Budget crisis, economy begin to squeeze local agencies

HUDSON–Last week Diane Franzman, executive director of The Healthcare Consortium, described a desperate situation that threatened to shut down her organization, a provider of healthcare services to low and middle-income residents of Columbia and Greene counties. The Consortium had run out of money to meet many of its obligations because the state had delayed promised payments.

The same tough times that have hit the Healthcare Consortium and much of the overall economy have also affected other local organizations, especially those that depend of state and local funding.

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Will some press suits where others drop coins?

GREENPORT–Perhaps only a Scrooge would begrudge a fire company the money it raises through a “coin drop,” when firefighters stop traffic to give motorists the opportunity to make donations. But that doesn’t address the question of where the fundraisers station themselves.

At the September Greenport Town Board meeting, resident Joe Kenneally suggested that the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Healy Boulevard by the entrance and exit to McDonald’s is not the ideal spot. Greenport’s Fire Department held a coin drop there recently.

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New radio voice set to broadcast

HUDSON–WXCG, a new community radio station with studios in both Columbia and Greene counties is poised to go on air this fall. With a 3,300 watt signal it will have the potential to reach some 78,000 people spread in this part of the Hudson River Valley, with its primary coverage stretching from Windham in Greene County to the Taconic Parkway down to northern Dutchess County and up to   Kinderhook and Coxackie.

“It will be all about our community in the river valley,” said Hudson Talbot, an artist and author of numerous children’s books and director of the Catskill Community Center.

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DA: She cooked towns’ books

Former bookkeeper for K’hook, G’port charged with theft of over $300K

HUDSON–Pegeen Mulligan Moore, a former bookkeeper for the towns of Kinderhook and Greenport, was charged on a 20-count indictment for allegedly stealing more than $337,000 from those towns over a period of about three years.

The sealed indictment, containing 18 felony and 2 misdemeanor counts, was opened in Columbia County Court Wednesday morning, September 8 before County Judge Jonathan Nichols. Read more…

Pick-up teams are baseline study in friendship

COPAKE–The lives of a diverse group of men have become closely connected because of a pickup softball game played 25 years ago.

The game started out with a few guys just looking for something to do on a Sunday morning. But it has turned into a quarter-century-long tradition upheld by men who have now been part of each other’s lives for generations.

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