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Weekend in review

Sep 23, 2013 6:37 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Sept. 20 to Sept. 23, 2013:

Jimmy Vielkind is reporting at Capitol Confidential Democrat Sean Eldridge formally announced Sun., Sept. 22, he will run for Congress next year. The 27-year-old investor posted a video to his campaign Web site offering hints on several lines of attack against two-term Rep. Chris Gibson, Republican of Kinderhook, who won the seat in 2010. He promises to “create jobs,” protect Medicare and Social Security against budget cuts, and “reduce the influence of money and special interests in politics.” The race will be instantly competitive because of Eldridge’s personal wealth: He married Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year, and has already invested $215,000 in his campaign. The video:

Brian Hubert reported in The Daily Mail the bus delays reported in the Cairo-Durham Central School District earlier this month have all but disappeared, Superintendent Mary Fassett said last week. Fassett said the district has been looking over the performance of each bus route, and while performance has improved, modifications could still be made. Some of the changes implemented have included tweaks to routes, and even having children ride different buses if it reduced the time spent in transit. Board of Education President Susan Kusminsky noted the school district will continue to work with parents to solve any lingering issues with delays on their child’s bus route. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

John Mason reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Labor Chapter announced last week its endorsement of Mike Winnie for sheriff, Victor Mendolia for mayor of Hudson and 13 other candidates in the November elections in a press conference at The Harvest Spirits Distillery in Valatie. All the candidates also have the endorsement of the Democratic Party; however, not all Democrats seeking their endorsement received it. Timothy Rodgers, Columbia County Chapter chair and 1199 SEIU Organizer, said in a statement, “It is clear where these candidates stand on local job creation, affordable housing, and social justice. They will hold [the] line on taxes, stand up for our seniors and be an advocate for open and honest government.” In other election news, Republican incumbents in Stuyvesant, led by Supervisor Ron Knott, recently won the Independence Party designation on the November ballot. The GOP candidates successfully held off a write-in effort on behalf of a full slate of Democratic challengers. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams is reporting in The Daily Mail the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie wrapped up a special series of tours marking its 350th year Sun., Sept. 22. The tours welcomed guests into the house’s original cellar for the first time in 40 years, in addition to a more standard tour of the 1663 house and 1738 addition. The house, built by Dutch settler Pieter Bronck in 1663, is the oldest preserved structure in New York state. The Bronck Museum is now in the process of restoring the shutters on the 1738 house built by Pieter’s grandson. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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