Judge: Planners were ‘rational’ about Cascino

HUDSON—Salvatore Cascino got another piece of bad news on the legal front this week with Acting State Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Nichols’ rejection of his lawsuit to overturn the Copake Planning Board’s denial of his massive building plans, June 16.
The lawsuit, called an Article 78, was filed by Attorney Dennis Schlenker for Mr. Cascino in December 2008.
In June of that year, Mr. Cascino submitted a site plan proposal to the Town Planning Board for the construction of multiple structures on his 300-acre property called Copake Valley Farm along the east side of Route 22.

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Saland outlines his issues as he seeks 11th Senate term

POUGHKEEPSIE–State Senator Steven Saland, a Republican who has represented the 41st District for the last 20 years, announced in April that he would seek another two-year term in November. The district includes all of Columbia County and much of Dutchess, and this year Mr. Saland is facing a challenge from Democrat Didi Barrett.

Mr. Saland, who says he is as frustrated and angry as his constituents, if not more so, spoke last week by phone with The Columbia Paper, addressing the economy, taxes, schools and government reform in between a legislative session and a committee meeting. Read more…

Hudson Pride event gets organized

HUDSON–Hudson Pride weekend, the city’s first gay pride event, scheduled for June 19 and 20, is gathering momentum.

Activities kick off with a sunset cruise on the Hudson Spirit, departing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from the Hudson waterfront, and a parade down Warren Street Sunday starting at noon and followed by a rally, a tea dance at the Red Dot, and an educational program at Space 360. Read more…

Cascino indicted for falsifying documents to hide illegal dumping

Salvatore Cascino. Photo contributedALBANY—Salvatore Cascino and Bronx County Recycling, LLC were indicted June 14 for filing false documents with the state to hide illegal disposal of solid waste.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Cascino failed to list on three annual filings—2008, 2009, 2010—with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that unauthorized solid waste was received at Bronx County Recycling, according to a press release from Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Opera House hosts Local Self Portraits show

HUDSON–Curator Richard Roth met many distinguished people in the art world during his years as an arts editor and feature writer, and he puts those contacts to use in the service of his exhibition “Local Self Portraits,” which opened at the Hudson Opera House Saturday, June 12.

Most artists, at some point, whether their work is abstract or realist, have done work that qualifies as a self portrait. After all, what model is always dependably available, for free, no matter what the hour? Read more…