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Weekend in review

Feb 15, 2016 12:02 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 14

Mon., Feb. 15, is President's Day, and the Daily Freeman has a rundown of how the holiday will affect various services and offices.
Amtrak: Holiday schedule
Banks: Closed
County offices: Closed
Federal offices: Closed
Greene County Transit: No service
Mail: No delivery
Metro-North: Saturday schedule, with extra cars on morning inbound and evening outbound trains
Schools: Closed
State offices: Closed
Trailways: Holiday schedule

John Mason and Roger Hannigan Gilson reported in the Register-Star the phishing scam that netted Social Security numbers for all Hudson City School District staff members has escalated. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, several staff members have gone to file their taxes only to find their taxes have already been filed. The matter is being investigated by the Hudson Police Department with the assistance of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit. When contacted, police chief Edward Moore did not disclose details because the investigation is ongoing. Suttmeier said the problem is not limited to the Hudson district; she said it was widespread among school districts in the area. No student data was stolen and the district's database was not hacked. Suttmeier called it "a very unfortunate incident."

Katie Kocijanski reported in The Daily Mail Cairo officials are already at work revising the town's 10-week-old zoning laws. The rules went into effect in late 2015 following an eight-year process, yet newly elected Town Supervisor Daniel Benoit, the town board, planning board and the new Zoning Committee are "hard at work" on a rewrite. Benoit said the Zoning Committee will include business owners and members of the general public and its focus will be to simplify the laws and revise the rules to make them less restrictive for potential businesses. The current law is the first zoning law in Cairo history, adopted after an eight-year process that included 60 public meetings and a public hearing.

Rick Karlin reported at Capitol Confidential the Working Families Party has endorsed Zephyr Teachout in the 19th Congressional District race. The Working Families' endorsement of Teachout is not a surprise given Teachout's progressive, pro-labor stance, Karlin writes. In its press release, the party called the Fordham law professor "fearless, independent-minded," and said she will stand up for working families "against the big money donors and wealthy insiders who have rigged the economy in their favor." The seat is being vacated by Republican Chris Gibson. On the Republican side, John Faso and Andrew Heaney are competing for the party line. Teachout faces a primary challenge from Will Yandik of Livingston.

The Mid-Hudson News Network is reporting Millbrook businessman Andrew Heaney has won the support of the Dutchess County Republican Committee in the race for the 19th Congressional District seat. He defeated former state Assembly member John Faso of Kinderhook and Robert Bishop, a Delaware County farmer. County Republican chairman Michael McCormick said, “I believe it is, in part, the fact that Andrew has gotten around and met with a majority of the committee members and he is from Dutchess County and the committee members liked the message that Andrew is speaking about." Faso was endorsed by the Dutchess County Conservative Party, his campaign said Fri., Feb. 12. In a statement released by the Faso campaign, the Conservative Party said Faso was the "right choice for principled conservatives desperate for real leadership in Washington."

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