Thursday, January 28, 2016

Letter to Southern Dutchess News regarding Councilman Cohen introducing the Hotel Tax in Fishkill

At the January 20th 2016 joint Fishkill Village and Fishkill Town board meeting. Councilman Larry Cohen brought up for discussion. The possibility of a Hotel Tax. Much to my surprise, the village and town board members who claim to be fiscal conservatives, all appeared to be for it. Yes your town and village representatives are looking for a way to tax someone, in order to spend more money. Not only that, they were laughing about it. Laughing at how they were going to devour more tax dollars to spend.  Instead of looking at ways to tax more. Fishkill needs to look into consolidating governments, whether it is within her borders or going to a county wide government or eliminating county government. This is the only way to save money. Everything else is nothing but a temporary fix.

NOTE: The SND 1.27.16 covered Mr. Cohen's comments also. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Fishkill Councilman Cohen calls for school resignations

The following was said by a Fishkill Councilman at a local school board meeting.
Cohen said that while he initially supported Walkley after her appointment, he has observed inappropriate relations between school board members as well as other unethical behavior. “The consideration of multiple resignations should be placed on the table immediately,” he said.

Paper reporting water bills tripling for some Fishkill residents

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fishkill Elant fined $600,000 by NYS Attorney General

GOSHEN – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Elant, Inc., a Mid-Hudson area nursing home chain, will pay $600,000 to resolve claims that it delayed the discharges of short-term residents at its facilities.  As part of a settlement, Elant admitted that between 2008 and 2011 it had a practice of postponing discharges of short-term residents who were clinically ready to leave Elant facilities against the wishes or without the informed consent of the residents or their families.  Elant, which is headquartered in Goshen, also admitted that it orchestrated the transfer of several long-term residents to one of its financially-troubled facilities to improve that facility's financial condition.

Note this is the same facility that is involved in the Birches land deal.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

TGM Associates Sells 360-Unit Multifamily Property in Fishkill, N.Y., to Hampshire Properties out of Brooklyn

This complex is near the Gap. Lets hope this stays on the tax rolls.

Watchtower Selling Off More NYC Properties

While NYC will reap millions in more tax revenue. Upstate NY will lose tax revenue. Lets hope they do not buy more land in Fishkill.

Photos courtesy of Jehovah's Witnesses

The vacant site at the bottom right of this DUMBO photo is 85 Jay St., which the Jehovah's Witnesses are selling. Photo courtesy of Jehovah's Witnesses

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Updated Fishkill town audit out

Interfund Advances Town officials should review all interfund advances and determine the actual amount owed each fund.

The Board should ensure that all interfund borrowings are paid in a timely manner. Status of Corrective Action: Not Implemented

Observations/Findings: We reviewed the Town’s schedule of interfund advances and found a balance of approximately $7 million in advances for the year ending 2014, indicating the advances were not properly repaid by the end of the fiscal year in which they were made. Additionally, in the 2014 and 2015 interfund advance schedule, many accounts had negative balances due to accounting errors. For example, the “Due From” accounts in 2014 included negative balances totaling $740,000, indicating that interfund advances were not properly recorded. Therefore, Town officials cannot know what is actually owed between multiple funds. Further, the Town’s corrective action plan submitted in response to our 2013 audit1 indicated that Town policy calls for interfund advances to be authorized and approved by the Board, properly recorded and repaid by the end of the fiscal year in which the advance was made. Our follow-up review found that the Board has not established such a policy.

Sewer Extension and Affordable Housing Trust Funds The Board should determine how the $758,000 of funds intended for the sewer extension and the $23,750 balance of funds intended for use in the affordable housing trust fund were actually expended. The funds should be replaced and used for their intended purpose.

Status of Corrective Action: Not Implemented 1 Town of Fishkill: Fiscal Stress (Report No. 2013M-188) 2 Observations/Findings: The Town recognized and reported the $758,000 as restricted fund balance in the 2012 and 2013 independent audit report; however, it was not reported as restricted fund balance on the Town’s 2013 annual update document submitted to the Office of the State Comptroller. The $23,750 was not correctly posted to the housing trust fund. The Town’s independent auditors, during the 2013 audit, suggested an adjusting journal entry be made as a receivable from the townoutside-village fund (where the amount was originally posted) and credited into unreserved fund balance. While the Comptroller indicated that he made the entry, he has not provided information to support this.