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Weekend in Review

Aug 15, 2016 12:02 am
Here are a few of the stories that made the news Aug. 12-14:

Zack Fink in NYStateofPolitics.com reports that the New York State Senate will hold a hearing about the poisoned water in Hoosick Falls at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 at the town's high school. The Assembly will also hold two hearings about water quality, 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in Albany, and 11 a.m. Sept. 12 on Long Island. Residents in two Rensselaer County towns have been calling for an investigation of the water quality for months, and the Senate scheduled a hearing a few weeks ago after receiving much criticism. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics.com.

The Oath Keepers of Columbia and Greene County NY held a pro-police rally for several hours Sat., Aug. 13 in front of the Hudson police department on Warren St. About 20-25 members of the group and others waved flags and held signs asking motorists to honk if they support the police. John Wallace, the president of the New York Oath Keepers, was interviewed on Mert Melfa's Facebook Live feed. Click here to play or download a brief statement from Wallace. (:36 seconds)

John Mason, Greg Hudson and Daniel Zuckerman in the Register-Star poll local Republican officials and cannot find one to say outright that they are supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump. Assemblyman Pete Lopez, who represents the 102nd District including parts of Ulster, Greene, and Schoharie counties, said Aug. 10, “I haven’t endorsed anyone. I’m a registered Republican; Trump is the Republican candidate. What I’m waiting for is for both candidates to focus on the needs and issues of the people first, and put their bantering aside.” Congressperson Chris Gibson, from Kinderhook, said July 18 he plans to vote “for a Republican.” John Faso, the Republican running for Gibson’s seat said, “if I had any advice for our candidate, he should focus on jobs, the economy, and national security — that’s what voters care about.” State Senators Kathy Marchione and George Amedore, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Columbia County Republican Chairman Greg Fingar, and Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell, all did not return the Register-Star's calls for comment on their endorsements. A Gravis poll released Aug. 11, surveyed New Yorkers from Aug. 4-8, and found they favor Democrat Hillary Clinton for president at 48 percent, over Republican Donald Trump (at 34 percent), Libertarian Gary Johnson (six percent), and the Green Party's Jill Stein (four percent). Read the full story in the Register-Star.

The Village of Philmont Water Department reports it will be turn off the entire village's water supply while it is working on the town's water tower on Tue., Aug. 16. The water will be turned off in Philmont between 10 and 11 p.m., and will be off for four to six hours.

William J, Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that Columbia-Greene Community College officials claim smaller graduating classes from local high schools and low unemployment figures mean enrollment rates are flat at the school. So the proposed $16.7 million 2016-17 budget is $900,000, or 5.11 percent, smaller. The Columbia County Board of Supervisors approved the budget last month, and it goes to the Greene County Legislature at a public hearing 6:25 p.m. Aug. 17. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Republican State Senator George Amedore announced Aug. 13 he is against the pay raise the state Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation is considering for state legislators. The seven-member commission has four months to make recommendations on pay for lawmakers and other top officials. Their recommendations would then go into law unless they were rejected by the legislature.

Emilia Teasdale reports in The Columbia Paper that the Kinderhook Planning Board approved a site plan for Maple Hill Creamery that makes dairy products from grass-fed cows to move into 5 Hudson St. Paul Calcagno, the building's owner, said the dairy would employ between seven and 12 employees as an office for the company, moving from Stuyvesant. Village Economic Director Renee Shur said it will be the ninth new business to open in Kinderhook since 2014. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.
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