Today’s local headlines

The New York State Senate continued to pretend to play “senate” instead of actually doing the people’s work on Sunday, according to Capitol Confidential. Casey Seiler of the Times-Union’s blog believes the two sides are nowhere near reaching any agreement….Kaatskill Condos, a housing project at the former Irving Elementary School in Catskill, is in foreclosure, according to The Daily Freeman. Rhinebeck Savings Bank is seeking to cover more than $2 million in mortgage debt from the project from Estate Capital LLC, formerly Hudson Valley Development Group. The 1907 school building would have been turned into 12 condos….The Columbia Paper largely rehashes the current kerfuffle between Columbia County Board of Supervisors chairman Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) and the city of Hudson, but reports that the county may buy the former Charles Williams School from the city for $400,000. The county may turn the property into temporary emergency housing for the homeless….The Town of Cairo is making more moves move away from open and transparent local government. The Daily Mail reports that comments made during public hearings at Cairo Planning Board meetings would be limited to five minutes. They say they are doing this to shorten the meetings, which have been consistently running past 11 p.m. The Town Board is also considering a proposal that would redact the names of anyone making a complaint in town documents. They may vote on that proposal at their regular meeting July 22.

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