Lawmakers hold off on advancing creation of Ulster Land Bank

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 KINGSTON – The Economic Development Committee of the Ulster County Legislature was expected to take action to advance the establishment of the Ulster County Land Bank Development Corporation, but the item was taken off the agenda at the last moment Tuesday evening at the request of sponsor Tracey Bartels.

Committee Chairman Brian Cahill, though, said he still wants to move forward with plans to rehabilitate certain properties.

“We really do want to take some action on the four houses that we kept off the tax rolls next year. So, my suggestion will be that we somehow or another make this a priority item in the first of the year,” he said. “If I am still chairman of this committee I will make it a priority, but if not, whoever is on the committee, we should make this a priority item to get those four houses working, get them back where someone can live in them.”

The cities of Poughkeepsie/Dutchess County, Kingston and Newburgh and the County of Sullivan all have land bank corporations designed to refurbish homes and get them placed back on the tax rolls, sold to local residents.