OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining's Urban Renewal Agency is -- officially -- no more, state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and state Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) announced Monday at a joint press conference in the village.
They were joined by Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity.
Carlucci sponsored a bill repealing the law that created the agency, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law on Nov. 21.
The agency, which was created by the state Legislature in 1964, had been tasked with developing plans to deal with dilapidated buildings and polluted areas along the village’s waterfront.
The agency did enact recommendations and support projects that beautified the waterfront, Carlucci and Galef said, but it has now been inactive for more than two decades.
Mandatory state reporting requirements would have forced the village to spend a large amount of taxpayer money to bring the agency into compliance, they said.
The new law, Carlucci said, “will ensure taxpayers are not on the hook to continue to have to pay for this inactive agency.”
“Most importantly,” he added, “this law will keep government efficient, cost-effective and working for the people.”
“It is crucial,” said Galef, “that taxpayers’ dollars are being used responsibly, and that obsolete agencies are not creating costs and paper work unnecessarily.”
She thanked Cuomo “for making sure this common sense legislation goes into effect to help the Ossining community.”
Gearity, noting that the agency “has been obsolete for many years,” said the law was “the essential final step to complete the process.”
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