$700K approved in Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) announced this week that $700,000 in funding for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network and the Northern Dutchess Hospital is included in the Labor, Health and Education Appropriations Act.
   The bill will invest in improvements to education, housing and health care.
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Church seeks donations for annual event

Church seeks donations for annual event Aug. 8

MUITZESKILL—Donations of glassware, furniture, electronics, small appliances, tools, books, jewelry, toys and other items are being sought for the Annual Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue at the Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill  Saturday, August 8.

 

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A chicken barbecue, using Earl Simpson’s Secret Sauce,  begins at 4 p.m. and continues until the chicken is gone.  The cost is $10, $5 for children under 12.

 

To arrange to drop off items to donate call (518)  732-7976 or 732-2471. For information, call  732-2471 or 732-7500.

 

Health officials offer advice to prevent West Nile Virus

HUDSON—No cases of West Nile virus have occurred in Columbia County, but because the wet summer weather is mosquito friendly, the Columbia County Department of Health wants people to have the information they need to protect themselves against the virus.

   “Any standing water around the yard can provide a home for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquitoes can then enter houses through broken screens or unscreened windows or doors,” Ed Coons, public health sanitarian, said in a press release.

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Critics question integrity of new voting system

NEW YORK CITY–A group of election experts, including Columbia County Election Commissioner Virginia Martin(D), met earlier this month at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village to discuss their concerns about the state’s impending switch to new optical scanner voting machines.

“I came to this event because I find the input of this community of voting experts invaluable,” said Ms. Martin.

The occasion was a panel discussion featuring Douglas Kellner, co-chairman of the state Board of Elections; Mark Crispin Miller, NYU professor and author of Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless we Stop Them); and attorney Andi Novak, founder of the Election Transparency Coalition NY, who hopes to mount a constitutional challenge to HAVA.

Despite the title of Prof. Miller’s book, the skepticism about the new voting systems cuts across party lines, and speakers at the meeting were not in agreement on all points. But all three share a passion for protecting the integrity of the election process. They believe electronic voting machines have significant drawbacks and two of the speakers want to keep the familiar lever-operated machines. That sentiment is shared officially by over 20 New York counties. Columbia County was among the first to join the movement in support of retaining the mechanical machines last January.

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Two men nabbed for alleged crack cocaine sales

HUDSON—City police arrested two men they suspect of selling cocaine after executing a search warrant on the third floor at 409 Warren Street, July 23 at 2:26 p.m.
   Renell Herrington, 56, who lives at the raided residence, was taken into custody just outside the building. William Chester Morrison, 22, also of Hudson, was arrested inside the residence.

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