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Lawmakers like (most of) what's in state budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by PARRY TEASDALE   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:08

GREENPORT--All four people who represent the county in the state legislature, plus the chairman of the county Board of Supervisors and a spokeswoman for Congressman Chris Gibson emphasized the positive as they spoke to the annual Legislative Breakfast of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce last week at Columbia-Greene Community College.

State Senator Kathy Marchione (R-43rd) and the three members of the Assembly-- Didi Barrett (D-106th), Pete Lopez (R-102nd) and Steve McLaughlin (R-107th)--each of whom represents different part of this county, all discussed the recently adopted state budget and what it means for their constituents. At the top of the list was the impact the $1.1 billion in additional spending will have on local school districts. The school aid package is considerably higher than Governor Cuomo originally proposed in his executive budget proposal.

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Teachers stand by students at NL meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by I. ALEX OLCHOWSKI   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:22

NEW LEBANON--The room was packed to overflowing with 20-30 local teenagers who were encouraged to show up for the April 8 Town Board meeting by New Lebanon High School health teacher Lenny Brown. Latecomers, wide-eyed over the attendance level, expressed approval that the young people were present.

When Mr. Brown was given the floor he spoke at length about statements attributed to Town Board member Matt Larabee in a recent edition of the Eastwick Press highlighting an alleged heroin problem in New Lebanon.

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Auditors spur Valatie paper chase PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:03

VALATIE – Mayor Diane Argyle said at the Village Board's regular meeting that the village had been audited by the state multiple times within the last month. The state is looking into funds awarded to the village for the Energy-Onix company and the Senior Center, as well as the sewer project and its workers compensation policy.

The sewer audit went well, the mayor said after the meeting, and the state has decided to reschedule the workers comp audit for a later date.

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Forum offers slim hope for strapped tenants PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBORA GILBERT   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:39

HUDSON--To celebrate Fair Housing Month a Landlord /Tenants Rights Forum sponsored by the Columbia County Housing Advisory Board was held last week in Hudson. The well attended forum, organized by the board’s chairman, Theresa Mayhew, brought together several experts who deal with local housing problems to share their experience with tenants and landlords.

A picture emerged from the event and from interviews afterward of the range of conditions that leave people without a real home or on the verge of losing the their homes as well as of the difficulties they face as they seek rent and housing subsidies, which are in short supply.

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More state aid means lower tax rate for ICC PDF Print E-mail
Written by EMILIA TEASDALE   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:52

KINDERHOOK--Ichabod Crane School District Superintendent George Zini presented the revised $35-million budget for the 2014-15 school year to the board and the community at a special meeting Tuesday night. He explained how the district would be using an extra $403,502 in state aid to lower the tax levy and close a gap in the budget.

The board adopted the tentative budget at the April 8 meeting.

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