Today’s local headlines

(Representatives from Dragonfly Performing Arts, left, make a presentation at a public hearing at the Cairo Planning Board Wed. Aug. 5.)

Cairo Planning Board approves Dragonfly theater
Listen to audio of entire planning board meeting:
Last month Rita Carver (pictured above) of Dragonfly Performing Arts went before the Cairo Planning Board and received many requests for all sorts of documents, and questions about various issues before the proposed theater could open on the town’s Main Street. Two weeks ago, Carver asked the wife of planning board member Frank Pambianchi (also pictured above, far right), to join the Dragonfly board. Last night (listen to pt2 above, at beginning of track) at Cairo Town Hall, the theater sailed through the process, with no comments in a public hearing (listen at the 24:50 mark in pt1), and few questions from the board. After a brief discussion about what constituted the building’s sign, everyone, including Pambianchi, voted to approve the project. Planning Board chairman Dan Benoit said after the meeting that he did not know Pambianchi’s wife Moki was on the board, and did not know if that meant Frank Pambianchi should have recused himself. The Planning Board also waived the site plan review for the concrete slab Trailers, LLC (pt4 of audio) wants to put in at its location along Rt. 145, and approved the Porto subdivision (17:00 in on pt2). The board also declared a negative SEQR declaration on the Celenza subdivision (beginning of pt3), and set a special meeting for the Deschaine site plan, a proposed alternative energy wood-chipping business near Rt. 32 at the town’s southern border, for Sept. 14 (public hearing at beginning of pt1, board discussion at 32:00 of pt1). Favorite quote from the meeting: “What’s more rural than logs?” asked Planning Board member Elizabeth Hansen, about the cargo on the trucks at the proposed Deschaine facility. Uh, trees perhaps? (FULL DISCLOSURE: The Cairo Planning Board continues to hold up the application of Wave Farm, by free103point9, the WGXC license holder. Frank and Moki Pambianchi have led virtually all opposition to the Wave Farm project. A State Supreme Court judge has ruled twice in favor of Wave Farm, and the Town of Cairo is now considering an appeal of the last ruling.)

AG charges former judge with grand larceny, misconduct
From The Columbia Paper

Former Stockport Town Justice James Funk was charged with a count of third degree grand larceny, a class D felony; a count of first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony; and a count of official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor by State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo for allegedly taking $27,000 in fees and bail money from a court bank account for personal use. If convicted, the judge faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Murphy holds small-biz roundtable on health care
From Capitol Confidential

U.S. Representative Scott Murphy (D-20) hosted a forum on health care in Ballston Spa Tuesday with two dozen businesspeople and members of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, and didn’t warn the press first. The Times-Union’s Casey Seiler wonders if it was because “groups ranging from health care traditionalists to anti-Obama ‘birthers'” have been disrupting town hall meetings congressional representatives have been holding or if “the absence of the media might result in less grandstanding and a more frank exchange of views?” This Saturday Murphy will be at the Golden Harvest Farm in Valatie at 11 a.m.


2 Responses

  1. Good stories!

  2. ♥ “What’s more rural than logs?”/Uh, trees perhaps?

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