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Weekend in review

Feb 24, 2014 6:25 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Feb. 21 to Feb. 24:

Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors is considering the addition of text messaging to the county's 911 capabilities. Columbia County 911 Director Robert Lopez said the proposal would provide residents "...an opportunity to reach out for help by texting if they’re in a position where they can’t reach out by talking." The added functionality would cost the county nearly $70,000 over five years. The Public Safety Committee voted unanimously in favor of the measure. The matter next goes to the Finance Committee, before moving on for a vote by the full board.

Public News Service is reporting trucks on New York roadways will face stricter fuel-efficiency standards under a new directive aimed at decreasing greenhouse-gas emissions. Mark Scheerer has the story PLAY (1:38).

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail Michael Veeder of Earlton has been appointed by the Coxsackie Town Council to fill the seat vacated by Rick Hanse in November, following his election as town supervisor. Veeder’s appointment was approved on a unanimous vote. Veeder and his family own the Veeder Tree Farm. He is a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School and earned a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Alfred State College. Veeder founded Kool Temp Heating and Cooling, and for the past seven years taught the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning program at Questar III BOCES. The members of the Town Council voiced bipartisan support for Veeder’s appointment.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="260"] Didi Barrett (right) in a campaign photo, with (from left) Elena Mosley and Olivia Williams.
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New York State Assembly member Didi Barrett is requesting state funding for Universal Pre-K include coverage for pre-kindergarten special education programs. According to a statement released by her office Fri., Feb. 21, Barrett recently sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asking for both UPK and pre-K special education funding to be included in the 2014-15 budget. Barrett noted in New York, opportunities for preschool children with special needs and disabilities are limited under the state’s current preschool Special Education structure and must be brought into line with federal standards, which require that special education services in school-based settings to be provided to children ages 3-21.