Ethically-challenged chairman used pseudonym

We have posted before about how common it is for local politicians to comment on articles that mention their public sector work, but wonder how many pols are using fake names. At least one, in the letters to the editors section, in Woodstock, according to Jim Romenesko’s Media News:

Woodstock, NY Ethics Board chairman James Dougherty — he used Jim Charles for his letters — threatened to sue the Woodstock Times if was outed as the writer. “He said that now he’d have to resign from the Ethics Board, and that was my fault,” writes editor Brian Hollander. “So be it.”

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.

New Pornographers Thursday in Woodstock

From Nippertown!:

Be Here Now: The New Pornographers @ Bearsville Theater, 5/6/10. Just last month Neko Case rolled into The Egg as a back-up singer for Jakob Dylan. On Thursday, she heads into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock with the New Pornographers, as the band launches their U.S tour in support of their new album, “Together,” which is being released today (Tuesday) on Matador Records. Thursday night’s show is the lone U.S. performance by the band before they launch a whirlwind European tour of England, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and Holland. In addition to Ms. Case, the indie-rock supergroup from Vancouver also features the talents of of Zumpano’s Carl Newman, cartoonist/filmmaker Blaine Thurler, The Evaporators’ John Collins, Todd Fancey formally of Limblifter, Kurt Dahle formally of Age of Electric and Limblifter, Kathryn Calder also with Immaculate Machine, and Destroyer’s Dan Bejar.

Opening events

Recommended happenings.
FRIDAY
Sideshow clothing store opening at 7 p.m. with Bleeding Hearts belly dancers, Evan Randall, and Stephen Bluhm. 707 Warren St., Hudson.
Avondale Airforce and Battle Ave Tea Club at 9 p.m. at Market Market Cafe, Route 32 North, Rosendale. $5.
Mick Taylor Band and Voodelic at 9 p.m. at Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St. (Rt. 212), Woodstock.
SATURDAY
Hudson’s Children’s Book Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with hundreds of authors and WGXC, Hudson High.
Upstate II” opening, 6 p.m. with Melora Kuhn, Catherine Mosley, Erik Schoonebeek, and Allyson Strafella at Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson. Through June 5.
Double Duos” 7 p.m. talk, 8 p.m. performance featuring Michael Benedict (vibes), Keith Pray (alto sax), Mike Lawrence (bass) and Brian Patneaude (tenor sax) at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St, Athens.
RE:Vision Forward Motion Theater 8 p.m. at Hudson Opera House.
Club Helsinki in Hudson opens at 9 p.m. with Spottiswoode & His Enemies.
SUNDAY
Remember the Ladies” open house at noon at Thomas Cole House. Free.

Mother Fletcher make WDST finals

Hudson band Mother Fletcher will be in Woodstock Tuesday recording a video for radio station WDST (100.1-FM), according to the band’s Facebook page, as they fight out Elysium Theory and 4 Gun Ridge for a chance to play the station’s Mountain Jam festival. Fifteen bands were in the last round, and Mother Fletcher finished in the top three of a public internet vote. Go here to register to vote.

WDST choosing 3 local bands for Mountain Jam

Woodstock rock radio station WDST (100.1-FM) has chosen 15 local bands that have a chance to perform at the station’s annual Mountain Jam festival. Three bands will be chosen, and among the finalists are two well-known in Greene and Columbia counties, Voodelic (top) and Mother Fletcher. The other bands in the running are WeMustBe, The Penguin Revolution, Steve Schultz, New Clear Rhythm, Elysium Theory, Happy Windsday, Penny Racer – Say Hello To Strangers, Sasha & The Vocal Soul, Crossroads Band, Babydoll, A Sound Decision, 4 Gun Ridge, and David Kraai & The Saddle. Go here to listen to a song from each of the bands, and, once registered with WDST, to vote, deadline is Sunday Apr. 25 at 5 p.m.

Today’s local headlines

Register-Star reporter Jamie Larson claims Columbia County Board of Supervisor Chairman Art Baer, “asked the Register-Star to get [Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera] to sit down with him today to reopen the discussion about [using the] Charles Williams [School] or other sites as possibilities.” The story begins with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce holding an emergency economic forum Thursday at Hudson’s Stageworks Theater. Larson gets Baer on the phone to comment on all the outrage from the Hudson business community about his plan to move the homeless into the city’s St. Charles Hotel. “Baer said St. Charles wouldn’t be on the table if Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera hadn’t ‘stiff-armed’ talks two years ago to use the old Charles Williams School as a homeless shelter,” the story says. Scalera, reached by the reporter, agrees to meet Baer anytime. Scalera says talks to use the Charles Williams School for the homeless broke down when Baer began pushing for the Department of Social Services to move out of Hudson to the Ockawamick school in Claverack. Baer then calls this typical political dealing “blackmail,” clearly raising an even bigger fight instead of trying to solve an issue. Linda Mussmann from TSL and the Bottom Line Party says Baer’s actions are, “the dismantling of Hudson as the county seat.”… Baer also visited Washington D.C., according to the Register-Star, to lobby New York representatives for federal stimulus funding for $4 million in improvements to the museum and visitor center at the Olana State Historic Site; $3 million for an emergency communications system; $9 million for the Greenport water and sewer system; $200,000 to study a countywide broadband initiative; and $1 million to extend wastewater and sewer systems to Hudson Park on Route 23 in Livingston…. U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy put in a $15 million federal funding request on behalf of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency for “transportation infrastructure improvements to State Route 9W” and an “expansion of Exit 21B/New York State Thruway, a flyover Bridge connecting 9W, and an internal public road system connecting the flyover bridge and Kalkberg Commerce Park,” according to the Daily Mail…. The Kinderhook Republicans endorsed Patrick Grattan as town supervisor, Patsy Leader and Glenn Smith for seats on the Town Board, and Lisa Mills for town justice and cross-endorsed Democrat incumbent Highway Superintendent John Ruchel Jr. for a second term in office, according to the Register-Star….While the New York State Senate Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything else to start working, they can agree to keep taking your money. From the Albany Times-Union’s Capitol Confidential blog, Marissa Shorenstein, spokeswoman to Gov. David Paterson is quoted:

“The Governor’s office earlier today looked into the question of whether or not members of the Senate are eligible to receive their salaries with no presiding officer agreed upon to authorize payment. It turns out that both conferences have come together and signed appropriate documentation to continue receiving their salaries. So there is a power sharing agreement — but it only includes getting paid. If the leadership of the Senate can agree on a way to keep getting paid, they can reach an agreement to get back to work for the people of New York.”

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