TH learns its share for Questar Ed Center

CRARYVILLE–The Taconic Hills School District will be hit with a whopping 23% increase in costs to support construction of a new Questar III educational center, effective with the 2017-18 budget, the school board learned at its January 18 meeting.

In a slide presentation, Questar III Deputy Superintendent Harry Hadjioannou outlined the financial impact, which increases the district’s net costs by $16,083. According to school Business Manager Cybil Howard, annual past increases have been “2% or less.”

Regarding future increases, in a follow-up email Ms. Howard wrote: “An increase will be annual but the amount could change based on Questar’s budget and the level of BOCES aid received by the Questar component school districts. I cannot say for certain the amount will be the same every year.” Read more…

Think you’re organized? Wait till you see Ancram

ANCRAM—The Town Board has decided to wait until the next general election in November to fill the board seat vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Christopher Thomas.

During the board’s organization meeting January 5, members voted unanimously not to appoint to fill the vacancy or conduct a special election.

Town Supervisor Art Bassin said by phone last week that the board concluded it could operate with four members for the year and it would let the political process deal with filling the vacancy. Mr. Thomas resigned effective January 6. Read more…

Residents like G’town but see trouble spots ahead

GERMANTOWN—The town’s top strength is its small-town character, its top weakness the unappealing gateway (Route 9G) into town. Its top opportunity is Palatine Park Road redevelopment, and its top threat, the character of new development.

Those are first-glance results of an informal survey completed at Saturday’s follow-up vision meeting held by the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.

The town will do a more formal survey as part of the Comprehensive Plan review, but these were the opinions of residents who attended one or two visioning meetings. Read more…

Sheriff honored for helping deputy deployed overseas

HUDSON–Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett received an award last week for the support he provided to one of his deputies while the deputy was on active military duty. The county Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday, January 11, where the award was presented also marked the arrival of newest member of the county board.

When Deputy Sheriff P. J. Merante left for a year of military service at Guantanamo Bay, Sheriff David Bartlett helped support the deputy’s family. When Deputy Merante returned, the sheriff helped him and his family adjust. For these efforts, the U.S. Department of Defense honored Sheriff Bartlett with a Patriot Award. Emil Baker, Capital Area chair of the New York Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department program, handed Sheriff Bartlett his award certificate at the January 11 meeting. Read more…

UPDATED: Hudson holds its own Women’s March

HUDSON–An estimated 1,200 people marched down Warren and South Front streets to the Waterfront Park Saturday afternoon, January 21 in one of the many Women’s March events held in cities across the U.S. and overseas.

The local march began at 7th Street Park, where speakers urged citizen action to prevent the loss of rights for women under the administration of President Donald Trump. Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton said the steps already taken by the president to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would end critically important healthcare for women.

Mayor Hamilton said that the gathering Saturday “makes me really, really proud of Hudson.” Read more…