Board wants highway boss gone

Sheriff’s Office charges Hillsdale highway super with harassment

HILLSDALE–The Town Board has called for the immediate resignation of Town Highway Superintendent Richard H. Briggs. The board issued its call after Mr. Briggs was charged with second degree harassment, a violation, by Sheriff’s Office Senior Investigator William Foster and Deputy Jeffrey Hofstetter, August 13 at 3:04 p.m.

A complaint signed by a Hillsdale Highway Department employee was the basis for the charge, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.

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Camp Sundown brightens lives lived out of the sun

CRARYVILLE–What would you do if your infant daughter turned out to be one of the one in a million Americans afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare genetic disorder that makes the sun an enemy?

XP sufferers can’t go out in daylight without risking irreversible skin damage. The condition means that their highly photosensitive skin cell DNA can’t recover from routine changes we all experience caused by ultra violet light because it can’t synthesize a necessary protein molecule. These permanent changes or mutations open the door to skin cancer, melanoma and eye problems, and patients have a higher incidence of hearing loss and other problems and a lowered life expectancy. The condition affects around 3,000 individuals worldwide according to one estimate.

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New Leb prepares to plead its landfill case

NEW LEBANON–At its regular monthly meeting August 9, the Town Board voted unanimously to change the terms of office for the elected town clerk, tax collector and superintendent of highways from two to four years, effective with the term of office commencing January 1, 2012.

The new terms will not apply to persons currently in these posts unless they are re-elected to them in the November 2011 election.

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Greenport board members rebut police critic

GREENPORT—“When is our Police Department working?” resident Irwin Diamond asked at the monthly Town Board meeting August 4.

Mr. Diamond said that the town police have two cruisers, which he said are always parked at the Town Hall.

No, Supervisor Edward Nabozny said, the department has three working vehicles, and they are on patrol from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. “We have a part-time police department,” he added.

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ICC board meets on tax levy

KINDERHOOK—The Ichabod Crane Central School District Board Of Education will hold a special meeting Tuesday, August 17, at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Library.

Agenda items include: the search for a permanent superintendent with the interim district superintendent; the 2010-11 tax levy and warrant; staff appointments.

All Board of Education Meetings are open to the public.

Also this month the board will hold the following committee meetings:

–Audit Committee, August 17 at 5 p.m. in the central office

–Facilities Committee, August 30 at 5 p.m. in the central office.

Following the Facilities Committee meeting, a special meeting of the board will be held for the purpose of conducting a facilities tour starting at 6 p.m. at the central office.