WGXC in Hudson this weekend

WGXC will be in Hudson this weekend, with two live broadcasts. Tonight, WGXC Online Radio will have a live web stream with performances from Kyle “Golden Delicious” Clements (Saber Coup), Cyrus Gengras, and Mikey Corcoran (formerly Luxury Flats, Saber Coup). Saturday Kaya Weidman, Alex Malmude, Suzanne Snider, Dan Udell, Jordan Smith, Michael Davis, Tom Roe, and others will set up a live broadcast on the sidewalk next to Dogs of Hudson (near the John Doe Books & Records store) on Warren St. (between 3rd and 4th Sts.). The public is welcome to come by and get interviewed on the air, and learn more about the area’s new community radio station. Tune in either broadcast at http://www.WGXC.org.

Today’s local headlines

Deluge causes states of emergency in 4 towns
From The Columbia Paper

The Columbia County towns of Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Stuyvesant and Chatham all declared States of Emergency after a long downpour late Wednesday and early Thursday. Travel within those townships is restricted, and the rain returned on Friday which will cause more problems. About 40 roads in Columbia County have been closed due to flooding or other rain-related problems. The Daily Mail reports Coxsackie saw the worst of the rain in Greene County.

NYCLU blasts Cairo for seeking fees from plaintiffs
From The Daily Mail

CAIRO – In May, The New York Civil Liberties Union decried a resolution passed by the Cairo Town Board as “chilling.” The Cairo Town Board passed a resolution April 15 to try to recover more than $13,000 in attorney fees from plaintiffs in a recent Article 78 lawsuit against the Town Ellsworth “Unk” Slater, the Cairo Township Taxpayers Association and Cairo First. The lawsuit was dismissed in March but is currently being appealed. Councilman Richard Lorenz, who offered the resolution, Councilman Raymond Suttmeier and Town Supervisor John Coyne voted for the resolution. Councilwoman Janet Schwarzenegger voted against the resolution. Councilwoman Alice Tunison abstained from the vote because she wanted to discuss the matter with Town Attorney Tal Rappleyea before making a decision. “We believe that there is no legal provision for the recovery of the fees from the plaintiffs, and efforts to recover fees from them would be illegal,” wrote Melanie Trimble, of the NYCLU.

WRIP celebrates a decade of broadcasting on the mountaintop and beyond
From Windham Journal

WINDHAM – Excellent Windham radio station WRIP (97.9-FM) celebrates its 10-year anniversary in and old airport hangar that had been converted into a bowling alley.

CSEA endorses Gillibrand
From The Albany Project

The largest public employees union in New York, CSEA, endorsed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate in the 2010 elections. “Senator Gillibrand is an important ally for CSEA members and other working people,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “She understands the pressures that our members experience on and off the job and she has consistently worked with us.

‘Taking Woodstock’ premieres in Chatham
From The Register-Star

CHATHAM – Oscar winning director Ang Lee’s new film “Taking Woodstock” premiered Thursday at the Crandall Theater in a fundraiser for the Chatham Film Club and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Today’s local headlines

Paterson calls for disaster declaration
From The Columbia Paper

Governor David Paterson requested the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designate Columbia and 16 other counties as agricultural disaster areas. Local farmers report problems with tomato, cherry, strawberry, rye, oats, and other crops this summer.

Is Scott Murphy in the clear?
From The In Box

The North Country Public Radio blog reports that national Republicans are not running ads in U.S. Representative (D-20) Scott Murphy’s district, and do not seem to be targeting the new Congressman. The Albany Times-Union’s Capitol Confidential reported in mid-July that the Democrat hauled in $567,000 from April 1-June 30.

Town Board finally sets public hearing for Comprehensive Plan
From Chatham Courier

CHATHAM — A public hearing has been set for the revised draft of the town’s Comprehensive Plan Aug. 20, after the public hearing for the Leash Law.

Man and Nature: Aurum, an installation by Laetitia Hussain
From The Register-Star

CATSKILL – Andrew Amelinckx’s blog reviews Laetitia Hussain’s show “Aurum” at Terenchin Fine Art. The Hudson-baes artist, “uses cast-off items, both natural and man-made to talk about the relationship between humanity and nature in its positive and negative aspects,” writes Amelinckx. “The work’s gilding helps to integrate the pieces internally and as a whole, they suffer from a loss of the individual color characteristics of the materials used.”


Mother Fletcher perform at Bard College’s Spiegeltent at 7 p.m.

Today’s local headlines

Committee in possible violation of state open meetings law
From The Register Star

I don’t understand the word “possible” in that headline: The Columbia County Building and Facilities and Public Works/Waste Board of Supervisors committees met July 22 at Kozel’s restaurant in Ghent without public notice. That is a violation of the Open Meetings Law. They met after a tour of county facilities — which was announced — but no mention of the meeting appeared on the county’s web site or in the Public Notices section of The Register-Star. No one in the article contradicts those facts.

Ethics panel to investigate allegations against supervisor
From The Daily Mail

JEWETT – The Ethics Committee will investigate Town Supervisor Michael Flaherty, who is accused by Jewett highway superintendent Robert Mallory of for failing to secure a building permit for a project at his home. “I have attended board meetings in this room for 15-plus years. Anyone attending only a few meetings would know that a building permit is required for anything outside of a four-foot fence,” said Mallory. “Supervisor Flaherty knew a permit was needed and [for] whatever reason failed to obtain one.”

‘Twenty tires, three batteries and a ton of scrap metal’
From Unmuffled

HUDSON – The good news: there are not two fuel dumps buried next to M.C. Smith Intermediate School in Hudson. The bad news: it cost $10,000 to find a lot of junk. George Keeler, the Hudson City School District Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, told to the Board of Education about the buried treasure at the Board’s meeting Monday.

Kinderhook GOP loses line on Conservative ballot
From The Register-Star

KINDERHOOK – Four candidates the Columbia County Conservative party endorsed to run for Kinderhook town offices will not be appearing on the Conservative line on the ballot at the November Election for failing to to file a certificate of authorization. The candidates are Patrick Grattan, nominated to head the slate as town supervisor, and newcomers Patsy Leader and Glenn Smith for seats on the Town Board, and Incumbent Highway Superintendent John Ruchel, Jr. for a second term in office. Lisa Mills, the Republican candidate for town justice will still be listed on the Conservative line, as candidates for the justice position are not required to fill out the authorization forms.

New WGXC audio

(Erin Roberts and Jordan Smith at the WGXC booth at the Greene County Youth Fair. Photo by Michael Davis.)

WGXC has added new audio. Click on the links, and then click on the triangle next to the word “audio” on the right, to download and/or listen to the files:

NY State Senator James Seward interviewed by WGXC’s Michael Davis and Jordan Smith at Greene County Youth Fair., July 23, 2009. In Cairo, NY.

Alexander Turnquist at Spotty Dog in Hudson, 072609., July 26, 2009. Live performance. 192 kbps mp3.

John Madden and the Deep Sea Divers perform at Spotty Dog in Hudson 072609, July 26, 2009. Live performance. 192 kbps mp3.

DJ Mr. Chips and Eclectic Method at Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson_071709, July 17, 2009. Live webstream for community radio station WGXC.

Today’s local headlines

Armstrong literally outside the tent
From The Greenville Press (no web site)

CAIRO – Les Armstrong was literally outside the tent at the Greene County Youth Fair in Cairo last weekend. While the Greene County Republicans and Democrats both staffed booths with signs promoting local candidates under a big top, Armstrong had his own sign propped up against his truck at one of the tent’s entrances. At one point, this reporter watched as a dog sniffed the sign and…well, we won’t go into details on this family blog. Armstrong’s candidacy, as recounted in The Press, has had some trouble. He turned in his nominating petitions to run as a Republican for the Durham seat in the Greene County Legislature. Republican Elsie Allen got his in to challenge Democratic incumbent Sean Frey. The day Armstrong turned in his nominations, there were no Republicans in the election office, as they were all attending the funeral of longtime Republican Election Commissioner Frank DeBenedictus. So Democratic Town Commissioner Tom Burker didn’t warn Armstrong that he lacked witness statements, a cover page, and numbered pages. So James Karcheck, who lost the Republican nomination to Armstrong in 2006 but remained on the ballot, challenged his petitions, which were disqualified. Frey has to be hoping Armstrong somehow gets on the ballot, perhaps by collecting 40 signatures on an independent nominating petition by Aug. 18.

Wounded soldier returns home from Iraq
From The Daily Mail

NEW BALTIMORE – Sgt. First Class James T. Rundberg returned home to New Baltimore Sunday after being wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb June 25. Rundberg earlier received a Purple Heart and Sunday took home proclamations and resolutions from the New Baltimore Town Board, NY State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta, and U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (D, NY-20).

Catskill Village Board does not meet
CATSKILL – The Catskill Village Board failed to meet Monday night for lack of a quorum. At least five cars turned up at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center for the meeting to see signs announcing that news, while the town’s web site continued to proclaim the meeting was on.

Natalie Merchant live and local
From Tivoli Type

Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant performed unannounced Saturday at Bard College’s Spiegeltent with, “a piano, a little red notebook of music she compiled in the wee hours the night before, and a pen. She sang, played, joked, and made notes in the margins as she worked through the material. It was as much a songwriter’s workshop as a performance, and aren’t we lucky to have been there.”

Today’s local headlines

Gillibrand leads charge to keep gays in the military
From The Daily Beast

WASHINGTON – New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has secured an agreement from the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” gays-in-the-military policy this fall. It would be the first formal re-assessment of the policy since Congress passed it into law in 1993. Recently, Gillibrand tried to add an amendment to the Military Reauthorization Act that would have temporarily suspended the policy, but withdrew it when she determined the amendment would not pass. This is her latest attempt to solidify support from her left for her 2010 primary election to retain her seat.

Greenway announces $75,000 trail grant program
From The Register-Star

The Hudson River Valley Greenway has applications available for the 2009 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program, with $75,000 in matching grants for funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation.

Fred Dicker reports in The New York Post that former MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow, a major Republican fund-raiser and activist, is endorsing Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor….The Daily Mail and The Register-Star recently completed a wonderful redesign of their web sites. Unfortunately, they are charging readers to look at articles more than a few days old. Good luck with that….Columbia County’s CCScoop says it is changing to a non-profit web site, and asking for donations. Good luck with that.