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Apr 24, 2011 1:14 pm
Hazardous waste collection scheduled, but under fire
Colin DeVries writes in the Daily Mail about how a planned Greene County household hazardous waste event scheduled for June 25 is being questioned by the county legislature's Majority Leader, Keith Valentine, as too expensive. "The event, which would accept common household items that require special disposal such as cleaning products, automotive fluids, hobby chemicals and paints, has been scheduled for June 25 after being approved Wednesday night," DeVries writes, referring to the legislature's April 20 meeting. "Greene County Legislature Majority Leader Keith Valentine, R-Catskill, questioned the need for another event this year, given the cost." Last year the event cost $50,000.

Nichols to run for state Supreme Court seat
Deborah Gilbert writes in the Columbia Paper that County Judge and Acting Supreme Court Judge Jonathan D. Nichols will seek election to the office of Supreme Court in New York's Third Judicial District this coming November. "State Supreme Court justices are elected to 14-year terms and mostly handle civil cases, declaratory judgments and divorces throughout the seven counties of the Third District," Gilbert writes. "Judge Nichols, 53, a Republican, was appointed to the county bench in 2003 by Governor George Pataki and ran for the seat uncontested later that year. He has 2 years remaining on his 10-year county term. During his time on the bench he has heard cases in county Criminal Court, Family Court, Surrogate Court and Supreme Court. He has served as an acting Supreme Court justice since 2005."

Push to legalize same-sex marriage in N.Y. gains momentum
The Dail Freeman is running an Associated Press story by Michael Gormley about the growing push to legalize gay marriage in New York, a fight that may already be won thanks to shifting voter sentiment and a concerted, disciplined campaign. "New Yorkers opposed to gay marriage are being swamped by younger people who support it, while polls seem to show a new tactic by advocates is working in the suburbs and upstate, the more conservative region where the issue will be won or lost," he writes. "Five states — New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and Massachusetts — as well as the District of Columbia have approved gay marriage laws. New York has always been a goal of advocates because of its size, high profile and unparalleled media presence... The organized effort under Cuomo is a turnaround from the surprising 2009 defeat of a gay marriage bill in the state Senate after strong approval in the Assembly."

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