Chilly reaction greets Kohl’s new tax break plan

GREENPORT–The public had its say Wednesday, March 31, on a tax break for a Kohl’s department store, and the verdict was a firm No.

The Widewaters Group, developers of Greenport Commons, has applied to the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency for a 15-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) deal. The latest proposal from the developer would see property taxes on the Kohl’s parcel, currently about $22,500 a year as undeveloped land, increase to $34,375 the first year and grow 2% per year for the life of the PILOT. Read more…

Sen. Saland hosts event Monday on topics for seniors

GREENPORT–State Senator Steve Saland (R-41st) will hold a Senior Seminar on Monday, April 12, at Columbia-Greene Community College, Professional Academic Center (PAC), Room 612, from 10 a.m. to noon. For directions and a campus map, go to or call (518) 828-1529.

The free seminar will feature elder law attorneys who will discuss a number of important issues facing seniors such as estate planning, wills and trusts, end-of-life decisions and nursing home care.

The seminar will also feature a representative from The Alzheimer’s Association, who will discuss understanding memory loss and what services are available for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers.

A question and answer period will follow each presentation.

Reserved parking will be available and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Track alive with sound of… music?

Lebanon Valley Speedway owner says big concert is in works

NEW LEBANON–Despite the town’s long and sometimes controversial experience with concerts at the Lebanon Valley racetrack, track owner Howard Commander said this week that there are plans afoot for a “multi-day music festival” there.

Mr. Commander, who made the statement after the April 6 meeting of the town Zoning Board of Appeals, said the idea originated with Kenneth Flood, the county planning director and commissioner of economic development. Mr. Flood’s office said he is on vacation and not available for comment.

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Copake Green for sale: $1.2M

Unpopular Copake hamlet plan stalls for lack of funding

COPAKE–The 122-acre cornfield between the hamlet and the town hall–the proposed site of a controversial 138-unit senior and mixed-income housing development called Copake Green–is now up for sale. The asking price is $1.2 million.

And unless someone ready, willing and able to invest in the housing project shows up before the property is sold, Copake Green will be nothing more than a not-so-fond memory for many in town who never thought it was a good idea.

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Sheriff: Father killed his young son then himself

ANCRAMDALE—A father and his young son were found dead in their home about a mile north of the Dutchess County line the morning of April 7, the apparent victims of murder/suicide.
A preliminary investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reveals that Franklin Hankerson, 42, of 9715 Route 82, allegedly shot his 5-year-old son Khaliff Hankerson with a 12-gauge shotgun, then used a different gun, a 40-caliber rifle to shoot himself. Both were shot in Mr. Hankerson’s bedroom and both died immediately, said Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr, who conducted a press conference Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot between the Ancramdale Post Office and The Farmer’s Wife in the hamlet.

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