Mayor asks state to finish what it started

CHATHAM–Before the Village Board met for its annual organization meeting last Thursday, April 8, board members listened to complaints about the drainage and roadwork project completed late last year by a contractor working for the state, including concerns about crumbling sidewalks and poorly placed signs.

One village resident attended the meeting with a long list of issues and questions for the board about the state project, but Mayor Paul Bohme said that he had listed many of the lingering problems with the job in a letter he wrote to state officials March 23. “We checked every sidewalk, put every crack down,” the mayor said. Mr. Bohme also said he would be following up with the state this week about letter. Read more…

In Copake: Where there’s smoke, there’s agreement

COPAKE–The night was downright balmy following a day of 80-degree temperatures, and the Town Board generated some heat on its own at the April 8 meeting.

At the start of a 7:15 p.m. public hearing about the town’s contract with Charter Communications to provide cable television service, an ear-piercing screech was suddenly broadcast by the meeting room’s loud speaker system. Read more…

Molinaro reform events draw Dems’ scrutiny

HUDSON–Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-103rd) and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-129th) will hold a public forum to discuss the People’s Convention to Reform New York Act Wednesday, April 21, at the Hudson Elks Club, 201 Harry Howard Avenue starting at 7 p.m.

The two GOP officeholders will also host a “Meet and Greet with Legislative Leaders” event with Columbia County Chamber of Commerce guests at Space 360 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 360 Warren Street in Hudson.

A release from Mr. Molinaro’s office says that the People’s Convention to Reform New York Act (A.9157) is legislation that would place a question on the ballot for the 2010 elections calling for a Constitutional Convention. It goes on to say that the convention “will put government back into the hands New Yorkers” and would comprise “average citizens, not politicians or party leaders” deciding questions including the budget process, ethics reform and office succession, which would help the state move out of stagnation.

The event has also drawn the attention of local Democrats. Email from the county Democratic Committee encourages Democrats “to attend, to watch, and comment on the statements and/or misstatements by anyone at the meeting.” The Democrats’ email also says that the party does not endorse the idea for a convention.

A statement in the email message about the Hudson meeting as well as one in Fishkill next week, says, “A Constitutional Convention holds the possibility of great reform, but it also holds with it the possibility to do great damage. We urge you to attend and help us keep everything on the up and up. This could indeed be a very important meeting and the beginning of real reform. It is up to us to make sure that it is progressive reform in the best interests of the people of New York.”

The Democrats link to a New York Times story on the concept found online at, and it references the GOP website on the convention,



Hudson proposal will axe 50 jobs

HUDSON–After months of agonizing, the Hudson School Board adopted a proposed 2010-11 budget this week that cuts 50 jobs and raises the tax levy 3.98%. If approved by voters May 18, the spending plan would close a $3.8-million budget gap.

The board adopted the measure at the board’s Tuesday, April 13, regular meeting. Read more…

ICC board adopts $38M spending plan, new bus proposal

KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane School board adopted a $37.7-million budget proposal at Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. This proposed budget includes programs originally cut and will set the increase in the tax levy at 2.74%. The annual vote will be May 18 in the high school gym from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition to the budget voters will be asked at the May election whether the district should spend $428,000 for new buses. At the school board meeting Tuesday, April 13, board members adopted the proposal to buy four new buses. School district Business Administrator Gregory Giammarco told the board that state aid would cover about 65% of the cost of the buses. The remaining 35%–roughly $150,000 in principal–would be picked up by taxpayers over a five-year period, he said. Read more…