Hudson Mayor Scalera seeks seventh term


HUDSON—The names  are familiar, but the political landscape in Hudson has changed.

   Last week long-time Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera announced he would seek his seventh term in the November general election. The mayor, a Democrat in a heavily Democratic city, was at odds with an insurgent party leadership over much of the past decade, but he won handily two years ago running on the Republican and Independence Party lines. This week he was back seeking his party’s endorsement for his new bid only to find himself once again facing a challenge from within his party.

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Harrison runs for re-election

SPENCERTOWN—Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr. will seek a second term as Columbia County Sheriff this November.

   A Sheriff’s Office veteran of 25 years, he began as a deputy sheriff jailer in 1984 and worked his way up through the ranks until he was elected sheriff in 2005.

   In a recent press release, Sheriff Harrison, a Republican,  said he is proud of his first term accomplishments, adding, they could not have been realized without the hard work and support of the law enforcement, corrections and civil members of the his office.

   No other candidates have announced their intentions to seek the office.

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Board member who quit now urges change


KINDERHOOK—Former board member William Murphy addressed the Ichabod Crane School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday night, saying the district needed go further with their educational goals. He said the schools had to “give the kids the education that they need in this very, very competitive world.”

   Board members discussed creating board goals, evaluating their superintendent and the state school report card during the meeting May 5, but they did not address Dr. Murphy’s comments directly. Instead they spoke about successful educational programs in the district and future goals.

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Stray cat found in Taghkanic

TAGHKANIC–This “stray” cat was found on county Rt. 10 in East Taghkanic in Columbia County. She is friendly and approachable adult female, fairly young, and mostly grey and white in color with very yellow/green eyes.

   Because she is healthy and clean, she is believed to have been someone’s pet. She stays close to the house, and shows no propensity to wander. She would make an excellent candidate for adoption.

   If you can give this sweet girl a home, please call Cat found inn E. Taghkanic(518) 851-3956.

Guns sales grow in hard times

GREENPORT—In the midst of this economic slump people in Columbia County—and across the country—are exercising their constitutional right to bear arms in growing numbers.

   The national trend is reflected locally in a barrage of pistol permit applications that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is scrambling to keep up with. It’s also seen by a gun shop owner, who has seen her gun sales shoot up recently.

   In the business of selling guns for 30 years, the owner of Shooters in Valatie, who would identify herself only as Patsy—“They call me Packin’ Patsy; everybody knows me”—told The Columbia Paper this week that in the last year her gun sales business has increased “dramatically.” She declined to share specific sales figures, but she did say that the skyrocketing demand for guns is not limited to one age group or sex.

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