November 12, 2013 Special Meeting Minutes

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 

I.         CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Steingart called to order the special meeting of the Sullivan County Funding Corporation at approximately 11:06 A.M., which was held in the Legislative Committee Room at the Sullivan County Government Center, Monticello, New York. 


Members Present-                              Members Absent-

Ira Steingart                                         Cindy Garlinghouse

Harris Alport                                         Harold Gold            

Charles Barbuti                                     

Sean Rieber                               

Suzanne Loughlin                                  

Edward Sykes

Steve White                     

Staff Present-                                             Staff Absent-

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

Jen Flad, VP     

Others Present-

Tara Lewis, Garigliano Law Offices

Barbara Garigliano, Garigliano Law Offices

Gene Benson, SC Legislature

Jill Weyer, SC Planning

Sandy Shaddock, SC IDA

Greg Sandor, CCE Sullivan County

Dan Hust, SC Democrat

Chris Valdez, Times Herald-Record

Mark Blanchard, Harris Beach PLLC

Shawn Griffin, Harris Beach PLLC

Gerald Skoda

Ken Walter         

          Not all attendees were present for the entire meeting. 


The Board tabled the discussion and approval of the October 8 minutes until the next meeting. 


            There are no new bills requiring Board approval.  


            Chairman Steingart stated that the Sullivan County Legislature has adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) building to the SCFC, so that SCFC may transfer the building to CCE.  The resolution before the Board today is to accept the transfer of the building from the County to SCFC, and approve the transfer of the building from SCFC to CCE.         

          Chairman Steingart introduced Greg Sandor, Executive Director of CCE.  Mr. Sandor stated that he has been working with the Sullivan County DPW to reach a solution that will ensure the long-term health and viability of the building and CCE.  

          Chairman Steingart added that the building is in a state of disrepair, requiring approximately one million dollars in repairs.  The County lacks the funds to make these repairs, and CCE is confident that they can raise the required funds.  Nothing is currently owed on the building.  Mr. Sandor added that the purchase price is one dollar, and noted that Phil Coombe and Jerry Skoda have committed to lead a fundraising team, to raise the necessary funds for repairs.  

          Chairman Steingart explained that the Legislature has agreed to transfer the property to CCE, with SCFC as the conduit, which eliminates the need for the County to seek fair market value for the building.  He thanked Mr. Sandor for his efforts to build relationships and find solutions that benefit both CCE and the County. 

          Mr. Barbuti disclosed that he is the Town of Liberty Supervisor, the town where the CCE building is located.  Attorney Griffin responded that there is no legal requirement that Mr. Barbuti abstain from the vote in this instance, but that it is fine to do so. 

          Mr. White made a motion to approve the resolution.  Mr. Sykes seconded the motion, the Board voted and the resolution was approved with Mr. Barbuti abstaining for the reason described above.


Mr. Steingart questioned the Board and those present if there were any questions or comments.  There being none, on a motion by Ms. Loughlin, seconded by Mr. Sykes, the Board voted and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:15 A.M. 

                                                Respectfully submitted:

                                                Jen Flad

                                                IDA VP, Business Development


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