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Weekend in review

Oct 20, 2014 7:44 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., Oct. 17 through Mon., Oct. 20:

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="170"] Lisa Fisher
(Courtesy lisaforsupreme.com)[/caption]

Claire Hughes reported in the Times Union attorney Lisa Fisher is back on the ballot on the Conservative Party line as a candidate for state Supreme Court justice. A three-judge panel of the Appellate Division, 3rd Department, on Fri., Oct. 17, reversed a ruling that struck down Fisher's nomination by the Conservative Party nominating convention last month. Fisher's name will also appear on the Republican line. The issue was brought before the court by Albany Co. Conservative Party Chairman Richard Stack, who challenged the validity of his own party's convention. Stack sued after delegates nominated Fisher over his preferred candidate, Albany Democrat Justin Corcoran. The reversal may require some county boards of election to reprint absentee ballots with Fisher's name on the Conservative Party line.

Ariel Zangla reported in the Daily Freeman Greene County Legislator Linda Overbaugh has been named to chair a panel looking for a replacement for Greene County attorney Carol Stevens. A Windham resident, Stevens retires Nov. 30. She has served as Greene County attorney for more than 12 years. She was the first woman to hold the position. County Administrator Shaun Groden said the search committee will meet Oct. 29.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="274"] The former Ockawamick school.[/caption]

Arthur Cusano reported in the Register Star Columbia County received a high offer of $502,000 for the former Ockawamick (AH-kah-wahm-ick) school located on Route 217 in Claverack. The parcel was placed up for auction, which ended Thurs., Oct. 16. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan said he did not know the identity of the top bidder. He said there was no contingency option for the sale, meaning the buyer must take the building as is. If the full board accepts the bid at a meeting Tues., Oct. 21, it will then be passed on to the finance committee. If the offer is authorized by the finance committee, the final sale could occur as early as next month. The county purchased the 78,000 square foot building and 24 acres of land for $1.5 million in 2008.

Audrey Matott reported in The Daily Mail one of four benches built and placed at the Ramshorn-Livingston Wildlife Sanctuary in Catskill was stolen last week. The bench had been in place for less than a month. The bench was created by a local Eagle Scout as part of a community service project. The bench was cemented into the ground by angle irons, and it is possible it was removed with the concrete balls and angle irons still attached. The 460-acre Ramshorn wildlife sanctuary is co-owned and operated by Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson. Anyone with information about the theft are asked to call the Catskill Police Dept. at (518) 943-2244.

And Public News Services is reporting television viewers may find public TV stations disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of the broadcasting spectrum. Mark Scheerer has the story: PLAY (2:26).

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