Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Expanding number of land banks could mean one for Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE – A new law that will expand the number of land banks in municipalities around the state from the current 25 to 35 and that could pave the way for such an effort to rehab and sell rundown abandoned buildings in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Mayor Robert Rolison said it is something his city will explore.

“It’s being used by many communities throughout the state and we look forward to having conversations to see if a land bank and other state resources can be helpful to our unique situation here in the City of Poughkeepsie,” he said.

Legislation to increase the number of land banks was sponsored by Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and Senator Susan Serino.

There are currently land banks in existence in the cities of Newburgh and Kingston and Sullivan County.

 


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