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Weekend in review

Jun 16, 2014 6:52 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., June 13 through Mon., June 16:

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="288"] Route 23 bridge in Prattsville.
(Courtesy panoramio.com)[/caption]

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman bridges in Greene and Columbia counties are included in a state request for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. The funds will be used to reinforce bridge foundations against erosion. A list of the bridges was announced by the governor's office last week. The list included two bridges on state Route 23 in Prattsville over the Huntersfield and Schoharie Creeks; the bridge on state Route 42 in Lexington over the Westkill Creek; and one on state Route 296 over the East Kill. In Columbia County, the state is seeking federal repair funds for the bridge on state Route 9H in Claverack over the Taghkanic Creek and a second on state Route 22 in Hillsdale over the Roeliff Jansen Kill.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the Haines Falls Free Library, now known as the Mountain Top Library, has been awarded a $64,000 construction grant from the state to help with continuing renovations at the library's new larger facility located in Tannersville. The money will be used for interior modifications, including painting and trim work, shelving and other furnishings, as well as improvements to the building's exterior drainage. The funds are part of a $14 million capital fund appropriation for public libraries across the state.

The Register Star reported the county bridge on Atlantic Ave., or County Route 20, in Stottville will close on Mon., June 16 for major construction. It is expected to reopen sometime around Sept. 1.

Casey Seiler reported at Capitol Confidential a new Siena Research Institute poll finds incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the race for governor, 57 to 21 percent. Cuomo has a better than two-to-one favorability rating, while Astorino remains unknown to more than two-thirds of New Yorkers, five months before Election Day. More than half of the voters surveyed want to see the state Senate continue to be led by a coalition of Democrats and Republicans after the election. Slightly more than one-quarter of voters surveyed said they are better off today than four years ago. A little little less than one-quarter say they are worse off and half say they are about the same.

Adam Clayton reported in the Register Star the Germantown Central School District announced last week the 2014 Germantown High School graduation ceremony will be broadcast via live stream on a dedicated YouTube channel. Board of Education member Tammi Kellenbenz said for many relatives, especially extended family, it is often difficult to attend graduation and praised the high school for making it easier for some to watch the ceremony. Board member Ralph DelPozzo will attend the annual event in person, however. This year will mark the 44th consecutive Germantown High School graduation ceremony DelPozzo has attended.