HUDSON—The Columbia County Department of Health has reported a second confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu. The child who had the illness has fully recovered, according to a release from the department issued Friday afternoon, June 5.
The person with county’s first confirmed case, reported last month, has also recovered fully.
Despite the spread of the virus around the world and the news coverage on some deaths attributed to it, many of them in Mexico, local health officials asked the public to keep in mind that this virus usually causes only a “mild illness similar to seasonal flu.” The deaths and cases of serious illness associated with the illness have frequently been in patients that health officials describe as having other, unrelated health problems, including conditions that affect breathing.
ALBANY–The New York State Thruway Authority today announced steel placement, for an overhead bridge project at Interchange B1 on the Berkshire Connector, will require periodic traffic stoppages until Friday, June 12, weather permitting, according to a release.
During the scheduled project, traffic will be brought to a complete stop while construction crews install steel girders for an overhead bridge at Interchange B1 (US 9 & I-90 West) at milepost 6.5 of the Berkshire Connector. The periodic traffic stoppages are expected to last no longer than 10 minutes each. Motorists are advised that they may experience residual traffic delays as a result of the stoppages.
Periodic traffic stoppages are scheduledfor the westbound lanes on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The $7.5 million bridge project is being performed by Kubricky Construction Corp. of Glens Falls and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2009.
The Authority will activate its Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) to advise motorists of the lane closures. Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) will also be posted in advance of the area to provide motorists with notice of the required traffic stoppages.
As always, motorists are reminded to remain alert and aware of their surroundings while traveling through the construction work zone. Motorists should also keep in mind that fines for speeding are doubled in construction work zones.
The Authority said in the release that it appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding as this essential highway improvement project takes place.
HUDSON—Not that he was counting, mind you, but Scott Murphy said he’d been a congressman for “four weeks and five days” as of Monday, June 1. That’s the day he officially opened his new district office at 621 Warren Street, on the corner of South Seventh Street.
Fresh off a special election victory in the race to fill the seat previously held by now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Mr. Murphy, 39, a Glens Falls Democrat, made his way slowly through a small crowd of about 65 well-wishers to the storefront that will serve as his office serving Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties. Those are three of the 10 counties that all or in part comprise the ungainly 20th District.
Alluding to the series of recounts that delayed the announcement of a winner in the March 31 contest against former Assembly GOP Minority Leader James Tedisco, Mr. Murphy said he has been hard at work on many issues in the brief time he’s been in Washington. He pointed with pride to his first policy speech on the House floor, in which called for an amendment that will aid returning veterans who want to start their own businesses.
COPAKE—Columbia County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Virginia Martin will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Copake Democratic Club, Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m.
The meeting takes place at the Taconic Shores Clubhouse, 53 Lake Shore Drive.
Commissioner Martin will speak about Republican challenges to hundreds of absentee ballots during the recent special congressional election.
Many of those challenges were made against Democratic voters in Copake. Commissioner Martin will describe the procedure used to confirm absentee ballots and will answer questions about state election law as it applies to residency issues.
All interested Democrats are invited. For more information email ten.c1553100193inoca1553100193t@sme1553100193dekap1553100193oc1553100193