Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Public Hearing in furtherance of providing certain additional flexibility to better undertake and develop the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY Poly Project...

LEGAL NOTICE

ONEIDA COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 31, 2017 PURSUANT TO SECTION 858(4) OF THE NEW YORK STATE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW AND SECTIONS 201-204 OF THE NEW YORK STATE EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEDURE LAW IN CONNECTION WITH THE MARCY NANOCENTER AT SUNY POLY PROJECT

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing, open to all persons, will be held on January 31, 2017 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Student Center Theatre, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502 (Parking in Lot B & C - visitor parking), Town of Marcy, Oneida County, New York, commencing at 10:00 a.m. by the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency (“OCIDA”), pursuant to Sections 201-204 of the New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law (“EDPL”) and Section 858(4) of the New York State General Municipal Law, to consider the proposed acquisition by condemnation of certain property, as hereinafter described, in furtherance of providing certain additional flexibility to better undertake and develop the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNY Poly Project, for the purpose of encouraging the location and expansion of industrial and manufacturing capacity, creating new and improved job opportunities, reducing unemployment and the betterment of individual and community prosperity within Oneida County (the “Project”).

The purposes of the public hearing are to review the public use to be served by the Project and the impact of the Project on the environment and residents of the locality where the Project is proposed to be constructed, pursuant to Article 2 of the EDPL, and to give all interested persons an opportunity to present oral or written statements and to submit other documents concerning the Project and the acquisition of property to be acquired.

The public purposes of the Project include: (1) encouraging the location and expansion of industrial and manufacturing capacity, (2) creating new and improved job opportunities, (3) reducing unemployment, (4) the betterment of individual and community prosperity within Oneida County and (5) facilitating the construction and/or installation of the Transmission Line described below.

To read the entire legal notice in pdf format, click here!


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Pursuing a city for the Town of New Hartford...

...is something that I would totally support because it's...um, you know, I think it's a way that is only going to get you more sales tax" according to County Legislator Jim D'Onofrio at the December 14, 2016 New Hartford town board meeting.

He continued, "Now it’s an uphill pull as we all know, but it can’t hurt to give it a shot."

Councilman Reynolds then asked of D'Onofrio, “And if we get more sales tax, somebody else is going to lose?”

D'Onofrio replied, "If you get more sales tax from this particular consolidation, someone definitely loses. If you become a city, you will bankrupt most of the towns."

That is just part of the message D'Onofrio brought to the last town board meeting regarding the redistribution of sales tax in Oneida County.

Mr. D'Onofrio's summation of the current sales tax debacle took most of the meeting and should convince most listeners that no one in government has a solution to the dwindling sales tax dollars that can only be stretched just so far. Realistically, probably just about every municipality in Oneida County is "in deep kimchi".

And so it goes in the "friends & family" circle...

County Legislator D'Onofrio, President/Owner of Arlott Office Products, the town's primary vendor for office supplies, copiers and copier maintenance (though there has never been a formal quote presented to the town board as required in the town's Procurement Policy) apparently is willing to cheer on the town in their hopes of becoming a city at the expense of other towns. Wonder what the legislators from the other towns think.

Maybe, Jim just knows that New Hartford becoming a city is probably not possible; and more importantly, if it were possible, it is unlikely that it could be done in time to stave off a town property tax increase so he is merely spewing mindless rhetoric. Either way, this area is in trouble and taxpayers will be feeling the pinch in the not too distant future.

Actually, there has already been a property tax increase for some New Hartford taxpayers if you consider the fact that special district taxes which are collected from differing taxpayers for specific purposes are instead being used to supplement a budget that has insufficient revenue to meet the expenses.

In 2014, the town board voted to indebt the sewer district to the tune of a whopping $45,000 in bonds. The money was needed to return sewer taxes paid by Sangertown as a result of the partial settlement of their certiorari; which is funny, since the sewer fund supposedly has $1.6 million dollars in fund balance (on paper that is!).

With rising expenses, it won't take long before the funds available in the special districts is not even enough to cover the deficits. Heaven forbid that there is a major repair needed in the sewer district!

Here is the entire video of the December 14, 2016 town board meeting; Mr. D'Onofrio's sales tax talk starts about 15 minutes into the video: