Middletown Council meeting tonight now

Middletown’s Common Council meeting, originally planned for Tuesday night, will be tonight instead.

There may be a Finance Committee meeting at 7 p.m., to discuss the 2014 budget; the main Council meeting will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday’s planned public hearing, on an amendment to the amortization law, is canceled; a new hearing date will be set tonight, said City Clerk John Naumchik.

Naumchik said the meeting was rescheduled because a number of aldermen — enough that there wouldn’t be a quorum — planned to attend Tuesday night’s Orange County Partnership annual dinner, where they will be honoring Touro College, which is building an osteopathic medical school in the former Horton Hospital campus.

The amortization law was the one passed in 2009, phasing out three-family or more dwellings in residential areas over the course of five years. A court struck it down in June, and the city is looking to re-pass it in a way that complies with the court ruling and with the Orange County Planning Department; they held a public hearing on a revised draft of the law in August. The hearing that had originally been scheduled for Tuesday night was on a proposal to exempt mixed commercial and residential buildings from the law. (For example, places that have a shop on the first floor and apartments above.)

The Board of Estimate public hearing on the budget, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, will proceed as scheduled, Naumchik said.

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