By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 7:52 am
The Maetreum of Cybele in Palenville. Photo by Julia Reischel.  A group of self-described pagans in Palenville has lost its bid for a religious exemption from property taxes. Last Thursday, a New York State Supreme Court judge issued a decision in the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2012 - 10:22 am
Above: Ulster County executive Mike Hein signing five new property tax exemptions into law. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive. On Monday, July 9, Ulster County executive Mike Hein signed five new property tax exemptions into law... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Mar. 15, 2012 - 3:53 pm
Born to depreciate. Photo by Flickr user Benjamin Golub; published under Creative Commons license. Q: How is a milk cow like a fax machine? A: She can be written off as a business expense. And under a new federal law proposed by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 - 9:25 am
As predicted, the Assembly joined the Senate in passing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax overhaul just past 1am this morning, Daily News reporter Ken Lovett writes. But it wasn't quite the same unanimous lovefest: Unlike in the Senate, where the vote was unanimous... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Sep. 16, 2011 - 11:27 am
The IRS is giving you a break if you live in Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, Delaware or Schoharie county this year, with a special Hurricane-Irene tax deadline extension. Normally, third-quarter estimated tax payments would have been due yesterday. Now they... Read more
By Rusty Mae Moore on Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 - 1:43 pm
The Shandaken Town Board at Monday's meeting. Photo by Rusty Mae Moore. On Monday, over the objections of one of the town's assessors, the Shandaken town board voted to slash its share of health benefits for town employees. The board voted 4-1 to cut the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 - 1:03 pm
Site plan for Partition Street Project, from Saugerties Citizens for Smart Development. The people of Saugerties are facing a dilemma: Does their government tax the controversial and still-to-be-built Partitiion Street Project development a lot now, via... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 - 1:57 pm
Tonight at 7pm in the town hall on Rte. 28, anyone interested in the Delaware County town of Middletown will have a chance to weigh in on its 112-page draft comprehensive plan. The plan attempts to outline how Middletown, which contains the villages of... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 - 4:00 pm
When the Delaware County village of Andes voted to dissolve itself in 2002, it was the only village in the state of New York to abolish itself in years. But nowadays, thanks to high taxes and a new law (dubbed the Empowerment Act by Attorney General... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Jun. 26, 2010 - 11:40 am
Remember Rev. Mother Cathryn Platine and the Maetreum of Cybele? We ran a story on the Maetreum's property-tax battle with the town of Catskill last month. Today, the Catskill Daily Mail has a feature on their brewing court battle -- and why its outcome... Read more


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