compelling part of a Town Board meeting is the public comments, when members of the community have a chance to stand up and speak about what’s on their minds. Such was the case at the North East Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Resident Pamela Michaud stood and addressed the board with comments, some of which perhaps would have been more appropriately addressed to the chairman of the North East Democratic Party. Nonetheless, the board allowed her to proceed with her full statement.
She began dramatically.

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Citizens welcome to check out town truck

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NORTH EAST — In a somewhat unusual move, the Town Board decided to invite the public to an open house on Saturday, Sept 24, to learn more about a truck it intends to purchase for the Highway Department.
The idea was proposed by town Supervisor Dave Sherman, who said he wanted to give taxpayers the opportunity to see where their dollars wind up and to understand why the purchase of a municipal vehicle can be so costly.

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Planning Board gives OK to lot line adjustment

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NORTH EAST — Sometimes applications that come before the Planning Board are nice and simple. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, that was exactly the case with resident Ralph Fedele’s proposed lot line adjustment.
Fedele wanted to tweak the boundaries of his driveway, off Route 199, to allow for another vehicle to fit, as well as a small garden. Currently the driveway allows for two cars. The property borders that of resident Robert Trotta, who was willing to do an “equal exchange,” according to Fedele.

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Reval defended by assessor

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NORTH EAST — Town Assessor Katherine Johnson had no easy task before her on Thursday, Sept. 8, while making a presentation at the North East Town Board meeting on the recent townwide reassessment.
A number of taxpayers have expressed anger since the reval as their property values have risen sharply, which has been compounded by the fact that distribution of school taxes from the North East (Webutuck) Central School District has changed following the reassessment.

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Striking gold

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MILLERTON — Due to the uncertainty in the stock market and the foreign exchange markets, gold remains in the news these days for its record-setting highs and roller-coaster values.
Accredited jewelry professional Betsy Trotta-Saunders, owner of Elizabeth’s Jewelry and Fine Gifts in Millerton, said that the strong value in gold has resulted in more Americans selling their gold jewelry than ever before.
“People feel safe putting their money in gold,” said Trotta-Saunders. “There is no doubt that now is a good time to sell.”

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Go-carts stalled by applicant

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board’s business meeting of Thursday, Sept. 8, was both busy and well attended. The crowd was in part due to the anticipated discussion about rezoning the Boulevard District on Route 44 East to allow for a go-cart track, a request that has repeatedly come before the board without success.

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Public hearing held for long-standing lot-line application

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NORTH EAST — Janet and William Kalba, residents of the town of North East, appeared before the Planning Board on Wednesday, Aug. 24, for a public hearing on their lot-line adjustment application. Their request applies to the Kalbas’ residence and surrounding property at 39 Bud Lane; it’s a matter they’ve been pursuing on and off for decades, according to Janet Kalba.
“[Highway Superintendent] Robert Stevens has been to our road several times already,” said Janet Kalba. “This has a history of 50 years.”

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