Deal reached on Kohl’s store tax break

HUDSON–Widewaters blinked.

The developer of the Greenport Commons shopping plaza on Fairview Avenue presented a new PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) proposal for a Kohl’s department store to the county Industrial Development Agency last Friday, March 12.

The IDA board voted unanimously to consider the PILOT application and set a public hearing Wednesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard in Greenport. Read more…

UPDATED: Murphy votes for historic health insurance reform

WASHINGTON, DC–Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) voted Sunday evening for final passage of The Affordable Health Care for America Act, the health insurance reform bill adopted by the House of Representatives in two votes after a final, prolonged debate on the House floor.

The first vote approved the Senate bill, and President Obama signed that bill into law Tuesday at the White House. The second measure adopted by the House Sunday night contains revisions to the Senate bill that will remove some of the provisions the public and members of Congress in both major parties found most objectionable, including special deals for a handful of states with lawmakers whose votes were needed to pass the legislation. Read more…

Village brushes up brush policy

CHATHAM – The Village Board discussed new rules for brush clean up at the regular monthly meeting last week, a conversation that took place just before weekend winds blew down trees and limbs all over the region.

Board members also discussed complaints about major road and drainage work just completed on state routes in the village. Read more…

Body found in Copake

COPAKE—A dead body was discovered off Main Street in the hamlet the morning of Saturday, March 20. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators were called to the scene at 11:24 a.m.
The body was discovered in a bushy, wooded area between the backyards of homes along Main Street and the Copake Cemetery, which is situated along side and behind the Copake United Methodist Church on Church Street.
People often walk their dogs in the area around the perimeter of the cemetery and youngsters were recently seen flying a kite in the area where the remains were found.

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Ancram , Copake cell tower sites still up in the air

ANCRAM–While most people here agree they want reliable cell phone service in southeastern Columbia County, they do not agree on the placement of the cell towers that will make that service a reality.

AT&T has submitted a proposal to town officials in Ancram to build a 250-foot cell tower on the same property as the Town Hall at 1416 County Route 7. But the town can still choose to negotiate with another firm to develop and manage a cell tower on municipal property. The town would maintain ownership of the tower and get paid by cell service providers, including AT&T, who rent space on the tower. Read more…