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Info Session Tonight Provides Answers on Port Chester Amnesty Program

Program looks to help property owners resolve violations.

A "town hall" style meeting is set for tonight at the Port Chester Senior Center to provide answers to local residents on Port Chester's amnesty program designed to help property owners clear up building violations and related problems.

The amnesty, which began Oct. 1, runs until Dec. 31, when the last applications for the program will be accepted by Port Chester. Tonight's question-and-answer session on the program is set for 7 p.m. at the senior center, 222 Grace Church St., behind Village Hall.

Under the amnesty program, property owners will not be required to pay the normal fines associated with violations of local and state building laws. However, to be eligible for the amnesty, property owners must file applications and pay connected fees by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Those who enter the amnesty program benefit from:

- No fines

- No penalties

- Waived or reduced fees

- A streamlined process

- Free consultation with the village

Interested Reader December 02, 2012 at 10:26 PM
This is, for certain, one of the biggest issues our community has ever faced, I think everyone will agree. I think the most important point made here is the fact that it is NOT the single family homeowner that has impacted the community in a negative manner. How about a sign up for an inspection to prove you are a one family and then issue the certificate of occupancies free and clear. Then require annual inspections for all muti-family, two and up, every year. Then we must have access to all home address of children registered in our schools. Compare them to tax records and we will get somewhere very quickly. Not legal? It's time for our State Elected Officials to step up to the plate.
Robski48 December 02, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Bart, I find it interesting that in a earlier post on this thread you state about the property that was purchased on Grace Church, and I quote from you, "The piece of property you are referring to was purchased with DEDICATED funds that had to be used on parks. It was restricted, not making any worthwhile interest in the bank and there was an opportunity. If you can't see that then there is not much I can do to help you." Now, after after 5 days, after you probably spoke to the village attorney, and saw that you were wrong on the "DEDICATED" funds, as you state, you soften your tune and change your opinion, you state it's not fiscally right. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE HECK YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? People, come next election, please don't vote this flip flopper back in!!!!!!!
Bart Didden December 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
@ Robski48, $212,000 of the $300,000 purchase price came from funds DEDICATED to Parks from subdivision applications that were granted. I don't have to speak to the Village Attorney, but if you continue dribble posts like this because you don't want proven business leaders making the policy decisions in this Village and holding the line on spending and taxes, keep shilling for Pilla and idiots in general. I will have to begin to ignore you.
Robski48 December 03, 2012 at 10:38 AM
If you choose to ignore me, I am not going to lose sleep over it. I just feel you would be taking the easy way out, instead of answering the hard questions. I am not "shilling" for Pilla as I would be saying the same to him if he posted on these social media sites. The $88,000 of non dedicated park lands funds sounds to me like the price of a fireman, police officer, couple DPW workers or more hours for EMS, as the Kingsport money is compensating for. PS... I also think $300,000 for a piece of property on Grace Church St, across the street from the projects is pretty generous. I know you will respond with the appraisal price was $350,000 and you got it for $50,000 less, but I question the appraisal as well. Your own town assessor says it is worth less than your purchase price.
Bart Didden December 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM
@Robski48, yep $88,000 sounds like one employee for about one year, but now we have the ability to provide better access to a park forever. That is the difference between operating and capital expenses and why when the property was available it was time to buy it, all to maximize the asset that we already have. We have no control over the assessor, please direct that comment to Supervisor Carvin, at the Town of Rye.

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