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Weekend in review

Jan 06, 2014 12:20 am
Some of the stories that made the news Jan. 3 through Jan. 6:

Arthur Cusano and Adam Clayton reported in the Register Star nearly 500 National Grid customers in Claverack went without power for more than five hours after a transformer exploded at approximately 4:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 3. A new transformer was was installed shortly after 10 p.m., Town Supervisor Clifford Weigelt told the paper. The A.B. Shaw Fire Company on Route 23 was opened as a warming shelter during the outage.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail a new era has begun in Coxsackie town government. For the first time in eight years, a Republican is at the helm of the Coxsackie Town Council. Newly elected Town Supervisor Rick Hanse took the oath of office last week, replacing Democrat Alex Betke, who chose not to seek reelection. Hanse said he looks to lead the town by consensus and by working with his fellow council members. Hanse told the paper, “I am not a person who likes to work by committee because a committee to build a horse designs a camel. I want to build consensus among the board — we have a lot of different talents on this board and we should take advantage of that.”

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="238"] Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin
(Courtesy steve4ny.com)[/caption]

Jordan Carleo-Evangelist reported in the Times Union Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin all but shut the door on a run for governor last week, saying he has concluded he could not raise enough money to credibly challenge incumbent Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo. McLaughlin, who was first elected in 2010 and has become a vocal critic of Cuomo, said it appears to him the GOP establishment is coalescing behind Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Republican McLaughlin represents northeastern Columbia County and most of Rensselaer County in the 107th Assembly District.

Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star the Philmont Public Library has again received national recognition from “The Library Journal” as one of the 263 Star Libraries of 2013. Since 2009, the Philmont Public Library has appeared in the Journal’s Star Library constellation no fewer than six times, Library Director Karen Garafalo told the paper. The library received the journal’s five-star designation in 2010. Libraries are scored based on the number of recorded library visits, program attendance, circulation data and Internet use, per library patron. Other libraries within the Mid-Hudson Library System recognized by the Journal include: the Windham Public Library, the Tivoli Free Library and the Red Hook Public Library.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150"] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signing the NY SAFE Act, Jan. 2013.
(Courtesy Governor's Office)[/caption]

Rick Karlin reported at Capitol Confidential an appeal has been filed to the ruling last week that upheld most of the New York SAFE Act. Plaintiffs in that case include the state Rifle and Pistol Association. The case now goes to the federal appeals level. In the decision delivered last week, U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny said the year-old law passed constitutional muster with one notable exception: He knocked down the seven-round limit for gun magazines.
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