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Weekend in review

Aug 04, 2014 6:58 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., Aug. 1 through Mon., Aug. 4:

Ginsberg's Foods will pay one dollar for 33 acres of land valued at $280,000, Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star. The sale, as approved by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Tues., July 29, does have certain conditions attached, according to the CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood. It has not been determined if the food distributor will pay taxes on the property, or not. The parcel in question is located on Route 66, across from Gerald R. Simons Industrial Park. It is partially located in Claverack and Ghent. Ginsberg's hopes to break ground in October for a new warehouse and maintenance facility. Once complete, the building’s total footprint will be approximately 300,000 square feet. The project has not yet been approved by the Claverack or Ghent Planning boards.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail the town of Catskill will hold a public hearing on its proposed sewer district map and the accompanying report, 6 p.m., Tues., Aug. 5, at the town hall. The hearing this week is the next step in the process to formally establish the district. The proposed district includes all properties along County Route 23B from Leeds to Jefferson Heights. It runs from the Athens town line in Leeds down to the Catskill village border and the Route 9W corridor. The project is projected to cost $11 million, which includes the an upgrade to the village sewer system to handle the increased flow. The district map, along with the report, can be found online at TownofCatskillNY [dot] gov, under "Public Notices."

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="226"] Herman Bauer in front of his Mansion St. home in Coxsackie (2011).
(Philip Kamrass / Times Union)[/caption]

Bryan Fitzgerald reported in the Times Union on the types of weather events occurring in the Capital Region, the severity of the those events and where they are happening. According to data analyzed by the paper, approximately 5,700 significant weather events have been logged in the 11 counties that make up the region since 1996. The paper also found though the warming effects of climate change have been well documented, snow still disrupts day-to-day life in the Capital Region more frequently than any other kind of weather. The winter of 2014 was exceptionally cold, with a record number of instances of extreme cold, wind chill, freeze or frost documented. Extreme wind is the second most common weather event, and while most severe weather trends have increased in recent years, lightning strikes have decreased sharply. A map of severe weather events by county, including Columbia and Greene, can be found at Times Union [dot] com.

Public News Service is reporting consumer advocates say an FCC proposal for Internet fast lanes could slow down the Web for more than 60 percent of New Yorkers who use the Internet to download videos, among other tasks. Mike Clifford has the story: PLAY (1:49).