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Jun 28, 2011 12:18 am
County sheds dozens of jobs
Jeff Alexander in The Greene County News reports that Greene County officials will save $1.3 million eliminating 42 county jobs. Twelve of those jobs are lay-offs, while the other 30 are jobs the county is not re-filling. County Administrator Shaun Groden says three jobs will be eliminated from the highway department. “Nobody wants to lay anyone off. We have discussed this with unions about making modest changes in contracts. All the unions said they’d make no changes to contracts,” Groden told the paper. Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, R-Coxsackie, said, “I’m really sorry it had to come to this. I thought we had a good dialogue with the union representatives.” Legislature Minority Leader Harry Lennon, D-Cairo, told Alexander, “I feel very bad and I’m disappointed because I did have a positive feeling about those meetings. The tones were very positive and I was hoping the union representatives would accept our proposals." Read the full story in The Greene County News.

Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas
Ian Urbina in The New York Times has read over "scores of internal e-mails and documents" from the United States Energy Information Administration, a division of the Energy Department, and discovered that while official policy has steadily increased its estimates of domestic supplies of natural gas, he discovered much internal skepticism about the shale gas industry. "One official says the shale industry may be 'set up for failure.' 'It is quite likely that many of these companies will go bankrupt,' a senior adviser to the Energy Information Administration administrator predicts. Several officials echo concerns raised during previous bubbles, in housing and in technology stocks, for example, that ended in a bust," Urbina writes. He quotes one energy analyst at the Energy Information Administration writing, “Am I just totally crazy, or does it seem like everyone and their mothers are endorsing shale gas without getting a really good understanding of the economics at the business level?” Read the full story in The New York Times.

Weather postpones New York vegetables
Doug Ohlemeier in The Packer, a produce industry trade journal, writes that there will be "big delays and shortages of New York vegetables this summer, after spring rains pushed back planting and harmed early production." Sweet corn, green beans, bell peppers, cucumbers and cabbage could be delayed by up to 10-14 days. Other farmers worried about losses. Maureen Marshall, vice president of Torrey Farms Inc., Elba, N.Y., “We expect a 10-20 percent loss on the early crop of squash, cucumbers and beans,” Marshall said. “It could be higher. This will be an interesting summer.” Read the entire story in The Packer.

Sports scores

14U Coxsackie Owlz 6- Guilderland Bulldogs 4
Tristan Valencia hurled a complete game to pick up the win for the 14U Coxsackie Owlz (6-3, 6-5) Sunday, June 26 over the Guilderland Bulldogs 6-4. Valencia gave up one earned run on eight hits, five walks, and seven strikeouts. Matt McDonald went 2-2 with a double for the Owlz, and Sam Palmateer 1-2 with an RBI.

13U Coxsackie Owlz 23- Kingston 0
13U Coxsackie Owlz 8- Kingston 3
The 13U Coxsackie Owlz (8-1, 10-3) swept a double-header from Kingston, 23-0 and 8-3 Sunday, June 26. In the first game, the Owlz had 14 hits, with Derrek DuPont going 3-3 with four RBIs. Chris Zwoboda 2-3 with four RBIs, and Kyle Roberts went 4-5 with an RBI double. Justin Maldonado went the distance for the win, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out four. In the second game, Kingston tied it at three after two innings before the Owlz pulled away, with Roberts going 2-2 with an RBI double and getting the win, pitching six innings giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks and eight strikeouts.
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