Franklin County

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The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations is rethinking its strategic plan for promoting things like innovative public policy, financial services and affordable housing. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with Franklin County CDC Director John Waite, who says a 50 percent state refundable tax credit for donations to selected Community Development Corporations statewide has been a success.

CiderDays is an annual community celebration of all things apple in beautiful Franklin County, Massachusetts. 2017 marks their 23rd year with tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more in orchards and venues county-wide from Ashfield, Deerfield, Turners Falls, Charlemont and Colrain to New Salem and the towns in between.

Whether you are a cider aficianado (hard or sweet), make your own cider, are an orchardist, like hanging out in bucolic orchards, or just enjoy soaking up all the goodness of autumn in New England, CiderDays is a pretty cool event. To find out more – we welcome Al Sax from the CiderDays committee and home hard cider maker, April Woodard.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

Last week New York 115th District Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced she would retire at the end of her term.  The Franklin County sheriff announced Monday that he will run for the seat.

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Clinton, Franklin, and Essex Counties are the latest in New York to join Operation Lifesaver – an effort by law enforcement agencies to use technology to speed search and rescue operations.  This afternoon, sheriffs’ departments from the three counties demonstrated the technology that they hope will save lives. 

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Franklin County has been one of only two counties in New York State that does not have a so-called bed tax, a levy charged by local governments on hotel stays.  Now, after nearly five years of effort, Franklin County will soon be able to implement a bed tax. 

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Officials in Franklin County, New York are hoping this will be the year that they will be able to impose a new occupancy tax as the Assembly moves its proposal to the state Senate.

Franklin County New York  legislators are considering a 5 percent occupancy tax for all hotels and guest accommodations. Funds generated from the tax would be used for tourism marketing. But some lodging owners in the southern part of the county are adamantly opposed to the idea.