Hillsdale super, highway chief lock horns

HILLSDALE–At the Town Board’s regular monthly meeting January 14, Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs and Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski engaged in a lengthy discussion about the propriety of Mr. Cipkowski meeting privately with residents who have issues with highway employees’ work.

“I am an elected official,” said Mr. Briggs, who noted that the town’s Red Handbook states that the highway superintendent is responsible for “brush removal.”

The disagreement between the two town officials stems from complaints about tree cutting by a Hunt Road resident. Mr. Briggs charged that the resident harassed “his employees” and would not meet with the person to discuss the issue. Mr. Briggs added that the trees in question were cut by NYSEG and that brush was being removed from a property adjacent to the complainant’s. Read more…

New panels aim to extend New Leb Board outreach

NEW LEBANON–A comprehensive agenda greeted new and returning board members during the town’s 2020 annual organization meeting at Town Hall Thursday, January 2.

Newly-elected town supervisor Tistrya Houghtling, who replaced interim supervisor Meg Robertson, presided. Of the four other board members, Jesse Newton and Norman Rasmussen are returning; Deborah Gordon and John Trainor are newly elected.

Ms. Houghtling thanked outgoing board members Mark Baumli and Kevin Smith, Sr., for their service and presented them with certificates of appreciation. Read more…

Copake seating chart changes, 1 spot vacant

COPAKE—It was the first regular Town Board meeting of the new year, January 9, and as with every new administration there’ll be some changes made.

The first change was the seating arrangement with newly-elected Town Supervisor Jeanne Mettler assuming the middle chair behind the court bench from where the meetings are conducted. Ms. Mettler,a Democrat, replaces two-term supervisor Jeff Nayer, an Independence Party member, who decided to call it a day after eight years in the top spot.

With Ms. Mettler’s move to supervisor, her seat on the board (with two years of a four-year term still remaining) was vacant—making the board one member short. Read more…

Berkshire Farm will help child migrants

CANAAN–Never heard of Sheltered Hearts? Neither had most of the standing-room-only crowd at the first Canaan Town Board meeting of 2020 chaired by Supervisor Brenda Adams January 13.

More than 75 persons attended the meeting at Town Hall to hear a presentation on a new program for “unaccompanied alien children” under federal control coming to the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth on state Route 22.

Sheltered Hearts is the name of a program at Berkshire Farm Center for unaccompanied alien children whose care is overseen and funded by a federal Department of Health and Human Services agency called Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). It would serve a total of approximately 300 migrant children, primarily teens and boys, annually at the center. Read more…

Hudson loses biz administrator and gets a new one

HUDSON–Hudson City School District Business Administrator Sharifa Carbon is leaving to become assistant superintendent for business of the New Paltz school district. She announced her new job at the January 7 meeting of the Hudson City School Board.

Ms. Carbon’s replacement, effective February 10, will be Jesse Boehme, business administrator of the Germantown Central School District. This leaves Germantown looking for a new business administrator for schools.

Ms. Carbon has been business administrator for the Hudson City School District (HCSD) for four years. Her departure is the fifth mid-year turnover in a major administrative position in the Hudson City School District. The Hudson District staff is “talented. They’re being recruited,” district Superintendent Maria L. Suttmeier said in November. Read more…