Hudson schools budget impact depends on fed aid

HUDSON—The Hudson City School District’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 school year calls for spending 1.79% more than in the current school year and increasing the tax levy by 1.99%. But spending is contingent on state decisions, which are contingent on federal aid. District residents will will vote by absentee ballot on whether to approve the budget. Marked ballots must be received by 5 p.m. June 9 in order to be counted.

The proposal, which the Board of Education adopted May 19, calls for spending $50,052,213, of which $24.14 million would come from property taxes, $24.05 million from state aid, and about $2 million from miscellaneous sources.

The tax levy could have increased by as much as 2.43% under the state’s tax levy cap, but the board decided to raise the levy by only 1.99%, because district officials know “there are a lot of people struggling to pay their bills right now,” Business Administrator Jesse Boehme said by email May 26. Read more…

No mask, no service; death toll remains at 33

HUDSON—According to the May 31 county-issued Covid-19 press release, this past week Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.34, which addresses the ability of store owners to require customers to wear a face-covering inside their store.

The order says that business operators and building owners can require anyone over the age of two, who is medically able to tolerate a face-covering, to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering in order to come inside.

The proprietor can legally deny admittance to individuals who fail to comply by not wearing a face-covering; or make that person leave or be removed from the store if they don’t comply. Read more…

33 dead of virus; follow the plan or face penalty

HUDSON—A thirty-third person has died of coronavirus in Columbia County as of May 30 at noon.

Among the dead are 12 residents of the Pine Haven Nursing Home in Philmont and 15 residents of The Grand at Barnwell in Valatie, according to the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH has received confirmed positive test results for 385 community members. There are 126 active cases of Covid-19 in Columbia County. Read more…

HHA, seeing no sign of virus, calls for plan

HUDSON—An emergency grant to address costs of the Covid-19 pandemic, bug inspection and capital improvement financing received attention at the Hudson Housing Authority meeting May 13.

Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) runs the income-restricted, 135-unit Bliss complex, a high-rise and three low-rises in Hudson. This year the HHA converted from public housing to a status called RAD (rental assistance demonstration), which opens the way for private investment in the public housing. But as of now HHA retains full ownership of the property.

The emergency grant is for public housing authorities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. The HHA received $39,231, HHA Executive Director Tim Mattice reported. The HHA Board of Commissioners then adopted a resolution to use $3,600 of the grant to pay special one-time bonuses to HHA staff for continuing to work despite the threat of exposure to the disease. The bonus, called “hazard pay,” will be $600 for each full-time employee and $300 for each part-time employee. Read more…

WAMC’s Chartock, Shields win top Associated Press awards

ALBANY – WAMC Northeast Public Radio has received several awards for its work in 2019 from the New York State Associated Press Association, including its two top honors. WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock, who has led the station for four decades, won the NYSAPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Art Athens General Excellence of Individual Reporting award went to Brian Shields, who retired after three decades in the WAMC newsroom in December.

“This is a great honor for me personally, but also a testament to everyone who has helped build and support WAMC,” Dr. Chartock said in a press release. “I’m very grateful to the New York State Associated Press Association. I congratulate this year’s other recipients — including several of my colleagues at WAMC.” Read more…