Copake Dems nominate many incumbents

COPAKE—Incumbent Democratic Town Board members Linda Gabaccia and Bob Sacks and incumbent Justice Brian Herman, also a Democrat, all won their party’s nomination for re-election in the November 3 election.
More than 100 Town Democrats met for their caucus June 20 at Town Hall.
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Chamber group calls on country to drop St. Charles Hotel plan

Updated 12:19 p.m. 06/23/09

HUDSON—After meeting with Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer (R-Hillsdale) Monday, June 22, the Chamber of Commerce has adopted motions opposing the county’s plan to lease the St. Charles Hotel for emergency housing of homeless people and calling on supervisors to withdraw the plan.

   Also on Monday, city officials proposed that the county use the empty former Charles Williams School on north Second Street as a temporary housing facility.

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Copake expects to become shining example

COPAKE–The Town Board agreed to shell out $1,000 in the hope of saving a bundle in energy costs and doing its part to become more environmentally friendly over the coming years.

The energy-cost-saving proposal at hand was the installation of solar panels on the Town Hall roof. Carlos Newcomb, a project manager with Hudson Valley Clean Energy (HVCE), explained the project details to the Town Board and the public at the board’s meeting the morning of Saturday, June 13.

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Grangers raise $50K bond to halt Wilzig track

TAGHKANIC–“There is to be no work performed whatsoever on the motorcycle/sporting track. Any collateral consequences to defendant Wilzig are a result of his own actions undertaken prior to the current proceeding,” state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath wrote in a June 5 letter to clarify the meaning of an injunction against use of the track issued on June 1.

The temporary injunction against Alan Wilzig that prevents him from using, maintaining or completing the paving of his motorcycle track was strengthened last week when the Granger Group, a local organization formed to oppose the construction of the mile-long track, successfully raised $50,000 to pursue the case. The money is for an “undertaking,” a bond required by the court to keep the injunction in force while Judge McGrath makes his final rulings on the merits of the case.

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Village firehouse will get needed repairs

CHATHAM–The Village Board will issue a request for bids on repair to the firehouse. The project includes repairs to the roof and doors.

At the board’s regular meeting Thursday, June 11, members also discussed issues that have arisen in connection with the state Department of Transportation sewer and road project in the village, which is still set to conclude in this fall.

“This is a big nut, but it’s a long time coming,” Fire Chief John Howe said of the work on the firehouse. All board members agreed that the roof is in need of repair and that the doors need to be fixed and secured. Trustee David Chapman noted that the firehouse is 40 years old. “It’s time for maintenance like that,” he said.

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