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Schenectady churches celebrate being saved

Unified effort to halt foreclosures hailed at gathering

Schenectady city council members are presented with certificates of appreciation during an Interfaith Celebration of Religious Freedom at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Schenectady city council members are presented with certificates of appreciation during an Interfaith Celebration of Religious Freedom at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady on Friday, December 6, 2013.
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Pastor Richard Parsons didn’t realize his New Consecration Temple had lost its tax-exempt status in Schenectady until a private company began foreclosure proceedings on its State Street sanctuary. By that time, the property assessed at nearly a half-million dollars had accrued two years in tax liens the city had inadvertantly lumped in with a group sold to American Tax Funding. And while Parsons couldn’t recall the exact amount the company wanted to stave off foreclosure, ...


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