Tractor-trailer crash in Cato remains under investigation

  “New York state police are continuing to investigate a Monday crash between two tractor-trailers in Cato, resulting in one of the drivers being flown to a Syracuse hospital. The collision happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday on Route 370 when a tractor-trailer operated by Robert Charles Powell, 62, of Duanesburg, failed to yield the right … [Read more…]

Five area schools districts awarded state pre-K funding grants

  “Five area school districts will receive a portion of $11.7 million in statewide pre-K funding announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this month. The Duanesburg Central School District will receive $180,000, the Canajoharie Central School District will receive $83,967 and Northville Central School District will receive $150,000 as part of the round of state … [Read more…]

How to: Questions for the Town and the Energy Facility

Questions to ask the energy developer, town, planning and zoning board when reviewing an energy application. UPDATED JULY 17, 2022. Solar, wind and battery energy projects are complex. Ask questions! Download and print the list of questions as a PDF. Then use the spread sheet to track the answers. PROJECT What is the project’s legal … [Read more…]

How To: Spreadsheet to Track an Energy Facility

  Energy facilities may require town, county and state review. No matter the project size there is a lot of paperwork to track! If the facility includes battery energy storage then the paperwork increases. Lots of paperwork creates opportunity for mistakes, errors and omissions. Hold the developer and town accountable with a spreadsheet! Below is … [Read more…]

How to: Submit Freedom of Information requests

Find the Freedom of Information law for your state. Check your town website for a Freedom of Information form.   New York State Committee on Open Government provides sample letters https://opengovernment.ny.gov/sample-letters   I prefer to submit my own letter via email to the town clerk, records access officer or state agency. Save your requests – … [Read more…]

How To: Uphold the Open Meeting Law

New York State Open Meeting Law requires that meeting minutes are provided within two weeks. The minutes should be stamped with the date the document was received by the town clerk. If the town maintains a regularly updated website then the minutes must be posted online within two weeks. Again, check this for. time and … [Read more…]