Sunday, September 3, 2017

An Appeal for a Church Building

Back in July, Ed Cross, pastor of the Endless Love Temple and for two decades the Second Ward supervisor, appealed to the Common Council for help. The building where the church worships--a building the church does not own but has rented for the past eight years--had been seized by the City for nonpayment of taxes.

Cross wanted to work out a deal with the City, whereby the church would enter into an installment agreement to pay the $35,000 owed in back taxes and take ownership of the building. The law, which makes every effort to keep people from losing their property through tax foreclosure, does not permit a nonowner of a property to enter into such an agreement, and the owner of the property decided to give it to the church only after the time for redeeming it had already passed.

That was in mid-July. The building is expected to be sold at auction sometime in October. Now, with only about a month left before the auction, Dan Udell has stepped in to help by initiating a GoFundMe campaign to raise $4,000--the amount required to bid in the auction (10 percent of the amount owed in back taxes) plus expenses. Udell and his wife, Mary, will also be hosting a poolside party at their home in Taghkanic next Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., as a fundraiser for the church. Call 518 851-7044 for more information about that event.


  1. Thanks for this Carole. One question potential donors might have is what happens to the donations if Rev. Cross is not the highest bidder at auction? Are the donations refunded?

    1. I don't know. That's a question for Dan Udell and Ed Cross. Another question that has occurred to me is, if he does succeed in buying the building at auction, where will the rest of the money come from.

  2. I heard it was a done deal. Galloway
    way going to buy the building ,and rent it to Ed. Well that would make it a legitimate NO TAX PROPERTY.