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Weekend in review

Oct 08, 2012 6:06 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Oct. 6 to 8

John Mason reported in the Register Star the members of Clermont Town Board are anxious to get the Bingham Mills Road Bridge working again. At issue is the cost. Councilman Ed Kahle said the estimates for repair he came up with amounted to less than half the cost projected by Columbia County. The bridge crosses the Roeliff Jansen Kill where Bingham Mills Road meets Mill Road on the Clermont/Livingston border. County Engineer Dean Knox said a second opinion on the bridge corroborated the original figures. He said if the superstructure of the bridge is replaced, the substructure should be looked at as well. Read the full story in the Register Star.

WGXC was present when former alderman Quintin Cross and Jamont McClendon appeared at a pretrial hearing before Judge Jonathan D. Nichols in Columbia County Court, Friday. Cross' attorney, Susan Tipograph brought up a number of items, including a request that Nichols reconsider his rejection of Cross' argument that the indictment in the case was legally insufficient. Tipograph also filed a motion asking the judge to remove himself from the case because of his long history of personal, political and legal dealings with Cross. The parties will meet again this week to further discuss the legal issues around the grand jury proceedings and the indictment. Cross and McClendon are charged with the March break-in at Hudson City Hall. The case is set for trial in November. Lynn Sloneker is personally associated with Cross. Cross is also a WGXC volunteer.

The Daily Freeman reported four properties being marketed for sale in the town of Catskill have been used in a rental scam related to identity theft, according to Greene County Sheriff's Department. In recent months, houses for sale are posted online on Craig's List as houses "for rent." When people respond, messages are exchanged and eventually the prospective tenant's personal information is requested. Deputies said all of the email accounts associated with the fraudulent “for rent” postings originated in Nigeria. People are urged not to send their personal information over the Internet to anyone they do not know. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail rumors the Heermance Memorial Library is Coxsackie is moving are false. But the library has hired an architect to evaluate its space and function needs, and to assess the safety of the current building. Library President Bill Conine recently met with the Town Council to put the rumor to rest. The library is currently awaiting the architect's final report. This is the first time the building's structure and safety have been evaluated. The architect's services are being paid for with funds from the library's reserve account. Read the rull story in The Daily Mail.
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