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Mar 22, 2011 4:39 pm
NYSUT, other groups posit kids-vs.-rich at rally
The Times Union reports on a large rally against education cuts held outside of the state capital in Albany the afternoon of March 22 just a week to go before the budget deadline. "The largest contingent must be more than a thousand members of NYSUT, UUP, UFT, CSEA and other groups," their story goes. "At a noontime rally in West Capitol Park, their message was loud and stark: That the budget battle boils down to a fairly simple battle between rich folks, whose federal tax cut is about to be augmented by a reduction in their state income tax burden, versus kids faced with smaller classes, fewer services and programs, etc."

Farm to Market: An interview with Deb Kavakos
The Watershed Post reported in advance of the Farm to Market Conference being held in Sullivan County this Sunday by Pure Catskills, an annual conclave of growers, distributors, marketers, and buyers from all points in the food chain, by interviewing the intrepid Deb Kavakos of Stoneledge Farm, a 200-acre family farm in South Cairo, in Greene County. Stoneledge is one of the pioneers of the community supported agriculture movement, having sustained its operations with CSA shares and groups since 1996.

Spiraling gas prices causing “economic emergency,” says Hinchey
Mid Hudson News Network reports that Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-Hurley) wants to put a stop to price gougers and financial speculators who he says are the culprits in the drastically increasing prices of gas in recent weeks. He is calling on immediate action to halt the problem that he calls an “economic emergency” and is cosponsoring the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act to make it illegal to sell gasoline at excessive prices, Hinchey said he will be urging the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to immediately crack down on speculation.

Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels
Francesca Olsen of the Register Star reports that the Columbia County Office for the Aging is looking for volunteers for the agency’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers between 250 and 300 meals to county seniors every weekday. 108 people already volunteer for this challenging logistical venture — but there are 150 routes incorporated into the program, spread over five days. Sign on up!

Superfund site back on tax rolls
Colin DeVries of the Daily Mail reports that Greene County legislators have approved putting the American Thermostat superfund site in South Cairo back on the tax rolls after a buyer acquired two of the contaminated properties. The defunct thermostat manufacturer was found to be improperly dumping toxic chemical compounds down an abandoned septic system for many years. In 1985 the company ceased operations at the site and filed for bankruptcy without fulfilling the agreement with the state to cleanup the site. Four parcels were then taken off the tax rolls in 1996. The four parcels bridge State Route 23 near Cairo Junction Road.

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