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Photo: Scott Langley Local Dems clobber Cuomo  Primary Inspector Judy Rusk (center) chats with Clerical Inspectors Rochelle Bartolo (r) and Teresa Every (l) during down time between voters at the primary elections at the Ghent Town Hall Tuesday evening September 9. Ms. Rusk said that this year, "We are seeing a lot more people," compared to the previous primary. Although Andrew Cuomo and his running mate for Lt. governor, Kathy Hochul, won the statewide race for the Democratic line in the November election, county Democrats overwhelmingly supported Zephyr Teachout for governor, by 1,598 votes to 419 for Mr. Cuomo. Ms. Teachout's running mate, Timothy Wu, beat Ms. Hochul in the county by a margin of 1,544 to 452. For other results go online to www.columbiapaper.com.

Photo: Scott Langley
Local Dems clobber Cuomo
Primary Inspector Judy Rusk (center) chats with Clerical Inspectors Rochelle Bartolo (r) and Teresa Every (l) during down time between voters at the primary elections at the Ghent Town Hall Tuesday evening September 9. Ms. Rusk said that this year, “We are seeing a lot more people,” compared to the previous primary. Although Andrew Cuomo and his running mate for Lt. governor, Kathy Hochul, won the statewide race for the Democratic line in the November election, county Democrats overwhelmingly supported Zephyr Teachout for governor, by 1,598 votes to 419 for Mr. Cuomo. Ms. Teachout’s running mate, Timothy Wu, beat Ms. Hochul in the county by a margin of 1,544 to 452. For other results go online to www.columbiapaper.com.


P’mont goes back to court after no-show ruling overturned

PHILMONT–The September 8 meeting of the Village Board was drawing to a close when Village Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons brought up the case of Samuel Wright III. Mr. Wright was convicted in February in a case involving the maintenance of some derelict properties, which Mr. Wright owned. That case was brought before Philmont Justice Rick Tracy. Now, new Justice Russ Immarigeon has overturned the ruling of Judge Tracy in the case of Mr. Wright.

Mr. Wright’s presence has been requested in court several times since 2008 in relation to several properties he owns that the town considers hazardous or dangerous. “Mr. Wright appears to have a mixed record of attendance,” said. Mr. Fitzsimmons. Once, when Mr. Wright failed to appear, “We called [his] mother,” he said. Read more…

K’hook code changes inch through system

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board agreed this week to send proposed Local Law #1 of 2014 on the county and town planning boards for review. The law, if passed by the town, would change the wording in a section of the town code that deals with land use development, which includes home occupations, off-street parking and codes for apartment dwellings.

The entire proposed law is on the town’s website at www.kinderhook-ny.gov. A Codes Committee, made up of the chairs of the town Planning and Zoning boards, the code enforcement officer, a board member and a community member, has been meeting for the last few months to work on the changes in the code included in the local law. Read more…

Valatie eases zoning, tightens safety

VALATIE–The Village Board approved two new local laws, the first and second of 2014, at their meeting Tuesday. The new laws update the occupancy limits for apartments and change the language in the Business District zoning law so that property owners on Upper Main Street can choose whether to have commercial or residential spaces in their buildings.

After closing the public hearings on the local laws, which were continued from last month, the board held its regular meeting September 9, passing a motion to increase the quarterly water rates by $1 per 1,000 gallons over 7,500 gallons for in the village users. The rate is increased the rate by $3 for users outside the village. Read more…

Rice chosen to lead Hudson school board

HUDSON– In the first Board of Education meeting since classes began this school year the Board of Education this week selected a new president, Peter A. Rice, Jr.

Also at the September 8 meeting the board presented Ian McCormick, the new associate principal of both the intermediate and junior high schools and heard how student participation in state tests affects the district’s efforts to improve its standing. Read more…

Germantown gets its big break on screen

GERMANTOWN–“Germantown: Stories of Our History” had its world premiere Tuesday in two free screenings in town. The matinee was in the Hover Room at the Germantown Library, full at 40+ viewers. Sensing an even larger crowd for the evening screening, town historian Susan Raab moved it to the auditorium at the Germantown Central School.

The color film, with an original score, consists of interviews with 15 town residents, plus historic photos and voiceover by the writer and director, S. Nicholas Holsapple. (In Germantown Mr. Holsapple is known as Nick; to the rest of the world, he is Sanford.) Read more…