Calculator figures duration of UI benefit

ALBANY—A new feature on the state Labor Department’s website is designed to make it easier for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to determine the length of time they can receive benefits, according to an announcement from state Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith.
Given the complex nature of the federal extension programs (multiple Tiers with differing timelines), the department has implemented an online tool to assist the unemployed in gathering information on the total possible number of weeks they may collect UI benefits, based on their initial claim filing date.
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Getting to the water’s edge

Waterfront plan for Hudson movers closer to completion

HUDSON–Like the tide, enthusiasm for the city’s proposed Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan has ebbed and flowed over the last two decades. But Hudson city officials now believe they have completion of the plan in sight and with it more money for the city and far greater public access to the river.

This Monday, December 7, the Common Council will receive a briefing on the current status of the plan as the city considers the latest and final draft of the Generic Environmental Impact Study for the changes proposed to the waterfront. The environmental study alone cost $43,000, all of it grant money, which may help explain why many municipalities proposing similar waterfront plans haven’t bothered with environmental impact study, Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera said in a recent interview. But the mayor sees the detailed impact document as a tool to promote the types of development the city wants to see along its waterfront, making the waterfront an “economic engine” for the community.

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New Lebanon loses its only market

Sour economy, tight credit, competition force owner to close 

NEW LEBANON–Signs posted on the front door announced news that few residents wanted to hear: The New Lebanon Supermarket is closing for good by the end of this week.

Customers described themselves as “shocked,” “devastated.” Georgette Tefo was so disheartened that she couldn’t shop, despite the 20% discount on the remaining stock; she said she needed to “time to process” the news.

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Swine flu vaccine available at C-GCC Dec. 5

GREENPORT—Any Columbia County resident who is six-months of age or older can get a swine flu shot at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, this Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Columbia County Department of Health has scheduled the H1N1 flu vaccine clinic. No appointments are necessary.

According to a county health department press release, H1N1 vaccination clinics for children in all Columbia County schools have been completed. During their monitoring of school district attendance rates, health department staff members have seen an increase in absenteeism lasting three to four days in each school, but no schools had to make scheduling or program changes as a result.

About 5,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been given so far, the release said.

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