Sunday, October 21, 2018

Meetings of Interest in the Week Ahead

The HDC meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled, but, for the devoted meeting goer, there is still much to do in the coming days.
  • On Monday, October 22, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Economic Development Committee meets at 5:00 at 401 State Street. Featured at the meeting will be a presentation by Adam Zaranko, executive director of the Albany County Land Bank and president of the New York State Land Bank Association. The announcement of this presentation reads in part: "In 2011, New York State enacted legislation providing local leaders with a chance to create land banks, providing communities a power tool to help reinvent and revitalize neighborhoods. . . . Technically, land banks are government-created nonprofit corporations that are focused on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties into productive use. In essence, land banks are designed to acquire and maintain problem properties and then transfer them back to responsible ownership and productive use in accordance with local land use goals and priorities. . . ." To read an article about how land banks have worked in Albany, click here.  
  • Also on Monday, October 22, the Common Council Fire Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. and the Common Council Police Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. No agenda is available for either meeting. Both meetings take place at the Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street.
  • On Tuesday, October 23, the Tourism Board meets at 5:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue.
  • Also on Tuesday, October 23, the Greenport Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Greenport Town Hall. Gossips has been following two project now before the Greenport Planning Board: East Light Partners' proposal to site a solar array on land adjacent to the grounds of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House; and the proposal to construct a new retail center at the current location of McDonald's on Fairview Avenue, a project that originally involved the demolition of the Gothic Revival house known as "The Pines." According to the agenda for the meeting, new plans have been submitted for both projects.
  • On Wednesday, October 24, the Common Council Legal Committee meets at 6:15 p.m. No agenda  is available for this meeting, and it is not known where it will take place. The Legal Committee typically meets at City Hall, but it has been suggested that because Alderman Tiffany Garriga, still recovering from a seriously broken ankle, is a member of the committee, that meeting will be held at an ADA compliant site. A change of venue for this meeting, however, has not been announced.
  • On Thursday, October 25, the Know Your Rights Tour will be at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by OutHudson and New York State, the session is an opportunity to learn more about current protections for the LGBTQ community under New York State's Human Rights Law, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and other regulations provided by state government, and to learn about resources available to those whose rights are violated. Cookies will be served, courtesy of Trixie's Oven.
  • On Friday, October 26, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall. No agenda for the meeting is as yet available.

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