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Marie Ajello

Ajello Speaks On Anniversary Of Losing Home In Tax Sale
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Ajello Speaks On Anniversary

Of Losing Home In Tax Sale

Maria Ajello, formerly of the Town of Richfield, speaks Wednesday, Oct. 3, to the Otsego County Board of Representatives on the third anniversary of losing her home on Filburn Road after the 2015 tax sale. Widow of a Vietnam veteran, Mrs. Ajello tried to pay back taxes the day of the sale, but was denied. She has protested at every monthly county board meeting since. Her testimony begins at 21:35 on this videotape. It was an eventful meeting, with Otsego 2000 setting the stage to sue the county over natural gas, the announcement of an energy task force, and county Rep. Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, reporting he met with XNG reps on the so-called “bomb trucks.”   AllOTSEGO.com and its sister publications, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, videotape the meetings monthly as a public service.
Couple Who Lost Farm To Taxes Sues County

GILBERTSVILLE PROPERTY

Couple Who Lost Farm

To Taxes Sues County

With a protest sign between his knees, Bob Force records this morning's county board meeting in Cooperstown. At right is Marie Ajello. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
With a protest sign between his knees, Bob Force records this morning’s county board meeting in Cooperstown. At right is Marie Ajello. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – The gavel fell in August 2014, but ripples from that Otsego County tax-delinquency auction are still being felt.

A Long Island couple who that day lost their farm in Gilbertsville – their intended retirement home – are now suing the County of Otsego and the county Treasurer’s Office in federal court for what may be more than $15 million in damages.

BULLETIN Couple Who Lost Property In 2014 Tax Sale Sues For $10M+

BULLETIN

Couple Who Lost Property In

2014 Tax Sale Sues For $10M+

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – A Long Island couple who lost their summer home in the 2014 annual tax auction when their delinquent-tax payment was refused are suing the County of Otsego, County Treasurer Dan Crowell and other county entities for more than $10 million.

The notice of the federal suit, filed by Robert and Donna Force, was read into the record at this morning’s county board meeting by Clerk of the Board Carol McGovern.

This tax auction is the same that is still being disputted by Marie Ajello, who lost her Town of Richfield home when her effort to pay her tax bill on the day of the sale was rejected.

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