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Board seeks state OK on marina sale

The Hanover Town Board will ask New York State to give up the Sunset Bay Marina site for sale to a private contractor.

At the Town Board meeting Monday, Supervisor Kathy Tampio received unanimous approval of a resolution to be sent to state lawmakers and the governor's office asking that the area be returned to the tax rolls and put up for sale.

Tampio said she met with several Sunset Bay residents and business owners to discuss the issue.

"I have also discussed this with [State] Sen. Cathy Young [R-Olean] and Assemblyman Bill Parment [D-North Harmony], and they are in support of the issue," said Tampio. "We do not agree that the state has been the best custodian of that property. We believe that private ownership does a much better job."

She said the property has been operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation since 1994. During two consecutive seasons, in 2000 and 2001, the DEC could not locate a contractor to run the site, and it was left unoperated.

Tampio said when the site was unattended some boaters still used the launch -- free.

"It was a detriment to the town's launch site and other private marinas," she said.

Tampio said that ultimately the town would like the marina to be privately owned and run but that the site would be available for fishing from the shore.

She said she thinks a change in status of the site might take quite a while because of the impending change in leadership in Albany.

Town Board members are also anticipating future applications for private owners to construct windmills to produce energy. Board members enacted a local law that sets permit fees and special use permits for the towers.

Tampio said no permits have been requested yet but inquires have been made to the town code enforcement officer.

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