February 11, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes

Sullivan County Funding Corporation
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I.         CALL TO ORDER

Secretary Sykes called to order the special meeting of the Sullivan County Funding Corporation at approximately 9:57 A.M., which was held in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York.  All requirements for holding a special meeting have been met.


Members Present-                              Members Absent-

Edward Sykes                                       Ira Steingart

Charles Barbuti                                      Sean Rieber

Suzanne Loughlin

Steve White

Sandy Shaddock


  Staff Present-                                             Staff Absent-

  Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir.               None

  Jen Flad, VP

Others Present-

Allan Scott, IDA CEO, ALSCO Management Inc.

Walter Garigliano, Garigliano Law Offices

Scott Samuelson, SC Legislature

Cora Edwards, SC Legislature

Gene Benson, SC Legislature

Jill Weyer, SC Planning

Greg Sandor, CCE Sullivan County

Joan Howard, CCE Sullivan County

Dick Riseling

Ken Walter

Not all attendees were present for the entire meeting.


Secretary Sykes asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2013 special meeting and the November 12, 2013 special meeting.  Mr. Barbuti made a motion to approve both sets of minutes.  Mr. White seconded the motion, the Board voted, and the motion was unanimously approved.


            There are no new bills requiring Board approval.


            There is a resolution before the Board to authorize the conveyance of the Cornell Cooperative Extension building from the SCFC to Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County.  There was some discussion of whether a voting quorum is present.  The building is located within the Town of Liberty, where Mr. Barbuti is supervisor.  Mr. Barbuti reported that after a discussion with the legislators, he wishes to seek legal counsel regarding whether it is a conflict of interest for him to vote.  Attorney Garigliano stated that this is not a local matter—the building is located in Liberty but the action is county-wide in scope.  This action is not pending before any Town of Liberty Board.  He continued that the conveyance must take place before March 1, or there will be tax ramifications that impact the entire county.  Legislator Samuelson advised that Mr. Barbuti participate in the vote, and that if later it is determined that there is a conflict of interest, then the Board will meet again and vote without him.  Attorney Garigliano stated that in January the New York State Comptroller issued a written opinion regarding the use of local development corporations as a conduit for property transfers like this one.  The SCFC’s actions on this matter, including the 2013 resolution to authorize the conveyance, have all been in conformance with state law and this written opinion, but that it is prudent to restate the authorization today, after the date of the written opinion by the State.

Mr. White made a motion to approve the resolution.  Ms. Loughlin seconded the motion, the Board voted and the resolution was unanimously approved.


Secretary Sykes questioned the Board and those present if there were any questions or comments.  There being none, on a motion by Mr. White, seconded by Mr. Barbuti, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:05 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:

Jen Flad

IDA VP, Business Development


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