Police Reform Panel: The Columbia County Board of Supervisors has established an advisory panel to discuss local police reform. The panel has been selected to conform to New York State’s Executive Order #203. Among its goals, the order mandates that local government perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployment strategies, policies, procedures, and practices. In addition, it develops an improvement plan addressing the particular needs of the communities served while promoting community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy. Further, it address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. Hillsdale resident Phyllis Granat is on the committee and welcomes your input and questions. For more information, see the links below:  https://sites.google.com/columbiacountyny.com/police-reform-panel Thirty-one Columbia County residents, representing all parts of the county, have been chosen out of more than 60 applicants to make up the Community Input Panel.  Phyllis Granat email address: hosta16@me.com  

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Land Wanted

The Hillsdale Housing Committee is interested in acquiring a parcel of land suitable for development as a small Habitat for Humanity project.

Habitat builds high-efficiency homes in a contemporary style, geared to working families. The partner families undergo a vigorous application process to show creditworthiness and need. They are then required to provide 300 hours of sweat equity in the construction process as well as paying a low-interest mortgage, real estate taxes, insurance, and utilities. No government subsidy is involved.

The ideal parcel we seek would be in or close to the village center, accessible to the sewer system. However, other parcels of at least an acre, suitable for a double house, will be considered as will an acre with an existing structure on it.

It would, of course, be best if the land could be donated or sold at a below- market price. The seller could then accept a tax benefit in lieu of the full market price. Consideration will be given to all suitable offers.

If you know of any land that might be available for this initiative, please call Janis Smythe at  (518) 325-4223.