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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

Missing Middletown tax revenue found in county treasurer's office

By Matthew J. Perry
Close to $1 million in taxes due on six parcels of land, all owned by New York City, were discovered this month to have been deposited with the Delaware County treasurer’s office, solving a mystery caused by an unannounced change in the city’s payment procedures earlier this year.


State land tax freeze dropped from budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York will continue to pay its fair share of local taxes on forest preserve, and other state-owned lands, under a budget deal worked out over the weekend, but the deal won’t be final until the budget is approved.
That’s according to officials with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who have been fighting a tax-cap proposal since it was announced by Governor Paterson earlier this year.


Blue Devils fall to SK in baseball

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South Kortright — The host South Kortright Rams used an 11-hit attack this afternoon to race by the Margaretville Central School Blue Devils, 15-2, in the season opener for both teams.

Early-season wildness plagued four Margaretville pitchers. Mitch Van Keuren got the loss for the Blue Devils. Pat O'Connell had Margaretville's only hit.


Recount confirms VanBenscoten as Margaretville mayor

By Julia Green
It was even closer the second time around, as the Margaretville mayoral race was the subject of a recount Tuesday morning. Two representatives from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Republican Commissioner William Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Janice Burdick, were on hand to conduct the re-canvas, in which John VanBenschoten remained the winner – this time by a two-vote margin.


Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.


Uncertainty clouds school budgets; tax hikes projected as minimal

By Julia Green
Area school superintendents are wrestling with declining state aid as they attempt to prepare their 2009-2010 annual budgets.
In spite of waning funds, however, superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools have prepared budget drafts that have only minor tax levy increases and will therefore have minimal impacts on local taxpayers.


Morell wins easily in Fleischmanns mayoral race

By Jay Braman Jr.
Dave Morell defeated incumbent Malcolm Becker last Wednesday in the race for mayor in the Village of Fleishmanns. Morell received 70 votes. Becker, who was a write-in candidate, got 13 votes. Morell said this week that even though he would not be officially sworn in until April 6 there’s no time like the present.


Retiring Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton looks back fondly on public service years

By Julia Green
On April 1, the winner of last Wednesday’s mayoral election in the Village of Margaretville will move into the mayor’s office on Main Street. Vacating that space will be current Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton who, after six years in office, opted not to seek a fourth term.
“It’s time to have some fun,” Stanton said in an interview last Tuesday. “I’m going to enjoy my grandsons.”


Recount ordered in Margaretville mayoral election

At the request of Carol O'Beirne, who initial vote tallies showed losing to John VanBenschoten in the Margaretville mayoral election by three votes, there will be a recount conducted of the votes cast in last Wednesday's election.


SK Boys are State Champs!

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The South Kortright Rams defeated Greenport 47-43 to claim the NYS basketball championship. This was the SK Rams' first trip to the championship tournament. The Rams finish with an undefeated season, 26-0. Details in Wednesday's Catskill Mountain News.


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