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Mar 04, 2011 3:45 pm
Observers see Molinaro as possible successor to Steinhaus
The Daily Freeman has a new angle on the announcement by longstanding Dutchess County County Executive William Steinhaus, who announced that he would not be seeking a sixth term this week. According to reporter Patricia Doxsey, State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, who also represents much of Columbia County, is seen by some Dutchess County politicos as the heir apparent even though the Red Hook Republican hasn’t announced his candidacy and has only said he’ll make a decision next week about whether to run. Molinaro, 36, has been involved in politics since 1994, when he was elected to the Tivoli Village Board at age 18. A year later, he was elected village mayor. He then served on the Dutchess County Legislature before being elected to the state Assembly in the 103rd District.

Correctional experts: prison programs need revamping
It’s no secret that there is lots of substance abuse in prisons, notes a piece by the Times Union's Rick Karlin, who then presents a new study by the state Correctional Association which finds that the efforts to control and treat addictions in prisons is in need of an overhaul. Along with other protocols.

Privatizing public health nursing a hard sell in Sullivan County
Mid Hudson News Network reports that at a meeting in Monticello on March 3, "There was virtually no support for fixing something several Sullivan County seniors say is not broken." They were talking about public health nursing, or more specifically, the Certified Home Health Agency operated by Sullivan County Public Health Services, which several Republicans have talked about privatizing.

Prison ruling is made binding
The Watertown Daily Times reports that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's 30-day budget amendments, released March 3, include a stipulation taht any ruling of the prison-closure task force would be binding on the commissioner of the state's prison system. Which means that the prison system HAS TO make $72 million in cuts for the 2011-12 budget year and $112 million after that. With no directives as to how... possibly affecting state facilities in Hudson and Coxsackie. Plus, the law's been amended so the task force doesn'tconvene until 10 days after the budget is approved, making it impossible for legislators to prevent specific facilities from closure.

Bill to require bicycle registration dies in Albany
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has a story about how proposed legislation that would require registration fees, and license plates, for bicycles died in Albany on March 3 after being criticized by politicians around the state. Other legislation that would exempt bikes and bike helmets from sales tax and provide a $50 tax credit for adult bike purchases and a $25 credit for kids' bikes, however, is still under consideration. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, a Queens Democrat, withdrew the bill after one of his fellow assemblyman called the move "utterly insane."

New Baltimore gears up for bicentennial opening celebration
Melanie Lekocevic of the Greene County News reports on plans to kick off the Town of New Baltimore's year-long bicentennial birthday celebration on March 13 with opening ceremonies including a parade and remarks by Congressman Chris Gibson, State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin.

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