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Weekend in review

Aug 12, 2013 7:31 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Aug. 10 to 12:

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="307"] The Hudson Armory
(Hudson Area Library photo)[/caption]

John Mason reported in the Register Star the Hudson Community Center, to be located in the former Armory building at Fifth and State streets, was approved by the city's Historic Preservation Commission, Fri., Aug. 9. The building’s owner, the Galvan Foundation, plans to transform the century-old structure into a home for the Hudson Area Library, a senior center and a community health center. The community center still has to win the approval of the Planning Commission, which could order a public hearing. Work on the senior center is slated to begin in October; the library will be started in December. The entire project is projected to take 12 to 16 months. Read the full story in the Register Star.

The Mid-Hudson News Network reports hospitals in the region fared well in the 10th annual New York State Hospital Report Card, released Sun., Aug. 11, by the Niagara Health Quality Coalition. Columbia Memorial Hospital made the Coalition's honor roll for its treatment of congestive heart failure. In other areas of care, the hospital scored at the state average. Other regional hospitals to make the "America's Safest Hospitals" designation include Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. No Hudson Valley or Catskills hospitals were on the one-star Watch List. The New York report card can be found online at my health finder [dot] com.

Jessica Mosier reported in The Daily Mail the Greene County Democratic Committee honored New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik) at their annual picnic Sat., Aug. 10. More than 100 candidates and their supporters mingled at the Blue Stone Farm on Cauterskill Road in Catskill. The first-term senator told supporters she cares deeply about her community and said she wants to continue to work on education and to make sure mental health services are locally provided. Tkaczyk said she sees opportunity to improve life in Greene County. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The Columbia Paper reported 30 Democrats participated in the recent Ancram Democratic Caucus at the Town Hall. The caucus nominated incumbent Supervisor Art Bassin as the party’s candidate for a third two-year term as Town Supervisor. Incumbent Town Board members Madeleine Israel, a Democrat, and Chris Thomas, a Republican, were each nominated to run for their second four-year-term. The Ancram GOP caucus will be held Sat., Aug. 17.

Rick Karlin reported at Capitol Confidential sales tax collections are up statewide, according to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, but the receipts vary widely by region, with big gains downstate and declines in some upstate spots like the Southern Tier. Local sales tax collections grew by $397 million, or 5.7 percent, for the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. In Columbia and Greene counties, sales tax revenue has increased by less than 3 percent, so far this year. Read the full story at Capitol Confident, a Times Union blog.
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