New Hudson UHPP facility will offer more services

HUDSON—On Giving Tuesday 2018 (November 27), Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood would seem to be doing well. The nonprofit is in the midst of a $7.2 million Capital Campaign, looking at a January 2019 occupancy of a new facility in Hudson and ready to give back to the community with expanded care and education.

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP), founded in 1984, provides health care and education for more than 13,000 people each year in rural and urban communities in Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties from offices in Albany, Troy and Greenport (soon to be Hudson).

UHPP serves more than 900 patients annually at its Greenport center. It is the only known provider of abortion services in Columbia and Greene counties, and for miles in the Berkshires. Read more…

CLC protects site of ‘exceptional beauty’

Each of CLC’s public conservation areas (PCAs) features a unique mascot inspired by an animal that lives at the site. Overmountain’s mascot is the American Kestrel. Artwork by Roberta Wilson

ANCRAM—On a cold, windy mountaintop with snowflakes flying, the Columbia Land Conservancy opened its 11th public conservation area in Columbia County, earlier this month.

The new Overmountain Public Conservation Area is also the largest in the county, covering 1,700 acres in southeastern Ancram.

Since the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) took up the challenge of protecting rural lands in perpetuity, about 30,000 acres in conservation easements have been achieved, CLC Executive Director Peter Paden said in phone interview this week. These are privately-owned lands that remain on the tax rolls with developmental restrictions Read more…

Private firm to own Bliss Tower

HUDSON–The Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) and its Board of Commissioners met November 14, welcoming a new commissioner and announcing that the authority is negotiating a deal that will transfer majority ownership of Bliss Tower and Columbia Apartments–a prominent low-income housing complex in Hudson–to a private real estate development company.

HHA Executive Director Tim Mattice said at the meeting that the housing authority has “just submitted an application to convert” its status from public housing to a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The conversion will require tenants to sign new leases and their apartments will undergo reconstruction, but Mr. Mattice emphasized the current tenants could stay.

“There will be very little will change for existing residents,” Mr. Mattice told the audience. “You will be grandfathered. We don’t want anybody to be fearful. You can always come down to my office to talk to me if you have questions. My personal mission is to make sure everyone’s housing is secure for the long term.” Read more…

Canaan joins neighbors for rescue squad service

CANAAN–The Town Board met on last week at Town Hall to act on the 2019 town budget and make amendments to the 2018 spending plan.

The total spending plan for the General and Highway funds, as posted on the town website, is $1.3 million, with a town-wide tax levy of $544,546. The tax increase is 1.58%.

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Austerlitz installs an electric vehicle charging station

AUSTERLITZ – The Town of Austerlitz announces the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot of the new Town Hall on State Route 203 in Spencertown.

The ChargePoint Level 2 charging station is being funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Located just a few miles east of the Taconic State Parkway and a few miles west of from Route 22, the charging station is convenient to riders on the parkway as well as I-90 and Route 22. Read more…