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The weekend in review

May 14, 2012 7:15 am
Stories and events that made the news May 11 through May 13

Main Street, Cairo, is getting an upgrade, according to a report by W.T. Eckert in The Daily Mail. The major upgrade the town's sewer system has two parts: The replacement of undersized pipes that deliver waste water to the sewer plant and the addition of a third treatment unit to the plant itself. The overall cost is $2.9 million. The town of Cairo ran afoul of the New York State Department of Conservation in recent years because the treatment facility was found to be undersized.  The work is expected to be completed this summer. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Claude Haton reported in The Daily Mail the state Commission of Judicial Conduct recently ruled East Greenbush jurist Diane L. Schilling be removed from the bench for ticket-fixing. The commission found Schilling fixed a ticket for the wife of Sand Lake Town Justice Paul Toomey in 2009, and that she also acted to fix her own speeding ticket issued in 2005. At one time Schilling was employed by the Office of Court Administration, training rural judges statewide, including those serving in Columbia and Greene counties, on ethics and court procedure, Haton writes. Schilling has 30 days to appeal the commission's decision. Read the full story in The Daily Mail. The Times Union editorial page weighs in on the culture of vanity plates and how it feeds a culture of corruption, citing the Schilling case as an example. The editorial writer says the rationale behind special plates is to offer judges and other public officials the opportunity to show their pride in public service. But in reality, the Times Union opines, they are a message to police: No tickets. Read the full editorial in the Times Union.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star a plan to create a veterans care and resource center in Columbia County has been introduced. At present, more than 1,000 veterans travel to neighboring counties to receive assistance and treatment. Under the plan, put forward by veteran Al Wassenhove, the center would be housed at the Pine Haven facility in Philmont and could be operational by 2015. The plan has the support of Ghent Supervisor Larry Andrews, chair of the Board of Supervisors Pine Haven subcommittee. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star, the Hudson Area Library board of trustees voted last week to move the library to the Hudson Armory, located at Fifth and State streets, two blocks east of its current location. The armory is owned by Galvan Partners, LLC. The board entered into a memorandum of understanding with the GalVan Initiatives Foundation to lease a 10,000-square-foot portion of the building known as the drill hall, for 30 years, at the cost of $12 per year. The library will pay $175,000, or 35 percent, of the estimated $500,000 renovation costs; Galvan will fund the remainder. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Tom Casey reported in the Register Star on the 15th annual opening of the Hudson Farmers Market, Saturday. Market co-founder Norman Posner was on hand for the occasion, as were various politicos, including Mayor William Hallenbeck and Common Council President Don Moore. The open-air market located at Sixth and Columbia streets, attracts dozens of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to pies to craft beers.  HFM marketing committee member Chris Jones spoke about the market on the WGXC Afternoon Show, Thursday. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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