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Apr 23, 2011 9:50 am
Bumpy transition when village court closes
Andrew Amelinckx writes in the Register-Star about ways in which the shuttering of the Valatie Village Court "has resulted in a number of charges brought by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the State Police being tossed out." Even though the county District Attorney’s Office is saying charges can be brought again, similar concerns are rising in other communities that have merged courts, such as Athens, as well as other villages looking at consolidating services or actually dissolving. Ten cases have been dismissed to date.

4 declare for school board race; forum Tuesday
Jim Planck reports in the Daily Mail that the Leadership Greene students at Catskill Central School will host a Meet The Candidates Night at Catskill High School auditorium on Tuesday evening, April 26, starting at 7 p.m. The four candidates for three seats, only one an incumbent, will be present. WGXC will be interviewing all in the coming weeks. Board members not running for reelection include incumbent BOE President Andy Jones and incumbent Vice-president Matthew Leibowitz.

ZBA Public Hearing
Carole Osterink reports in her Gossips of Rivertown blog on this past week's Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals meeting where setback and lot coverage variances were granted for longstanding plans to build four Greek Revival homes in a vacant lot on the corner of Union and First streets. Those speaking in favor of the project noted that it would bring life to a part of town that feels abandoned. Those opposed had concerns about stormwater runoff and density of buildings within an established neighborhood.

Proposed zoning law ready for 1st audition
Doron Tyler Antrim reports in the Daily Mail that a public hearing is scheduled next week for Cairo’s proposed zoning law. "The Cairo Zoning Commission, which has worked for almost four years on the 164-page law, will host the hearing on April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cairo Elementary School," he writes. "The proposed law was unveiled to the public last November. Since then, the seven-member group has held a lengthy public comment period and approved many amendments to the document, including changes to the zoning districts."

Driver charged with ‘move over law’ violation
Mid Hudson News Network reports that a driver in Hudson has been charged with violating the state’s new “move over” law. On Thursday, April 21, they note, a trooper was conducting a traffic stop on Fairview Avenue when his right arm was struck by the side view mirror of a passing car. Bart Delaney, 36 of Hudson, was ticketed for violating the new state “move over” law as well as for operating his vehicle with an expired and suspended license. Delaney was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was wanted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for a navigation law warrant and was turned over to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Budget cuts impact nutrition education programs
The Register-Star is running a press release from Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Columbia and Greene Counties about how they have suspended local implementation of a statewide nutrition education program due to a drastic funding cut from the Federal Government. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED), known in New York state as Eat Smart New York, provides free nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and their families through hands-on lessons that aim to increase food safety practices, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and physical activity. As a result of the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the allocation to New York for this program has been reduced by 40 percent for the entire project year, which began in October 2010. Due to the size of this mid-year cut, the Cooperative Extension has been forced to immediately suspend the program, which employed five educators and reached approximately 350 program families per year in the two counties.

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