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The weekend in review

Sep 17, 2012 7:57 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2012.

Billy Shannon reported in the Register Star the too-close-to-call 43rd District Republican Senate primary race between incumbent Sen. Roy McDonald and Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione will be decided by some 1,500 absentee ballots. The race is a virtual dead heat with no projected clear winner. Late Thursday, the results showed Marchione ahead by 138 votes, districtwide. In Columbia County, McDonald led by 14 votes over Marchione. The boards of election in Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties will begin the absentee count, Thurs., Sept. 20; Columbia County will begin its count, Fri., Sept. 21. Regardless of who wins the Republican line, both candidates will appear on the ballot in the general election -- McDonald for the Independence Party and Marchionne on the Conservative line. Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews is the Democrat challenger. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail the primary is not quite over in Durham. Patricia Handel won the Republican nomination against opponent Les Armstrong in the race for Greene County Legislature by a vote of 148 to 92. However, Armstrong bested Handel by one vote in the contest for the Independence Party line, According to Greene County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Thomas Burke, that could change after absentees are counted this week. If Armstrong holds on to the Independence line, he will face Handel in the November general election. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors last week approved $221,000 in repairs for three bridges in Austerlitz, Copake and Stockport. The contract for the work was awarded to Arch Bridge Contracting Corp. of Altamount, in Albany Co. Work is set to begin at the end of the month with the county Route 16 bridge over the Hollowville Creek in Claverack. Read the full story in the Register Star.

The New York State Police announced local troopers will participate in the National Child Passenger Safety Week, from Sept. 16 to 22, in an effort to draw attention to the threats faced by child passengers in motor vehicle crashes. NYSP indicated its intention to enforce the state safety belt laws through numerous checkpoints and daily patrols all this week. They will be especially focused on the proper restraint of children in vehicles, during this time. New York state law mandates the use of a safety restraints for children up to the age of 8. Parents and caregivers who need help installing a child safety seat or have questions about child passenger safety can receive hands-on educational assistance by making an appointment with a certified child passenger safety technician or attending a child safety seat check-up event. For additional information, visit safeny.ny.gov.
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