Chatham Town Board fills seat, keeps tax rise below 1%

CHATHAM–The Town Board appointed Michael Richardson to the open seat on the board at their meeting last week. Mr. Richardson will serve out the term of Landra Haber, who resigned from the board in October. The seat will be up for election again in November 2019.

Mr. Richardson had been serving on the town Zoning Board of Appeals, which now has a vacancy due to his appointment to the Town Board. He is also on the town Citizen Finance and Planning Committee. He is a budget and labor relations consultant who has helped both the town and the Village of Chatham with their budgeting processes.

Mr. Richardson lives in the Village of Chatham and owns land in another part of the town. Read more…

Kinderhook super says 2019 budget reduces tax levy

KINDERHOOK–The Town of Kinderhook Board passed a $2.6-million 2019 budget at their meeting on Wednesday, November 7. Ahead of the vote the board held a public hearing but there was no comment from the public on the budget.

Supervisor Pat Grattan told the board that the tax rate for residents in the town would be $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For residents in the villages of Kinderhook and Valatie the rate will be .55 cents per $1,000.

He said that amount was decrease from last year and down from an all-time high in 2009. After the meeting Mr. Grattan said the town was well below the tax levy increase cap mandated by the state. Read more…

Funeral director closes business after 48 years

George Fox stands outside the funeral home, where he has lived and worked for the past 48 years. Photo by David Lee


GERMANTOWN—This is an obituary for a funeral home.

The Yadack-Fox Funeral Home at 209 Main Street will close December 1 after 67 years as a hometown place where families and friends throughout the region have gone to make final arrangements for their loved ones.

While the funeral home has come to the end of its days, the funeral director, George Fox, 73, is headed to a new life in a warmer place down below—not that warm or far below—he and his bride of three years, Paula, are moving to Maryland. Read more…

Galvan expands housing projects

HUDSON–The term “affordable housing” means different things to different people. Now the Galvan Foundation offers what it calls a “unique approach to housing affordability” that mixes people with varying income levels in buildings and in neighborhoods.

What the non-profit foundation plans will have an impact. The Galvan Foundation owns 86 buildings in Columbia County and operates 191 affordable housing units.

This type of housing is frequently associated with federal Section 8 vouchers, with which the government pays a portion of a qualified person’s rent. To be qualified a household must earn no more than 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), with preference given to households making under 30% of the AMI, according to Dale-Ann Brown, state program director for Section 8 Housing. Read more…

Hudson eyes new way to train kids for college courses

HUDSON–College courses in high school highlighted the Hudson City School District Board of Education meeting November 5. Antonio Abitabile, principal of Hudson High School, both raised the idea of offering college remedial courses and reported on preparations to offer more college credit courses.

Several colleges have remedial classes for students judged unqualified to take college classes. Because college introductory courses typically have number designations in the 100’s, remedial classes have taken on designations in the 90s and are called 090 (“o-ninety”) classes, Mr. Abitabile said. For 090 classes in college, a student generally pays tuition but gets no credit.

“Public schools are graduating more students who aren’t qualified for college courses,” he said. Yet they get into colleges and end up taking 090 classes. Read more…