Copake freezes but can’t yet cut

COPAKE–After an hour and 40 minutes of sometimes loud, sometimes accusatory and often unproductive talk at a special meeting July 7, the Town Board seemed no closer to figuring out what to do about the town’s $175,000 budget shortfall.

That’s the amount the town may have to borrow to pay its bills this year, but it’s a higher figure than the $160,000 the board was told it needed to borrow at its June 23 meeting. And at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board said that the amount needed might be as much as $200,000, a figure that includes “a cushion.”

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Detours won’t deter Chatham SummerFest Saturday

CHATHAM—The Chatham Business Alliance is hosting SummerFest in the village Saturday, July 11. Organizers plan to have sidewalk sales, information tables staffed by not-for-profit organizations, live music and a photography contest. Events will go on all day, rain or shine.

   The village has been the site of major road and storm drainage work for the past two years. The state and its contractors expect to conclude the project this fall, but construction has definitely been a challenge for stores. Main Street was closed to traffic and completely dug up for much of spring 2008. This summer Main Street is open, but work is being done on both ends of town, causing delays for drivers getting into the village.

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Woman charged with cashing checks meant for her dead sister

NEW YORK CITY—A Columbia County woman is accused of cashing $5,599 in disability checks mailed to her dead sister, according to a press release from the New York State Insurance Department.
Charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records, Maryann Wagoner, 33, of Niverville was taken into custody by Schodack State Police June 25 following an investigation by John Toucher of the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau.
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COARC goes green

MELLENVILLE–COARC Contract Manufacturing is often overshadowed by its mission of “expanding abilities one person at a time,” offering supportive employment and on-the-job training to people with developmental disabilities so that they can get good jobs elsewhere in the community.

Now COARC has embarked on a new, multi-faceted green initiative driven by the desire to hone its competitive edge and to upgrade its existing facilities. The hope is that this initiative, combined with other user-friendly practices, will provide clients with earth-friendly services hard to duplicate elsewhere.

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Committee will focus on shelter for county’s homeless

HUDSON–Tensions between the county and city government leaders have abated for the moment, as both sides agreed this week to have a committee discuss ways the county can house the increasing number of homeless people who require temporary emergency shelter.

The issue came to the boiling point two weeks ago, after Art Baer (R-Hillsdale), chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, announced that the county planned to lease all 34 rooms of the St. Charles Hotel for seven years and use the rooms for emergency housing.

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