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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.

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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.


 

 

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…

Gas line foes draw crowd

Group asks town to oppose bigger pipes
CHATHAM – Three Chatham Town Board Members and about 30 audience members listened to presentation from a group called Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline at a special workshop meeting last Thursday. The group wants to Town Board to pass a resolution saying that for environmental, financial and safety reasons the town opposes a new pipeline Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company plans to run beneath 17 properties in Chatham.

Board members said they would not vote on the resolution at the September 4 meeting since it was a workshop and one board member and the Town Supervisor were not there. But Board Member Bob Balcom said after the group’s presentation, “I’ll tell you very frankly, I am against any expansion of the Tennessee Pipeline.” Read more…

Local Dems clobber Cuomo in primary

HUDSON–Governor Andrew Cuomo won Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary election Tuesday with over 60% of the vote from Democrats statewide. But he was resoundingly rejected by Columbia County Democrats in favor of challenger Zephyr Teachout.

The unofficial vote in the county with all districts reporting was 1,598 for Ms. Teachout and 419 votes for Mr. Cuomo. A third candidate on the primary ballot, Randy Credico, received 34 votes in the county.

Mr. Cuomo’s running mate for lieutenant governor, former Buffalo area Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, was also victorious statewide, but she too lost in the county, defeated by Ms. Teachout’s running mate, Timothy Wu by 1,544 to 454. Read more…