Sean Mulkerrin

Acting Albany County Supreme Court Judge Roger McDonough in an Oct. 7 decision found a number of Save the Pine Bush’s arguments and requests for relief “to be lacking in merit” and dismissed the case. 

Democrat Lisa Williams, appointed clerk in December 2020, is squaring off against Republican Lori Dollard for the office’s full two-year term.

Incumbent Democrats are facing Republican opposition for supervisor, two seats on the town board, and town clerk — but New Scotland’s Democratic town judge and highway superintendent won’t face GOP opposition in November. 

Judge Lawrence Kahn did allow for a faster discovery process on the plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunction, which is to be held at a later date.

McCoy’s proposed budget is under the state-set levy limit for the ninth year in a row. “It’s the fourth year in a row, the average property owner will see a slight decrease,” McCoy said on Tuesday. The country tax rate will drop from about $3.48 per $1,000 of equalized value this year to about $3.46 per $1,000 in 2022.

For 2022, the town is proposing a tax rate of $1.55 per $1,000 of assessed value for all New Scotland property owners — including those who live in the village of Voorheesville — up from $1.52 per $1,000 of assessed value this year.

Altamont trustees during last month’s board meeting expressed concern with the conflict-of-interest waiver because Sept. 7 was the first time they’d heard anything about it. 

The new local law is subject to a permissive referendum, meaning a petition can be submitted to the board requesting the issue be put to the voters in a special election.

The parties are scheduled to appear at the Foley Federal Courthouse in Albany on Oct. 7, at 10 a.m., when the state will have to make the case as to why Judge Lawrence Kahn should not grant the temporary restraining order until he can make a determination on the plaintiffs’ motion for the preliminary injunction.

The village of Voorheesville and the Altamont Free Library wrote letters over the summer to the Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency charged with economic oversight of the nation’s major freight carriers, about CSX’s attempt to acquire a Massachusetts-based regional rail company. This week, CSX responded to concerns brought up by the village and library. 

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