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$36.5M TH budget sees no tax hike PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOBIAH BLACK   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:07

Common Core foe's outburst aims ire at derailed state data plan
CRARYVILLE--The April 22 meeting of the Taconic Hills Board of Education included a brief but heated exchange about Common Core standards during the public forum and a vote by the board to adopt a $36.5-million budget that would have no increase in the tax levy.

In his third appearance before the board, Chuck Miller read from a prepared statement, saying that he wanted to "make the public aware of the dangers of the hoax of the Common Core." Mr. Miller seemed mainly concerned about privacy in the data collection process, although he also claimed that the Common Core curriculum is "illegal and unconstitutional" and that the federal government had "bribed states" to adopt it.

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K’hook Dems honor Secovnie, meet House hopeful PDF Print E-mail
Written by CATHERINE SAGER   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:21

VALATIE--The Kinderhook Democratic Committee gathered at the Winding Brook County Club Saturday, April 12 to present the 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Award to Robert Secovnie.

In his speech, Mr. Secovnie recalled how, when he was young campaigning consisted of handing out campaign literature, no mailings and nothing negative.

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Chief wants new cop cars, so he helps pay for them PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:08

CHATHAM – The board approved the purchase of two new police cars for the Village Police Department at last week's regular meeting. After much debate, and an offer by part-time Police Chief Peter Volkman to give back $5,000 a year of his salary to pay for the cars, the board approved signing a lease on two Dodge Chargers for about $56,000 each, paid for as a $15,000 annual lease lasting four years. At the end of four years, Chief Volkman said the board could purchase the cars for $1 each.

“I see it as $15,000 a year out of a $150,000 budget,” the chief told the board at the Thursday, April 10 meeting, measuring the cost of the lease against the annual budget for the whole department.

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Miss STAR deadline? You might still qualify PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Monday, 21 April 2014 09:00

KINDERHOOK – Over one hundred people in the Town of Kinderhook have not re-registered for the STAR exemption for their 2013 property taxes, according to Town Supervisor Pat Grattan. Mr. Grattan made the announcement at a board meeting on April 14, the day before tax day.

He said that he and the town clerk had been trying to contact people about registering for the exemption and that the names would be posted on the town’s website, www.kinderhook-ny.gov. He also said that the people he was able to contact at this point about registering have called the state and were still able to sign up for the exemption.

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Village needs law before sewage flows PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:15

KINDERHOOK – The project to connect several properties in the village to the Village of Valatie’s wastewater treatment plant is ahead of schedule. Project Manager Jim Dunham told the Village Board at the regular meeting April 9 that some of the hook-ups on individual properties would be ready by May 9.

Over 35 properties in the village will have lines connecting them to the plant, most of them along the main streets of the village. The majority of the work is paid for by state and federal grants, but the village will contribute about $230,000 and private donors have promised to contribute $70,000.

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