Old issues get new airing in Ancram

ANCRAM–What does the New Year have in store for the Town of Ancram?

A new highway garage? A new road salt shed? An explanation about the 2007 revaluation?

During the second of three transition planning meetings that took place at the Town Hall December 21, light was shone on all these matters. Read more…

Hudson district opens new wings at two schools

Kids, staff like new classrooms

HUDSON–A recent visit to see the new Junior High School and the recently completed two-story wing at John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson gives cause for optimism even in these forbidding economic times.

With its cafeteria illuminated by skylights and its glass-walled hallways, the Junior High sparkles. It’s a new wing of the High School on Harry Howard Avenue, one of several recent renovations the district has recently carried out. Although the final touches were still in progress as school opened this fall, students, faculty and administrators are enthusiastic about their new surroundings. And discipline problems, often a complaint at the Middle School, the former home of the seventh and eighth grades, have diminished, said Principal Derek Reardon. Read more…

Train lot goes digital

City installs high-tech metering for Amtrak parking

HUDSON–Starting with the New Year the city will take over management of the long-term parking lot across the street from the Amtrak station on Front Street, with the city charging for what has been free parking until now.

Rather than meeting resistance, Mayor’s Aide Carmine Pierro said this week that the new fee system has prompted commuters to buy extended permits for reserved spaces before the pay-to-park system takes effect. He said the reserved permits, the spots closest to the station, cost $500 for six months or $900 per year. The daily fee is $3 for 24 hours. Read more…

Former Valatie mayor ready for challenge of running Kinderhook

KINDERHOOK–Pat Grattan’s first brush with local politics came at the age of 16, when he was working in the Kinderhook pharmacy with a clerk named Earl Devoe, who was also the town supervisor.

“People used to come into the store and complain to Earl about their grievances, and that was my introduction to Kinderhook politics,” Mr. Grattan says. Read more…

Lawyers meet on vote challenge

TAGHKANIC–Judge Jonathan Nichols agreed this week to meet with attorneys involved in the ongoing challenge to absentee ballots cast in the November 3 election in an attempt to finally resolve the contest.

The conference, which was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon December 30 at the Hudson Elks Lodge on Harry Howard Avenue, was to be open to the public and is only the latest skirmish in an on-going dispute fueled by the county Republican Committee’s effort to disqualify people who own second homes in the county from voting here. Read more…