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Weekend in review

Dec 09, 2013 4:30 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Dec. 6 through Dec. 9:

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman a protest against additional power lines running through Greene, Columbia and Dutchess counties has been rescheduled for Wed., Dec. 11. It originally was to be held Thurs., Dec. 12. The protest will start as a caravan from Northern Dutchess to Albany. The protest was rescheduled to coincide with a hearing to be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission. The hearing will be in the 19th-floor board room at 3 Empire State Plaza. A second public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Poughkeepsie City Hall.

The Public News Service is reporting teachers across New York are wearing blue Mon., Dec., 9, to protest what they characterize as an over emphasis on standardized testing in public schools, implementation of the Common Core Standards and cuts to education funding. Countrywide, a coalition of more than 100 unions and community groups are participating. PLAY (2:03).

John Mason reported in the Register Star several Hudson Common Council committees have failed to make their minutes available to the public for months, putting them in violation of the New York State Open Meetings Law. The law requires minutes of meetings of all public bodies be made available to the public within two weeks of the date of the meeting. The exception to that rule is for executive sessions, which must be made available within one week. Mason reported none of the Council's committees are in compliance with the law. Robert Freeman, executive director of the New York state Committee on Open Government said it is a myth that minutes have to be approved before they can be released to the public. He said, “Whoever prepares the minutes should make them available in two weeks.” Draft minutes are also obtainable via Freedom of Information Law requests, Freeman said.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail a cultural exchange program by the Catskill-based Planet Arts recording label will bring a handful of Tunisian jazz artists to Catskill this spring for a week of musical events. In March, artists from the Jazz Club of Tunis, will participate in a week of workshops and performances with American jazz musicians. American artists will travel to Tunisia for a similar week of activities in April, leading up to a performance in celebration of International Jazz day on April 30. The program is coordinated in partnership with the U.S. State Department.
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