NYS Comptroller Report Claims Unfair Value for Orangetown Land Trade

According to a report filed by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Orangetown officials failed to properly appraise property they traded to Orange and Rockland in 2011. In the land swap Orangetown gave the utility company 1.28 acres of parkland for 2 acres of land on Orangeburg Road. DiNapoli’s report states that the town’s failure to have the land appraised resulted in the possible loss of valuable parkland for residents, though the state approved the trade at the time. Town Supervisor Andy Stewart disagreed with the report, stating that the trade benefited both residents and O&R, and was of equal value. The trade allowed the company to build a transmission line connected to a substation away from residential areas.

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