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Ancram board members squabble over assessment list notes

ANCRAM–With a wild political season in full swing and an overflow crowd in attendance, uproar ensued at the September 17 Town Board meeting over revelations in a letter from one candidate that two of his opponents had devised a not-so-secret secret property assessment analysis.

Town Councilman Bob Mayhew and Councilwoman Donna Hoyt, who were allegedly responsible for the secret analysis, denied its existence, as did Town Supervisor Thomas Dias.

The accusatory letter was written to the supervisor by Christopher Thomas, a Republican candidate for councilman and a member of the town’s Board of Assessment Review.

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Hillsdale, East Chatham sites eligible for historic register status

ALBANY–The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 32 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the Hillsdale Historic District and the Rowe-Lant Farm in East Chatham.

The two local sites are on the list with such nationally significant sites as the Chinatown-Little Italy Historic District and the Westbeth artists’ studio and residential complex in Manhattan, the 1964-65 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in Flushing and the West Point Foundry archeological site in Cold Spring.

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Castleton area residents protest dismissal of director

Jim Gibbons, a resident of Castleton since 1954, spoke at the recent public meeting with trustees of the Castleton Public Library about how the personal attention that ousted library Director Darlene Miller gave to every library user was what made the library such a special place. Photo by Catherine Sager.

CASTLETON–About 150 people showed up last week at a meeting of the Public Library Board of Trustees to protest the firing of long-time library Director Darlene Miller.

The board voted 5 to 2 to terminate Mrs. Miller, who is out on medical leave. She was informed of the board’s decision by courier, reportedly while she was sick in bed.

Residents who attended the meeting expressed outrage at the news. Calling for answers, one by one, they also described the positive impact Mrs. Miller has had on the community, the schools, the library and their families.

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K’hook councilwoman runs afoul of law

State inspector general says Mary Kramarchyk violated Hatch Act restrictions

KINDERHOOK–The Office of the State Inspector General has determined that Town Councilwoman Mary Kramarchyk, who works for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, violated the state Public Officers law, DEC policy and the federal Hatch Act law for the past eight years by holding public office and holding a position in the local Republican Party.

That same report found that DEC had failed to address the situation and that her superiors at the agency were ignorant of the DEC’s own policies.

Stephen DelGiacco, a spokesperson for the inspector general’s office, said neither of the laws in the case is a criminal statute.

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Police seek sex offender

HUDSON—City Police found one of the two convicted sex offenders they sought for allegedly failing to register.
Police are still looking for Benjamen McKinney, 45, is sought by Hudson Police., a Level 3 sex offender.
His last know address was 331 State Street in Hudson. He has been known to frequent Albany. Mr. McKinney is 5’10”, weighs 200 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Mr. McKinney’s whereabouts should call Hudson Police at (518) 828-3388.
Police also were looking for Eugene S. Cobbins, a/k/a Eugene S. Holloway, 29, a Level 3 sex offender.
Hudson Police took Mr. Cobbins into custody without incident after they received a tip that he might be at a Village of Catskill residence. Catskill Police checked the place and found Mr. Cobbins, who was turned over to Hudson Police and arraigned in City Court. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bail bond.