Village says inn’s in limbo, jobs are real

KINDERHOOK–At the very end of the Village Board meeting on December 13, Trustee Rich Phillips asked to make some comment about “where we are with the Dutch Inn.” The property on Broad Street has been closed for over a decade and ownership of the building is part of legal case.

Mr. Phillips said the board was not taking sides in the legal action but he said, “I just want the Dutch Inn open.”

Current owner Al Roberts is trying to avoid having to sell the property to Paul Calgano, CEO of PCJ Development. In 2014, Mr. Calgano agreed to pay Mr. Roberts $900,000 for two properties–the Dutch Inn and another building near the inn. According to state court records, the two men had an agreement, but Mr. Roberts attempted to return Mr. Calgano’s down payment on the properties. Read more…

Judge keeps Cascino on ice until January

HUDSON—A last ditch attempt to get Salvatore Cascino out of jail in time for the holidays didn’t pan out.

Mr. Cascino, his attorney, the Town of Copake and its attorney appeared before Judge Jonathan Nichols in Columbia County Supreme Court December 14 in connection with ongoing contempt proceedings against Mr. Cascino of Larchmont in Westchester County.

Mr. Cascino, who turned 78 in jail this month, is a convicted felon who has spent the past 19 years amassing violations of federal, state and town laws for illegal dumping, building and excavating at a place he calls Copake Valley Farm along the east side of Route 22. Read more…

Bard offers local students head start on college

HUDSON–Students can get both high school and college credit simultaneously for the same courses in Bard’s Early College Program in Hudson.

Bard College, which has its main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, started the Early College Program for high school students early last decade and opened its Hudson satellite last school year. It also has satellites in New York City, Newark, Cleveland and New Orleans. The Hudson program involves juniors and seniors from high schools across Columbia and Greene counties, said Michael Sadowski, executive director of the Hudson program and a member of Bard’s psychology and education faculty said in a conversation November 30. Read more…

Ready or not, big solar comes to Copake

COPAKE—The night was full of surprises at the December 14 Town Board meeting and the biggest one came from the state, like it or not.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) aims to put a “significant” solar energy generation project on Taconic State Park land in Copake Falls.

The project, which is exempt from the town’s new Solar Energy Law enacted in April, will cover 5.2 acres of park property off Orphan Farm Road. Read more…

New owner plans upgrades for Barnwell

VALATIE—The Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3230 Church Street, the largest skilled nursing facility in Columbia County, has been sold to The Grand Healthcare System, a company based in Queens.

The Grand Healthcare closed on the purchase from Cassena Care, headquartered in Woodbury, December 7 and paid about $30 million for the six-story, 111,000 square-foot facility, The Grand Healthcare System’s Regional Vice President Bruce Gendron told The Columbia Paper this week.

The former Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Valatie has a new owner and a new name—The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell. Photo contributed

Barnwell is now one of nine healthcare facilities owned and operated by The Grand across the state. Read more…