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The weekend in review

Dec 24, 2012 6:59 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Dec. 21 to Dec. 24:

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported Fri., Dec. 21, Greene County is eligible for disaster aid under the FEMA Assistance Program, to aid in recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Greene County is one of 15 counties statewide to qualify for infrastructure repair, emergency work and cleanup disbursement. The county suffered damage due to tidal flooding in low-lying areas like Catskill point and areas in Coxsackie and Athens. Flooding also damaged some water treatment systems in the county. FEMA funds will also reimburse money spent on preparation efforts. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Embattled Hudson High School Principal Thomas Gavin has sued to get his job back. Gavin recently filed an Article 78 action in Columbia County Supreme Court naming the Hudson school district, its Board of Education and Superintendent Maria J. Suttmeier as respondents. The tenured administrator petitioned the court to compel the district to either charge him, or restore him to his position. Gavin has been on paid suspension since Oct. 2, despite being cleared of alleged misconduct by an outside investigator. Read the full story at unmuffled.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star. the Columbia County Board of Supervisors has appointed a new director of public health. Angella Timothy will replace Nancy Winch, who retired last month. Timothy has approximately 20 years of health care management experience. She is the former associate administrator of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Schenectady's Hometown Health Centers. Timothy will assume her new duties in February. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Jamie Carlson reported in The Daily Mail the Cairo-Durham Board of Education voted Thurs., Dec. 20, to divide the district's elementary grades into to two separate schools. One building will house kindergarten through second grade, while the second building will accommodate third through fifth. The decision was made as a cost-cutting measure. The board vetoed a controversial shuttle bus plan, which would have transported students from school to school keeping some students on buses for extended periods of time. More information on the elementary reconfiguration will be discussed at the board's next meeting, Jan. 3. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.