Minutes for June 17, 2024 J and W DC 7pm Meeting


Location: Jay Community Center

10 attendees

Call to order 7:03

Treasurer’s report. Balance is $469. Frank made $75 in kind donation to cover PO Box

Lynn Edmonds discussed her experience disputing her assessment to the Tax Assessor and Grievance Board and explained the steps she had to take to fill out the 4 page form and research comp properties. Joe DeMarco (who did not attend, but sent in his binder of the Au Sable Valley Tax Payers Association) and Lynn would like to see that organization resuscitated. The committee encouraged a public education forum to meet and to publicize it on the Jay Community News

Notes from the May Essex County Democratic Committee meeting.

Candidate status. Paula Collins continues to run as  Democrat/Working Families in the 21st congressional district race. Scott Lewis is no longer a Common Sense party candidate as he failed to acquire the necessary signatures. Essex County Judge candidate Amy Quinn has accepted an appointment to the NY State Court of Claims and has ended her campaign. Update: She will be replaced by Bryan Liam Kennelly.

Upcoming initiatives: Fundraising: Robin will speak with New Vida as they have expressed interest in being a venue for a gathering. Update: the event is scheduled for September 4.

Candidate events: Frank will ask Billy Jones to attend the New Vida event Update: He accepted our invitation.

Jay Day-August 24th Sue will spearhead. Robin will provide a table and tent

Town of Jay update. Knut addressed some of Lynn’s issues with the grievance process, discussed the up and down increases in the Acres and that Town Garage employees salaries reflect competitive benefits, Frank observed that the STR discussions are cropping up in Jay after being a hot topic in Lake Placid, Keene and Wilmington. He also commented on the School Budget increases largely covering staff and benefits and that the State encourages consolidation of school districts, fire districts, and even towns to save on costs.

Town of Wilmington update. Tim briefed the committee on two amendments to the short-term rental law. These were passed at a standing room only meeting. Permits will be capped at 150 a year, and be required annually at $300 per year. Proceeds from the bed tax are now paying for the public beach lifeguards.

Next JWDC meeting will be July 8, 7pm in person at the Jay Community Center.

Reminder to communicate with elected representatives: Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542, Kirsten Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451, Elise Stefanik: (202) 225-4611, Dan Stec: (518) 743-0968, Billy Jones: (518) 562-1986

Everyone is encouraged to attend Town Board Meetings, to vote in all elections and to vote on the school budget.

[Prepared by Marie-Anne]