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June 22, 2013

Bed-tax law, plan for AMC stalled; START-UP NY OK'd by Assembly

Assembly OKs START-UP NY

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MALONE —

Legislators were hopeful the measure would pass since Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Potsdam in February and hinted he would sign a bill in favor of Municipal Home Rule if the bed tax successfully passed the Assembly and Senate.

Jones said the county will try to get the tax passed at the next session of the State Legislature.

The additional fee would be charged on some vacation-rental properties, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, condominiums, hotels and motels.

The money would tracked, collected and the law enforced by the County Treasurer’s Office.

HOSPITAL LEGISLATION

With a tally of 62-1 late Thursday night, the Senate passed the bill that would allow Adirondack Health to reduce the hours of its hospital in Lake Placid to at least 12 hours daily.

But it wasn’t likely the corresponding legislation would make it to the Assembly floor before the session’s end. Duprey said on Friday afternoon that it was not on the calendar.

“It appears we’re not going to bring it up in the Assembly. We just ran out of time. The Senate passed it pretty late last night.

“Things just didn’t fall into place,” she said by phone from Albany.

Lawmakers had been working 15-hour days to act upon pending legislation before their recess, which begins today, the assemblywoman said.

The bill would amend Public Health Law to provide a single exemption specific to the Adirondack Medical Center campus in Lake Placid.

‘OTHER WAYS’

If the Assembly does not take up the measure, Duprey said, there may be other recourse.

“I think we’ll work with Adirondack Health to make it happen,” she said. “I think there are other ways.”

The change to Public Health requirements that currently require around-the-clock operations at a hospital would be the first of its kind in New York.

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