Woman charged with cashing checks meant for her dead sister

NEW YORK CITY—A Columbia County woman is accused of cashing $5,599 in disability checks mailed to her dead sister, according to a press release from the New York State Insurance Department.
Charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records, Maryann Wagoner, 33, of Niverville was taken into custody by Schodack State Police June 25 following an investigation by John Toucher of the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau.
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COARC goes green

MELLENVILLE–COARC Contract Manufacturing is often overshadowed by its mission of “expanding abilities one person at a time,” offering supportive employment and on-the-job training to people with developmental disabilities so that they can get good jobs elsewhere in the community.

Now COARC has embarked on a new, multi-faceted green initiative driven by the desire to hone its competitive edge and to upgrade its existing facilities. The hope is that this initiative, combined with other user-friendly practices, will provide clients with earth-friendly services hard to duplicate elsewhere.

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Committee will focus on shelter for county’s homeless

HUDSON–Tensions between the county and city government leaders have abated for the moment, as both sides agreed this week to have a committee discuss ways the county can house the increasing number of homeless people who require temporary emergency shelter.

The issue came to the boiling point two weeks ago, after Art Baer (R-Hillsdale), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, announced that the county planned to lease all 34 rooms of the St. Charles Hotel for seven years and use the rooms for emergency housing.

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Stephentown Library seeks crafters

STEPHENTOWN–There are still spaces available for selling crafts at the
Stephentown Memorial Library Book/Bake/Tag Sale this weekend. 

Spaces are $25 or $20 plus an item for the Chinese Auction.  Tables can also be
shared by two crafters. Crafters must provide their own table and chairs. 

The sale is on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up is at 8. The rain date is July 12.

Please call the library at (518) 733-5750 to sign up or for more info.

The library is at 472 State Route 43.

Case against Copake councilman dismissed


HUDSON–The trespass charge against Copake Councilman Walter R. Kiernan was dismissed in Columbia County Integrated Domestic Violence Court by Judge Paul Czajka, June 29.

Mr. Kiernan, 40, of Copake, was charged in March by Copake Police based on a complaint signed by his estranged wife, Carolyn Kiernan, in which she alleged that Mr. Kiernan went on her property and picked up their three children.

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