Ancram Supervisor Art Bassin (l) and Ancram Preservation Group President Christopher “Kit” White scrutinize the deteriorating old stone retaining wall behind the Simons General Store. The wall helps support the roadbed for State Route 82, which runs just above the wall in the hamlet. Photo by Scott Langley

K’hook hands off assessments to county… for now

VALATIE–The Kinderhook Town Board has approved a contract to have the county Real Property Tax Service Agency take over the assessment services in the town. The board made the decision at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, July 13.

The town’s assessor, Tom Griffen, retired recently after working under a contract with the town for several years. At this week’s board meeting the board hired his clerk, Cathy Knott, to continue working in the assessor’s office Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon during the summer for $20 an hour. Read more…

Vets’ vans need to work to complete their missions

HUDSON–Twenty-two veterans in Columbia County recently had to reschedule medical and other appointments, and two ended up in the emergency room, because both vans used by the county’s Veteran’s Services Bureau to transport their clients had broken down.

Gary Flaherty, executive director the veterans bureau, included those facts in his report to the Human Services Committee of the county Board of Supervisors, which met Wednesday, July 15. Read more…

ELECTION: Chatham GOP, Dems hold caucuses

CHATHAM–Both major political parties in the town have held their caucuses to choose candidates for the November election, with each party picking a person to head the ticket who is not enrolled in the party.

The town Republican Party caucus was held July 14 at the Chatham Fire House in the Village of Chatham. The party members attending the caucus approved the full slate of candidates endorsed by the Republican Committee. Read more…

Chatham sees wisdom in ‘Climate Smart Communities’

CHATHAM–The Town of Chatham is now a Climate Smart Community, embracing a state program that offers guidance about energy efficiency and green technology. At their meeting on Thursday, July 16, the board passed a resolution to join the program.

Robyn Reynolds, a representative from the Climate Smart Communities program, stressed to the board that there was no obligation to join. “This is really a recognition program,” she said. She told the board there was no legal risks in signing up for the program and penalties if the town doesn’t participate. Read more…

Thoughtless words rankle at CMH

Carol SanCarlos (l) talks with Columbia Memorial Health employees Tracy Smart (r) and Ruth Snow at the Seventh Street park rally, Monday, sponsored by SEIU 1199, the hospital workers' union. Photo by Scott Langley

Carol SanCarlos (l) talks with Columbia Memorial Health employees Tracy Smart (r) and Ruth Snow at the Seventh Street park rally, Monday, sponsored by 1199 SEIU, the hospital workers’ union. Photo by Scott Langley

Hospital CEO apologizes for staff’s ‘inexcusable language’

HUDSON–Speakers at a 7th Street Park rally Monday evening called for “accountability” from Columbia Memorial Health after two incidents last month involving printed sheets that carried racial stereotypes of African Americans were displayed in employee areas of the hospital.

A hospital spokesman said Tuesday that the “terrible irony” of the situation was that the statements were part of what was supposed to be an advanced graduate education project by employees who planned to exhibit their understanding of health issues affecting African Americans. Read more…