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Weekend in review

Apr 22, 2013 6:07 am
Some of the stories that made the news, April 19 to 22:

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman opponents of the proposed $1.5 billion takeover of CH Energy Group by Fortis Inc. of Canada say comments about the merger by state Sen. George Maziarz should be disregarded because he has received political contributions from CH Energy and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. The request from the group Citizens for Local Power came after the Niagara County Republican, who chairs the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, had an Op-Ed in favor of the deal published in an area newspaper. Maziarz received contributions from Central Hudson during the time the Fortis takeover was being reviewed by the New York Public Service Commission. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280"] The cement silos at Silver Point on Duck Cove.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail Lehigh Northeast Cement Company has been fined $50,000 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as the result of two cement dust landfills leaching contaminants into wetlands near Duck Cove on the Hudson River south of Catskill. A company spokesman said Lehigh, under guidance and approval from DEC, has taken several steps to contain and treat the leachate. Riverkeeper attorney and Chief Investigator Josh Verleun said Fri, Apr. 19, the agency has been monitoring the matter since 2008 after first reporting it. He said, "We’re very happy to see that progress continues to be made." Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Katie Kocijanski reported in the Register Star it is all but certain the Village of Chatham will reduce its Police Department to part-time status this year. Mayor Tom Curran said at a public hearing last week he believes the village can operate successfully with a part-time force. The Columbia County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police will work with the village to help patrol the area, he said. Other municipalities that currently have a part-time force include, Germantown, Philmont, Greenport and Stockport. Curran said the village's proposed 2013-14 budget would reduce taxes by five percent. He is also recommending improvements to infrastructure, more beautification projects and a new entry sign to the village. A village budget workshop will be held Tues., Apr. 23. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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