See saw. Rasa Macchiaroli, 2.5, of Hudson visits “Helmsley” by Alexandre Arrechea dressed as a construction worker during trick or treating in The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, Ghent, Saturday afternoon. The event included hayrides, craft-making, campfire stories and attracted one of the largest crowds ever for this event. Photo by Siobhan Connally



Two seek Senate seat

GHENT–The race for state Senate in the 43rd District is between first-term incumbent Kathleen Marchione, running on Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines and Brian Howard, the Democratic and Working Families candidate.

The 43rd District was redistricted two years ago and now includes all of Columbia County, most of Rensselaer and parts of Saratoga and Washington counties. But population of the district lies at the north end, with more than 75% of all the voters in the district living in Saratoga and Rensselaer counties combined, with only 20% in Columbia County. Read more…

Gibson, Eldridge locked in costly race

GHENT– November 4 will see voters choose between incumbent Republican Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Eldridge as the representative of New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The 19th District includes all of Columbia County and all or part of 10 other counties: Delaware, Greene, Ostego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer. Read more…

Sample Ballots and Voter Information

GHENT–The general election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The county Board of Elections has published a list of polling sites. The county has also published a list of candidates and ballot propositions.
If you are not certain where you vote, contact the Board of Elections at (518) 828-3115.
Below are copies of the ballots for this election. Please note that each ballot has two sides, with candidates on the front and propositions on the back. Read more…

TH board opposes tax break for Ginsberg’s project

CRARYVILLE–The Taconic Hills Board of Education discussed last week whether to reimburse students for college-level courses they take during their time at Taconic Hills. The board also weighed in against an agreement that would reduce taxes for the planned expansion of the Ginsberg’s food service company.

Board President Kevin Maisenbacher and board member Robert Piper staunchly opposed reimbursements for college-level courses for which students did not also receive high school credit. They both made it clear that they support reimbursing students who also receive credit for the courses at Taconic Hills. Read more…

Hillsdale man invites friends: Let’s do launch

HILLSDALE—“It’s almost drop time,” said Robert Bradway standing on his lawn on Saturday, October 18. “Three o’clock, we’ll see some pumpkins fly.”

Mr. Bradway—bearded, wearing a red-tartan kilt and backwards baseball cap—greeted his guests with a smile. His annual party normally features cider made using his grandfather’s restored apple press. “This year my orchard didn’t produce many apples,” he said. Instead, he built a trebuchet to launch pumpkins. It was his wife Rachael’s idea. Read more…