Pedestrian dead after being hit by train

Bystanders watch as Chatham rescuers try to save the life of a local man hit by a freight train Monday evening in the village. Photo by David Lee.CHATHAM—A local man died as a result of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a CSX freight train at the Main Street crossing in the village, Monday, July 20 at 7:53 p.m.
    William E. Weaver, 59, of Chatham was crossing the train tracks from Hudson Avenue to Main Street headed north, when he was hit by the westbound freight train, according to Chatham Police Chief Kevin Boehme, whose department was summoned to the scene along with Chatham firefighters and the Chatham Rescue Squad.

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Murphy plans steps to help dairy farmers

BALLSTON SPA—Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20) has issued the outline of measures he expects to introduce in the House intended to help dairy farmers at a time when milk prices are plummeting. Mr. Murphy said Saturday that he believes immediate action must be taken to provide immediate relief to struggling dairy farmers and stabilize the dairy market for the future.

Mr. Murphy’s district includes all of Columbia County, where dairy farming remains an important part of the local economy.

Noting that New York is the nation’s third largest dairy producing state and that dairy farmers are vital to the Upstate economy and community Rep. Murphy said in a press release from his office, “This proposal works two-fold, by providing immediate relief to our struggling dairy farmers today, and stabilizing the dairy industry for tomorrow. Before more small farmers are forced out of business, we need to bring fast relief and stability to the industry.”

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Copake opts for outside budget review

COPAKE–Before deciding what action to take on its estimated $175,000 budget shortfall, the Town Board has hired a second accountant to make sure the first accountant’s figures are right.

   “We all agree that our first course of action should be an independent audit to verify the numbers or find out if they are not correct. We have to know where we are,” Town Supervisor Reggie Crowley told the audience at the Town Board’s regular monthly meeting July 9.

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Wilzig track foes win latest round in court

HUDSON–State Supreme Court Judge Patrick J. McGrath handed down an interim decision last week denying Alan Wilzig’s petition for dismissal of a complaint filed by the Granger Group in regard to his private motorcycle track. 

   Mr. Wilzig received site plan approval and designation as a permissible recreational use from the Town of Taghkanic’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board earlier this year. But he was unable to proceed with paving the track because of an injunction against further construction on the facility. The injunction was obtained by the Granger Group, an association of citizens opposed to the track and concerned about enforcement of town zoning law, and by neighbors to the Wilzig property who believe that the track is not allowed under the zoning laws.

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Benefit will help young child of ill mom

KINDERHOOK–After being treated with cryosurgery for uterine and cervical cancer, 16-year-old Jessica Romey was told that she could never have a child. Four years later, after falling in love with Greg Sitzer, she became pregnant. On April 27, 2007, she delivered a healthy boy whom the couple named Cameron. Now 22, Ms. Romey calls Cameron her “miracle baby and my lifesaver,” as she deals with stage IV colon cancer that’s spread to her liver, her kidney, her bones and her spine.

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