They set a hot pace. The 15th annual Sean’s Run 5K took place Sunday, April 24, starting and ending at the Chatham School campus off of Woodbridge Avenue in the village. Among the many participants were members of fire companies from Philmont, Mellenville, Chatham and East Chatham, who joined in on a challenge to run the race in bunker pants. East Chatham took it a bit further, donning complete turnout gear (except for the boots) and carrying their company flag. Pictured are finishing the race are firefighters Ray Barber and David Shea. Results from the 5K and Meghan’s Mile results posted at According to the organizers’ Facebook page, this was the largest Sean’s Run Weekend ever, with 1,550 registered in the 5K or Meghan’s Mile (395 walked in to register over the weekend), 212 who registered for the bike rides on Saturday, 53 who participated in the Zumbathon and 5 runners who participated in the Super Saturday Run for Special Needs Kids. Photo by David Lee

Despite aid cuts, Hudson schools budget plans more staff

HUDSON–The Board of Education adopted a 2016-17 school budget proposal to set before voters May 17, after Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier presented the spending plan at the board’s April 19 meeting. The proposed budget calls for $45,910,371 in spending and a 2.15% tax levy increase.

If the proposal is approved, spending would rise $433,250 (.95%) above the current school year’s $45,477,121.

In addition to the budget, the ballot next month includes an election to fill three seats on the Hudson City School District Board of Education. Read more…

Buffa arson case thrown out

No proof the fire was set

HUDSON—The felony arson indictment against Darrin J. Buffa, 42, of Taghkanic was suddenly dismissed by Judge Richard Koweek in Columbia County Court the afternoon of Thursday, April 28.

The case was tossed out after Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka announced that some newly discovered information in connection with the “trace evidence report” had come to his attention.

It was the second day of testimony in Mr. Buffa’s trial for allegedly intentionally setting the March 15, 2014 fire that severely damaged the historic Blue Stores Hotel on Route 9 just south of the intersection of county routes 31 and 8 in Livingston hamlet of Blue Stores. Read more…

Mayor asks Ghent to protect shared watershed

GHENT–The Town Board earlier this month adopted changes to the town zoning code, one of which, said the mayor of Chatham, could allow businesses that handle toxic materials to operate within the watershed that supplies drinking water to the Village Chatham and parts of the hamlet of Ghent.

The supervisor of Ghent called the mayor’s concerns “insulting” and an “attack” on his town. And he said that because of the mayor’s statements he would vote against appointing a Ghent resident who lives in the Village of Chatham to the committee in charge of revising the zoning laws. He subsequently relented on the appointment, but the underlying issue remains to be resolved. Read more…

Chatham hunts for new pumper

CHATHAM–The Village Board has agreed to put out a bid request for new pumper truck. The Chatham Village Fire Company recently put one of its older trucks out of service and getting a new truck is now time sensitive, according to former Village Fire Chief John Howe.

He said the Fire Truck Committee, which has been researching new trucks for several months, hopes the truck will cost less than $520,000. Read more…

Warily, Chatham’s two governments broach sharing space

CHATHAM–The Town and Village boards met last week at the Tracy Memorial to discuss the future of the building and what services the two municipalities might be able to share.

Land Use Specialist Carl Ublacker from the state Department of State, also attended the April 14 meeting to discuss possible grants the town and village could apply for to help combine services. Mr. Ublacker recently worked with the Villages on Kinderhook and Valatie on a state grant they used for Kinderhook to connect to Valatie’s Waste Water Treatment Plant. Read more…