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Jun 21, 2011 4:46 am
On heels of a defeat at the polls, district budget goes to a revote
Hilary Hawke in the Ravena News-Herald reports that voters in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district return to the polls today to decide on a new budget. Voters rejected a budget with a 3.39 percent tax levy increase on May 17, and the budget up for approval today pares that down to a 2.5 percent increase, a cut of $100,000 in spending. If voters reject the budget, a contigency budget with a 2.5 percent contingency budget increase goes into effect, so the vote today is largely symbolic. Only a half dozen residents June 13 budget hearing about the budget, which board members Tracey Traver, Jeff Sorensen, Chris Pennock and Josephine O'Connor did not attend. The vote today is from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at RCS High School. Read the entire story in The Ravena News-Herald.

C-GCC passes budget with 5.6% tuition hike
Doron Tyler Antrim in The Daily Mail reports that Monday June 20 Columbia-Greene Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $16.25 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year, a $450,000 increase. , The budget includes a 5.6 percent tuition increase, $96. No staff cuts were needed. "Student enrollment, which was at an all-time high last fall at about 2,000, is expected to decline slightly this September as the number of graduates from area high schools decreases," Antrim writes. Read the entire story in The Daily Mail.

Higher rent subsidies sought
John Mason in the Register-Star reports that Columbia County Social Services Commissioner Paul Mossman wants to increase rent subsidies for persons in the Safety Net Program, which he says will save about $1 million a year. The program provides rent assistance to single individuals and childless couples, with the typical shelter allowance for a single person $191; Mossman asked for an increase to $511. For a childless couple, the allowance is $221, and he asked to up it to $541. “We want to take Safety Net individuals and locate more permanent housing,” Mossman told the Human Services Committee last Wed. June 15. The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has approved Mossman’s request; it needs approval from the state Division of the Budget, Mason reports. The department has budgeted 43 people in this category, though currently the number of homeless in the program is down to 38. Mossman says much more would be saved through if individuals could be moved into apartments and out of hotel rooms, which can cost around $2,100 a month. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Powerboat wins Hudson majors title
The Register-Star reports that Derek DeLamater tossed a no-hitter for Powerboat's 12-1 victory Monday, June 20 to complete a two-game sweep of S&F Technologies Monday to win the Hudson Little League majors championship for the second year in a row. Powerboat previously downed S&F 14-4 on Thursday, and Monday's game was a mercy-rule shortened four innings. DeLamater struck out 10 batters and walked two, and hit a three-run homer, a double, and a single. Powerboat finished the season with a 16-2 record. Last week Hudson Little League announced its 2011 All-Stars rosters. The 9-10-year-old squad, managed by Joe Cefaliello, includes Matthew Cowan, Lavon Fernandez, Chris Gardener, Maison Goldstien, Charles Goodermote, Dayquan Griffin, Ben Huston, Hakeem Martin, Jackson Moon, Patrick Spencer, Mark Tomaso and Corey Topple. The 10-11 team, managed by Bill Glasser, includes Gabrielle Barrientos, Tyler Bleau, Stephen Bowes, Antonio Fisher, A.J. Glasser, Michael Green, Chris Keator, Connor McCagg, Chris Meano, Ethan Peters, Stephen Renault and Zach Wilburn. The 11-12 team, managed by Chip Moon, includes Jordan Bain, Jeremy Cramer, Derek DeLamater, Tyler Drahushuk, Daniel Folds, Connor Graziano, Joshua Moon, Jeremy Ramirez, Joshua Ramirez, Jacob Rivette, Matthew Sweet and Willie Walker. Read the entire report in The Register-Star.
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