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Part of the VW Parts Inc. complex at the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Main Street, Fleischmanns went up in flames late Tuesday afternoon. More photos in our front page story.— Photo by Brian Sweeney

Belleayre supporters call Greene charges "economic genocide"

Neighboring county says state funding gives advantage to Belleayre Mtn.

By Jay Braman Jr.
Outrage and frustration continue to mount in the Catskill Region following two major announcements impacting Belleayre Mt. Ski Center.
With Greene County officials issuing renewed calls for audits of Belleayre and with the announcement of a major public/private partnership to expand New York State owned and operated Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, Belleayre supporters coined the phrase ‘economic genocide’ to describe what they see happening locally.


Margaretville zoning issues are focus of May 19 meeting

By Julia Green
There will be an open meeting of the Margaretville Village Board at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 19 in the village clerk’s office to discuss changes in the village’s zoning laws.
Nicole Franzese of the Delaware County Planning Board will be on hand to explain and discuss what has been a contested, and at times, confusing issue for village residents. Also on hand will be the village’s attorney, David Merzig.


Shandaken considering new sidewalks for its portion of Smart Growth funding

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board is looking for ideas on how to use their share of $88,000 in state grants. The details surrounding a $500,000 pot of gold are sketchy, said Supervisor Peter DiSclafani Monday night, but right now it looks like the state has earmarked that amount to fund projects along the Route 28 corridor between Olive and Andes. The fund could be divided up between all the communities along that substantial stretch of highway, with each guaranteed a minimum of $42,000 and up to $88,000.


Suspects freed in murder case

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By Julia Green
The four men who were arrested and charged in the assault of SUNY Delhi student Tyshawn Bierria are to be released due to a lack of evidence.
Olanrewaju Ogunwuyi, 21, Raymond Brightman, 21, William Dorsey Jr., 22, and Jack Daniel Boampong, 19, all of New York City, were arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree gang assault and one count each of second-degree attempted murder, both class B felonies. There was speculation that charges could be upgraded to murder following the death of Bierria on Thursday.


Andes Planning Board seeks smart growth ideas

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Train depot rehab among considerations for development funds By Matthew J. Perry The Andes Planning Board has taken lead agency role in the town‚  application for a share of the state‚ Smart Growth funding plan, which will spread $500,000 among six townships in the Central Catskills. Before the June 20 deadline, the town must drum up a project that suits the details of the grant. Several complications, not least of which is a tight time constraint, will have to be faced down.


Governor's office looking at watershed tax debate

By Jay Braman Jr.
It was a feel-good evening Tuesday in Margaretville at the headquarters of the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
Many local mover and shakers joined with New York City counterparts, both current and former, to congratulate the CWC’s longstanding president, Perry Shelton, who was retiring that night from the position and from his tenure as founding father of the movement to protect the watershed region when the trouble began back in the early 1990s.


Margaretville school budget shows 4.8% tax levy increase

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School District voters will be asked to approve a new budget on May 20 that shows a 4.8 percent tax levy increase.
The proposed 2008-2009 budget totals $10,673,038, up from $9,983,603, an increase of 6.9 percent. The district expects an increase in state aid which will help reduce the increase in the tax levy.


Phoenicia sewer project remains clouded

Deadline extended for New York City system to serve the hamlet

By Jay Braman Jr.
As the clock ticks toward a June deadline for the Shandaken Town Board to make a decision about the Phoenicia sewer project, it remains unclear whether any steps will be taken at the next board meeting, slated for Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m., to determine one way or the other if the busy hamlet should take the plunge and build infrastructure to replace the inadequate septic systems that lace the landscape.


Golf and ski resort approved at Gore

By Jay Braman Jr.
Commissioners at the Adirondack Park Agency this month approved a three-phase, mega-ski resort development project in the Town of Johnsburg, Warren County that is being described as a public/private partnership between developers and the State of New York, which owns and operates Gore.


Man kills self during police shootout

Suspect had shot girlfriend, fled cops

By Julia Green
Exactly one week short of a year after he was shot by Travis Trim at the Sunoco Country Store in Margaretville, New York State Trooper Matthew J. Gombosi was once again the target of gunfire, this time in Stamford where he and his partner, Trooper David J. Morgan, confronted a distraught gunman who had just shot his girlfriend.


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