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Reporter's Notebook

October 5, 2013

Ex-mayor of Sidney was a great guy

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The start of World War II delayed the progress of the cooperative, as supplies needed for building power lines were unavailable. The cooperative office was closed until Aug. 1943. On June 29, 1944 at 2:00 p.m., the first 8.2 miles of line serving 12 farms were energized on Platner Brook in Delhi.

In 1960, the cooperative signed a contract with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the purchase of renewable hydroelectric power. Previously, the cooperative had purchased electrical power from New York State Electric & Gas. NYPA has remained the supplier of the cooperative’s power since that time.

The current Cooperative office, located at 39 Elm Street in Delhi, was purchased from the Elizabeth Farrington Estate.

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A friend of the court brief was recently filed in a case challenging state law that restricts districts from raising adequate revenues for their schools, according to a media release from The Alliance for Quality Education. The group, with the assistance of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), recently filed the brief. The case was filed by the New York State United Teachers and other plaintiffs against the state.

In 2011 New York passed a law limiting local property tax increases to support schools to 2 percent. This limitation compounds the harm caused by the state’s ongoing failure to adequately fund its Foundation Aid formula, enacted in 2007, in response to the landmark court ruling in C.F.E. v. State, the release said. Instead, the state has shortchanged state schools by more than $7 billion in school aid. Districts across the state have lost thousands of teachers and are being forced to eliminate other basic educational necessities.

“At the same time that school aid has been cut, the 2 percent restriction prevents school districts from raising their own aid through their tax base in order to mitigate some of the damage of state aid cuts,” said Wendy Lecker, senior attorney at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a project of Education Law Center, and co-counsel on the amicus brief. “The cap has the most damaging impact in New York’s neediest districts, where state funding cuts have run deepest.”

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