Town of Union adding extra staff to help with buyouts

By Matt Porter

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The town of Union is committing extra staff to help homeowners finish a final survey before buyouts can begin.

Union supervisor Rose Sotak announced the town will begin collecting income and household information from residents.

The documents are part of a survey required by the state to understand how many people participating in the buyout are from low-to moderate-income households.

Beginning Tuesday, extra staff will be available at the town of Union office building to help homeowners complete the forms from 9 a.m. to noon.

"If we have to be here nights, if we have to be here on weekends," Sotak said, "We're going to get these forms done and start the buyout process. We are going to continue until we finish."

The town is reminding all residents that people who do not meet low- or moderate-income levels will still be eligible for a buyout.

Once complete, the forms will be sent to Albany for approval.

The forms are available at the town of Union office building and on their website, and will also be mailed to residents this week.