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Orangetown Data Center Project Moving Forward

The Orangetown Council is expected to approve a permanent easement for the incoming data center at 155 Corporate Drive in Orangeburg at tonight's town board meeting.

The Orangetown Council is expected to vote a measure that will help Russo Development move forward with the data center project at 155 Corporate Drive in Orangeburg at the town board meeting 7:30 p.m. tonight in town hall. 

The board is expected to approve a permanent easement on the site, allowing for three utility lines necessary for the site. The full agenda for tonight's meeting is attached to this report. 

"We are glad to see it here an thrilled to move forward with your business development," Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said.

"To me, this is a really exciting development," Councilman Denis Troy said. "Whatever we can do that is fair to the town, I definitely support this. It's a great ratable coming in."

The easement allows for telecommunication lines along the road entering the facility and one that would go over the edge of nearby town property near Veteran's Park. This called for technical reviews and an evaluation of compensation to the town for allowing the use of land. 

"The town should never give away land rights," Stewart said. "It looks like we are all on the same page and they can continue with the development of the project.

"The bottom line is the town worked very hard to get this company situationed and address the technical questions that have come up. We're very happy with the progress we are making on it."

Among other items on tonight's agenda:

  • A resolution supporting the family of Paula Bohovesky of Pearl River in their efforts to keep the men convicted of her murder in jail. Bohovesky was killed in 1980 in Pearl River. The Rockland County Legislature approved a similar measure last week. 
  • New contracts with Tappan Free Library, Palisades Free Library, Orangeburg Free Library and Blauvelt Free Library, which are now able to enter into individual agreements with the town rather than being tied together by state law.
  • A letter extending the agreement between Orangetown and the Noble Ninth for the use of the Masonic Park in Tappan by Orangetown's Summer Day Camp program.
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor April 09, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Economic Development 101: If everybody works together great things can happen!
Rose Marie Raccioppi April 09, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor... your words and indeed shared sentiments...Being a 46 year resident of Tappan, and deeply appreciating its heroic history, I most certainly pay heed to your statement, "Economic Development 101: If everybody works together great things can happen!" Orangetown Rich in History and so too in Vision.
JM April 09, 2013 at 07:31 PM
or......If everyone gives up 55% of their paychecks this year......everyone will only have to give up 65% of their paychecks next year. A politicians "vision" of working together means..." if you don't mind giving up your hard earned salaries...I don't mind spending it." Economic development 102 - let the taxpayers keep more $ in their pockets....result - economic growth. Keep taking.....and we'll continue to have more of the "low growth (-) that we've been experiencing. It's plain and simple. I know, Mr. Stewart, that you had no hand in causing the trouble we find ourselves in. I wish you luck in finding a way out.
Andy Stewart, Orangetown Supervisor April 09, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Well... "politician" has become a bad word, due to well-known cases of corruption. As a result, all gov't officials need to work very hard to earn public trust. IN terms of your "Econ Dev 102" -- The Town reduced its overall budget for 2013, and lived well within its means in 2012, and stayed under the 2% tax cap for 2013, but that is not sufficient -- we need to foster business growth ("Econ Dev 101") in appropriate places and types, because this creates "Tax base" as well as paychecks.
JM April 09, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Town work on the cap is applauded. I know, though, that my taxes are going up more than the 2% The Gov promised (adding in school taxes) It's more than the corruption though. Someone goes to Wash., Albany, NYC and all of a sudden they know how much a business should pay it's employees, what their healthcare should look like, how much pension a public employee should receive, etc. They "know" this never having run a business, negotiated a contract, treated a patient., etc. Everything is upside down

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