Oil spill discovered at G’town boat launch

GERMANTOWN—Columbia County 911 dispatched State Police from Livingston to assist the Germantown Fire Department with a reported oil spill in the area of the Germantown Boat Launch, August 17 at 4:50 p.m.

A boater saw a 50-foot flexible “transfer” pipe floating in the Hudson River with some type of unknown oil in close proximity.

A State Police helicopter was called in to help the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) assess the range of impact of the spill. Preliminary investigation revealed a “transfer” pipe from an unknown origin contained an unknown type of oil that spilled into the Hudson River. Read more…

Can bicycles drive Copake recovery?

COPAKE—This town is on the road to revitalization. But the journey is not without a few bumps or at least one hill that makes it hard to see what’s ahead.

With a dry spell of economic growth in the hamlet, where old businesses have departed and new ones have not jumped in, one of the ways Copake is reinventing itself is as bicycling destination. Read more…

Hudson school board president Kelly Frank departs

HUDSON–Kelly Frank, president of the Hudson City School District Board of Education, has resigned effective August 26, in order to take a job in Houston, Texas. She announced her decision at the regular board meeting Monday, August 11. She was beginning the fourth year of a five-year term on the board and this would have been her second full year as president.

Ms. Frank’s successor as president of the school board will “most likely” be the board’s vice president, Tiffany Martin Hamilton, according to Frieda Van Deusen, clerk of the Board of Education. Read more…

Now Hudson’s got a yacht

HUDSON–There’s a new vessel docking at the city’s waterfront these days, The Marika, a 92-foot-long, two-deck luxury cruise yacht. The yacht is owned by the Hudson Cruises, Inc. tour company, which held a grand opening for its newest vessel July 30

The 27-year-old yacht came from the Michigan and made its way to Hudson after seeing duty as a cruise vessel in New York and Boston harbors.

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Two-inch error halts bridge repair project

CHATHAM–Construction has been halted on the White Mills Bridge in Chatham Center due to issues with clearance of CSX trains. CSX is the transportation company that owns the railroad tracks that pass under the bridge.

In an email to The Columbia Paper, Town Supervisor Jesse DeGroodt wrote, “At some point in the construction process, it was discovered that the bridge was two inches under CSX’s required clearance. At that point, work was shut down and a variance sought from CSX.” Read more…