Dems respond to Election Day pay disparities

HUDSON–It was a relatively small amount of money–payments amounting to roughly $700 discovered by Board of Elections officials in December. But it created a fuss among city Democrats and prompted changes in the way the elections board pay its poll workers.

“It is so important that the Board of Elections be above political squabble and retribution. But the pattern of behavior indicates a personal and political agenda which taints the fairness of elections. It also wastes the taxpayers’ money,” said Victor Mendolia, chairman of the Hudson Democrats. Read more…

Chatham school board hears plan for job cuts

CHATHAM–The administration has proposed a $26,654,445 budget for the 2010-11 school year. The plan, if adopted by the Board of Education and then by voters, would result in the loss of 12 positions, but overall spending would go down more than 1.5% compared to the current school year.

At the Tuesday, March 23, board meeting district Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo discussed with the board how her proposal would affect the tax levy, saying that it would increase the levy 2.75% in the 2010-11 school year. Read more…

Didn’t get your census form? Expect a visit

NEW LEBANON–Postal customers whose mail is delivered to a post office box are asking their postmasters where their census forms are.

Melissa Eigenbrodt, the postmaster in New Lebanon, where some residents lack residential mail delivery, told The Columbia Paper that census forms are delivered to the post office bearing the physical address of the person the Census Bureau is trying to reach. In other situations, the post office can use its “local knowledge” and put the mail in the addressee’s box, she said. But census rules forbid that. “The carrier takes them out in a big box and brings back what she can’t deliver.”

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New county fare in Chatham and Ghent?

CHATHAM – Village Mayor Paul Boehme unveiled plans to create a shuttle bus between the hamlet of Ghent and the village center. “We’ll be able to bring people onto Main Street,” Mr. Boehme said at the Village Board meeting Thursday, March 11.

Jonathan Walters, the chairperson for the Town of Ghent Planning Board, said in an interview last week that he and representatives from the village and county have been talking about this plan for over a year. Right now the plan is to have a bus make 6 to 8 roundtrips a day, covering about 12 miles between Ghent and Chatham for each roundtrip. Proposed stops would be the public library on Woodbridge Avenue, Crellin Community Park on Route 66, Edgewood Acres and the Chatham Plaza, and, in Ghent, the physician’s office on Garage Place, Jones Avenue and the Dairy Queen. Read more…

Tight times bring service agencies together

GREENPORT – Raising awareness, fostering collaboration, improving services. These were the themes for the first Interagency Awareness Day (IAAD) held Thursday, March 18, at Columbia-Greene Community College. The event drew 225 human services professionals representing 67 agencies in Columbia and Greene counties and the Greater Capitol Region.

The goal of the IAAD, as stated in the conference program, was to “strengthen the working relationships between various agencies during these times of limited resources and challenging economic situations…. [W]e can help residents of Columbia and Greene counties improve the quality of life by increasing awareness and access to services in their respective communities.” Read more…