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Mar 04, 2011 6:31 am
BOS interest in DSS building grows
Francesca Olsen of the Register-Star reports that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors is now expressing serious interest in purchasing and continuing its use of 25 Railroad Ave. in Hudson, the home of the county Department of Social Services, which Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera has also expressed serious interest in purchasing the building to use as its police and court facilities, even going so far as to contact the state Office of Court Administration for its approval. This, after much debate -- and actions -- on alternate spaces ranging from the closed Ockawamick School in Philmont to the old Wal Mart in Greenport.

Sewer plant project pricier than expected
Melanie Lekocevic of the Daily Mail writes that bids for a major renovation project planned for the Athens wastewater treatment plant have come in, and they are higher than originally anticipated by about 5%. Village officials are expected to vote on whether the bids should be accepted at their next board meeting. The total cost of the renovation project will cost in the vicinity of $3.3 million.

Baby 'doing great' in wake of dog attack; man, boy lauded for efforts
The Daily Freeman reports that the three-month-old who was badly hurt in an attack by a pit bull about three weeks ago in Saugerties is expected to have recovered fully within a month, the infant’s mother says. The boy suffered wounds to his neck, chest and legs, including a broken femur, in the Feb. 18 attack at his babysitter’s home, where the babysitter also was attacked. The dog, belonging to the babysitter's son, was put down immediately. The son was attacked, as well. No charges have been filed.

STOP-DWI program handed to sheriff’s dept.
The Daily Mail has a story about the Greene County Stop DWI program, which, in the wake of the retirements of its two staff members, is going to be administered by the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Labor talks, layoff plans

Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union notes that formal talks with public employee unions will start next week, and representatives of the Cuomo administration are saying that planning is underway for up to 9,800 layoffs -- a "last resort" under the governor's proposed budget -- if new contracts are not largely settled by the current contracts' expiration on April 1. They add that things could be even worse if those talks drag on. How's that for a starting negotiation stance?