County sees jobs in wind plan

Start-up firm says it will employ 50 at new turbine plant

HUDSON–21st-century wind power may be headed for Columbia County. At a presentation last week to 40 county and state leaders, principals of Aerocity Wind Power LLC, a start-up company that plans to make and market a new type of wind powered electrical generation system, announced plans to open a plant here that could employ 50 people.

The presentation at Space 360 on Warren Street provided an overview of the company, which has its headquarters in lower Manhattan, and included its view of the market opportunities as well as “the expected growth of our company and how that relates to our need for more people to work for us here and in New York City,” said Russell Tencer, the company’s chief executive officer. He spoke by phone conversation this week, a few days after the Hudson event.

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Hamlet will decide what to be and not to be

HILLSDALE–When local government looks down the road to development it’s often called “strategic planning” or “managed growth” or “smart growth” by urban planners. These days it usually includes all the ecological buzzwords like “organic,” “sustainable” and “green.”

Hillsdale adopted its first Comprehensive Plan in 1995 and revised in 2000. Now the town is again updating the plan with input from residents and help from specialists. Read more…

Job cuts viewed as likely with new ICC budget

KINDERHOOK–Superintendent James Dexter discussed Governor Patterson’s grim school aid numbers with the Ichabod Crane School board at a special budget meeting Tuesday, January 26. “It’s no insurmountable, but it is challenging,” Mr. Dexter said of creating a school budget facing the prospect of steep cuts in aid.

School Business Administrator Gregory Giammarco announced at the meeting that the governor is proposing a statewide reduction in support of public schools of $1.1 billion. Ichabod Crane would lose an estimated $822,012 in aid. “I’m giving these a lot of credence,” Mr. Giammarco said of the proposed numbers. Read more…

TH students learn to balance textbooks and checkbooks

CRARYVILLE–The term “literacy” has a broader meaning than its roots in reading and writing. Among its more recent applications, it can be used to describe the mastery of skills like check writing, bill paying and other things financial.

Earlier this month 12 Taconic Hills High School seniors earned certificates that recognized them as financially literate. The certificates were awarded through the W!se (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy Certification Program, part of a national educational effort that developed the course taught at the school for the past three years. Taconic Hills, the first school in Columbia County to offer the course, is one of 75 schools across the state teaching this version of financial literacy.  Read more…

Ancram voters put pencils to the metal

ANCRAM–It was the case of the missing write-in votes and Columbia County Board of Election officials came to investigate January 21.

Several voters in Ancram and Ancramdale complained to election officials that when votes cast in the November 2009 election were counted, theirs were not among them. Read more…