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Controversy brewing over cemetery maintenance in Comstock


COMSTOCK, N.Y. -- Controversy is brewing in Comstock over a cemetery.

The debate is not over who is resting there, but instead a fight over who owns it and who is responsible for the maintenance. It begs the question, what is to be done with a final resting place for several revolutionary war veterans in Washington County?

Now it’s a fight between those who claim to be the veteran’s descendants and town officials.

Deb Camarota and Nancy Moore say family genealogy recently revealed that they are the descendants of some of the revolutionary war veterans buried on the plot off of Route 22 in Washington County’s Comstock.

Looking at the headstones, it’s clear to see the 18th century cemetery has long been abandoned and forgotten. In fact, for 40 years the farmer who owns the adjacent blossom farm has allowed his cows on the land, and was only recently asked to keep them off.

Since their discovery one year ago, Camarota and Moore have been fighting to preserve the cemetery-- creating a Friends of Blossom Farm Cemetery Facebook page.

They expect the town to pay to keep up the cemetery, and at town hall meetings they've claimed state law is on their side.

However, the town attorney says first the town needs to agree on who owns the land -- the veterans descendants or the town.

The two women have cordoned off an area of the cemetery so that archeology students from Skidmore can help mark the gravesites.

The American legion and town historian say the work is a rush job and that they need more time to figure out the true boundaries before anyone goes digging.

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