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Weekend in review

Sep 09, 2013 6:58 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Sept. 7 through Sept. 9, 2013:

Tues., Sept. 10, is Primary Day in New York. In Greene County, Independence Party voters in Athens and Windham will go to the polls. The Daily Freeman reported in Athens there is an opportunity to ballot write-in race for town supervisor, and Republican voters will choose four members of the Greene County GOP Committee. In Windham, Indepenendence Party opportunity to ballot races include town supervisor and two seats on the Town Board. John Mason reported in the Register Star in Columbia County the only countywide primary race is in the Republican contest for sheriff between Deputy Sheriff David Bartlett and Greenport Fire Chief and former State Police Investigator Gary Mazzacano. At the town level 11 primaries will be held in Copake, Gallatin, Livingston, Stockport and Stuyvesant. Stuyvesant has four primaries; all write-in contests, for town supervisor, town clerk/tax collector, town board and town justice. There are no primaries in Hudson, except for the sheriff's race. Several Hudson Independence Party races were eliminated because of errors on the nominating petitions. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.

Bryan Rowzee reported in the Register Star the Town of Coeymans Planning Board last week approved TCI-NY's site plan for a new transformer recycling facility along Riverview Drive. It has been more than one year since a major fire destroyed the company's facility in Ghent. TCI began seeking approval at the end of May and has performed limited transportation operations at the Port of Coeymans since that time. During the public hearing held prior to the vote, the board heard from David Crawford, president of Hudson-based Crawford and Associates and TCI-NY President Brian Hemlock in support of the site plan. It also received comments from residents, most expressing environmental concerns. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Brian Hubert reported in The Daily Mail a contingent of angry parents attended the Cairo-Durham Board of Education meeting Thurs., Sept. 5, and expressed their great displeasure over lengthy bus delays on the first day of school. In some cases, delays stretched to two hours. Thursday marked the first day of the district's new elementary grade-level realignment plan. Students in grades kindergarten through second are now housed in the former Durham elementary building; grades three through five are located in the former Cairo elementary building. During the board meeting Superintendent Mary Fassett attempted several times to explain the delays were caused by first-day mishaps that would disappear as children and staffers became more accustomed to new routines. Parents complained that when they tried to reach the district office or the transportation office about the delays they reached the voicemail system and the calls were never returned. Fassett apologized, promising robocalls to parents in the future when buses are running late. Board President Susan Kusminsky called the first day issues unacceptable, and promised better communication in the future. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.