Incoming Ancram super asks public to get involved

ANCRAM–Once we’ve won, what do we do?

That’s the question town Supervisor-elect Art Bassin, his running mates and campaign advisors asked themselves when they realized they might actually have a chance of winning the election.

The upshot of their strategy sessions was the scheduling of Transition Planning Meetings set for three Mondays, December 14, 21 and 28, all at 7 p.m., leading up to the January 4 Town Board organization meeting.

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Vaccines on sale, aisle 2

HUDSON–People who still want a seasonal flu vaccination and have not been able to get one from the usual sources may want to visit a local Price Chopper supermarket.

While a supermarket may not be the first place that leaps to mind when considering where to get a seasonal flu shot, it is apparently the only place around here that has the vaccine.

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This year the Stocking Fund has a hole in it

HUDSON–“There is a huge need this year,” said Marcella Biegel. For the last decade she has led the Edith Casey Stocking Fund, a project run by RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer program) that has provided toys for the needy children of Columbia County for the past 89 years. This is the worst year she can recall.

“Money is scarce. This has been the hardest year so far,” said Ms. Biegel. “At first the room was so full of toys, you couldn’t move, but we’re down to nothing.”  Two hundred bags of toys tailored to meet the needs of specific children await pick-up by their families, but 200 more applications need to be fulfilled, and it’s not clear at this point where the toys will come from.

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Vote count goes on and on…

GOP asks to subpoena records of Taghkanic voters’ lives 

HUDSON–If you live in the Town of Taghkanic, perhaps you are wondering who your town leaders will be. Five elected positions there have remained undecided since the November 3  election as lawyers argue over more than 80 absentee ballots. After two more days spent in court hearings there is good news and bad.

At a court hearing held Tuesday, December 8, at the Hudson Elks Lodge, nine contested votes received scrutiny and were approved by Judge Jonathan Nichols, who is hearing the case. The ballots were taken back to the county Board of Elections, where they were counted, resulting in Elizabeth Young, longtime town supervisor of Taghkanic, securing another term. But the new vote counts were not enough to resolve the other four races for town justice, highway superintendent, and two town council posts.

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School board expands senior tax exemption eligibility

VALATIE–Following a public hearing last week, the Ichabod Crane school board inched up the income level that allows older taxpayers to qualify for the Senior Citizen Real Property Tax Exemption

At its regular meeting Tuesday, December 1, the board adopted a motion “increasing from $28,000 to $29,000 the income which may be earned by the owner or owners of property within the district who are qualifying senior citizens and/or disabled persons, to provide for an exemption from real property taxation to the extent of 50% of the assessed valuation.” There is a sliding scale, with the reduction decreasing as income rises and a cap set at incomes of more than $37,400 a year.

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