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Storm updates from Rensselaerville

Oct 18, 2011 12:54 am
Andrea Macko writes several articles in The Greenville Mountain View Pioneer (no website) about recovery efforts in Rensselaerville and Preston Hollow in Albany County. Macko reports about an Oct. 4 special meeting of the Rensselaerville Town Board about the flood damage in Preston Hollow. She reports that Town Supervisor Marie Dermody and town council members Gary Chase and John Kudlack defeated a motion by Bob Bolte (and voted for by Marion Cooke) to allow public comment at the crowded meeting. Macko writes residents did get their say a week later at an Oct. 11 meeting, and several complained about being silenced the week before. Medusa resident and Tea Party activist David Bowdish said not allowing public comment at the meeting was not in the spirit of the U.S. Constitution. Supervisor Dermody, meanwhile, had her own complaints: three important state and federal officials could not come or backed out of appearing before the board. Highway Superintendent David Potter estimated it will cost $500,000 to stabilize Catskill Creek in the hamlet. A representative from FEMA did answer questions from the public, but the story makes clear that Rensselaerville and Preston Hollow are not getting the attention they need to recover from Hurricane Irene damage.