Ancram asks: Whose siding are you on?

ANCRAM–Paint or plastic?

The Town Board voted at its October 15 meeting to award a contract to the sole bidder for installing vinyl siding on the Town Hall. It will cost almost $24,000.

Much confusion surrounded the bid opening the night of the meeting. The action was not on the agenda, and some residents believe the board never publicly discussed the need to do anything about the Town Hall exterior nor did board members vote in public to solicit bids for vinyl siding.

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Event fosters timely conversation about notion of aging in place

CHATHAM – Aging in Place, according to various websites, means the ability to continue to live in the place one calls home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level; to continue to live in a familiar environment and be able to participate in family and other community activities.

Just how aging in place would work in Columbia County was explored at an all day conference Sunday, October 18, sponsored by the Chatham Synagogue and titled Aging in Place: A Multi-Generational Approach.

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The $9 million question

County finds social services agency claimed revenues feds won’t pay 

HUDSON–Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) said it was last year at about this time when he looked at the figures for the county Department of Social Services and saw something odd. “I noticed there was negative revenue from the federal government,” he said.

A subsequent audit of the department determined that the “negative revenue” amounted to about $9 million, meaning the county is short that much money that it had said it was getting from Washington.

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Early results show surprises

HUDSON—The results below are, for the most part, the Election Night results from voting machines at polling sites around the county. The results are all unofficial and no final outcomes will be certified until absentee ballots and ballots generated by the new electronic ballot marking devices are counted by the county Board of Elections next week.

(The print edition of The Columbia Paper erroneously failed to list the vote tallies for the candidates.)

Candidates who ran on multiple ballot lines are shown on only their first line with the total of all the machine votes they received. Also, candidates who ran in Hudson wards with more than one district are shown with the total number of votes they received

The votes for the statewide propositions reflect only the votes those measures received in Columbia County. Likewise, the results of the race for state Supreme Court judge in the Third Judicial District show only the total here, though the district covers many counties.

 

 

Statewide Proposal Number One, An Amendment

 Yes 5957

 No 2354

 

Statewide Proposal Number Two, An Amendment

Yes 6351

 No 2198

 

Greenport Library Budget

 Yes 414

 No 432

 

Hudson Library Budget:

 Yes 472

 No 208

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H1N1 vaccine expected mid-November

HUDSON—With the number of cases of H1N1 flu increasing and not enough vaccine to meet current needs, the Columbia County Health Department urges residents to stay home if they are sick and follow other preventive measures to limit the spread of the flu.
“Flu activity is currently widespread and increasing across New York State. While vaccine offers the greatest protection from the flu, there are currently not enough H1N1 flu vaccine supplies to meet the demand due to delays in production reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As we wait for vaccine to become more plentiful in the coming weeks, there are important measures Columbia County residents can take to reduce their chances of getting and spreading the flu,” Nancy Winch, county public health director, said in a press release.
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