Murphy in Greene County Monday

Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) will visit several Greene County fire stations, present a USDA infrastructure grant to the Town of Ashland, and host a town meeting in Windham on Monday, May 10. Details:

  • Murphy at Prattsville Hose Company, Main Sreet, Prattsville, 11:15 a.m.
  • Congressman Murphy and USDA officials to present a grant to Ashland for improved water and sewer systems at Ashland Town Hall, 12094 Route 23 Ashland, noon.
  • Rep. Murphy hosts town meeting at Windham Center Church, Windham, 12:45 p.m.
  • Murphy tours the Leeds Hose Company, Route 23 B, Leeds, 2:15 p.m.
  • Murphy tours Athens Volunteer Fire Department, Third St., Athens, 3 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public. Murphy faces Republican Chris Gibson in an election this fall.

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    Greene weekend

    FRIDAY

    Sheila Jordan/Cameron Brown (photo, at right) Duo perform jazz at 8 p.m. at Gallagher’s, 513 Main St., Cairo. $25.

    SATURDAY

    Hudson Farmer’s Market reopens for the season from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at parking lot at Columbia and 6th Sts., Hudson. WGXC will have a table at the market.

    Lex Grey and John Pinder with Crooked Toe at Wine and Cheese Festival (fundraiser for Catskill Village parks) 1-6 p.m. at Beattie Powers House, Catskill.

    Smokin’ Aces at the Prattsville Tavern’s Pig Roast and BBQ at 2 p.m., $10 donation to Ashland Fire Department.

    Avondale Airforce, Billy Mitchell, Naked on the Woodstock green, free, May 8, at 3 p.m.

    Stream management program funds awarded

    Michael Ryan in the Windham Journal writes:

    Thousands of dollars were handed out when the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Council awarded its second round of Stream Management Program funds, last week, during a meeting at the Windham Country Club. SWAC members awarded $77,627 to seven entities in Greene and Delaware counties for projects aimed at preserving water quality in the New York City reservoir system and increasing awareness of watershed related issues. All of the funds are provided by the Department of Environmental Protection, which has set aside $2 million to be distributed over a 5-year period, with two years having passed on the contract, administered by the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District. [Greene County] Funds were allocated in round two as follows:

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: The Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville, $6,810, with a $750 In-kind contribution to create landscape design plans for a Wooded Walk outdoor classroom, accommodating approximately 45 people. The natural amphitheater will offer year-round outdoor programming on ecological and natural history topics relating to the watershed such as wetland plants, insect and wildlife along riparian areas, birding, stream health and leaf pack workshops to learn about geology.

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, $1,884 with a $498 In-kind contribution to set up a rain barrel workshop that will be held at the Sugar Maples Arts Center in Maplecrest. The hands-on workshop will take place during Schoharie Watershed Week, May 17-23, 2010, providing materials and instruction for approximately ten families, teaching them to construct a rain barrel for home use. While the rain barrels will be fun to build, they will also be functional. The workshop will also introduce participants to methods of stormwater control, non-point pollution prevention and conservation of water resources in a residential setting.

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: the SWAC Education and Outreach Committee, $5,100 with an In-kind contribution of $4,125 to conduct a series of events, activities and workshops for people of all ages during Schoharie Watershed Week, taking place throughout the region. On tap will be a watershed-related film series (at the Hunter Theater in the town of Hunter), fly-fishing demonstrations, downspout disconnect programs, an Adopt-A-Stream clean up, a watershed scavenger hunt and kayak and canoe demonstrations.

    —RECREATION/HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS: the Town of Windham, $15,000 with an In-kind contribution of $6,536 (and a potential to raise more in community contributions) to be used toward the creation of a multi-use, non-motorized trail on the Batavia Kill. The 1.1 mile loop trail will be built on a 68-acre parcel owned by the town at the former Police Anchor Camp, along Route 23, on the eastern outskirts of the hamlet district, allowing for improved access to the popular fishing stream. Bridge and boardwalk materials are needed to cross over a wetland and a tributary. A trail committee of local residents and business owners is planning the Windham Path with assistance from the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District.

    –PLANNING & ASSESSMENT: the Town of Hunter, $35,000 with an In-kind contribution of $5,000 to conduct a detailed review of current land use regulations with an intent to adopt revisions and write new regulations and/or guidelines promoting low impact design, climate smart and smart growth principles. In the absence of zoning, the town is seeking to investigate, and adopt as appropriate, innovative land use practices which will be an incentive to achieve desirable future growth related to private housing, development and commercial enterprises.

    –PLANNING & ASSESSMENT: the towns of Ashland, Jewett, Lexington and Windham and the villages of Hunter and Tannersville, $12,000 with an In-kind contribution of $21,500 from the Catskill Watershed Corporation to hold “Mountaintop-wide Better Site Design Plan Workshops.” The workshops will guide each community through a comparison of the local codes against model development principles using a consensus building approach. Model principles will then be compiled into a General Guide for Mountaintop Communities, facilitating specific recommendations for each community.

    SWAC has thus far awarded a total of $518,957.50 in the first two rounds of programming, leaving $1.481,042.50 for future projects. The application deadline for round three is August 2, 2010, with approvals formally taking place on October 27, 2010. Projects awarded funding in round one included improving stream access along the Schoharie Creek in the town of Prattsville by constructing a parking area and installing floodplain drains under Vista Ridge Road in the Town of Jewett, reducing backwater conditions causing channel aggradation. Stormwater retrofits were approved at the Mountaintop Library in the village of Tannersville and Town of Hunter, reducing the quantity of, and improving the conveyance of, stormwater runoff, vastly improving water quality.

    Standing room only at the West Athens-Lime Street Fire Company Pancake benefit.


    Sponsored by the West Athens-Lime Street Fire Company #1 Inc., all proceeds at this pancake breakfast this morning benefited the Ashland Fire Department, which lost all apparatus and equipment due to a fire last week. The event was packed, standing room only.

    Congressman Murphy spends Veteran’s Day in Greene County

    Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) makes a number of appearances in Greene County on Thursday, November 12 for Veteran’s Day. Murphy will present a flag to Lexington Town Supervisor Dixie Baldrey at 11:30 a.m. at 3342 Route 42 in Lexington; he will present a flag to Prattsville Town Supervisor Kory O’Hara at 12:15 at 14517 Main Street in Prattsville; he will present a flag to Ashland Town Supervisor Richard Tompkins at 1:15 p.m. at 10294 Route 23 in Ashland; will present a flag to Jewett Town Supervisor Michael Flaherty at 2 p.m. at the Jewett Municipal Building, 3547 County Rte. 23C; and will present a flag to members of American Legion Post 291 at 3:10 p.m. at 291 Maple Avenue in Greenville; and will present a medal to the Hans Family at 3:45 p.m. at New Baltimore Town Hall, 3809 County Route 51 in Hannacroix.

    Greene County election results

    Greene County election results

    STATE WIDE RACES
    52 of 52 (100%) machines reporting (52 total districts)
    PROPOSAL #1
    Vote for 1
    PROPOSAL #1 YES
    3540
    PROPOSAL #1 NO
    1848
    PROPOSAL #2
    Vote for 1
    PROPOSAL #2 YES
    3766
    PROPOSAL #2 NO
    1546
    COUNTY WIDE RACES
    52 of 52 (100%) machines reporting (52 total districts)
    STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 3RD JD
    Vote for 1
    Jill Dunn 5336
    James P Gilpatric 4237
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 009 RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 9
    Vote for 1
    Sean P Frey
    385
    Elsie S Allan
    353
    Leslie C Armstrong
    176
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 008 RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 8
    Vote for 2
    William B Lawrence
    916
    Harry A Lennon
    830
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 007 RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 7
    Vote for 1
    Larry F Gardner
    549
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 006 RACES
    5 of 5 (100%) machines reporting (5 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 6
    Vote for 1
    James W Hitchcock
    801
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 005 RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 5
    Vote for 1
    James E VanSlyke
    690
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 004 RACES
    3 of 3 (100%) machines reporting (3 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 4
    Vote for 1
    Kevin R Lewis 835
    James P Mulligan 496
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 003 RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 3
    Vote for 1
    Chris H Pfister
    674
    Ray C Brooks
    617
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 002 RACES
    6 of 6 (100%) machines reporting (6 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 2
    Vote for 2
    Charles A Martinez
    1,203
    Wayne C Speenburgh
    1,146
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 001 RACES
    14 of 14 (100%) machines reporting (14 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 1
    Vote for 4
    Keith W Valentine
    1,367
    Joseph F Izzo
    1,328
    Karen A Deyo
    1,307
    Forest Cotten
    1,038
    Linda H Overbaugh
    1,003
    C Robin DePuy
    592
    ASHLAND RACES
    1 of 1 (100%) machines reporting (1 total districts)
    ASHLAND TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Richard E Tompkins
    132
    ASHLAND TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Leslie C Holdridge
    134
    ASHLAND TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Dennis E Mattice
    131
    Thomas H Soule
    130
    ASHLAND TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Justine L Koehler
    130
    ASHLAND SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Larry R Tompkins
    129
    ASHLAND TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Virginia C Arturi
    129
    ATHENS RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    ATHENS TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Lee Allen Palmateer
    628
    John F Lubera
    609
    ATHENS TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Constance J Pazin
    753
    ATHENS TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    April Paluch
    617
    Phyllis Dinkelacker
    556
    Charles J Dagostino
    550
    Paul Hasbrouck
    445
    CAIRO RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    CAIRO TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    John M Coyne
    845
    CAIRO TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Leland E Miller
    772
    CAIRO TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Douglas L Ostrander Jr 929
    Raymond J Suttmeier 709
    Alice Tunison (write-in) 192
    CAIRO TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Emily A Feeney
    920
    CATSKILL RACES
    14 of 14 (100%) machines reporting (14 total districts)
    CATSKILL TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert G Carl
    1,407
    CATSKILL TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Kevin C Lennon
    1,354
    Robert C Antonelli
    1,043
    Joseph M Leggio
    1,000
    COXSACKIE RACES
    6 of 6 (100%) machines reporting (6 total districts)
    COXSACKIE TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Alexander L Betke II
    934
    COXSACKIE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Richard H Roberg
    1,150
    COXSACKIE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Jeffery R Lewis
    926
    Patrick B Kennedy
    735
    COXSACKIE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Bambi L Hotaling
    1,137
    COXSACKIE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Michael J Tighe
    889
    John B Garland
    822
    COXSACKIE TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Linda J Wilkinson
    1,128
    DURHAM RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    DURHAM TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Gary J Hulbert
    564
    DURHAM TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Karen J Tirpak
    602
    DURHAM TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Jodi L Wood
    585
    William A Carr Jr
    554
    DURHAM TOWN CLERK/COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Chris Kohrs
    622
    DURHAM SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Wesley I Moore
    620
    GREENVILLE RACES
    3 of 3 (100%) machines reporting (3 total districts)
    GREENVILLE TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Paul J Macko 851
    Peter L OHara 464
    GREENVILLE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Richard P Schreiber 955
    GREENVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Richard Y Bear 864
    Kenneth M Stern 771
    Kathleen A Whitley Harm 482
    Wayne A Nelsen 466
    GREENVILLE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Ronnie J Campbell 979
    GREENVILLE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Richard B Hempstead 839
    Terry L Williams 503
    GREENVILLE TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Mary Yeomans 1042
    HALCOTT RACES
    1 of 1 (100%) machines reporting (1 total districts)
    HALCOTT TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    A Innes Kasanof
    46
    HALCOTT TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Chris DiBenedetto
    48
    Alan S White
    46
    HALCOTT TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Stacey L Johnson
    49
    HALCOTT SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Russell C Bouton
    50
    HALCOTT TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Ruth A Kelder
    53
    HUNTER RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    HUNTER TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Dennis M Lucas Sr
    247
    HUNTER TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    James A Volker
    331
    HUNTER TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Dolph J Semenza
    327
    Daryl E Legg
    317
    HUNTER SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    John G Farrell
    331
    JEWETT RACES
    1 of 1 (100%) machines reporting (1 total districts)
    JEWETT TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Carol A Muth
    185
    Georgette E Krauss
    155
    JEWETT TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    William C Trach
    209
    Steven C Jacobs
    199
    Marianne Romito
    131
    Frank P Steinherr
    93
    LEXINGTON RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    LEXINGTON TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Greg T Cross
    193
    Dixie L Baldrey
    161
    LEXINGTON TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert A Basil
    332
    LEXINGTON TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    John W Berger Jr
    208
    Glenn E Howard
    165
    Mary T Cline
    156
    Maurice Nelson
    111
    Susan Jo Falke
    29
    LEXINGTON TOWN CLERK/COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Rose M Williams
    337
    LEXINGTON SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Frank G Hermance
    172
    Larry M Cross
    147
    Larry G Falke
    27
    NEW BALTIMORE RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Susan K ORorke
    587
    Arthur A Byas
    573
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Joseph F Cosenza
    675
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Barbara M Finke
    623
    Michael T Meredith
    577
    James E Coe
    531
    Lee A Davis
    531
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Janet A Brooks
    764
    Paula A Rebusmen
    404
    NEW BALTIMORE TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Lynn Taylor
    681
    PRATTSVILLE RACES
    1 of 1 (100%) machines reporting (1 total districts)
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Kory P O’Hara
    151
    Richard E Morse
    130
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert J Blain
    176
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    James M Thorington
    184
    Steven H Oliver
    138
    Lisa L Hamilton
    118
    CJ Rion
    87
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN UNEXPIRED
    Vote for 1
    Patrick T Mattice
    234
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Kathleen D Sherman
    168
    Switlana Breigle
    80
    PRATTSVILLE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    William C Sutton
    211
    Stanley R Vanhoesen
    60
    PRATTSVILLE TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Jody M Briggs
    142
    Anita Creazzo
    129
    WINDHAM RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    WINDHAM TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    T Patrick Meehan
    297
    WINDHAM TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Christopher Mattiace
    276
    WINDHAM TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Robert J Pelham
    297
    Wayne E VanValin
    226
    WINDHAM TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Carolyn J Garvey
    299
    WINDHAM SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Thomas F Hoyt
    283
    WINDHAM TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Dawn L Hitchcock
    314

    Today’s local headlines

    Greene Supports Cement
    http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2009/07/16/news/doc4a5e963a75857373047517.txt

    CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers on Wednesday roundly endorsed operations of local cement manufacturers to remind state and federal officials that the industry is important to the local economy. The support was given in a unanimous vote, with one absence, during a county Legislature meeting, where officials asked that funding for modernization be considered for Holcim U.S. and Lehigh Northeast Cement Co. in Catskill as well as LaFarge North America in Ravena in Albany County.

    Ulster has first swine flu death
    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2009/July09/17/swineflu_UC_fatal-17Jul09.html

    KINGSTON – Ulster County Thursday reported its first swine flu associated fatality. The individual was a man from Saugerties who had been hospitalized with underlying medical conditions in addition to the flu.

    Hudson Valley Job Losses
    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2009/July09/17/unemp-17Jul09.html

    The Hudson Valley lost another 18,300 jobs year over year in June, bringing to 746,400 the number of people who have become unemployed in the last 12 months, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. Putnam is feeling the least relative pain, with a 7 percent jobless rate last month. At the bottom, Sullivan and Greene, close to 9 percent.

    DOT: Portions of Route 23 to close
    http://www.thedailymail.net/articles/2009/07/16/windham_journal/news/doc4a5e4e126cd25036863359.txt

    ASHLAND – The Department of Transportation will be close a section of Route 23 between the towns of Ashland and Prattsville starting July 20 to address long-recognized slope stabilization problems adjacent to the old Catholic church. Both lanes will be shut down to fix the road. This is the first of three jobs, totaling $2.2 million, on Route 23, though the other two will not shut down both lanes. A detour will be set up on Route 296 in Windham and then onto Hensonville and Hunter, where they can connect with Route 23A into Prattsville, more than 20 miles out of the way.

    Utility ratepayers could get stuck for millions in unfunded stimulus program
    http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2009/July09/17/util_rates-17Jul09.html

    ALBANY – The federal stimulus package is going to providefunds for New York utilities – including Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and Orange and Rockland Utilities – but the money would only pay for half of the cost of the $1 billion program. Smart grid utility projects proposed by the utility companies may qualify for stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The term smart grid refers to the application of various digital technologies to, among other things, modernize and automate transmission and distribution assets to anticipate and respond to system disturbances, enable greater use of variable energy sources, including renewable energy, and provide the capability for customers to control their energy consumption effectively.

    Greene Lawsuit Settled
    http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2009/07/17/news/doc4a5fe6fec5bb0085621011.txt

    CATSKILL — Greene County lawmakers have agreed to pay an engineering firm $35,000 to settle a lawsuit over disputed bills for services. At a Legislature meeting Wednesday, officials said the county had withheld $24,899 from Crawford and Associates Engineering for services on the county Mental Health building in Cairo and $30,368 from the firm for its alleged failure to include required electrical services in the design of the county Highway Department building in Athens. The firm had sought $95,000 in its lawsuit against the county.

    Artist and musician Roger Mason moves studio into Chatham’s clock tower
    http://www.registerstar.com/articles/2009/07/16/chatham_courier/news/doc4a5e0592ac5c1176339793.txt

    CHATHAM – Musician Roger Mason, who has played with Bob Dylan, Itzhak Perlman, John Denver, members of The Band, the Carradine Brothers and Larry Campbell, who produced Levon Helm, is moving his studio into the third floor of the clocktower in Chatham.