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Red tape in Portland

May 16, 2013 - John D'Agostino
We already know that New York state makes it tough to do business due to its high-tax environment.

But local Planning Boards are no better and can often add to the sour taste for potential developers in our area. The town of Portland would be one such case.

Over the past 16 months, Jerry Speelberg has been attempting to get his cabin project for Woleben Road approved. After plenty of marching orders from the board, Speelberg has his permit but he is not happy about the process.

In my Publisher's notebook column on Friday, Speelberg's road blocks by the town are highlighted. Click on the link at right for the interview with Speelberg.

 
 

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wnycritic

May-20-13 10:27 AM

Disagree. From what I have read (in the Observer) the plan was not well devised and there was potential for unhealthy conditions. This alone could open potential business owners up for lawsuit. I believe this is an incidence where the system benefits all. What would the township have to gain by delaying a new business and tax revenues?

whoseits

May-16-13 2:29 PM

Your right the problem is you have to many old ***** on the board who are afraid to offend anybody when they have to make a decision .Take a look who they are they are, all wish-y wash-y.It's time to resign and let some new blood in there with some vision for the future.

whoseits

May-16-13 2:20 PM

yup

 
 

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