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Gloversville church fails to meet court ordered deadline

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Albany/HV: Gloversville church fails to meet court ordered deadline
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Controversy continues in Gloversville over a local church removing historic windows without permission. The Bleecker Square Church has now missed a court ordered deadline to replace those windows. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the city and church are now pointing fingers at each other for what the church is calling one big miscommunication.

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Mayor of Gloversville Dayton King said, "The option that we gave them was to replace the windows, put something in similar to them, but they can't just leave them boarded up."

But the one year time limit to use that option is now up, leaving the Church of the God of Prophecy unable to apply for forgiveness of $60,000 worth of fines for removing stained glass windows from their Bleecker Square Church without the Historic Preservation Board's permission.

"The way it looks right now, certainly isn't pleasing to anyone in the city," said King.

Bishop Cervin McKinnon says the church is stuck in the middle due to a lack of communication. The windows were being vandalized and the person they hired to remove them failed to follow the agreed upon contract.

Bishop McKinnon said, "Robert Meringolo and the vendor he was using decided opposite our contract to remove a window and replace a window, to remove all of the windows at once to save cost."

Bishop McKinnon says he has been unable to reach both Meringolo or the mayor to solve the issue.

"I called the mayor several times and never got a returned call," said Bishop McKinnon.

King said, "I'll meet with anybody at anytime, certainly no stalling on our end."

Mayor King says he'll be meeting with the city council early next week to talk about their options moving forward.

"What we could do is we could file a violation of the conditional discharge or we could try and work with the church again, which we've been trying to do for over a year," said King.

"I'm waiting to hear from them in a manner that says let’s work together, rather than through a registered letter that says we're going to do this if you don't do that," said Bishop McKinnon.

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