County leader lists his ‘Top 10’ for 2019

HUDSON–Columbia-Greene Community College and Airbnb are at the top of the county’s agenda for 2019, said Matt Murell (R-Stockport), chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, in a phone conversation January 7.

He also said that right now the attention of county government should focus on 10 matters:

1. Columbia-Greene Community College needs help to overcome a drop in state aid and to continue a capital construction project while the college searches for a new president. Read more…

Longtime Hudson school employee fondly recalls service

HUDSON–Staff additions and retirements, swimming pool staff pay, parent participation in conferences, a proposed sidewalk to the elementary school, regular updates via TV, and recognition of administrators by outside groups highlighted the Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education meeting December 17.

Christopher Pierro made his appearance as the new purchasing assistant, replacing Barbara Elliott, who retired after 33 years with the district. Mr. Pierro was born and raised in Hudson, he said, and graduated from Hudson High School.

The board also announced the retirement of clerk/typist Lorraine Dellavechia and elementary school teacher Rebecca Martin. Ms. Martin has served the HCSD for 21 years. Read more…

Hey, speeders. Smile

ANCRAM—If you are driving in this town and you suddenly get the feeling you are being watched—maybe you are.

Ancram has purchased two new Evolis radar speed signs and has them set out along roads at varying locations frequented by speeding motorists.

The radar speed signs, made in France, according to the Evolis website (www.elancite.fr/en/evolis-radar-speed-sign/) were “conceived and designed as street furniture… with its curved lines and batteries included in the box” and the signs offer “a compact design that fits perfectly in any city environment.” Read more…

Police seize Chatham village records

CHATHAM–Tuesday morning State Police and agents of the state Department of Taxation and Finance and the state Comptroller’s Office arrived at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall with a warrant signed by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols. They were there to seize documents and take village computers back to the state offices so the data could be copied.

They also searched and seized and took equipment from the home of former Village Treasurer Barbara Henry.

Police were in the Tracy Memorial Village Hall from shortly after 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. No one other than Village Clerk Debra Meyers, village trustees and the mayor was allowed in the building.
Mayor Tom Curran, after he was allowed into the building and told about the warrant, said that the officers were collecting information at this time. Read more…

Police seize Chatham village records

State Troopers enter the Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham Tuesday morning, January 8. Photo by Parry Teasdale

CHATHAM–Tuesday morning State Police and agents of the state Department of Taxation and Finance and the state Comptroller’s Office arrived at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall with a warrant signed by County Court Judge Jonathan Nichols. They were there to seize documents and take village computers back to the state offices so the data could be copied. Read more…