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Weekend in review

Feb 16, 2015 5:42 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Feb. 13 through Mon., Feb. 16

Casey Seiler reported at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s state Operations Director Jim Malatras, has written another letter to Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch. In this letter he calls for the New York State Education Department to examine the Massachusetts’ legislative blueprint for restoring struggling schools. The plan includes placing failing schools in receivership during a state-mandated recovery period. Malatras calls on the Regents to assign the state education department to conduct a “comprehensive data and field analysis to see how and why the program is working and the specific measures that are making the model a success.” The letter notes that Cuomo’s executive budget proposal includes legislation similar to what passed in Massachusetts.

Emilia Teasdale reported in the Columbia Paper the Chatham Town Board voted to hold a public hearing on the proposal to place a 12-month moratorium on special use permits and site plan reviews for parcels on unpaved town roads. The hearing will be held Tue., Feb. 17. An application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special use permit by Adam Stone to create a tennis camp on his Thomas Street property appears to have triggered the call for a ban. That application has now been withdrawn, but the public hearing on the proposed moratorium will occur as planned.

Dan Goldberg reported at Capital New York the state health department said Fri., Feb. 13, those who begin filling out their application on the health insurance exchange before the Sunday deadline will have until the end of the month to complete it and enroll in a health insurance plan. The state gave people a similar amount of extra time last year when snow storms devastated western New York. Those who completed their application and chose a plan by Sunday will have insurance beginning March 1. Those who choose a plan between Feb. 15 and Feb. 28 will be covered as of April 1.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the Catskill Town Board has learned the Greene County Industrial Development Agency has plans to develop a project in Catskill. Under consideration are a waste-to-energy facility at the former Holcim cement plant, located on Route 9W, and a tourism/lodging venue along the Co. Route 23B corridor between Leeds and Jefferson Heights. The agency has budgeted $250,000 to gather and assemble data on the two locations during the coming year.
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