Firefighters demonstrate why they’re wye race champs. On Saturday, May 20 local fire companies celebrated the 125th anniversary of the FASNY Firemen’s Home in Hudson. After a parade and muster, the companies held demonstrations and competitions in front of the Firemen’s Home. The championship Owego Hose Team demonstrated their speed with various competitive hose hook-up races such as this wye race, in which the five-member team must hook a hose to a hydrant, divide it into two separate hoses using a wye-coupling and knock down two targets with the water. Photo by David Lee

Events may help economy but some in G’town wary

GERMANTOWN–A town law that would expand commercial event venues was discussed at a Public Hearing before the Town Board meeting on May 16.

The new law would also regulate how owners rent their properties for commercial events such as weddings, parties, meetings, reunions and corporate events. The impetus for the law came from Genette Picicci and Vern Oehlke, who wish to rent their barn and farm property for weddings and possibly other events.

Checking town zoning law for regulations on this kind of business, the couple found none. They appeared before the Town Board at its April meeting citing the need for regulation; according to their materials, for-profit events already occur on private properties. Read more…

Slim turnout for TH vote still showed improvement

CRARYVILLE–In the May 16 election Taconic Hills School District board member Ronald Morales won re-election to another 5-year term, with 243 votes. Austerlitz resident Alicia O’Rourke, also won election to a 5-year term, with 181 votes. She will replace Harvey Weber. Ms. O’Rourke, who has two school-age children, is a graduate of the district and has volunteered in the classroom and with the PTO.

Taconic Hills voters also approved a $37,453,541 budget, funded in part by a 1.4% tax levy increase, for the 2017-18 school year. The measure won year with 354 votes for the budget versus 86 votes against.

In addition, voters approved a resolution to purchase two school buses and one passenger vehicle, not to exceed $230,000. That proposition passed by a vote of 351 to 86. The vehicles will be bought with Capital Reserve Fund monies. Read more…

Judge to Sal: Clean it up or stay put

Cascino allegedly tried to conceal debris that must go

HUDSON—Remove the debris or stay in jail, it seems simple enough, but apparently not to Salvatore Cascino.

Mr. Cascino appeared in Columbia County Supreme Court for the second time this month, May 18, in his latest attempt to get out of jail. But despite hiring yet another new lawyer, who called a couple of witnesses to the stand, the judge’s ruling was the same—get thee back to the slammer.

Mr. Cascino, 77, of Larchmont in Westchester County, has spent the past 19 years racking up violations of federal, state and town laws for illegal dumping, building and excavating at a place he calls Copake Valley Farm along the east side of Route 22 in Copake. Read more…

Two towns get a charge from grants for Chatham

CHATHAM–The Towns of Chatham and Ghent have each received state grants to put electric car charging stations in the Village of Chatham. The village straddles the boundary between both towns and the plan is to put one set of chargers in the part of the village that lies within the Town of Chatham and another set at a village site in the Town of Ghent.

It’s not clear how many electric cars will use the chargers, although one person regularly parks a Tesla on or near Main Street. Right now Greenport has the only public charging station in the county. The idea behind the new grants is that with the market for electric powered cars growing, more such vehicles will turn up in Chatham if their owners know they can top off their batteries here.

Last week the Town of Chatham issued a press release announcing approval of a grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. “The grant provides funding for installation costs of a two-vehicle charging station as well as two years of electricity costs incurred by charging EVs,” according to the release. The town said the charging station would be installed at the Main Street parking lot co-owned by the Village and Town of Chatham. Read more…

Is Germantown on board with arrival of a diner?

GERMANTOWN—“Diner” may be on its way to town—not the 1982 movie, based in a Baltimore eatery, but the same kind of vintage place to eat and hang out.

The Planning Board holds a Public Hearing at its next meeting, Thursday, May 25, on an application from Michael C. Lueck of Red Hook to move a 1955 diner to Route 9G and Sharpes Landing Road.

Mr. Lueck is the brother of Martin Lueck and a part owner of Central House hotel in the town’s hamlet. Michael Lueck is also the owner, with his wife, Vicki, of Charlie O’s Hometown Bar & Grill in Red Hook. Charlie O’s website describes it as a “family-owned and operated restaurant” that opened in August 2010. The owners “grew up in the area” and “named the restaurant after their son, Charlie Otto.” Read more…