Weather may hamper power crews’ work, shelter available

GREENPORT—Currently there are 5,000 customers throughout Columbia County without power, according to an advisory from Columbia County Emergency Management Director William Black .
The affected areas are covered by three power companies, which are working to restore service.
The National Weather Service says there is a potential storm for today (Thursday) that could slow the power restoration process in these areas.
Anyone who needs shelter to stay warm can go to the Taghkanic Firehouse at 631 Old Route 82 in Taghkanic, which will be open beginning at 7a.m.Thursday.
To contact the Emergency Management Office call (518) 828-1212.

Storm takes another toll

STOCKPORT–Town Supervisor Leo Poucher examines the remains of a footbridge that once spanned the Stockport Creek. The weight of the snow collapsed the bridge, which was slated for Stockbridgerehab. Construction crews pulled the remains from the creek Wednesday afternoon.


Thousands of county residents remain without power as of late this afternoon (Wednesday), as the heavy wet snow brings down tree limbs, carrying wires as they fall. National Grid estimates that nearly 5,000 customers are without power. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation said it could be several days before all customers are back online.

The Town of Greenport remains under a state of emergency, with no parking permitted on Town streets, while the area girds for another storm slated to begin Thursday morning and continue to Friday.

Town conflicted over conflict resolver post

COPAKE–The Town Board created the position of citizen ombudsman to help residents get their issues addressed without influence from outside or political interests.

Now it appears that the ombudsman, if the town had one, could use the aid of an ombudsman to get an ombudsman appointed. Read more…

Plow takes reporter on road less traveled

TAGHKANIC–Tom Youhas, the town’s new highway superintendent, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse: a chance to ride with Mike Conn during Tuesday’s snowstorm.

So that afternoon, I joined Mike aboard the town’s legendary “green machine,” an International 6-ton, 6-wheeler dump truck equipped with tire chains and a 17-foot plow blade and a 6-ton load of road sand. At the end of a run, with the sand gone Mike tells me, “It likes to slide around a bit.” He keeps the truck, which doesn’t have four-wheel drive, under control through judicious down shifting. Read more…

Hillsdale set to release study mapping aquifers

HILLSDALE–The popular slogan advises people to “Think Globally, Act Locally.” And with the international Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development estimating that by 2030, nearly half of the world’s population will inhabit areas with severe water stress, Hillsdale has taken that call to action seriously.

The town’s Natural Resources Committee initiated the call for an aquifer study in 2008, and the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee obtained the necessary grants. That study, A Groundwater Resources Study and Protection Plan, has now been completed by Steven Winkley of the non-profit New York Rural Water Association, and he will present it to the public at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the United Methodist Church at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23. Read more…