Investigation opened after death of infant in New Leb

NEW LEBANON—State Police began an investigation into the death of a four-month-old girl at a residence on U.S. Route 20 in the Town of New Lebanon, October 11.

NEWS10 ABC reports at that the baby’s father, Robert Bivins, Jr., said he placed baby Cassandra in her bassinet next to his bed around 3 a.m. October 11 and when he woke up a few hours later, she was not breathing.

He told the TV reporter that some of his 10 kids recently came home sick from school, but he’s not sure if their illnesses are Covid-related or what may have happened to the baby.

He said he is waiting on information from the medical examiner.

State Police said updates would be provided as they become available.


Deven Hotaling

In an October 4 press release State Police said they were searching for Deven B. Hotaling, 22, of Philmont, who was wanted for multiple felony charges.

In May 2020, the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston arrested Mr. Hotaling for third degree robbery, a class D felony, and fourth degree grand larceny for forcibly stealing more than $1,700 from a ride share driver.

In August 2020, he was arrested for second degree arson, a class B felony, for setting fire to an occupied residence.

After he failed to appear for subsequent court dates, two warrants for his arrest were issued by Philmont Village Court.

He was also wanted in connection with a stabbing in New Baltimore, Greene County.

Police said Mr. Hotaling was known to frequent the Village of Catskill and greater Albany area.

On October 5, the U.S. Marshals Albany Fugitive Task Force took Mr. Hotaling into custody on an arrest warrant on Clinton Avenue in Albany.

Marshals turned Mr. Hotaling over to the State Police in Catskill who charged him with assault in the first degree, a B felony. He was arraigned in Coxsackie Court and sent to the Greene County Jail without bail, according to a NEWS10 report.


Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to three people after a fire the night of October 8 routed them from their home at 76 Loyola Road in Elizaville.

Columbia County 911 summoned Livingston firefighters and Columbia County EMS/Greenport Rescue to the structure fire at 8:22 p.m.

Milan and Clermont firefighters responded to provide mutual aid; Germantown, Taghkanic and Ancram firefighters stood by.

Greenport stood by for Livingston and Tivoli stood by for Germantown. County Fire Coordinators assisted; the Cause and Origin team, National Grid and the Livingston building inspector were all called to the scene along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to three adults. Volunteers also offered health services and emotional support. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Firefighters were back in service at 11:47 p.m.

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Upgrades make county jail more energy efficient

HUDSON—The County Board of Supervisors announced completion of an energy efficiency project at the county Public Safety Building, 85 Industrial Tract, Greenport that carries significant environmental benefits and cost-savings for taxpayers.

The $2.7-million project, completed on-time and on-budget, will result in annual savings of about $138,000 and is expected to pay for itself over the life of the project financing with annual energy reductions, according to a press release. In addition, utility contributions to this energy savings project will add another $80,000 in savings.

The primary purpose of the project, led by Board of Supervisors Deputy Chairman and Stuyvesant Town Supervisor Ron Knott, was to replace outdated heating and cooling systems, lighting fixtures, electrical control panels and implement various other energy-saving measures at the 30-year-old county correctional facility. The facility is home to the offices of the county sheriff, 911 services, as well as the county jail.

“The energy efficiency project at the county jail is a real win for both the environment and taxpayers. As homeowners well understand, you must routinely maintain your property and its mechanical systems to keep it working well. The situation is the same with our public buildings. Our correctional facility is approximately 30 years old, and its heating, cooling and electrical systems were all outdated and needed modernization. We were particularly concerned with maintenance costs, which were increasing as equipment approached the end of its useful life,” Supervisor Knott said in the release.

The project was developed and completed in conjunction with Centrica Business Solutions, an energy efficiency firm.

“Centrica Business Solutions’ engineers did a great job designing and specifying the project, and its contractors worked really well within tight parameters,” said Supervisor Knott. “Remember, one of the facility’s main uses is as a jail. It’s a tough building to work in and there were access hurdles to overcome to ensure that we maintained control and security during the installation. They achieved all of that during Covid-19, when we had even more restrictions in place, which was very impressive.”

Mr. Knott, who also serves as chair of the county Public Works Committee, worked closely with county Sheriff David Bartlett on the implementation of the project.

“I’m really excited by the more efficient energy systems we’ve installed at the county correctional facility,” said Sheriff Bartlett, also in the release.

Following completion of the project, said Supervisor Knott, “Centrica Business Solutions monitored the performance of the equipment for a period of time to make sure we were achieving the projected savings and efficiencies.”

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