Today’s local headlines

New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand will have more than one challenger in the democratic primary next year. Manhattan’s Jonathan Tasini and Ithaca oral surgeon Scott Noren have already declared, The Star-Gazette reports. Tasini is a labor activist, and won 16 percent of the vote against Hillary Clinton in the 2006 primary. Noren says he’s a Democratic version of Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and will focus on health care and campaign finance reform. Nine-term Long Island House member Carolyn Maloney is attacking Gillibrand in a way that makes everyone think she will run, and Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper has formed an exploratory committee, and may attempt to be the first openly gay U.S. Senator….A WAMC caller today called the New York State Senate a “Confederacy of Dunces” for their continuing efforts to not do the business of the people of New York. Monday, Judge Joseph Teresi ordered all 62 senators must report into the Senate chamber, at the same time, for extraordinary session at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Capitol Confidential. Teresi said, some could reach the conclusion that lawmakers placed, “their own interests ahead of all other citizens of this state to the benefit of their own personal and selfish interests, that those same people may also find that conduct as rude, inconsistent and egotistical.”…The Register-Star reports that Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer, R-Hillsdale and Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera have formed the City/County Homeless/Transitional Committee to study the homeless problem in Hudson and Columbia County. Baer has chosen Director of Social Services Paul Mossman, Richard Keaveney, R-Canaan, Columbia Opportunities Executive Director Tina Sharpe, Lynn Kutrki who works on homeless issues for the Department of Social Services, and Fran Reiter, who lives part-time in Columbia County and was deputy mayor for Planning and Community Relations in New York City during the first Guiliani administration. Mayor Scalera, Alderman Wanda Pertilla, D-2nd, Supervisor Rev. Edward Cross, D-Hudson 2nd, Supervisor William Hughes, D-Hudson 4th, and the citizen member, Linda Mussmann, owner of the Time and Space Limited Warehouse, and local community activist, make up the Hudson half….The Greenville Press (no web site) reports that Cairo town officials are naming scapegoats to explain why they didn’t get any of the Federal stimulus money to fix their sewers. The story features the sort of finger pointing that seems to prove that Cairo is seen by other government officials as a dysfunctional town, with board members accusing each other of incompetence and meddling. The story also mentions the several lawsuits the town is facing for various actions, as well as a Comptroller’s Office audit that shows, “a roughly 90 percent error rate.” The sewers in Cairo have been broken for more than eight years, so the blame, it would seem, could be spread among many current and past officials.

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Today’s local headlines

The New York State Senate continued to pretend to play Senate on Sunday, instead of doing an actual work for the people of New York, according to Capitol Confidential….WAMC’s Alan Chartock interviews many members of Congress inside the station’s listening area, but brought in NYC Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney last week on his “Congressional Corner” show. Maloney has been blasting New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand ahead of an expected primary challenge. Listen to the interview here. Devtob from The Albany Project said of the Maloney chat that, “the [Congressional Corner] interviews are generally slow-pitch softball, but Maloney’s was worse that that — it was as if Chartock and she were on the same team and he was tossing batting practice.” Maloney does not attack Gillibrand much — devtob speculates it is because WAMC covers her former Congressional district, the NY-20, which includes Greene and Columbia counties — but Chartock talks about the importance of primary elections. Chartock previously supported John Sweeney against Gillibrand in 2006, and (though he now claims he supported Maloney) Caroline Kennedy rather than Gillibrand to fill Senator Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat….Mid-Hudson News has an unbylined story about a State Supreme Court ruling dismissing Entergy’s petition to overturn a decision by the State Department of Environmental Conservation that said that Indian Point’s cooling water intake system causes adverse environmental impacts on Hudson River fish. The story quotes an Entergy spokesman, and another pro-Indian Point group, but not Riverkeeper or any Hudson River advocacy groups….The Greene County Local Courier (no web site) reports that Greenville Republicans have nominated Paul Macko for Supervisor, Richard Baer and Kenneth Stern for council, Richard Hempstead for Highway Superintendent, Ronnie Campbell for Town Clerk, Mary Yeomans for Tax Collector, and Richard Schreiber for Justice. Current Town Supervisor Kevin Lewis is running for the Greene County Legislature seat that Ken Dudley is leaving. The paper also reports that Coxsackie hired Jason Shaw as village attorney and Laurel Mann as code enforcement officer.

Today’s local headlines

The New York State Senate continued to pretend to play Senate on Sunday, instead of doing an actual work for the people of New York, according to Capitol Confidential….WAMC’s Alan Chartock interviews many members of Congress inside the station’s listening area, but brought in NYC Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney last week on his “Congressional Corner” show. Maloney has been blasting New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand ahead of an expected primary challenge. Listen to the interview here. Devtob from The Albany Project said of the Maloney chat that, “the [Congressional Corner] interviews are generally slow-pitch softball, but Maloney’s was worse that that — it was as if Chartock and she were on the same team and he was tossing batting practice.” Maloney does not attack Gillibrand much — devtob speculates it is because WAMC covers her former Congressional district, the NY-20, which includes Greene and Columbia counties — but Chartock talks about the importance of primary elections. Chartock previously supported John Sweeney against Gillibrand in 2006, and (though he now claims he supported Maloney) Caroline Kennedy rather than Gillibrand to fill Senator Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat….Mid-Hudson News has an unbylined story about a State Supreme Court ruling dismissing Entergy’s petition to overturn a decision by the State Department of Environmental Conservation that said that Indian Point’s cooling water intake system causes adverse environmental impacts on Hudson River fish. The story quotes an Entergy spokesman, and another pro-Indian Point group, but not Riverkeeper or any Hudson River advocacy groups….The Greene County Local Courier (no web site) reports that Greenville Republicans have nominated Paul Macko for Supervisor, Richard Baer and Kenneth Stern for council, Richard Hempstead for Highway Superintendent, Ronnie Campbell for Town Clerk, Mary Yeomans for Tax Collector, and Richard Schreiber for Justice. Current Town Supervisor Kevin Lewis is running for the Greene County Legislature seat that Ken Dudley is leaving. The paper also reports that Coxsackie hired Jason Shaw as village attorney and Laurel Mann as code enforcement officer.

Today’s local headlines

The New York State Senate played pretend Senate again yesterday, according to Capitol Confidential (the Albany Times-Union’s political blog)….Art Baer, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman (R-Hillsdale), told The Columbia Paper that the Greenport School on Route 66, which will be vacant at the end of this school year, may also be a viable option to house the homeless instead of the St. Charles Hotel in Hudson. The county recently proposed moving a transitional housing facility for homeless women and families, and a Department of Social Services satellite station into the 139-year-old hotel….The Rural Intelligence blog is reporting that the Preservation League of New York State is conducting a members-only tour (you can sign up on the spot) of two of their “Seven to Save,” both in Columbia County—the Plumb-Bronson House in Hudson (above) and the Jan Van Hoesen House in Claverack today. The tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Plumb-Bronson House, on the grounds of the Hudson Corrections Facility (enter through gate south of Hudson on Worth Avenue/Route 9). Admission is free for members; non-members may join for a $35. The tour will be followed by a Historic Hudson Lecture at 4 p.m. at Stair Galleries, 549 Warren St. in Hudson, for $10.

Today’s local headlines

New Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY20) voted for H.R.2454 (the American Clean Energy and Security Act) Friday, which passed the House 219 to 212. It was the first time Murphy’s vote mattered, as 44 Democrats voted against the measure that works to slow the pace of global warming. Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth also opposed the measure, saying it didn’t begin to solve the earth’s problems. The bill sets a limit on emissions of heat-trapping gases while allowing emitters to trade pollution permits, or allowances, among themselves….The New York State Senate again failed Thursday to act on any items important to the people of New York. Senate democrats, however, did manage to hold a moment of silence for Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett….Austerlitz adopted zoning regulations, according to ccScoop. Anyone who would like to serve a five-year term on the town’s new Zoning Board of Appeals, should send applications to the Town of Austerlitz, P.O. Box 238, Spencertown, NY 12165 by July 9.

Today’s local headlines

Baer says St. Charles off the table, for now
http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2009/06/26/news/news01.txt

HUDSON – Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer, R-Hillsdale, said Thursday that the county would no longer consider moving a transitional housing facility for homeless women and families, and a Department of Social Services satellite station into the 139-year-old St. Charles Hotel. Instead, the county will try to move the homeless facility to the former Charles Williams School in Hudson, which Baer, and County Commissioner of Social Services Paul Mossmann, Supervisors The Rev. Edward Cross, D-Hudson 2nd, William Hughes, D-4th, Richard Keaveney, R-Canaan, toured Thursday morning.

Local school graduation levels lower in Greene
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2009/06/25/news/doc4a42f8f283f80989196276.txt

GREENE COUNTY – The percentage of students finishing high school in the traditional four years rose in exactly half of the region’s 18 districts last year and fell in the other half, according to data released this week by the state Education Department. In Ulster County, the 2004 cohort — students who were freshmen in the fall of that year — had a better four-year graduation rate than the 2003 cohort in six of the nine school districts. But there were declines in three of the four Greene County school districts, and a significant rise only in the Germantown school district in southern Columbia County.

Republicans select Coyne, Suttmeier, Ostrander, Miller and Feeney
http://www.thedailymail.net/articles/2009/06/26/news/news3.txt

CAIRO – Cairo Republicans selected Town Supervisor John Coyne, Councilman Raymond Suttmeier and Tax Collector Emily Feeney and Douglas Ostrander Sr. (for town council), and Leland Miller for Town Justice. Councilwoman Alice Tunison and current Justice Thomas Baldwin are not seeking re-election.

Senate squabble jeopardizes Austerlitz land sale
http://www.ccscoop.com/news/09june/25-landsale/landsale.html

AUSTRLITZ – The State Assembly on Tuesday approved the sale of two acres of park land in the Town of Austerlitz to the Austerlitz Fire Company, but the chaotic battle for power between Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate has put the issue on hold. The land would be used to construct a new Austerlitz fire station.

New York State Senate fails to act again
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/16151/senate-democrats-pile-on-paterson/

ALBANY – The New York State Senate continues its failure to do anything, again not passing any legislation Thursday. Gov. Paterson threatened to not pay the Senators. But one Senator bragged that he was getting paid more for not working for the people of New York. “Each day spent in Albany, every Senator is paid an additional stipend of $160.00, which is paid by the people of New York,” said Democratic/Republican Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. Instead of passing bills, State Senator Kevin Parker, an indicted Brooklyn Democrat, told reporters Paterson is a “coke snorting, staff-banging governor.” Rudy Guiliani may be running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Molinaro to hold public meetings
Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C–Red Hook) and staff will host mobile office hours throughout his district this summer. The schedule for Assemblyman Marc Molinaro’s summer 2009 mobile office hours in Columbia County is as follows: Hillsdale Town Hall, July 7, 9-11 a.m., Main Street; Austerlitz Town Hall, July 7, 12-2 p.m., Route 203; Ghent Town Hall, July 9, 9-11 a.m., 2306 State Route 66; Stockport Town Hall, July 9, 12-2 p.m., 2787 Atlantic Avenue; Philmont Village Hall, August 4, 9-11 a.m., 124 Main Street; Greenport Town Hall, August 6, 9-11 a.m., 600 Town Hall Drive.

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Today’s local headlines

The 12534 blog shows off an image of the St. Charles Hotel, from an old postcard. Columbia County officials are trying to turn the 139-year-old hotel into a homeless shelter and Department of Social Services satellite office.

With contentious debate, Taghkanic ZBA signs off on Wilzig proposal
http://www.ccscoop.com/news/09june/24-wilzig/ZBA.html

TAGHKANIC – The Taghkanic Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday voted 3-1 that the controversial sporting course/racetrack proposed by Alan Wilzig is a recreational use permitted by the town zoning code, with Moisha Blechman as lone dissenter. “The majority of the ZBA… finds the recreational sporting course proposal qualifies as a recreational use…. The findings are complete and will be forwarded to the Town Clerk,” said board Chairman James Romaine.

Camadine bid sets up challenge at GOP caucus
http://www.thedailymail.net/articles/2009/06/24/news/news3.txt

CAIRO – Former Greene County lawmaker Michael Camadine will challenge incumbent John Coyne for the Republican nomination for Cairo town supervisor at the party’s caucus tonight. Camadine lost to Democrat Harry Lennon in the 2006 race for county legislature.

Tivoli Day
http://tivolitype.blogspot.com/2009/06/tivoli-day.html

TIVOLI – Due to a lack of … ahh … preparation, Tivoli Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 1. Do not despair. It will be worth the wait. As details are dreamed up, we’ll keep you posted.

Gillibrand proposes milk price plans for farmers
http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2009/June09/24/milk_price-24Jun09.html

It costs dairy farmers $17.58 to produce a hundredweight of milk yet at the present time, the market is paying only $13.33 and Senator Kristen Gillibrand wants to do something to aid Hudson Valley dairy farmers and those around the rest of the state. Gillibrand is proposing legislation that would double the amount of money farmers get from the MILC program retroactive to the low point of the crisis in March. She will also introduce legislation that would index the MILC rate of $16.94 to inflation. Westtown, NY dairy farmer Brian Ford said Gillibrand’s proposals are a start. “What she’s doing is a band aid, help for now, but we’re running into big company manipulation,” he said. “Two companies have 80 percent of the (milk processing) market share so where do we stand. There are government regulations, but these big companies get around that but we saw that with Wall Street. Who’s watching whom?”

State Senate Mess Deepens
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=813062

ALBANY — After more than two weeks of deadlock, all 62 members of the state Senate showed up in the chamber Tuesday in response to Gov. David Paterson’s call for a special session. At the end of a frenzied day that included dueling sessions in the same chamber, it was unclear if any of the legislation passed by either faction would stand up to legal scrutiny. “I’ve been a public servant here for over 20 years,” Paterson said in a news conference about an hour after both sides stood at ease, “and what I’ve seen in the last two weeks in the Senate disgusts me. The Senate’s inaction is a dereliction of duty. They’ve clearly forgotten who they serve.”

State appraisal rules contributing to housing slump?
http://blog.timesunion.com/business/realtors-association-askes-for-delay-of-appraisal-rules/13916/

That’s what the National Association of Realtors thinks. It is asking Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to delay the implementation of new appraisal rules, because it believes the changes are having a detrimental effect on the housing market.