Police charge girlfriend with murder in Stuyvesant

STUYVESANT—State Police from Livingston arrested Diana L. Huyck, 52, of Stuyvesant for second degree murder, a class A-I felony, April 17.

Troopers responded to a reported stabbing on Dolly Drive in Stuyvesant, April 16 at 6:14 p.m.

Upon their arrival they found the victim, John K. Ford, 50, of Austerlitz and attempted life-saving-measures. Read more…

Step by careful step, Copake maps opening strategy

COPAKE—There’s a plan for that.

At its April 8 meeting the Copake Town Board reviewed, discussed and approved plans for re-opening places, programs and events across town. All plans incorporate new procedures suitable for a Covid-19 world.

It started with Town Hall, which reopened to the public April 12. Supervisor Jeanne Mettler said appointments are recommended and departments within the Town Hall can require appointments if necessary.

Next came a plan for conducting Copake Clean-up Day, the popular event at which residents can unload many kinds of junk or unwanted stuff. Clean-up Day will happen this year May 15 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Town Highway Garage, 47 School Road. Read more…

Leader won’t seek 2nd term, GOP taps Timothy Ooms


KINDERHOOK—Town Supervisor Patsy Leader announced last week that she will not seek reelection this November. She is currently serving her first term as supervisor. Ms. Leader was first elected to the Town Board in 2009 and served as deputy supervisor for six years before running for supervisor in 2019, when long-time Supervisor Pat Grattan did not run for reelection.

An email statement to The Columbia Paper from Kinderhook Republican Committee thanked Ms. Leader and announced the endorsement of current Town Councilman Timothy Ooms for supervisor.

“This was a difficult choice,” said Supervisor Leader in a press release. “It has been my absolute privilege to serve the people of the Town of Kinderhook and the County of Columbia.” Read more…

Deputies now wear body cams

HUDSON—Columbia County sheriff’s deputies began receiving body cameras on March 30, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant John Rivero. The deputies underwent training on how to use the cameras March 29 and by April 14 all “full-time uniformed” Columbia County deputies were wearing the devices.

What remains to be determined are the policies that ultimately will determine how the cameras should be used.

On April 6 the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee authorized the county Sheriff’s Office to start using body cameras according to a “policy set forth by the Sheriff’s Office.” Read more…

Two ways to get that warm and fuzzy feeling

It was chilly but sunny Saturday as Shawn Williams held his daughter Ella and the Easter Bunny hugged Ella’s sister Zoe at the Ghent Firehouse April 3. “Meet the Easter Bunny” was a free, drive-thru event. Kids got goody bags and a chance to see the fire trucks. More sunny spring weather is ahead, at least through Saturday. Photo by David Lee