Supervisors support effort for 1 primary

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to support state lawmakers’ efforts to establish a single primary date, and amend labor law regarding asbestos fees.

The board passed a resolution at the County Office Building to urge the state Legislature to establish a single state primary that complies with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment, or MOVE Act. The state has been conducting the traditional September primary, as well as a June primary for federal races in recent years.

The resolution noted an Assembly bill was introduced in the state Legislature changing the state primary date to a Tuesday in June to accommodate the federal MOVE Act. A Jan. 27, 2012, judicial order set the federal non-presidential year primary date at June 26 of that year and provided that in subsequent years New York could set the primary date the fourth Tuesday of June until the state complies fully with MOVE.

The MOVE Act requires states to transmit validly-requested absentee ballots to military voters no later than 45 days before a federal election, when the request has been received by that date, except where the state has been granted an undue hardship waiver approved by the Department of Defense for that election.

Fulton County supervisors Monday urged the state Legislature to “act to protect the integrity of the state’s electoral process and to limit the fiscal impacts of multiple primaries.” The resolution says the county agrees with one state primary, which complies with federal regulations, between June and September.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young.

Notification fee

In another state matter, the board passed a resolution supporting state Legislature bills amending state Labor Law in relation to municipal asbestos project notification fees for non-friable asbestos projects. The notification fee is currently between $2,000 to $4,000 per house.

Proposed bills in the state Assembly and Senate set a new fee schedule for various square footage of structures to be demolished. Supervisors said this is being done to ensure fees are more equitable based on project size, as well as to assist demolition projects related to catastrophic storm events.

The bills call for eliminating notification fees for residential homes acquired by municipalities that were condemned, therefore reducing costs to the county Demolition Team.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at