Taghkanic faces major expenses

TAGHKANIC–At last week’s town board meeting Erik Tyree was appointed to the previously unfilled position of non-voting deputy supervisor. The appointed was made in accordance with the wishes of town Supervisor Betty Young, who is not able to come to meetings due to medical problems.

Mr. Tyree, who ran unsuccessfully last fall on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Town Board and was involved in his party’s challenge to absentee ballots cast by second home owners, will chair the meetings in the absence of Ms. Young. Read more…

Kinderhook board looks for help on plan

KINDERHOOK–The town is preparing to update its Comprehensive Plan and is now accepting bids from consultants to help with some of the technical revisions. At its regular monthly meeting Monday, June 14, the Town Board approved a three-page Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit those bids.

The town received a grant from Hudson River Valley Greenway to pay for the consultant. But since the grant will cover only $7,500 of a project that would typically cost many more thousands, much of the update will be done by volunteers on the town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee. The group includes a member from the Columbia Land Conservancy with experience on these kinds of projects, said Councilman Michael Kipp, the board’s liaison to the committee. Read more…

In Hudson, it’s drill babies, drill

NYU Dental outreach program gives kids healthier teeth for free

HUDSON–The New York University dental team returned on Monday to continue its outreach program for local children. Since it started in 2008 treating Head Start kids at the Crosswinds community room, NYU College of Dentistry has expanded its reach to include John L. Edwards Elementary and M.C. Smith Intermediate Schools.

Now called the NYU College of Dentistry Henry Schein Cares Global Outreach Program, the program has partnered with a major medical philanthropic organization willing to commit to providing free dental care to Hudson children for five years. Henry Schein Cares describes itself as a “global social responsibility program.”  The organization is funded by Henry Schein Inc., a global provider of dental and medical supplies and instruments, and supported by the company’s employees and vendor partners who donate their time, effort, product, and charitable gifts to it. In addition to funding, HSI also provides all the masks, gloves, dental towels, tooth paste, fluoride varnish and other supplies the program uses.

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Man critical after fight over ‘beer money’

MELLENVILLE—A 25-year-old man is in critical condition at the Albany Medical Center after being repeatedly struck in the head with the butt end of a BB gun rifle.
Livingston State Police said they responded to a 911 call at an apartment in the hamlet on Route 217 in the early morning hours of June 17.

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Cascino faces felony charges

State alleges false records. Ancram seen as new dump site

ALBANY–Salvatore Cascino and Bronx County Recycling, LLC, now face a second indictment filed by the state Attorney General–this one on three felony counts for filing false documents with the state to hide illegal disposal of solid waste.

In another matter involving Mr. Cascino, The Columbia Paper has learned that he allegedly dumped debris at an Ancram gravel mine not authorized to accept off-site materials.

And in yet another piece of bad news for Mr. Cascino, on Wednesday afternoon, June 16, Judge Jonathan Nichols dismissed a civil action Mr. Cascino had filed against the Copake Planning Board, which denied him permission to expand his operations in that town (see related story). Read more…