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Mar 15, 2011 3:49 pm
‘Meet the Teachers’ takes place tonight at Hudson
The Register-Star notes that Hudson Junior/Senior High School teachers will host their Meet the Teachers’ Night from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Hudson campus on Harry Howard Avenue. Progress reports for the senior high school have been mailed home and junior high school parents will pick up their child’s report in the main entrance of the junior high school. Parents will have an opportunity to meet junior high school teachers in the junior high school gym and senior high school teachers will be available in the cafeteria. At 6:30 p.m. in Room 22, eighth grades parents are invited to an academic freshman orientation hosted by the guidance department and the department chairperson of each subject area.

IDC helps GOP move redistricting amendment
The Republican-controlled State Senate passed a bill to amend the state Constitution to put legislative redistricting in the hands of a five-member panel not dominated by any party or comprised of any legislators. The problem? It’s for the future, and “does not in any way disturb” the negotiations over a plan for the current gerrymandering, which effects the next election in 2012, or those for the remainder of this decade, it seems. That redistricting will occur as it always has, by incumbents seeking to protect their districts.

Market may be on the move again
Doron Tyler Antrim of the Register-Star writes that Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley said at a meeting on March 14 that he’ll introduce a proposal later this month to relocate the seasonal farmers market from Main Street to the county parking lot on Water Street. The market was moved last year to Main Street after years at Catskill Point. The decision has been met with praise from organizers, who say vendors made more money on Main Street, and disapproval from a couple of Main Street business owners, who say the market’s presence has caused them to lose money. “I’m in compromise mode,” Seeley said — a reference to the ongoing debate over the appropriate location for the farmers market.

Assembly, Senate to pass budgets today
The Albany Business Journal reports that the New York State Senate and Assembly were set to approve their own budget plans today with a few key differences. The two chambers split on income and health-care taxes, as well as the issue of medical malpractice. State law requires the two sides to agree on a joint budget before diving into deeper negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Assembly budget plans limits, but extends, the so-called “millionaires tax”, which impacts as many as 70,000 businesses that report business income through personal income tax returns, for another year. It also eliminates a proposed cap on “pain and suffering” damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. The Senate budget hews closer to Cuomo’s original $132.9 billion proposal, a roughly 2 percent decrease in spending, but does not count on any additional revenue from the millionaire’s tax, which can bring in as much as $5 billion. Republicans also keep in place the proposed cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, but erases a plan to expand a tax insurers pay on hospital discharges, raising $158 million in two years.

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