Firefighter charged with falsely reporting fires

LIVINGSTON—An Elizaville firefighter was charged with making three calls to Columbia County 911 to report smoke or fire where there was none.
Livingston State Police working with Livingston Fire Chief Jack Lasher and 911 Dispatcher Kevin Johnson investigated the fabricated reports—all within the Livingston Fire District, of which Elizaville is a part.
Their investigation resulted in the August 13 arrest of Christopher Brown, 21, of Manorton on three counts of second degree falsely reporting an incident, each a class E felony.
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Tax now, cut later

Copake hopes to learn soon how deep a hole it’s in

COPAKE–After a delay apparently caused by a disagreement about an unpaid bill, the town’s old accountant has finally turned over the town’s financial records to the town’s new accountant.

The transfer of the records occurred last Friday, August 7, and residents and officials alike hoped to find out at the August 13 Town Board meeting, exactly how big a budget deficit the town faces this year.

The deficit question has dragged on since June 23, when the town’s previous accountant, Brian Fitzgerald, first announced publicly that the town will face a substantial deficit before the end of the year and will likely have to borrow money to pay its bills.

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Ancram Community Days add sizzle to the summer

ANCRAM—The town celebrates itself for three days in August—14, 15 and 16.
Festivities begin at the town swimming pool at Blass Memorial Field Friday with an Ancram Youth Commission-sponsored pool party, barbecue and Dive-In movie. The cost is $5 per person and includes burgers, hot dogs and the featured movie—Transformers—on the big screen by the pool.
On Saturday on the grounds of the Town Hall, craft and business vendors will display their wares from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, pottery, crafts, commemorative t-shirts and caps, milkshakes, cookbooks and more will be on sale.
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Chatham school board will fill seat with appointee

CHATHAM–The Board of Education has decided interview candidates and then appoint a district resident to fill the vacant board seat.

Board members hope to find someone by the first day of school on September 8. The person they appoint will fill the seat vacated by Jeannean Cheney and will serve on the board until the annual vote in May 2010.

The board made that decision at the Tuesday, August 11, workshop meeting at which members also discussed the new one-bell bussing system, co-principals at the high school, a proposed capital project and shared services with another district.

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Keyser joins Hudson Police Department

HUDSON–The city’s newest police officer is Jeffrey F. Keyser, 23, of Hudson, who was sworn in by City Clerk Tracy Delaney at City Hall, August 10.

Police Commissioner Ronald Grant and Chief Ellis C. Richardson announced the new hire in a press release.

In attendance at the ceremony were Officer Keyser’s parents, Steven and Jodi Keyser, other family members, friends, police officers and Mayor Richard Scalera.

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