K’hook councilwoman runs afoul of law

State inspector general says Mary Kramarchyk violated Hatch Act restrictions

KINDERHOOK–The Office of the State Inspector General has determined that Town Councilwoman Mary Kramarchyk, who works for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, violated the state Public Officers law, DEC policy and the federal Hatch Act law for the past eight years by holding public office and holding a position in the local Republican Party.

That same report found that DEC had failed to address the situation and that her superiors at the agency were ignorant of the DEC’s own policies.

Stephen DelGiacco, a spokesperson for the inspector general’s office, said neither of the laws in the case is a criminal statute.

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Police seek sex offender

HUDSON—City Police found one of the two convicted sex offenders they sought for allegedly failing to register.
Police are still looking for Benjamen McKinney, 45, is sought by Hudson Police., a Level 3 sex offender.
His last know address was 331 State Street in Hudson. He has been known to frequent Albany. Mr. McKinney is 5’10”, weighs 200 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Mr. McKinney’s whereabouts should call Hudson Police at (518) 828-3388.
Police also were looking for Eugene S. Cobbins, a/k/a Eugene S. Holloway, 29, a Level 3 sex offender.
Hudson Police took Mr. Cobbins into custody without incident after they received a tip that he might be at a Village of Catskill residence. Catskill Police checked the place and found Mr. Cobbins, who was turned over to Hudson Police and arraigned in City Court. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bail bond.

Who cares for the disabled

Panel hears how poor health services compound problems

 HUDSON–Persons with mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities or chemical dependency, as compared with the general public, have poorer physical health, face greater problems accessing medical care and, when they do need care, are less likely to receive help that meets their special needs.

A dozen consumers, family members and professionals who testified at a public forum on physical health care held by the Columbia County Community Service Board and the Department of Human Services Thursday, September 17, addressed one aspect or another of the “health disparities” faced by persons with these three disabilities.

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Stolen handgun recovered, 3 men charged

VALATIE—Sheriff’s Office investigators and Special Weapons and Tactics Team members arrested three men, they say, were involved in the sale of a stolen handgun.  
Arrested were: Keith W. Moulaison, 26, of Kinderhook; Matthew E. Kelly, IV, 18, of Niverville; and Christopher Alston, 27, of Richmond, Virginia.
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Health Department: Get a seasonal flu shot

HUDSON—The Columbia County Health Department reminds residents to get a regular seasonal flu shot.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that affects the lungs, throat, nose and other parts of the body. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.

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