Sullivan County Funding Corporation
One Cablevision Center
Ferndale, New York 12734
(845) 295-2603 – telephone
(845) 295-2604 – fax
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
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.
II. ROLL CALL
Members Present- Members Absent-
Ira Steingart Cindy Garlinghouse
Harris Alport Harold Gold
Staff Present- Staff Absent-
Jennifer C.S. Brylinski, Exec. Dir. None
Jen Flad, VP
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
Not all attendees were present for the entire meeting.
III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The Board tabled the discussion and approval of the October 8 minutes until the next meeting.
IV. BILLS AND COMMUNICATIONS
There are no new bills requiring Board approval.
V. NEW BUSINESS
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.
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