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Jul 04, 2011 12:50 am
Gibson says no to new revenue in debt limit deal
Doron Tyler Antrim reports from the East Durham Independence Festival Saturday, where Congressman Chris Gibson on Saturday said he was only interested in cutting spending, and not also raising taxes, to cut the nation's $14 trillion debt. “I think that America spoke pretty clearly last November that they want us to get our fiscal house in order,” Gibson said at the parade and festival in East Durham. “I think what we need to do is get control of our spending.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Hallenbeck calls for public referendums
Jamie Larson in the Register-Star reports that Supervisor and Hudson mayoral candidate William Hallenbeck, R-Hudson 3, said Saturday he is calling for public referendums over the county's two most important issues: spending $16 million buying and rehabbing the former Wal-Mart building in Greenport and moving many county services from Hudson into the building, and creating a county manager. “Given the economic climate of New York State, including the recently adopted 2 percent tax cap, the concerns of many Columbia County employees who could be faced with what is being labeled as "work force reductions" that are nothing short of layoffs, and the 2012 Budget demands being placed on our County Departments, I can not with a clear conscience support the idea of creating a County Manager with the potential of this position possibly carrying an annual salary of $150,000,” Hallenbeck said in the article. “While I appreciate the work of the County Manager Initiative Subcommittee and their case for a County manager, I fail to see the need to move on this position at this time given the potential cost to the taxpayers without truly understanding the full implications of the 2012 budget.” Read the full story in the Register-Star.

Chatham board hires interim principal for middle school
Emilia Teasdale in The Columbia Paper reports that the Chatham School Board appointed Annmarie Barkman interim Middle School Principal at the board's regular meeting Tue., June 28. Barkman takes over from Gordon Fitting, who is retiring. Barkman was interim superintendent at Coxsackie-Athens Central School District until July 1, and was hired for one year at the rate of $550 per day. The Chatham School Board will decide whether to add an extra kindergarten section at its next meeting Tue., July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Read the whole story in The Columbia Paper.

Tattoo street
Carole Osterink of The Gossips of Rivertown blog was on the scene first as Steed Taylor, an artist-in-residence at Art Omi, began drawing a "road tattoo" on Front Street between Allen and Warren Streets in Hudson. Osterink quotes the proposal for the project: "Road tattoos are placed at locations of community significance and are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin. Names, or other information, are painted in the design, a nondenominational prayer commissioned for the piece is said and the design is painted in, covering over this information.".... Is this project the sort of thing that is leading to mentions in The Financial Times? Osterink also points out that over the weekend the paper ran a "My perfect getaway" story, and author Gary Shteyngart ("Russian Debutante's Handbook," "Absurdistan," and "Super Sad True Love Story)" said he favoried, "Hudson, New York. A little town upstate where I feel very relaxed." Read the stories in The Gossips of Rivertown.

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Peter Finn, Executive Director of the Catskill Mountain Foundation, at new Orpheum Theater in Hunter.
Interview by Philip Grant. The Catskill Mountain Foundation will soon open the Orpheum Theater in Hunter. But construction is still going on, as you can hear in the background of this interview with the Foundation's Executive Director Peter Finn. PLAY

Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates.
Nadeau is the water and natural resources program director for Environmental Advocates, and discusses proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations that the DEC made public last Friday. Interview by Tom Roe on WGXC Afternoon Show. PLAY 10 mins.

A Very Incomplete Calendar.
Weekly segment from Terry Doyle's "Imprint" show about Hudson Valley music. This segment looks at a few regional events this week. 5 mins. PLAY
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