Southern Ulster Times Apr. 11 2018

T IMES SOUTHERN ULSTER Vol. 15, No. 15 3 APRIL 11 - 17, 2018 After the Lloyd Town Board recently amended their code to prohibit solar farms in residential areas, there was some concern that Cypress Creek, who had proposed a large solar project in a residential area of town, might file a lawsuit over this decision. The company made a significant monetary investment in their project but had not received any approvals from the town. Recently the company officially withdrew their application to build off of Perkinsville Road in light of significant criticism from surrounding neighbors and a mixed reception from the Town Board. In a letter, dated March 30, Marisa Scavo, Senior Zoning Manager of Development for Cypress Creek Renewables, made it clear that while the company was disappointed by the town’s actions “we wanted to reach out to thank you all for reviewing our project over the past year. In accordance with the new [solar] law we are formally withdrawing our project ONE DOLLAR Dukes win first two Embracing diversity Page 40 Page 20 SERVING HIGHLAND, MARLBOROUGH AND PLATTEKILL Solar company pulls out of Lloyd By MARK REYNOLDS mreynolds@tcnewspapers.com 3 application with the Town.” Scavo offered a few additional comments. “On a personal note, I truly appreciated the patience and professionalism you all displayed throughout our application process given the situation,” she wrote. “The movement Cypress Creek, and I, fully believe in is the distribution of clean power that is affordable to all residents. We hope one day the Town of Lloyd is also able to realize the benefits of this movement.” Order in the courtroom! The Marlboro High School Mock Trial Team went to Goshen last Saturday to compete in the first round of the Orange County Mock Trial Tournament. Story on page 21. WWW.SOUTHERNULSTERTIMES.COM Skartados dealing with health issues By MARK REYNOLDS mreynolds@tcnewspapers.com New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) is presently dealing with a serious illness, according to his Chief of Staff Steve Gold. He said Skartados entered the hospital on March 23 to attend to this matter. Skartados was born in 1956 on Astypalaia, Greece, a small island in the Aegean Sea. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 14 with his mother, settling in Riverdale, NY. Gold said Skartados focused on his education, graduating from George Washington High School and went on to earn a BA in Political Science from SUNY New Paltz and a MA in International Frank Skartados Studies from the University of California at Sacramento. After graduation, Skartados entered an internship at the Center Against Apartheid at the United Nations. Eventually Skartados returned to the Hudson Valley and was a small businessman and later purchased a small farm in Milton. Skartados lost a bid for a seat on the Marlborough Town Board but got back in the game and won a seat in the New York State Assembly in 2008. Two years later he lost to Tom Kirwan by 12 votes. After Kirwan’s passing, a special election was Continued on page 37