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They take Pride in their music. Berl’s Hotsietotsie Klezmer Orkester waits for Hudson’s 6th Annual Pride Parade to step off Saturday, June 20. The parade, which goes down Warren Street, was part of Pride Weekend in the city organized by the Hudson Pride Foundation (HPF). The organization and the event aim to raise awareness of the LBGT community in the county. The HPF also hosted its annual family festival at the Hudson waterfront after the parade, both of which were well attended, as well as a cabaret, boat cruise and dance party during the weekend. Photo by David Lee

Another Hudson school board president leaves

HUDSON–Peter Rice, president of the Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education, has submitted his resignation. He is the third board president to leave in the last two-and-a-half years.

District Superintendent Maria Suttmeier announced his resignation at the board meeting Monday, June 22.

Superintendent Suttmeier said Mr. Rice wrote a “very nice” letter informing her that he was resigning for personal reasons. In it, he thanked her and the board for the time he had served on it. Read more…

New tactical team is a shared service

GREENPORT–SSRT is an acronym for Shared Services Response Team.

The team comprises deputy sheriffs and police officers who receive specialized training to provide a tactical response to critical incidents and other specialized assignments and emergencies within Columbia and Greene counties. Its formation was announced June 24 in the conference room of the Public Safety Building that houses the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia County 911 dispatch center and the county jail. Read more…

Chatham joins towns acknowledging climate change challenges

CHATHAM – The Town Board approved a motion last week recognizing “that climate change is happening and that human activities are a key contributor to it.”

The motion, which the board adopted unanimously at its June 18 meeting, was brought to the board by the Citizens for Climate Change Lobby last month. A similar motion was approved by the Hillsdale and Ancram town boards. Read more…

County drafts limits on CEDC

Supervisors’ committee plans to suspend agency payments

HUDSON–The Economic Development Committee of the county Board of Supervisors drafted measures this week that would temporarily suspend payments to the county’s troubled economic development agency and give the supervisors a say in it restructuring plan.

The changes at the agency, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), and the response by the Board of Supervisors follow the release of a state investigation of the CEDC in April, which identified four CEDC board members as having potential conflicts concerning the Ginsberg’s food warehouse project on Route 66. Read more…

Neighbor charged in shooting of family’s therapy dog

MARTINDALE—A family lost not only its beloved pet, but its sense of security and a child lost her best friend, when Poppy, the family dog was shot and killed on their Palmer Road property, Sunday, June 14.

According to the State Police complaint, Linda Derosa, 62, of Claverack was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a class E felony, under state Agriculture and Market’s Law, June 18.

The complaint alleges that Sunday morning at about 10 a.m., when Ilze Earner and her children were at church, Mrs. Derosa “intentionally and with no justifiable purpose shot a Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland mix dog named Poppy… which resulted in the death of said dog.” Read more…