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A state law which went into effect in 2010 requires carbon monoxide alarms in essentially all Schodack homes, both new and existing except in a very few isolated cases.
Called "Amanda's law," it's named for a West Seneca teen who was found unconscious because of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler and later died.
Amanda's law requires existing one- and two-family residences to have at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed on the lowest floor of the building having a sleeping area. The alarm must be clearly audible in all sleeping areas over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed.
Under Amanda's Law, homes built before January 1, 2008, are permitted to have battery-powered CO alarms, while homes built after this date are required to have the alarms hard-wired into the building. Previously, only homes built or bought after July 30, 2002 were required to have these devices installed. Additionally, Amanda's Law will require contractors in New York State to install a CO alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home is not equipped with an alarm.
The law provides an exception for dwelling units which have NO "appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide" nor an attached garage. However, most homes in Schodack do have a gas range, a fireplace or heating system the burns coal, wood, oil, propane or natural gas and thus fall under the law's provisions.
"Cold War Veterans - Limited Town Tax Exemption."
Town residents who served in our nation's armed forces between September 2nd 1945 and December 26th 1991, or their surviving spouses, can receive a 10-percent reduction in the assessed value of their home up to an $8,000 total reduction in assessed value.
Qualifying veterans must apply through the Assessor's office to receive the benefit. The Assessor is Peter Goold.
2012 TCI Fire cleanupFor anyone still concerned, we're temporarily retaining the information previously posted to the front page here:
* Rensselaer county has provided guidance on the cleanup "of any soot or residue" from the TCI fire in Ghent, August 3 and this generic State Department of Health document (MS Word .doc; also available in Adobe .PDF format).
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