Busy campaign stirs once sleepy Ancram this year

ANCRAM–Political party affiliations have been tossed to the wind this year as Democrats embrace Republicans as running mates and Republicans cast their lots with Democrats.

Inadequate highway garage facilities, a completed but unadopted Comprehensive Plan, an exposed property assessment analysis that raised more questions than it answered, missing campaign signs and most recently questions about how vinyl siding bids for the town hall came to be sought in the first place have all emerged as campaign issues in a town of 1,500, where politics was once a ho-hum matter.

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Hoffmann vs. Young for Taghkanic’s top spot

TAGHKANIC–Gone are the days when elections for offices in this town went uncontested. With the exception of assessor, there are heated races for every town office on the ballot this year.

It has been many years since Taghkanic Supervisor Elizabeth “Betty” Young has had an opponent in her quest for the top spot in town, but this year Loretta Hoffmann has stepped up to the plate.

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Stigma, healthcare barriers compound disabilities

GREENPORT–The Columbia County Community Services Board in partnership with the Columbia County Department of Human Services held its 16th annual Legislative Forum Friday, October 23, at Columbia-Greene Community College, with federal, state and local officials on hand to listen and respond to concerns about the delivery of physical health care to persons with disabling conditions. Many of the problems were identified at a public hearing held by the board September 17.

The Columbia County Community Services Board (CSB) is responsible under state law to assess the needs of individuals with chemical dependency, mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities, and among those present at the forum to hear that assessment were Benedict McCaffree, representing Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th), Senator Stephen Saland (R-41st), Assemblymen Marcus Molinaro (R-103rd), and Supervisors Roy Brown (R-Germantown), William Hughes (D-Hudson)and Lynda Sheer (R-Gallatin), along with county Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr.

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Judge dismisses suit by New Leb justice

NEW LEBANON—A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed the lawsuit that junior town Justice Darcy Poppey filed against other town officials.

Senior Town Justice Shaun McHugh announced the dismissal of the suit at a meet-the-candidates event Thursday, October 29, at the firehouse, and Town Attorney Jason Shaw confirmed the decision Friday.

Justice Poppey had sought to have the court prevent the Town Board from changing the status and hours of the deputy court clerk, who assists her. She also sought to have the court force the Town Board to increase her salary.

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Chatham braces for annual sugar exchange

Homes on some streets see over 700 costumed kids

CHATHAM – It’s sunset on Halloween night. Do you know where your children are? Most likely they are on Kinderhook Street in the Village of Chatham. Houses on the half-mile long street have been known to get 700 to 800 trick-or-treaters.

“The houses are close together, it’s a long street, almost all residential,” said Chatham Village Police Chief Kevin Bohme of why Kinderhook Street is such a draw. He also says that Payn Avenue is another busy street on Halloween evening. “Our biggest concern on Payn Avenue and Kinderhook Street is cars,” said Chief Bohme in a recent interview. He says the village can’t block Kinderhook street traffic since it’s a main route through the village. Parents are very safety conscious on Halloween, he said, but one problem is traffic back-ups, as parents drive their kids from house to house and wait in their cars in the street.

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