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Weekend in review

Sep 22, 2014 6:45 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Sept. 19, through Mon., Sept. 22:

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the Cairo-Durham school district and its superintendent have parted company. The Cairo-Durham Board of Education Thurs., Sept. 18, officially accepted Mary Fassett's resignation, which was made effective, Aug. 31. The board agreed to pay Fassett's salary and benefits for another two years, at a cost of $250,000. Fassett has been on paid administrative leave since July. In June, the board extended the superintendent's contract through the 2016-17 school year. In a written statement read by Board President David Infantino Thursday, the board said while it appreciates the efforts and gains made by Fassett during her tenure, "it has become apparent...there was a difference of opinion concerning the future path of education in the school district." No details were provided on possible plans for recruiting a new chief administrator. Cairo-Durham High School Principal Anthony Taibi is currently serving as acting superintendent.

Public News Service is reporting the streets of New York were filled with demonstrators taking part in the People's Climate March, Sun., Sept. 21. The event was timed to coincide with a meeting of world leaders at the United Nations and intended to send a message on climate change. Mark Scheerer has the story: PLAY (1:40).

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman a coalition of 16 environmental and land conservancy groups is calling on the state Public Service Commission to examine alternatives to a plan for new power lines that would run through Columbia and Dutchess counties. The Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition has announced a petition drive to show how strong opposition is to recommendations to move forward a review of four proposals to increase the amount of electricity available in the region. The coalition includes the Olana Partnership, Scenic Hudson, Farmers and Families for Claverack, Farmers and Families for Livingston, the Columbia Land Conservancy and others. Environmental advocacy attorney Hayley Carlock said the coalition was formed based on shared concerns about the various proposals. The petition is intended to convince decision-makers to take a step back and to fundamentally change the way energy is delivered statewide. Carlock acknowledged the proposed power lines have not been an issue in the 2014 governor’s race, but said the coalition is prepared to show that state leaders need to recognize that a better siting process is needed.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="201"] Lisa M. Fisher
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Ryan Anglim reported in the Register Star Republican delegates have chosen New Baltimore attorney Lisa M. Fisher as the party's candidate for State Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District. That district extends from the Capital Region into the Hudson Valley, to the Pennsylvania border, and includes both Columbia and Greene counties. The position carries a 14-year term. Fisher is vying to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Teresi. Party leaders said they recognized an opportunity to elect a qualified woman to the State Supreme Court in the district, which currently has no women serving as trial justices. Fisher has more than 20 years of experience as a trial attorney, as both a civil litigator and as an assistant public defender. She also served as a staff attorney for the Ulster County Department of Social Services and as court attorney for Kingston City Court Judge Edward T. Feeney.

The Times Union reported four regional sites are among those recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation to be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The State and National Registers are the official lists of sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of the state and the nation. The nominations included the Barringer-Overbaugh-Lasher House located in Germantown. The original section of the house, built around 1800, is, according to the board, an important example of New World Dutch timber-frame construction in an area where few examples of 18th-century dwellings have been identified. Other nominees included the Marsh-Link-Pollock Farm in Brunswick, the Washington Park Historic District in Albany, and a stacked plank house located in Summit, Schoharie Co. Once the recommendations are approved, the properties are listed on the state Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register.
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