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County extends occupancy tax

Convention center debate crops up in split vote, lawmakers eye tax cap legislation

— She also said there would be many benefits to having a convention center in Albany, including the possibility of national conventions.

In other business on Monday, the Legislature scheduled several public hearings. A hearing on a county pawn shop reporting law was set for Tuesday, Sept. 18 and a public hearing on the 2013 tentative annual budget was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Before that budget has even been reviewed in full by the Legislature, Chairman Shawn Morse on Monday sent to committee a draft of a law that would clear the way for the body to again exceed the state property tax cap.

The Legislature also approved several housekeeping items such as an agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation for snow and ice removal and an agreement with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for the explosive detection canine team grant.

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