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Community Progress to discuss land banks at NY "State of Chautauqua County" presentation


By Eric Tichy, The Post-Journal


MAYVILLE - With talking points ranging from future finances to the success of local projects, County Executive Greg Edwards is set to make his seventh State of the County Address today in Mayville.

The County Executive will make his address to the legislature in the Chautauqua County Legislative Chambers at 6:30.

"My 2012 State of the County Address will highlight the successful initiatives that have been implemented, the continued pressure put on our finances by the ever increasing demands for our money by Albany, and a look into the impact of the legislature's budget decisions of this year on the upcoming 2013 finances," Edwards said in his weekly memo release Tuesday.

Edwards said his address will have an emphasis on Albany and the county budget, which he said is significantly funded through the state capital. However, at the same time, Edwards said he will "take time to celebrate our accomplishments."

"The basic format (of the address) will be the same," he said. "It will be a view of previous efforts and a projection where the challenges will be, especially the budget."

Edwards noted that the county address will be abbreviated; the legislature will also hear Wednesday from Dan Kildee and his team from the Center for Community Progress on the development of a land bank in Chautauqua County.

The potential land bank, which are limited to 10 in the state and will be overseen by the state Urban Development Corporation, would help eliminate several vacant and abandoned properties throughout the county.

"Many upstate municipalities suffer from an overabundance of vacant and abandoned properties that bring blight and desolation to many communities due to population losses," Edwards said. "I'm excited to have Kildee here and to speak. He is renowned for his work."

Edwards said on July 29, 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law allowing municipalities to create land banks to convert vacant, tax-delinquent or abandoned properties into uses that support the community.

Kildee, co-founder and president of the CCP, will meet in room 333 in the Gerace Office Building in Mayville at 4 p.m. with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development before the legislature meets.


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