WIOX tests signal

Recently testing began on where [the WIOX] signal can reach. The signal is strong in Fleischmanns, Margaretville, and Andes….tests [continue] over the next few weeks in the other directions….WIOX will have a booth at the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival.

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Roxbury community station on the air soon


(WIOX engineer Dan Kelleher in the Roxbury station’s new studio.)

New Roxbury community radio station WIOX held a station meeting Saturday morning at their new studios in the town’s Masonic Hall, and announced they will begin test broadcasting on weekends this June, with full-time shows on after Labor Day. The station will broadcast on 91.7-FM in Delaware County, just west of Greene County.

Help local military family see their son

From WRIP in Windham:

Lance Corporal Joshua Williamson, USMC of Grand Gorge, while on patrol in Afghanistan was wounded – shot in the lung. He was operated on in Germany and shipped to Walter Reed Hospital. In order for his parents to be with him, they need financial help. The Mountaintop Detachment #1274 of the Marine Corps League has opened an account for the Williamson family. Send your check, payable to “Josh Williamson Benefit” to
NBT Bank of Grand Gorge
PO Box 380
Grand Gorge, NY 12434
For more information, call Mountaintop Detachment Commander Roy Mower at 518-734-3853.

Local state legislators report income

The Albany Times-Union asked all New York state legislators to disclose their household incomes. Locally, the Senators did not respond and the Assemblymen disclosed. Below is information from the senators and assemblymen representing Greene and Columbia counties:

James L. Seward, Senate, R-51
Responded: No
Reported 2009 income: Minimum of $94,000
Comments: Lawmaker declined to respond but legislative leader income is public record. Assembly pay of $79,500 plus $14,500 as Vice Chair of Minority Conference.

Tim P. Gordon, Assembly, I-108
Responded: Yes
Reported 2009 income: Up to $158,300
Comments: Assemblyman responded saying he makes his legislative pay of $79,500; $3,000, interest and dividend income of approximately $800. Wife works for Price Chopper in Schenectady for a salary of between $50,000 and $75,000 per year.

Stephen M. Saland, Senate, R-41
Responded: No
Reported 2009 income: Minimum of $92,500
Comments: Lawmaker declined to respond but legislative leader income is public record. Assembly pay of $79,500 plus $13,000 as Assistant Minority Whip.

Marcus J. Molinaro, Assembly, R-103
Responded: Yes
Reported 2009 income: $122,700
Comments: Assembly pay of $79,500 and ranking minority member pay on Election Law Committee of $9,000; $1,500 LILAC Realty Corp. sales referrals; Riding Tide Communications pay of $3,700 as associate publisher; wife is a registered nurse at Health Quest, makes $29,000.

Peter D. Lopez, Assembly, R-127
Responded: Yes
Reported 2009 income: $134,500
Comments: Assembly pay of $79,500 plus $9,000 as ranking Republican on the food, farm and nutrition committee. Spouse makes $46,000 per year as career counselor at SUNY-Cobleskill.

Local state senators vote against same-sex marriage

Local New York State Senators Jim Seward (who represents Greene County and other areas) and Steve Saland (who represents Columbia County and other areas) both voted “No” today on the Same-Sex Marriage vote in the New York State Senate. The measure failed, 38-24. In May, local Assemblyman Tim Gordon, D-108th, voted “yes” on the bill, while Pete Lopez, R-127th, voted “no”, and Marc Molinaro, R-103rd, was absent.