The $9 million question

County finds social services agency claimed revenues feds won’t pay 

HUDSON–Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) said it was last year at about this time when he looked at the figures for the county Department of Social Services and saw something odd. “I noticed there was negative revenue from the federal government,” he said.

A subsequent audit of the department determined that the “negative revenue” amounted to about $9 million, meaning the county is short that much money that it had said it was getting from Washington.

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Early results show surprises

HUDSON—The results below are, for the most part, the Election Night results from voting machines at polling sites around the county. The results are all unofficial and no final outcomes will be certified until absentee ballots and ballots generated by the new electronic ballot marking devices are counted by the county Board of Elections next week.

(The print edition of The Columbia Paper erroneously failed to list the vote tallies for the candidates.)

Candidates who ran on multiple ballot lines are shown on only their first line with the total of all the machine votes they received. Also, candidates who ran in Hudson wards with more than one district are shown with the total number of votes they received

The votes for the statewide propositions reflect only the votes those measures received in Columbia County. Likewise, the results of the race for state Supreme Court judge in the Third Judicial District show only the total here, though the district covers many counties.



Statewide Proposal Number One, An Amendment

 Yes 5957

 No 2354


Statewide Proposal Number Two, An Amendment

Yes 6351

 No 2198


Greenport Library Budget

 Yes 414

 No 432


Hudson Library Budget:

 Yes 472

 No 208

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H1N1 vaccine expected mid-November

HUDSON—With the number of cases of H1N1 flu increasing and not enough vaccine to meet current needs, the Columbia County Health Department urges residents to stay home if they are sick and follow other preventive measures to limit the spread of the flu.
“Flu activity is currently widespread and increasing across New York State. While vaccine offers the greatest protection from the flu, there are currently not enough H1N1 flu vaccine supplies to meet the demand due to delays in production reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As we wait for vaccine to become more plentiful in the coming weeks, there are important measures Columbia County residents can take to reduce their chances of getting and spreading the flu,” Nancy Winch, county public health director, said in a press release.
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Plane crash lands in Clermont, pilot is OK

CLERMONT—A pilot from Virginia, who purchased a plane in New Hampshire and was flying it home, was forced to make an emergency crash landing in a field off County Route 8, November 4 around 3 p.m.
Livingston State Police Investigator David Comesanas, who was on the crash scene, told The Columbia Paper that pilot Jay Morrissett, 50, of Virginia, had been in the air for 1½ to 2 hours in his newly acquired 1946 single prop airplane when the craft began to experience mechanical problems.
The investigator said the engine was stalling and sputtering and the pilot believed there was a problem with the fuel.
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Updated: Grattan defeats McGivney in K’hook super race

Incumbents fall in some towns but GOP still controls county

HUDSON–The face of politics in Columbia County underwent some notable changes this week if not the overall balance of power. As the evening wore on Election Night, a number of incumbent supervisors were either swept aside or face cliffhanger decisions as absentee ballots are counted next week.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show that Kinderhook, the largest municipality in the county, has elected a new town supervisor, former Valatie Mayor Pat Grattan, a Republican. He soundly defeated incumbent Democrat Doug McGivney 1,873 to 1,014. Paper ballots remain to be counted, although they are not likely to change the result.

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