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


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…

Unequal charges vex village

CHATHAM – The Village Board has passed a motion to forgive last quarter’s sewer bills for residents on Harmon Heights Road. Residents on the village street have been paying four times the base rate for sewer service for several years. The board is going to review the rates before setting a new rate for the residents, who don’t use village water but do use the municipal sewer system.

“We can’t find any reason at all,” Village Clerk Barbara Henry said at the board’s regular meeting on May 14, during the discussion about why the seven houses on Harmon Heights Road pay $94 a quarter for sewer service. The minimum use charge elsewhere in the village is $21. The board will look into how to charge the residents, since sewer use is calculated based on water usage and the residents in question use a shared well and not village water. Read more…

K’hook approves (new) new roof contract

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board accepted a new contract for the Village Hall roof repairs at the board’s regular meeting last week. In a 3-2 vote, board awarded Mid-State Industries from Schenectady the $473,000 contract for the work.

Last month, the board awarded the job to a lower bidder, Carey Construction in Kingston, but Trustee Bob Puckett said at the May 13 meeting that the company had not given the village correct amounts. Mr. Puckett voted for the new contact along with village Trustees Brian Murphy and Rich Phillips. Read more…