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Tuesday headlines

Mar 08, 2011 6:19 am
Flooding, outages strike the county
The Register-Star reports, with text and plenty of images, on the weather damage caused by raging creeks, ice, and nearly six inches of snow in some areas. Over 11,000 were without power on Monday afternoon, March 7, with states of emergency declared in Ancram and Livingston. For those remaining without power Monday night and today, “warming centers” were opened at the Kinderhook Fire Station and Niverville Fire Station 1, and a Red Cross station set up at Taconic Hills School in Copake. Roads, which were blocked off into Hudson from most directions at one point, were being cleared for today as much as risen creeks would allow. Those who require more information about the Red Cross shelters should call 518-458-8111. Residents who need transportation to a shelter can call 518-828-1212.

Ice, snow, flooding batter Greene
The Daily Mail's storm report is a simple photo of a car pulled over on the side of a road. Travel was difficult but, at least in valley towns, no power was lost, or major flooding reported.

Storm leaves outages, flooding; 2 rescued in New Paltz
The Daily Freeman highlighted downed trees and power lines in northern Dutchess and southern Columbia counties, as well as closed roads and a car rescue outside of New Paltz, in its storm coverage. About 6,500 were without power in Dutchess County, and two in Ulster. The worst part? They quote a meteorologist who notes that, "“Coming in Wednesday night through Thursday, another complicated storm, possibly becoming a Nor’easter. It could be another significant one."

Thousands go to bed in the dark

The Times Union adds on to the power outage news, reporting National Grid's estimate of hundreds of homes without power Monday evening, March 7, in Rensselear, Saratoga and Washington counties, as well as Columbia. NYSEG noted another 7,300 without power and suggested some might not get their lights back on until Wednesday.

Agency head raps release of Catskill man who later killed wife, cop
The Daily Freeman reports that Michele McKeon, chief executive officer of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is saying that the Catskill man who fatally shot his wife and a Poughkeepsie city police officer before killing himself last month should not have been released on bail after he violated a court order mandating him to stay away from his spouse. More focus needs to be placed on perpetrators of domestic violence crimes and on holding them accountable for their actions, McKeon said, noting that as it stands now, more emphasis is placed on the victim and what they did to possibly cause violence or fail to escape from an abusive situation. The legal system tells the victim what they have to do to keep themselves and their children safe in such situations, but in no other crime do people look at the victim and ask them why they stayed or what buttons they pushed to cause the violence. “I think the systems involved need to take domestic violence much more seriously,” McKeon said, adding that proposed cuts to domestic abuse programs in Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal could prove disastrous.

Kohl’s grand opening slated
John Mason of the Register-Star reports that Kohl’s Department Store, the newest store in Greenport Commons, will hold its grand opening Wednesday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Kohl’s executives and local officials, will be at 7:45 a.m., followed by the official store opening at 8 a.m. The 64,000 square foot store is located next to the Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Financial troubles may force choices
The Daily Mail has a story about how Cornell Cooperative Extension has combined its Columbia and Greene county offices to save money as a key means to keeping its ambitious Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra afloat. “It’s challenging times for all of us,” said Andrew Turner, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene counties, noting that things are no different the academic organization devoted to providing agricultural, environmental, health and youth programming to communities around the state, which has seen a $13 million decrease in the organization’s $100 million statewide budget over the past two years.