State seeks wood boiler rules

DEC hopes to curb pollution, catching up with local regs

ALBANY–The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finally issued long awaited regulations dealing with outdoor wood boilers. But communities around the county have already begun to address the issue with their own regulations, though the state rules may prove more restrictive.

Available on the DEC’s website,, the proposed new rules establish emission limits and siting requirements for new outdoor wood boilers (OWBs), along with stack height and operating requirements for both new and existing OWBs. Read more…

Chatham gets quick glance at village budget

CHATHAM–The Village Board plans to make its proposed budget available to the public Friday, May 7, following a board workshop meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 6. The board expects to hold the public hearing on the spending plan Tuesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Tracy Memorial.

Mayor Paul Boehme said that this year marks one of the most difficult budget processes he has been through. “A lot of things came together,” he said in an interview. In particular, he mentioned the drainage and paving work the village paid for on School Street, River Street and Park Row. It was accomplished concurrently with the major storm sewer and paving upgrade project done by the state. Read more…

Judge affirms lawyer bill Cascino must pay

HUDSON–Acting State Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Nichols confirmed last week his ruling that Salvatore Cascino must pay the Town of Copake $21,609.97 in attorney fees.

In June 2009, Judge Nichols found Mr. Cascino and his business entities: 13 Lackawanna Properties, LLC and Copake Valley Farm, LLC, in criminal and civil contempt for violating a temporary restraining order issued by the court November 27, 2006. Read more…

E.Nassau woman wins $25,000 in lottery

E.NASSAU– The New York Lottery today announced Rebecca Law of East Nassau won $25,000 on the Lottery’s 10x Cash Payout instant game. Ms. Law‘s winning ticket was purchased at the Cumberland Farms at 271 Route 43 and 66 in Sand Lake.

Lottery prizes up to $600 may be cashed at any of the Lottery’s 16,000 licensed retailers statewide. Lottery prizes valued at $601 to $999,999 may be claimed at any of the Lottery’s seven stand-alone Customer Service Centers located in Buffalo; Rochester; Syracuse; Schenectady; Fishkill; Manhattan; and Garden City, and within any of the Lottery’s eight gaming facilities including Saratoga Gaming & Raceway; Monticello Gaming & Raceway; Tioga Downs Casino; Batavia Downs Casino; Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway; Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway; Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack; and Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel. Prizes of $1,000,000 or more must be claimed at one of the Lottery’s seven stand-alone offices listed above.


Cuts force alternative program to find new home

HUDSON–On April 14 members of the Hudson school board and administration sat down with Alternative Learning Program (ALP) students in a classroom at the Greenport School to discuss the program’s uncertain future. One thing is sure: ALP will not remain in Greenport, its home since the program began in 2006.

The program in some form will move to the high school, a decision made by the school board in 2008 long before the arrival of current Superintendent John Howe. Read more…