They were there. After the Hudson Memorial Day ceremonies at the courthouse, veteran Ralph Avery (center) shook the hand of Gerald Miller of Hudson, who is a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Avery is a US Navy veteran of D-Day in France, and Mr. Miller a Navy veteran of the South Pacific who served on the destroyer Heermann. With Mr. Avery is his daughter, VFW Auxiliary member Nancy O’Day. The Memorial Day event, which included guest speakers, wreath laying by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Hudson Valley Blue Star Mothers at the monument to the veterans of WWII and a parade down Warren Street, was organized jointly by the Hudson American Legion Post 184 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1314. Photo by David Lee


Chatham eyes net gain from camp offer

CHATHAM – Town Supervisor Jesse DeGroodt announced at last week’s Town Board meeting that he has disbanded the committee convened to review an offer from Adam Slone to build new tennis courts at the town’s Crellin Park. Mr. DeGroodt said he has now formed a new committee to look at the feasibility of constructing five new tennis courts at the park paid for by Mr. Slone.

The new committee will include representatives from the Chatham Central School District and the town’s engineering firm.

Mr. Slone, through a nonprofit called Life Serve Tennis Camp, had an application brought before the town’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals seeking a variance for a camp on his Thomas Road property. He planned to have campers stay at his house and wanted to build three tennis courts on his property. But he withdrew his application just as the Town Board adopted a moratorium earlier this spring blocking construction along dirt roads. Read more…

Towns sharpen pencils to earn state tax break

ANCRAM—Here’s an oxymoron: Government Efficiency Plan.

Seems unlikely, but it’s real, and if a municipality doesn’t file one of these plans by June 1, the state government won’t give taxpayers who live there a property tax rebate.

Did that get your attention? Read more…

Court ruling clears way for Ginsberg’s

Judge Koweek dismisses suits, orders permit

HUDSON–Acting state Supreme Court Judge Richard Koweek has reportedly ordered the Ghent Planning Board to issue a permit for the construction of a 50-foot tall warehouse and garage on a 33-acre site along state Route 66 that straddles the line between the Towns of Claverack and Ghent.

The order stemmed from a decision in one of four related legal actions, three of which were filed by neighbors of the proposed structure seeking to block construction of the facility by Ginsberg’s, a regional wholesale food distributor with headquarters in Claverack. Those three suits were dismissed by Judge Koweek May 22. Read more…

Much equipment lost in accidental fire

KINDERHOOK—The Village of Kinderhook’s Department of Public Works garage at 43 Chatham Street, was crippled by a fire that broke out Memorial Day around 8 a.m.

Fire officials have ruled the blaze accidental and determined the cause to be the improper disposal of a cigarette. Read more…

Germantown asked to review its plan

GERMANTOWN—In a one-hour public meeting Monday, May 18 the greatest amount of time was spent on a subject the Town Board had put the kibosh on in its last two meetings.

Speaking during the public comment period, Ellen Jouret-Epstein addressed the of the town’s Comprehensive Plan, saying, “There is a great deal of support among residents for reestablishing a committee and undertaking a review—not an update—of the plan.” Read more…