Community foundation starts Haiti recovery fund

Fundraising events today
GT BARRINGTON—Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has established a disaster recovery fund for Haiti in response to the recent earthquake.
Donors are invited to make contributions to the fund online through www.berkshiretaconic.org or by sending a check made out to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, with Haiti noted on the memo line. Read more…

Botulism scare prompts herring recall

ALBANY—State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has issued an alert to consumers that Brighton Bazaar Inc. of Brooklyn is recalling Treknas Atlantic Herring.
The product was found to be uneviscerated and has the potential to be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Read more…

Murphy barnstorms county

Congressman makes good on pledge to visit every town he represents

ANCRAMDALE–In a mad dash to make good on his pledge to visit all 137 municipalities in the 20th Congressional District he serves, Congressman Scott Murphy’s last stop in Columbia County January 6 was the Ancramdale Presbyterian Church Hall, where he arrived in the bitter cold for a Congress-On-Your-Corner meet-and-greet at 7:10 p.m.

The congressman apologized for his slight tardiness to the 25 constituents waiting there for him, saying he had taken a few moments out from his tight schedule to call home, hoping to talk with each of his kids before they hit the sack, but found his 4-year-old was already asleep. Read more…

A road by any other name

State judge slams brakes on Wilzig motorcycle track in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–In a decision that minced no words state Supreme Court Justice Patrick J. McGrath has issued a permanent injunction forbidding not only Alan Wilzig and his wife from using their nearly complete, multi-million dollar motorcycle track, but also bars use of the track by any “agent, guest or invitee” of the Wilzigs.

The January 6 decision also singles out the Town Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and employees, nullifying a series of recent decisions to approve the track and prohibiting town officials from issuing approvals for the track in the future. Read more…

November election finally decided in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–It’s finally over, as Democrats claimed victory in all four disputed town races left undecided since the November 3 general election.

At the continuation Wednesday, January 13, in Hudson of a series of court hearings that started last December before acting state Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Nichols, enough of the remaining ballots were counted to assure that Democrats Larry Kadish and Joyce Thompson were elected to the Town Board. Jeffrey Tallackson will serve as a town justice, and Tom Youhas was elected highway superintendent. Both are Democrats. Read more…