Weekly Link Round Up

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The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by NR Flickr user Brian Wolfe.

So you think your place is small? [NYT]
Small-Business Survival Rates Are on the Rise [INC]
Two more months of Newburgh blood testing [MHN]
Shapiro’s Furniture Barn A Newburgh Legacy [NBNY]
TD Green Streets Funds Newburgh Tree Planting [NYSUFC]
Newburgh native tells story of caseworkers in web series [THR]
Creative uses for downtown buildings in small towns [uwex.edu]
A guide to Upstate New York’s Hidden Gem, Newburgh [West Elm]
How Somali Immigrants Are Revitalizing Main Street America [NBC]
Norwegian Air plans flights between Stewart Airport and Europe [THR]
Newburgh Council OKs $44.4M budget; property tax hike for homes, businesses [THR]

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  • Blood testing by the fox that guards the hen house. Let me know how that works out. Newburgh has a history of water contamination…”It is appalling to do any kind of experimentation and study without people’s knowledge and permission” Newburgh Mayor Audrey Carey http://www.whale.to/b/fluoride2.html . Flash forward to today, Pfoa and Stewart is far from an isolated issue…https://theintercept.com/2015/12/16/toxic-firefighting-foam-has-contaminated-u-s-drinking-water-with-pfcs/. As per the budget, State statutes recognize the American Institute of RE Appraisers determination that ‘fair market’ value is based on a property’s highest and best use. As such…
    1) A government’s restrictions on (water) this use will effect its fair market value by decreasing the property’s utility. Restrictions include zoning laws, building codes.health codes and usage.
    2) There is a tangible costs in that property owners pay full price for the water yet, due to restrictions, are instructed to consume less than 100% of the costs paid.
    3) A ‘Market stigma’ can have a negative impact to the municipality’s properties and cause a loss in their perceived market values relative to unknown cleanup costs, unknown unclassified hazardous materials, potential liability to the tax payer and the unknown degree of health hazard.
    In short, contamination must be considered in property tax assessments. The business vs homeowner thing is noise. We should all be receiving a credit. Big Brother “are the ones who won”.