Judge says Cascino lied

COPAKE—Salvatore Cascino deliberately disobeyed a court order then lied about why he did it on the witness stand, according to a decision issued June 9 by Acting State Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Nichols.

In his ruling on two show-cause orders filed by attorneys for the Town of Copake, Judge Nichols found Mr. Cascino guilty of both criminal and civil contempt for violating the November 27, 2006 temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibited Mr. Cascino from constructing, excavating or depositing anything on his 300-acre property called Copake Valley Farm.

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Gillibrand presses ‘Medicare for all’

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to Columbia County Democrats Saturday night, discussing healthcare and infrastructure funding among other topics. Photo by David Lee

(Updated 6/11/09)

CLAVERACK—At home with friends and allies, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the featured speaker Saturday, June 6, at the second annual Martin Van Buren Dinner, a gathering of Democrats from around the Columbia County. In her remarks, Ms. Gillibrand, a resident of Greenport, laid out her legislative priorities, with “true healthcare reform” near the top of the list.

   The Democrats who gathered at the Columbia Golf and Country Club also honored three of their own: Kay Abraham, Dianne Klinger and George Rodenhausen for their service to the party.

   After acknowledging the honorees and some early supporters of her first bid for electoral office—her successful race for Congress in 2006—New York’s junior senator quickly segued to policy matters, starting with the economy but moving briskly on to other matters, including national health insurance. “Standing up for public healthcare is the most important thing we can do,” she said, adding that her goal was a system that achieved “Medicare for all.”


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Public invited to watch River Day from Olana State Historic Site

GREENPORT—Olana State Historic Site will welcome the public to a birds-eye view of the Hudson River Day Flotilla, which should be moving up the river past Olana Thursday afternoon, June 11. The flotilla is a signature event of the Quadricentennial and involves boat and yacht clubs between New York Harbor and Albany.

   The vessels will anchor overnight in the Hudson-Athens area, with riverfront parties as well as an event at the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse (www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org). The sloop Clearwater will moor for the night in Hudson. 

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Paper seeks editorial intern

The Columbia Paper has an opening for a summer intern. This unpaid position is an excellent opportunity to learn the news business from the ground up—both the print and web aspects—from professionals in the field. Preferred applicants will have or be about to complete a college degree in journalism. Must have vehicle and access to a computer. Email cover letter and resume to Parry Teasdale, Editor/Publisher, The Columbia Paper, . Put the word “Intern” in the subject line.