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Weekend in review

Nov 19, 2012 7:05 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Nov. 17 to 19, 2012:

W. T. Eckert and Raymond Pignone report in The Daily Mail the ongoing vote count in the race for the newly created 46th Senate District, has Republican George Amedore Jr. leading Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik) by 54 votes. The results were released Fri., Nov. 16, following a five-county, districtwide recanvas and audit of the votes cast on Election Day. Approximately 10,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted districtwide. Amedore held a lead of 193 votes in Greene County. The affidavit and absentee count begins at 9 a.m., Mon., Nov. 19, in Albany. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star a number of Stockport taxpayers and residents appeared outside Stockport Town Hall Sat., Nov. 17, to protest water and tax rate hikes, and the town's poor water quality. The protesters stood in the cold temperatures for two hours, voicing complaints of the town's fiscal management, poor oversight by the town board and a failure to act on the town's longstanding water issues. The Town Board has proposed a tax rate increase, various personnel cuts and an increase in the water rate of 271 percent as part of next year's budget. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Barbara Reina reports in the Register Star the Ghent Town Board unanimously approved its 2013 budget, reducing the amount to be raised by taxes by one percent. Town Board member Richard Sardo said, "No tax increase is something I can vote for.” The town's budget totals $2 million. The board also approved fire protection contracts with three local fire companies: the village of Chatham, West Ghent and Ghent. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Nathan Mayberg reports in the Register Star the Taghkanic Town Board recently approved an 18-month moratorium on any drilling or hydraulic fracturing, as its zoning commission considers the potential impacts of the process. The vote was unanimous. Councilman Larry Kadish said the town board had “lots of concerns” about potential pollution and water contamination. Kadish said the board is not taking the position fracking is all bad, but that it needs to be studied further. The town zoning commission will study the issue further. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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