Village postpones welcome for legal pot shops

CHATHAM—The Village of Chatham passed a local law opting out of retail dispensary and on-site consumption of cannabis at their meeting on Monday night. The board held a public hearing before the meeting with several comments and questions from the public about the new law and the possibility of changing it down the road.

Last spring, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was signed into law, legalizing cannabis for adults 21 years of age or older in the state.

“This law sets out a framework that will comprehensively regulate cannabis in New York State in a manner that will protect public health and safety, while promoting social equity and economic development. The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) will license cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries to grow and sell cannabis in New York,” according to the OCM website site. The overview on the website goes on to say, “The Office will develop rules and regulations for the adult-use industry. Please check back soon.” Read more…

Did you know Warren Street is paved with yellow bricks?

At the annual Hudson Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson (as the Tin Man) stood in front of Hudson City Hall on Warren Street with (l to r) Adalia Holcomb (as Dorothy), Rio Johnson (the Cowardly Lion) and Asia Johnson (the Scarecrow). Mayor Johnson was reelected to his post on Tuesday. He was running unopposed. For more Halloween photos from Hudson and the Village of Chatham see page 24 of the print edition. Photo by David Lee

How many pavilions does it take to make art?

CHATHAM—Last month the Town Planning Board held a public hearing on an application for Art OMI Pavilions @ Chatham, a proposed 191-acre parcel on Route 66 for 12 to 18 “pavilions” for artists. The board has been reviewing the project since last May. The public hearing closed two weeks after the October 12 meeting.

The planning board meets again November 9.

Art Omi currently has a site in Ghent that includes a sculpture park, visitors center, site for a summer camp, artist studios and housing on 120 acres. A recent plan by Art Omi to expand the visitors center in Ghent, being reviewed by the Ghent Planning Board, was withdrawn and a short time later they filed a new proposal with the Town of Chatham Planning Board. Read more…

ICC ramps up for 5+ vax

KINDERHOOK—Ichabod Crane School Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow announced at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday that Covid-19 vaccines are now available for children 5 to 11 and the county Department of Health will be holding a clinic for Ichabod and Chatham school district students later this month.

She told the board that the district will get the details to parents on the clinic, planned for November 17 with a second date also set.

On November 2, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Read more…

Krapf ousts Bartlett in race for Sheriff

HUDSON—The unofficial results of the 2021 election in Columbia County this week saw Republicans retain their hold on the Board of Supervisors and county government. But in the race for sheriff, Donald Krapf, running on the Democratic line, appears to have soundly defeated incumbent Sheriff David Bartlett, who was seeking a third four-year term. Mr. Krapf will get a hefty promotion in January when he takes over the position of sheriff; he is presently a sergeant in the county Sheriff’s Office.

GOP candidates in the towns of Claverack, Germantown, Ghent, Kinderhook and Stuyvesant all turned back challenges from Democrats. The results so far reflect the count from early voting and on November 2, Election Day. Still to be counted are absentee and military ballots that have not yet been received.

This is an off-year election, which means that there are no statewide or federal positions on the ballot. There were, however, five statewide ballot proposals to amend the state constitution. There also were library service funding proposals affecting six towns in the county. All of the library proposals were approved by voters in those towns by significant margins. Read more…