District works out kinks in new bus system

CHATHAM–The Board of Education heard this week that the district is likely to be able to remove a source of controversy over a new busing system. And Schools Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo discussed a proposed capital project at the Tuesday, September 22, meeting.

Ms. Nuciforo said the district is very close to meeting the requests from 40 families for special busing arrangements. The new one-bell system that began this fall means elementary, middle and high school students ride the buses at the same time instead of in staggered morning and afternoon bus runs. The new system has meant more students ride each bus, and district officials originally were not sure they would be able to allow students to switch buses to accommodate child care needs.

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Ancram board members squabble over assessment list notes

ANCRAM–With a wild political season in full swing and an overflow crowd in attendance, uproar ensued at the September 17 Town Board meeting over revelations in a letter from one candidate that two of his opponents had devised a not-so-secret secret property assessment analysis.

Town Councilman Bob Mayhew and Councilwoman Donna Hoyt, who were allegedly responsible for the secret analysis, denied its existence, as did Town Supervisor Thomas Dias.

The accusatory letter was written to the supervisor by Christopher Thomas, a Republican candidate for councilman and a member of the town’s Board of Assessment Review.

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Hillsdale, East Chatham sites eligible for historic register status

ALBANY–The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 32 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the Hillsdale Historic District and the Rowe-Lant Farm in East Chatham.

The two local sites are on the list with such nationally significant sites as the Chinatown-Little Italy Historic District and the Westbeth artists’ studio and residential complex in Manhattan, the 1964-65 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in Flushing and the West Point Foundry archeological site in Cold Spring.

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Castleton area residents protest dismissal of director

Jim Gibbons, a resident of Castleton since 1954, spoke at the recent public meeting with trustees of the Castleton Public Library about how the personal attention that ousted library Director Darlene Miller gave to every library user was what made the library such a special place. Photo by Catherine Sager.

CASTLETON–About 150 people showed up last week at a meeting of the Public Library Board of Trustees to protest the firing of long-time library Director Darlene Miller.

The board voted 5 to 2 to terminate Mrs. Miller, who is out on medical leave. She was informed of the board’s decision by courier, reportedly while she was sick in bed.

Residents who attended the meeting expressed outrage at the news. Calling for answers, one by one, they also described the positive impact Mrs. Miller has had on the community, the schools, the library and their families.

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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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