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State judge slams brakes on Wilzig motorcycle track in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–In a decision that minced no words state Supreme Court Justice Patrick J. McGrath has issued a permanent injunction forbidding not only Alan Wilzig and his wife from using their nearly complete, multi-million dollar motorcycle track, but also bars use of the track by any “agent, guest or invitee” of the Wilzigs.

The January 6 decision also singles out the Town Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and employees, nullifying a series of recent decisions to approve the track and prohibiting town officials from issuing approvals for the track in the future. Read more…

November election finally decided in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–It’s finally over, as Democrats claimed victory in all four disputed town races left undecided since the November 3 general election.

At the continuation Wednesday, January 13, in Hudson of a series of court hearings that started last December before acting state Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Nichols, enough of the remaining ballots were counted to assure that Democrats Larry Kadish and Joyce Thompson were elected to the Town Board. Jeffrey Tallackson will serve as a town justice, and Tom Youhas was elected highway superintendent. Both are Democrats. Read more…

Chatham voters approve two ballot propositions

CHATHAM—School district residents voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, January 12, to approve two ballot propositions in a special referendum. The approval allows the district to spend just over $5 million on repairs and upgrades to all three school buildings and to install new lights for the athletic field.

Proposition 1, the main spending plan for $4.2 million, was adopted with 395 Yes votes to 102 Nos.

Proposition 2, which authorizes the district to spend $320,000 on the new lights, won by a slightly closer but still convincing margin of 308 to 183.

The district will use a combination of funds from its capital reserve account, federal economic stimulus funds and state aid to pay for the work. As a result, the projects will have no impact on the district’s tax rate.

More information on the work covered by the propositions is at the district website, www.chathamcentralschools.com.






Germantown holds line on youth programs

GERMANTOWN–Towns in Columbia County may feel squeezed by state aid reductions in 2010 to youth programs, but town Supervisor Roy Brown (R) is confident that residents here will not notice any changes under this year’s budget.

“It’s a shame that the funding that gets cut the most is youth and senior citizen programs,” said Mr. Brown, who is also the new chairman of the county Board of Supervisors. “It’s the ones that need it the most that seem to get cut first.” Read more…

ICC teams move up to a bigger league

KINDERHOOK–At its January 5 meeting, the Ichabod Crane School Board heard the official announcement by Athletic Director Paul Thompson that the school is now in the Colonial Conference sports league. That means teams will play schools in Ravena, Cohoes, Albany and Cobleskill among others.

Mr. Thompson said he had spoken with the athletic directors at those schools. “They are excited that we got in,” he said. Read more…