NY State of Health is open for enrollment

ALBANY—The New York State of Health is conducting a special open enrollment period until April 15—for uninsured individuals and families to ease coronavirus fears.
Individuals and their families have many low cost, quality health insurance options available through the Individual Marketplace. Read more…

Closings/cancellations/changes as of March 27

We will post local cancellations and postponements as we receive them.

ANCRAM–Ancram Town Hall, Town Court and Town Garage will be closed to the public until further notice. Town employees will continue to be working normal hours at the Town Hall or from home, so can you reach them by email, phone or mail. The Highway Department is working a regular schedule. If you have something to drop off with a town official, just put it in the mail box on the far edge of the parking lot. Call the Town number at 518-329-6512 and leave a message if no one is available to talk when you call. Find a directory of contact information on the town website: www.ancramny.org

ANCRAM–The town’s April 4 Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed due to state mandated recommendations mandated  If for any reason the regulations change by the end of April, the town may schedule the event for another Saturday after Easter.

Ancram Kids’ Camp sign-up postponed. Camp applications will not be available until sometime in May. Town officials will alert everyone when the applications are ready and they will be posted on the website.

ANNANDALE—The May 3 gala celebrating the 70th anniversary season of the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle has been postponed to the fall. At this time, the HVCMC still plans to hold its June concert series in Olin Hall at Bard College.

AUSTERLITZ–Town Hall closed through March 31. Scheduled to reopen April 1. All monthly meetings canceled for the duration of March. www.austerlitzny.com. Reach Town Supervisor Lagonia at 518-755-0996 or Read more…

COVID-19 has no current treatment

HUDSON–There is currently no authorized treatment for those who test positive for COVID-19, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said in Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell’s March 26 press release updating the COVID-19 situation here.

“I strongly discourage anyone from taking things they hear mentioned as possible cures. Do not try
to self-medicate. Some medications may have similar ingredients to those being mentioned in connection with a possible COVID-19 treatment, but they have not undergone testing for this disease and should not be considered safe,” Mr. Mabb said.

There was one positive test for COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday, March 25, bringing the official count to 19 in-county. Read more…

Officials compare notes on pandemic preparations

HUDSON–Columbia County administrative and education officials told each other what they are doing for their people during COVID-19 crisis, at a press conference March 19 at the county offices at 401 State Street. Topics covered included food for children and senior citizens, education and emotional support for children, and mental health.

“This is a great time to read to children,” said Dr. Gladys Cruz, superintendent of Questar III, BOCES, who led the conference. “It’s a great time to call family members you have not spoken to for a while. We must be flexible, creative, and calm.”

Matt Murell (Stockport), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, reported that “for the last several weeks, we’ve been planning mitigation. Fifty percent of county employees have been sent home,” if possible, to work from home. “If an employee must be quarantined, we will let him be quarantined, without reducing his vacation or sick time,” Mr. Murell said. Read more…

Chatham board reshuffles financial staff, closes Tracy

CHATHAM–The Village Board moved forward with a proposal from current Village Treasurer Robert Patterson to transition him to a bookkeeping and accounting role and have the village clerk and deputy clerk take over the treasurer’s duties.

Mr. Patterson was hired as the village accountant in March of 2018 and then as village treasurer in August of 2018. He took over the position after the then treasurer resigned and just as the Office of the State Comptroller was investigating the village for not making payments on certain payroll taxes to the state and the IRS. In January of 2019, village files were sized by the state.

At the board’s March 9 meeting, Mayor John Howe said the state investigation of the village’s finances was coming to an end. The board approved Mr. Patterson’s proposal to perform monthly bank reconciliations, prepare and submit the monthly New York State Retirement System report, assist with preparing the annual budget, and prepare and submit the Annual Updated Document to the comptroller, among other things. For these services, Mr. Patterson will charge the village $27,000 to be paid in 12 installments. Read more…