Race for Assembly in 107th AD draws 3


GHENT—Three candidates are running this November to represent the 107th District in the state Assembly. Incumbent Jake Ashby, a Republican, is running against Democrat Brittany Vogel and Libertarian Charles Senrick.

The 107th Assembly District includes the Columbia County towns of Kinderhook, Chatham, New Lebanon, Canaan, Austerlitz and Hillsdale. The majority of the district is in Rensselaer County and a small section of Washington County.

Enrollment data from February, the most recent available from the state Board of Elections, show Democrats with a plurality of about 3,000 voters in a district with 97,200 voters overall. But the second largest bloc of voters in the district comprises those who are registered with no party affiliation. Republicans are the third largest. There are also enough voters registered in the Conservative and Independence parties to make up for the smaller GOP enrollment. Read more…

Housing agency seeks funds to rehab empty tower units

HUDSON—New officers, empty apartments, in-house vs contract renovations and roof problems, highlighted the Hudson Housing Authority (HHA) meeting on October 14. Hudson Alderwoman Tiffany Garriga (D) attended. She represents Hudson’s 2nd Ward. The HHA runs the 135-unit income-restricted Bliss complex, which is located in that ward.

HHA’s seven-member Board of Commissioners selected officers for the year at the meeting: Marie Balle, chair; Revonda Smith, vice-chair; and Rebecca Wolff, treasurer. The other commissioners are Edrick Brown, Claire Cousin, Robert Davis, and Randall Martin, was the previous chair. Mr. Brown and Mr. Davis are tenant commissioners; they live in Bliss. Read more…

Three seek to replace Delgado in House race


GHENT—Congressman Antonio Delgado faces three challengers in his bid for reelection to the House of Representatives from New York’s 19th District.

Mr. Delgado, a Democrat, defeated freshman Republican Congressman John Faso, winning by a 5.2% margin. This year Kyle Van De Water, a Republican and former Millbrook village trustee is running for Mr. Delgado’s seat as are Steven Greenfield, who ran for Congress on the Green Party line in the 2018 election, and Victoria Alexander of Amenia, the Libertarian candidate.

NY-19 is considered the 8th most rural congressional district in the nation. It encompasses all or portions of 11 counties and stretches from Hillsdale in the east, west to Deposit, south to Pawling and north to Fort Plain. The sprawling district borders Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Pennsylvania. All of Columbia County lies within the 19th District. Read more…

Front-line jack-o-lanterns march through Hillsdale

Hillsdale’s ninth annual Pumpkin Festival was held Saturday, October 10. It featured music, a pie competition, police demonstrations, a fire department chicken barbecue and a competition of scarecrows constructed in the personages of “essential workers and hometown heroes.” A procession of the scarecrows was mustered to walk from the village green down to Hamlet Park where they were installed for judgment. Pictured is Harper Benson, 8, as she adds the final touch of a smile to a firefighter scarecrow. Photo by David Lee

Society hears of Canaan men who helped make a nation

The interior of the early 19th century church, which now belongs to the Canaan Historical Society. Photo by Peter Flierl

CANAAN—Dodie Gearing, Town of Canaan historian, and secretary and curator of the Canaan Historical Society, enthralled attendees at the annual meeting of the Canaan Historical Society with her description of Canaan’s 17th Militia and its participation in the Battle of Saratoga. In that battle British General John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne surrendered on October 17, 1777, the turning point in the war begun at Lexington and Concord.

Warner’s Tavern just down the road was a gathering point. It was also the source of seven Warner sons, who were members of the Canaan 17th Militia, which sent a total of 47 men to the battle. Ms. Gearing pointed out that joining the militia was an act of treason. Like the signers of the Declaration of Independence, these Canaan residents were risking everything, life, liberty, and property in pursuit of freedom.

Brenda Adams, Canaan town supervisor and treasurer of the Canaan Historical Society, reported to the roughly 25 people present on the fiscal health of the organization, noting there has been no membership revenue since 2018, due in part to passing of several leaders. Two checking accounts for operations and building have $900 and $222, while a money market restricted fund has $16,000. The budget approved for the coming year includes: Insurance, $1,800; Electricity, $225; Post Office Box, $64; and Printing, $100. The board will be searching records to determine the nature of restrictions. Read more…