Hudson students run the government for the day

Hudson High School students change roles to give everybody a chance during the Hudson Youth Government Day. From the gallery, citizen Nusrat Begum expresses a contrary opinion regarding vendors in the Seventh Street Park. Photo by David Lee

HUDSON–Operation Unite held its annual Hudson Youth Government Day on Tuesday, April 11. Thirteen students from Hudson High School, who have been working afterschool with the Hudson non-profit Operation Unite to learn about many issues related to local, regional and national government, put their studies to practice.

In the morning, they toured facilities and shadowed Hudson officials such as Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and Common Council President Claudia DeStefano. In the afternoon, they conducted a mock Common Council Meeting. Read more…

State funding helps Hudson propose new teachers, staff

HUDSON–The Hudson City School District Board of Education has adopted a 2017-18 budget proposal to set before voters next month. At the April 10 meeting board members approved a proposed budget that calls for $46,566,172 in spending and a 2.19% tax levy increase.

If voters approve the proposal May 16, spending would rise $655,801 (1.43%) above the current school year’s $45,910,371. Under this budget, the district would continue all non-mandated programs and hire additional staff, while maintaining mandated programs. This would be possible despite the loss of extra funds the district lost after emerging from a state designated “focus” status as an underperforming district. There is also uncertainty about state funding levels future years. Read more…

Paper wins state awards

GHENT–The Columbia Paper has received four awards for journalism from the New York Press Association. The awards–for editorials, a feature story and photography–were announced April 7 and 8 at the association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

The association says that 184 newspapers statewide submitted entries to the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest. In most cases, entries were judged in divisions based on circulation. The Columbia Paper, which circulates just over 2,200 print newspapers weekly, was in Division 1, for papers with circulations under 4,000 weekly. Read more…

Chatham grants two hardship waivers for dirt-road projects

CHATHAM–The Town Board has granted two hardship waivers for projects proposed on two different dirt roads.

The board has maintained a moratorium–now in place for more than two years–prohibiting new construction on properties served by unpaved town roads. The moratorium will remain in effect until the Town Board completes its review of proposed changes to the town’s Comprehensive Plan, which could affect zoning regulations on structures along the 57.5 miles of dirt roads in the town.

But the moratorium does allow for exemptions based on hardships, and two applicants–Flying Deer Nature Center and Jeanne Laskin on Daly Road, and David and Erika Santoro on Dorland Road–applied for hardship waivers so that their projects can proceed to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and Planning Board for review. Read more…

Ancram’s slugfest in limbo recalled

COPAKE FALLS—The setting surrounding the John “Old Smoke” Morrissey versus James L. “Yankee” Sullivan prize fight is reminiscent of the Woodstock Festival 1969, when the unsuspecting small community of Bethel was “overrun by crazy, drug-using hippies” seeking “three days of peace, love and rock and roll.”

Only in the case of Boston Corners it was somewhere between 3,000 and 10,000 city thugs, gangsters and toughs who “sort of came to rock” when they descended on the hamlet of 61 residents for three days of “violence on men.”

Rich Rosenzweig, a drummer and screenwriter, who divides his time between Hillsdale and New York City, made the Bethel/Boston Corners comparison when he told the famous prize fight tale to a packed house of 77 at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum last month. Read more…