County eyes St. Charles for homeless and DSS satellite

HUDSON—The Columbia County Board of Supervisors wants to lease the St. Charles Hotel as an “enhanced satellite office” for the county Department of Social Services and an emergency housing facility. But the idea has drawn only scorn from the mayor.

The concept of a satellite office was proposed several months ago by board Chairman Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) in response to protests from city residents, officials and others opposed to the plan to move the Department of Social Services (DSS) to the old Ockawamick School building in Claverack, six miles outside the city. A press release issued Monday, June 15, from the department announcing the proposal for the St. Charles also said that using the hotel for emergency housing would save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to the present system, which relies on paying to house people in motels around the county and in Greene County.

Mayor Richard Scalera, who said he learned of the proposal a little over an hour before it was released to the public, called it a mind-boggling example of “planning on the go,” with no input from city officials. County officials say leasing the building would benefit the city.

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Planning begins for ICC’s fall football season

KINDERHOOK–Cheryl Trefzger, the co-chair of the Booster Club’s Football Committee, said that her group has been talking about starting a football team at Ichabod Crane school for at least 5 years and that she thinks the discussion goes back 25 years. Ms. Trefzger and her group, co-chaired with Mike Smith, have been raising money for two years to fund a pilot program in the district. The junior varsity is already up and running and the varsity team will start this fall.

The Booster Club will be raising money throughout the year, starting at the team’s first home game on September 4, to fund the program through the 2010 season. After that the school board will have to appropriate the funds to continue the team into the 2011-2012 budget.

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New Leb zoners want action against track campground

NEW LEBANON–The town Zoning Board of Appeals has called on town officials to enforce regulations that prohibit camping on the site of the Lebanon Valley Speedway until Speedway owner Howard Commander obtains the required permit for a campsite.

The request for enforcement came in a letter dated June 3 from ZBA Chairman John Dax to town Zoning Enforcement Officer Stan Koloski and members of the Town Board. That was the day after a ZBA meeting at which Mr. Commander, representing Lebanon Valley Auto Racing (LVAR), appeared before the zoning board without the information called for on the application for a campground permit.

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Robertson turns back challenge in New Leb

NEW LEBANON–A lengthy Democratic caucus Tuesday, June 9, culminated in the party’s endorsement of incumbent Supervisor Margaret Robertson for re-election. She garnered 38 votes to challenger Allen Livermore’s 21.

Members also voted to endorse former two candidates for Town Board, Town Engineer Douglas Clark, with 45 votes, and Monroe (Monte) Wasch, with 34 votes. Mr. Wasch said he had decided only this week to run again. Two other people sought the endorsements, Tina Porte, who received 21 votes, and Phyllis Hulbert, who told The Columbia Paper that she didn’t know she was running until she saw her name in the paper. She received 14 votes.

It was a closed caucus, which some observers said was the first time in memory that those not eligible to vote had been excluded. Two members of the press and several community members were denied entry

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Flag Day set for today

HUDSON–The annual Flag Day celebration organized by Hudson Elks Lodge 787 takes place today, Saturday, June 13, and it will spotlight local TV news anchors and reporters.

The parade, usually the largest such event in the city each year, step off at 3p.m. with a line of march that takes it westward down Warren Street.

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