IDA stands behind $20,000 for solar PILOTs

2/24/2021

The Schoharie County IDA stood with and behind supervisors Friday, establishing a minimum of $20,000 per-megawatt for solar PILOTs.
The policy is still subject to public hearings before it’s adopted—likely in mid-April.
It also sets a maximum of 20 years for the solar tax breaks and includes a three percent escalation fee along with the standard PILOT “steps.”
NYSERDA—the state’s energy agency—has priced solar PILOTS at $3,500 per-megawatt.
But Don Airey, chair of supervisors’ year-old Energy Committee, has argued that doesn’t come close to what solar developers should and are willing to pay.
The IDA considered two options Friday; the other would have ...

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Our vaccine doses going elsewhere

2/24/2021

It’s not quite sled dogs from Anchorage to Nome, but you get the idea:
Monday, a Schoharie County Health Department staffer drove a single vial of COVID vaccine in from Amsterdam—part of efforts to scourge up few a doses after winter-storms delayed deliveries and cancelled clinics here Thursday and Friday.
“For those 10 people, that’s huge,” Public Health Director Amy Gildemeister told supervisors Friday after a heated discussion on why so little of the vaccine is available locally.
Balto’s 1925 run with the diphtheria vaccine earned the Husky a statue in New York City’s Central Park and a place in children’s hearts.
Almost 100 years later, Dr. Gildemeister sa ...

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Figuring out EMS county's top goal for 2021

2/24/2021

It’s dangerous or brave or both to put your New Year’s resolutions out there for everyone to see.
But despite the year that was 2020, Schoharie County didn’t do too bad, Board of Supervisors chair Bill Federice said Friday as he put down a roadmap for 2021.
Solar, EMS, economic development and the CSEA contract were all on Mr. Federice’s 2020 list of goals; the CSEA contract’s been settled, but the other three remain. (See related stories.)
It was on March 13, 2020 that the county declared a State of Emergency because of soaring COVID numbers across the state.
“COVID did set us back, but we were able to make some traction on our goals,” he said, even as it und ...

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Drugs, drug houses also a pandemic

2/24/2021

COVID isn’t the only pandemic Schoharie County is dealing with, Sheriff Ron Stevens told supervisors Friday.
Drugs, drug houses, and drug-related deaths—there have been three since the first of the year, he said—are nearly as bad as a scourge.
“And law enforcement is concerned about doing the right thing.”
Wednesday, working with the State Police and the Cobleskill Police, Sheriff Stevens said, deputies arrested two people at a suspected Richmondville “drug house.”
Arrested were Joshua Decker, 36; and Stephanie Decker, 29.
Police found the two in possession of an ounce of heroin and two ounces of methamphetamine, Sheriff Stevens said, after they execu ...

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Progress #39: It's here and we're exhausted

2/24/2021

This issue of the Times-Journal, the biggest of the year, comes with a purpose.
It includes the T-J’s 39th annual Progress edition, which profiles local businesses, business people and non-profits.
And this issue has a circulation of 21,000, about four times the normal T-J distribution.
But although the T-J issues a Progess magazine every February, this one is special.
For the first time, this Progress has a theme––Strong Together––that emphasizes the need to support businesses struggling through the yearlong pandemic.
“Strong Together is a takeoff on the longstanding county slogan ‘Go Local,’ ” said Publisher Jim Poole.
“We want to encourage c ...

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