Itching for vote count? It’s still not approved

HUDSON—The election of 2019 is over, almost. As of noon Wednesday, December 4, the final results of the November 5 general election had not yet been certified by the county Board of Elections and the results remain officially “unofficial.”

A county election commissioners said this week that only two races—Town Board in Ghent and supervisor in Copake – had been so close that the absentee and affidavit ballots had to be counted before it was clear who won.

But there has been an unexpected outcome: Officials now say fleas are likely to blame for the 700 ballots that couldn’t be counted on the first day of early voting in last month’s election. Read more…

Winterwalk prep underway at Hudson Hall

HUDSON – Preparations for the 23rd annual Hudson Winterwalk, held on December 7 this year, are swirling up and down Warren Street. Plans include a Santa parade in honor of Ellen Thurston, a community activist who was one of the founders of the first Winterwalk in 1997.

Other good spirits helping to honor the season in this celebration are past, current and future mayors Rick Scalera, Kenneth Cranna, Richard Tracy, William Hallenbeck, Tiffany Martin Hamilton, current Mayor Rick Rector and Mayor Elect Kamal Johnson. Read more…

Cosmic Cinemas theater closes, to re-open under Albany’s Madison management

Reprinted with permission from the Times Union

GREENPORT — The Greenport location of Cosmic Cinemas, the dinner-and-movie-house hybrid that once promised to renovate and reopen Albany’s historic Madison Theatre, shut its doors last week.

The Fairview Avenue theater was closed and its lights were off last Friday afternoon, during the theater’s normal operating hours. Signs taped to the doors and windows said, “There will be no showings today. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Cosmic’s website appears to be no longer active. Third-party movie ticket web pages list no future showings at the theater. And an employee at a liquor store next door said that the theater had been closed for about three days.

But the movie house will soon open its doors again under the same management that took over the historic, 90-year-old Madison Avenue theater, Kris Keisling, the cinema’s general manager, told the Times Union. Read more…

Chatham snow emergency ends

CHATHAM–The snow emergency declared in response to the recent snow storm ended as of noon, Tuesday, December 3. On-street parking is now permitted as usual on Kinderhook Street, Woodbridge Avenue, Cemetery Hill Road, Library Place and Locust Street.

Bliss board eyes survey on hiring security officer

HUDSON–Rent revenue optimism, security, heating, stairs, elevators and new openings on the board highlighted the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) Board of Commissioners meeting November 13. The HHA both manages the income-restricted Bliss complex and has 131 Section 8 vouchers available for housing elsewhere in Hudson. The City of Hudson Common Council just approved its conversion from Public Housing to a RAD (rental assistance demonstration) partnership.

“It seems as if we collected more rent than expected,” observed Board Vice-Chair Marie Balle at the meeting.

“We might have residents with higher incomes,” said HHA Executive Director Tim Mattice. Read more…