UPDATED: Same guy, new dump

Cascino indicted for Clermont dumping, tests show asbestos in Copake

HUDSON–For years environmental officials and local residents have intensely scrutinized Salvatore Cascino’s Copake Valley Farm on the eastern edge of Columbia County. But new charges leveled by the state this week against the Bronx-based waste hauler allege that his illegal waste disposal operations involve another site on the western side of the county in the Town of Clermont.

Mr. Cascino and his Bronx County waste-hauling business were criminally indicted April 12 on two violations of state Environmental Conservation Law for illegally dumping solid waste at property off Route 9G in Clermont.

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Ancram puts on a coat to celebrate spring

ANCRAM–Some people in Ancram are working on their own version of “painting the town red”; they are painting Town Hall white.

Under the guidance of local painting contractor Jane Moore a volunteer crew power washed the building with a bleach solution to get rid of the mildew April 1 and began applying a coat of primer April 3. They were back on the job April 7, when a supply of the solid flat white acrylic stain arrived. Read more…

As schools trim energy costs, one leads the way

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Central School District has received the Energy Star label from the federal Environmental Protection Agency again this year. The district calculates it has saved $678,405 in energy costs over the 4 years it has had the Energy Star label.

And the Chatham Central School District is now considering how it can reduce its energy bills and some of the waste it creates. Read more…

Lawmakers brief business on progress, or lack of it

GREENPORT–National and statewide polls say voters don’t much care for the job lawmakers are doing these days. But more than 100 people filled the tables at the annual Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at Columbia Greene Community College Thursday, April 1, listening politely to six elected officials who discussed how federal, state and county governments intersect with life and commerce here.

Representative Scott Murphy (D-20th), who ran the Glens Falls office of a venture capital firm before winning election last spring, said he was an entrepreneur at heart, and emphasized that small businesses create jobs in this country, not government or large corporations. “Big companies buy small businesses” in order to grow, he said. He called for government to focus its direct job growth on traditional public sector functions like roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Read more…

Foundation program supports affordable housing

GT. BARRINGTON, Mass–The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation wants to make affordable housing part of the public conversation.

To do that, the foundation, working with Winterhouse Institute, a design firm in Falls Village, Conn., has mounted a public information campaign for HousingUs. Read more…