Murphy wins House race in 20th

GLENS FALLS—Scott Murphy will be the next representative from the 20th Congressional District, which includes all of Columbia County. The outcome of the March 31 special election remained in dispute until Friday afternoon, April 24, when Republican James Tedisco conceded the race.

     Mr. Murphy, a Democrat and Glens Falls businessman, fills the seat left vacant when Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate early this year by Governor David Patterson. In a televised news conference from his home, Mr. Murphy said he would go to Washington next week to be sworn in to his new post, the first elective office he has held. He said he had received a call from President Obama earlier, who congratulated him on his victory.

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Challenges to second-home voters prolong House race count


HUDSON—Columbia County’s two election commissioners are scheduled to go to the state Board of Elections in Albany Thursday, April 23, to join their counterparts from other counties in the 20th Congressional District to decide whether to count some of the contested ballots in the unresolved race to fill the House seat. But that won’t end the legal and procedural wrangling that has left the post vacant since a March 31 special election.

   The latest count in the election to fill the seat vacated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had Democrat Scott Murphy leading Republican Jim Tedisco by a 401 votes out of more than 154,000 ballots cast. But many absentee ballots remain to be counted, and there are challenges raised by representatives of both parties that must still be resolved. The legal challenges are being heard by Judge James Brand of the state Supreme Court in Poughkeepsie, and he has ordered county election commissioners from the 10-county district to bring contested materials, including absentee ballots and ballot applications, to the Board of Elections in Albany Thursday.

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State retreats on dump called ‘farm’

COPAKE—Salvatore Cascino’s “lengthy history of disregard for the laws and regulations, which directly affect public health and safety” are all part of the official response of the town delivered this week to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

   The town was responding to a March 11 letter written by William Kimball, director of Agricultural Protection and Development at the department, who reviewed Mr. Cascino’s proposal to build several massive structures on his 300-acre property. The letter indicated the town could not interfere with Mr. Cascino’s plans because he has what the state calls “a farm operation.”

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Where to buy The Columbia Paper

BELOW ARE the stores that currently sell The Columbia Paper. More will be added in the future so check the list if you don’t see a store near you. If your favorite store doesn’t carry The Columbia Paper, ask the owner or manager to contact us and we will arrange for deliveries.

     We regret that we cannot yet offer subscriptions because the cost of mailing remains too high. But we do plan to offer that service as soon as possible.


Bagel Tyme-Hudson, 41 N. 7th Street, Hudson

Bagel Tyme-G’port, 389 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Bagel Tyme-K’hook, 1 Broad Street, Kinderhook

B&G Wine & Gourmet, 2633 Route 23, Hillsdale

Bucky’s Bagels, Valley Plaza, New Lebanon

Charron’s, 2 Church Street, Chatham

Chatham Food Co-Op, 15 Church Street, Chatham

Chatham Getty, 123 Hudson Avenue, Chatham

Cobble Pond Sunoco-Chatham, Chatham

Cobble Pond Sunoco-Hillsdale, 2690 State Hwy 23, Hillsdale

Copake Pharmacy, Main Street, Copake

Copake Sunoco, 1678 County Route 7a, Copake

Cornucopia Deli, 8039 Albany Post Rd (Rt 9), Red Hook

Country Squire Hardware, Route 20, New Lebanon

Cumberland Farms, 76 Main Street, Philmont

Cumberland Farms, Route 9 & 9j, Columbiaville

Cumberland Farms, 1046 Kinderhook Street, Valatie

Cumberland Farms, Maple Ave & Rt 4, Millerton

CVS, 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

CVS, 617 Warren Street, Hudson

CVS, 2982 Route 9, Valatie

Depot Deli, Route 344, Copake Falls

Germantown Sunoco, 4297 Rt 9g, Germantown

Greenport Convenience (Mobil), 505 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Hillsdale IGA, Route 23, Hillsdale

Hudson Convenience, Green Street, Hudson

Hudson Getty, 124 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Hudson Train, 69 South Front Street, Hudson

Lukoil (Lucky), 718 Columbia Street, Hudson

Johnnie’s Ideal, 352 Warren Street, Hudson

New Lebanon Supermarket, Route 20, New Lebanon

Niverville Meats/Deli, 122 Lake Street, Niverville

Old Chatham Country Store, 639 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

Peck’s Market, E Church Street, Pine Plains

Pine Plains Pharmacy, 2965 Church Street, Pine Plains

Ritters, 43 South 3rd Street, Hudson

Smoker’s Choice, 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Smart Mart Foods, 67 Green Street, Hudson

Stewarts, 4294 Rt 9G, Germantown

Stewarts, 5805 Rt 9G, Hudson

Stewarts, 9248 Rt 22, Hillsdale

Stewarts, 13 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Stewarts, 61 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

Stewarts, 479 State Route 20, New Lebanon

Stewarts, 116 Main Street, Philmont

Stewarts, 7710 S. Main St Cor. 82/Railroad, Pine Plains

Stewarts, 2931 US Rt 9, Valatie

Tams, 163 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Xtramart-Martindale, 1371 Rte 23, Craryville


Witnesses quote defendant from memory, not tapes, in murder retrial


HUDSON—An undercover State Police narcotics investigator who befriended Warren Powell told the court that the defendant instructed him about how to do away with someone he didn’t like.

     The investigator’s testimony Tuesday, April 14, followed by a day the testimony of a man now serving time in a Florida prison, who also attributed statements to Mr. Powell that implicate him in the murder of his wife on or about October 1, 1994.

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