Thursday, 09 May 2024 12:34

Public Hearing Tuesday on Proposed Local Law Regarding “Squatters”

BALLSTON SPA — A Public Hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the county complex in Ballston Spa regarding a proposed Local Law stated “to protect owners of dwellings in Saratoga County from unlawful occupants commonly referred to as ‘squatters’ and to protect lawful occupants of dwellings from unlawful evictions.”    

“We want to hear from the public,” Saratoga Springs city Supervisor Matt Veitch announced at the City Council meeting this week. “Essentially it gives some process and procedure for landowners to file affidavits for law enforcement if there are folks occupying their properties unlawfully.”

The county Board of Supervisors generally meets at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (May 21 this month), but the Public Hearing on the proposed law – titled Local Law no. 2 of 2024,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday, May 14.     

County residents interested in reading about the proposed Local Law are instructed they may do so on the Saratoga County government website. Here’s how: 

1. Go to: https://www.saratogacountyny.gov/.

2. Scroll past the header picture and down to “Board & Committee Meetings,” click on that and a new page will open. 

3. Scroll down to “Board of Supervisors” meetings, find “April 16, 2024,” move to and click on “Agenda,” and a new page will open. 

4. Scroll down to page 56 – where Resolution 118-2024 is titled “Introducing A Local Law Authorizing Property Owners To Request The Removal Of Unlawful Occupants From Dwellings, And Setting A Public Hearing,” and read pages 57 – 60 where the proposed Local Law is detailed.   

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