GLOVERSVILLE – The city Common Council is set to hold public hearings Tuesday night for the direct sale of eight properties for a combined $84,275 from the city’s newly formed Property Dispensation Committee.
In May, for the first time in the city’s history, the council approved the purchase of 10 city properties that had been taken by property tax foreclosure in 2020 by Fulton County for a total cost to the city of $145,404.
Gloversville gave up its property tax foreclosure power to Fulton County around this past turn of the century. The city’s finances have benefitted from not having to make the Gloversville Enlarged School District whole for unpaid property taxes, a requirement of any foreclosing government. But it has suffered since then from a lack of control over the fate of the city’s tax delinquent parcels, leaving many properties vulnerable to land speculators at Fulton County’s annual foreclosure auction.
Mayor Vince DeSantis’ administration created the city’s first Property Dispensation Committee in May as a tool for attempting to steer properties that can be rehabilitated toward more responsible owners. The city paid the county the amount of taxes owed for all of the properties except 48 Spring St., which has a costly demolition associated with it.
Since then the Property Dispensation Committee has gone through a process to sell some of the parcels, as well as a few other pieces of land acquired at different times by the city. Tonight the final sale of these parcels will be voted on by the council:
• 48 Spring Street to JPAK Holdings for $3,000, up from zero dollars paid by the city.
• 68 and 68 1/2 E. Fulton Street to Gloversville Public Library for $4,250.
• 86 E. Fulton Street to Jenna Patterson for $25,000, up from $20,865 paid by the city.
• 200-202 S. Kingsboro Ave. to Alexander Luciano and Ines Rizo-Luciano for $14,500, up from $12,748 paid by the city.
• 211-213 N. Main St. to William J. Vannostrand for $4,000.
• 5-7 Nassau St. to Tarik Turner for $10,500, up slightly from $10,160 paid by the city.
• 37 E. 8th Ave. to David Connolly and Jennifer Connolly for$24,500, up slightly from $24,324 paid by the city.
• 34 5th St. to David Wokaty for $1,000.
• 39 Maple St. to Stanley Scarano for $1,525.
The Property Dispensation Committee has, so far, enjoyed bipartisan support. The committee is chaired by Councilman-at-large William Rowback Jr., who is also the Republican candidate for mayor in November. The other members of the committee include: City Assessor Joni Dennie, 1st Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss, City Building Inspector David Fox and the head of the city’s Community Development Agency Nick Zabawsky, who is also a grant writer for the city and oversees federal grant money obtained by the city, some of which can be used for housing rehabilitation. Zabawsky also serves on the city of Amsterdam’s Property Dispensation Committee.
The direct sale of the properties requires at least three-fourths of the council members in office to vote in favor of the sale, which equals six yes votes. The council is set to meet at 6 p.m.