Chris DeBolt

Washington County Administrator Chris DeBolt, left rear, talks to the Washington County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee on Thursday regarding the status of the board's request to the state for an increase in the mortgage tax. 

FORT EDWARD — During the Washington County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee meeting on Thursday, County Administrator Chris DeBolt said the state again passed over the county’s request to amend the tax law for an increase in the county’s existing mortgage recording tax.

“We are just trying to get up to par with Warren and Saratoga counties,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman and Argyle Supervisor Bob Henke during an previous interview.

According to Henke, Washington County’s reimbursement falls short of the surrounding counties.

“They haven’t passed it (the county’s request) in the last four years,” he said.

During Thursday’s meeting, DeBolt said that after a tight vote on an increase of Westchester County, the Senate approved the Westchester increase.

“Our bill came up next and was pulled,” said DeBolt. “And usually when it’s pulled, on the Senate floor … it will die. Unless something seismic happens in the rest of the session, I’m going to say the mortgage tax is off the table.

The Board of Supervisors approved a resolution in February, asking state legislators to approve the increase. According to Henke, the additional dollars would have been used to support SUNY Adirondack, especially the new STEM initiative.

Sasquatch festival makes ESPN

Several days ago, Whitehall’s Sasquatch Calling Festival, that takes place every fall, was featured in a detailed story by ESPN senior writer, David Fleming.

In a lively accounting of the day, Fleming talks about the calls, the village, the canal and the people behind the Sasquatch legend, like Brian Gosselin and his infamous Big Foot sighting on Abair Road.

To read the story visit https://es.pn/2USZJUe.

Battenkill Chorale’s April concert is in Cambridge

The Battenkill Chorale continues its 24th season with “Te Deum: New American Songs of Nature and Praise” on April 27 at 7 p.m., and April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

Guest Conductor, Noah Palmer, takes to the podium following the retirement of Artistic Director, Janet McGhee. Palmer, conductor and pianist, is Assistant Director and Accompanist for Albany Pro Musica and Assistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in Kinderhook.

Celebrating the music of Dan Forrest, who creates create a hybrid sacred music by combining Christian liturgical music with concert music, the concert, said organizers, “is the perfect antidote to unsettled times.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling 518-692-7458 or by emailing battenkilltickets@gmail.com.

Image Mate website address has changed

Washington County officials want to be certain everyone is informed about the new website address (https:/imo.washingtoncountyny.gov) for Image Mate, the link for county property information.

At this location information about tax maps and county parcels is available.

In memory of two county leaders

Two Washington County leaders — Carol Anne Senecal and Clifton F. “Cliff” Howard Jr. — died on Thursday.

Senecal of Whitehall, was one of the first female school bus drivers for the Whitehall School District and was the town clerk and archivist for many years. Additionally, she served as the Whitehall historian and curator for the Historical Society and Whitehall Research Library for 18 years.

As part of her work with the Historical Society, Senecal compiled a long listing of books about Whitehall, including “Italian Families in Whitehall, “French Families in Whitehall,” “Irish Families in Whitehall,” and “Stories and Diaries from Whitehall.” To read more about her work visit http://whitehallhistory.org/Work.html

Calling hours for Senecal are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday at the Jillson Funeral Home in Whitehall.

Howard was a member of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years, serving as undersheriff for eight years.

He was commissioner of the Greenwich Police Department and graduated from the FBI Academy at Quantico.

Graveside services with full military honors are scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Friday at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

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Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli covers Washington County government and other county news and events.


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