Today’s local headlines

Ancram ponders orphaning roads
From The Columbia Paper

ANCRAM – The Town of Ancram is considering cutting back on the maintenance or abandoning several town roads: Crest Lane Extension, Sheppard Road, Rothvoss Road, Ken’s Road, School House Road, Altenburg Road, Rabbit Tail Road, Stewart’s Road, Bash Road and portions of Sawchuck Road and Over Mountain Road. The Town would change the streets to “seasonal-use roads” and would not have to clear snow.

Planners to invoke independent review clause
From The Daily Mail

HUNTER – The Town of Hunter planning board will for the first time force two applicants, Cortina Mountain Estates and Twin Mountain Estates, to pay for an independent review by an engineering firm. The Planning Board choose Delaware Engineering for the work.

Seward will hold meetings with dairy farmers
From The Daily Mail

CAIRO – State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta will hold an emergency meeting soon in Cobleskill to address the crisis among dairy farmers, and will schedule other meetings in Greene and Columbia counties, according to a story in The Daily Mail about the Greene County Youth Fair.

Gillibrand vote defeats Thune amendment
From The Albany Project

WASHINGTON – New New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand cast her most important vote so far Wednesday, defeating the Thune amendment, which would have allowed individuals who are licensed to carry concealed weapons to carry those same weapons in other states that allow for the possession of such weapons. Gillibrand has been attacked by the left-wing of her party as too permissive on gun legislation, and is facing several primary challengers. “It is simply wrong for the federal government to overrule a state’s ability to enact reasonable, constitutional gun laws designed to prevent criminals and other violent and dangerous persons from carrying guns in city streets,” she said on the Senate floor.The vote was 58-39 to attach the legislation to a defense spending bill, just short of the necessary votes.

Businesses in Catskill close
From Seeing Greene

CATSKILL – Dick May reports that Harold Hanson’s Verso gallery is closed (though the Hudson store remains open), and that Valley Dry Cleaners in Catskill will close at the end of August. He also reports that efforts are under way to open the 280-seat Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, in the old Orpheum Theater.

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