State nixes funds to help schools save money

KINDERHOOK–The application the Ichabod Crane and Schodack school districts sent to the state requesting money to study areas where the two districts can share services “died at the state Education Department,” ICC Superintendent James Dexter said at this week’s school board meeting.

The districts had applied for funds to conduct a “functional consolidation study” this fall. The plan goal was not to merge the districts but to look into ways they could keep their individual identities while saving money by sharing services. The study would have cost both districts about $9,000 over two year but also came with grant funds from the state. Read more…

New Ancram board weighs in on boatload of issues

ANCRAM–The Town Board set sail last week into 2010, with Art Bassin at the helm for his first regular monthly meeting as supervisor.

During the three-and-a-half-hours it took to wade through the ambitious agenda January 21, two new meeting innovations were introduced–audience comments were unlimited and there was plenty of food available to sustain meeting-goers through the evening. Read more…

Molinaro mulls Murphy match-up

Party asks assemblyman to consider challenging Murphy for House seat

HILLSDALE–State Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro (R-103rd) is considering a run for Congress in the 20th Congressional District seat this November. The district, which extends into 10 counties, includes all of Columbia County.

Though he has yet to decide whether to throw his hat in the ring Assemblyman Molinaro told The Columbia Paper this week that both GOP party officials and elected officials throughout the 20th district have asked him to contemplate taking on the Democratic candidate, who is likely to be Congressman Scott Murphy, a Glens Falls Democrat, who narrowly won the seat in a special election last spring against then Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R-110th). The seat became open following Kirsten Gillibrand’s appointment to the U.S. Senate. Read more…

County sees jobs in wind plan

Start-up firm says it will employ 50 at new turbine plant

HUDSON–21st-century wind power may be headed for Columbia County. At a presentation last week to 40 county and state leaders, principals of Aerocity Wind Power LLC, a start-up company that plans to make and market a new type of wind powered electrical generation system, announced plans to open a plant here that could employ 50 people.

The presentation at Space 360 on Warren Street provided an overview of the company, which has its headquarters in lower Manhattan, and included its view of the market opportunities as well as “the expected growth of our company and how that relates to our need for more people to work for us here and in New York City,” said Russell Tencer, the company’s chief executive officer. He spoke by phone conversation this week, a few days after the Hudson event.

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Hamlet will decide what to be and not to be

HILLSDALE–When local government looks down the road to development it’s often called “strategic planning” or “managed growth” or “smart growth” by urban planners. These days it usually includes all the ecological buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable” and “green.”

Hillsdale adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1995 and revised in 2000. Now the town is again updating the plan with input from residents and help from specialists. Read more…