Public invited to watch River Day from Olana State Historic Site

GREENPORT—Olana State Historic Site will welcome the public to a birds-eye view of the Hudson River Day Flotilla, which should be moving up the river past Olana Thursday afternoon, June 11. The flotilla is a signature event of the Quadricentennial and involves boat and yacht clubs between New York Harbor and Albany.

   The vessels will anchor overnight in the Hudson-Athens area, with riverfront parties as well as an event at the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse ( The sloop Clearwater will moor for the night in Hudson. 

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Paper seeks editorial intern

The Columbia Paper has an opening for a summer intern. This unpaid position is an excellent opportunity to learn the news business from the ground up—both the print and web aspects—from professionals in the field. Preferred applicants will have or be about to complete a college degree in journalism. Must have vehicle and access to a computer. Email cover letter and resume to Parry Teasdale, Editor/Publisher, The Columbia Paper, . Put the word “Intern” in the subject line.


OK 5K announces results

                                   OK 5k

                               June 6, 2009

Record              Tim Caramore 15:23 (2007), Mollie DeFrancesco 16:38 (2003)

Place Name                Age S City            St Divpl Divto Time    Pace 

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    1 Emory Mort           26 M GHENT           NY     1    16   14:44  4:45

    2 Justin Bishop        28 M ROESSLEVILLE    NY     2    16   15:18  4:56

    3 Macky Lloyd          19 M Voorheesville   NY     1    10   15:41  5:03

    4 Pat Cullen           23 M Albany          NY     1    12   15:44  5:04

    5 Dave Vona            26 M Valatie         NY     3    16   15:48  5:06

    6 Bradley Lewis        22 M Troy            NY     2    12   16:23  5:17

    7 Eric Haywood         23 M Great Barringto MA     3    12   16:28  5:18

    8 Edward Crowley       27 m Flagstaff       AZ     4    16   16:28  5:18

    9 Ben Greenberg        40 M VOORHEESVILLE   NY     1    21   17:08  5:31

   10 Joseph Pienta        26 M Brooklyn        NY     5    16   17:34  5:40

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State: Maybe later for Cascino ruling

COPAKE–The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has decided not to decide right now whether the town Planning Board review of Salvatore Cascino’s massive building project complies with state law.

  Last November, after a six-month site plan review, the Planning Board rejected Mr. Cascino’s proposal to build several structures on his 300-acre property called Copake Valley Farm.

   A resident of Larchmont, Mr. Cascino owns a Bronx-based waste hauling business and has a 12-year history of violating federal, state and town laws on his property located along the east side of Route 22.

   Mr. Cascino’s proposal included plans to construct a 24,900 square-foot composting barn, a grain dryer, two 70-foot-high grain storage silos and an 18,500-square-foot run-in shed.

   The county Planning Board and the town Planning Board’s agriculture consultant and engineer all recommended rejection of the plan.

   But attorney Anna Kirschner, who represented Mr. Cascino before the Planning Board, requested that the state agriculture department, commonly called “Ag and Markets,” determine whether the Planning Board had acted in accordance with the state Agriculture and Markets Law.

   In response to that request, William Kimball, director of Agricultural Protection and Development with Ag and Markets, wrote a 10-page letter dated March 11 to Town Supervisor Reggie Crowley and Planning Board Chairwoman Marcia Becker, to say that his department had determined that Mr. Cascino was engaged in a “farm operation.” Because of that, Mr. Kimball said the Planning Board’s site plan review process should have been expedited and was “unreasonably restrictive.”

   In light of Mr. Cascino’s history as a scofflaw, the Kimball letter provoked outraged reactions from State Senator Steve Saland (R-41st), Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro (R-103rd), the Columbia County Democratic Committee and members of the Copake Town Board, all of whom wrote to Governor David Paterson demanding his personal intervention with Ag and Markets on behalf of the people of Copake.      

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