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Amsterdam dispute centers on tax status of properties

Buddhists believe deal left parcels exempt

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A request for taxes and penalties on two properties owned by a Chinese Buddhist organization is causing confusion in the group, which believes an agreement reached with the city of Amsterdam left both parcels with tax-free status. The city’s lawyer on Tuesday said the tax bills are the product of unfinished business related to hearings in state Supreme Court in June and it’s possible that the Buddhists won’t have to pay these taxes and penalties. ...

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October 3, 2012
12:21 a.m.

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The Buddhists are more than welcome. The problem as admitted by Ms Wong to one of the city alderman, she does not understand the NYS building codes and as a result the organization just goes and does what it wants. The electrical at 10 Leonard was done by some kid, not a licensed electrician. The property on Liberty was being worked on extensively and no permits were pulled for any of the work. Commercial property is handled differently than residential property due to the liabilities. They do not bring in professionals to work on the properties, their followers, many of them young women, are in these buildings scraping and cleaning in what in many cases would be lead paint and asbestos. I have been saying for almost three four years now, they need to hire someone who understands both English and the NYS building code who is willing to work with the city codes dept on an honest basis. They go into meetings and say yes, yes, but do not understand and do not follow thru. They even felt it was the city's responsibility to shore up the 10 Leonard St property to help them out. City employees have gone above and beyond to assist this group with countless meetings only having to sing the same song all over again next week or next month.