Chatham finds some common ground on zoning

CHATHAM—The Town Board has eliminated some of the most controversial requirements in its proposed plan to rewrite town zoning and regulate short-term rentals.

Among the proposed zoning regulations was one that would have required homeowners who offer short-term rentals (STRs) to live in their home a minimum of 160 days a year. But after heated push-back at public meetings and online and in subsequent give and take, the requirement was dropped.

The change was approved by the board at a special board public session August 12 and announced by board member Michael Richardson at the monthly town meeting August 15. Read more…

The great fish count of ‘19 was held in Germantown


The 8th annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count was held Saturday, August 10 at multiple sites along the Hudson River from the Capital Region to New York City. It is conducted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation both as a means of providing a rough census of the creatures that spawn and live in the river and also to teach residents about the river and its inhabitants. Read more…

Hudson grad recalls injury, recovery, athletic success

HUDSON–A Hudson High School graduate summarized his trajectory from a near-fatal accident to professional football, two masters degrees, and book writing, at the Hudson City School District (HCSD) Board of Education meeting August 6.

The meeting also included possibilities for athletic facilities on the grounds of Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCS).

Leroy Collins, Jr., author of “Running Back: True Story from a Wheel Chair to the NFL,” was born in Hudson and when he was six, a truck hit him. During his long recuperation, when he watched football games, even before he could walk normally again, he decided, “I want to play that!” Play football he did: for Hudson High School–he graduated in 1995, for the University of Louisville, and professionally for four teams from 1999 to 2003. He got a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania, got a master’s degree in sports administration from the same university, and in 2015 stared his own amateur football team. Now 43, he lives in Fulton near Syracuse, works as a personal trainer and a motivational speaker, has written a book, and owns the football team he started: Syracuse Strong. Read more…

K’hook hears plans for new public lands

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board heard proposals for two projects in and around Volunteer Park at the regular monthly town meeting August 5. One was from the Northern Columbia Little League (NCLL) to rebuild the snack bar and storage area at the town park and the other was from the town’s Trail Committee about building lean-tos on property next to the park that the town took ownership of last year.

Last August Town Supervisor Pat Grattan announced at a board meeting that Town Attorney Andrew Howard had presented the board with the final paperwork for the town to take ownership of 77.9 acres owned by the state next to Volunteer Park. He said at another meeting that the state was granting the land to the town at no cost, though the town had to pay some closing costs. At the August 6, 2018 meeting, Mr. Grattan said of uses for the land, “We’ll get the Rec Department on it.”

At that time, Mr. Grattan also pointed out that the new property now gives the town about 100 acres of land at the park, which has baseball and softball fields, as well as basketball courts, soccer fields, a dog park and a playground. Read more…

Robertson named interim NL supervisor

Former New Lebanon town Supervisor Meg Robertson has been appointed interim supervisor following the resignation of Colleen Teal. Photo by Peter Flierl

NEW LEBANON–“Been there, done that” is an apt description for Interim Town Supervisor Margaret “Meg” Robertson.

In a recent interview at her upstairs office, she was already at work with Town Clerk and supervisor candidate Tistrya Houghtling on Ms. Robertson’s first day as appointed interim supervisor for the Town of New Lebanon. The position also means she will serve as an interim member of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. Both positions run through December 31, 2019.

Ms. Robertson served two terms as a member of the Town Board from 2000 to 2008 and following that was elected to two terms as town supervisor from 2008 through 2012. Her return to office was brought about by the unexpected resignation of former Supervisor Colleen Teal, who is moving to Virginia to be near her family. The board appointed Ms. Robertson August 12 after Ms. Teal announced her departure. Read more…