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Mar 01, 2011 6:30 am
Bookkeeper pleads guilty
Wondering about all the cars outside the Columbia County Courthouse in Hudson yesterday? Andrew Amelinckx of the Register-Star reports that Pegeen Mulligan-Moore, the former bookkeeper for the towns of Kinderhook and Greenport, pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 28 to 20 charges related to the theft of more than $350,000 from those municipalities. She is now facing a maximum of 98 years in prison after pleading to the entire indictment without a joint recommendation before Judge Jonathan Nichols.

A private interest in public structures
Rick Karlin of the Times Union reports on a legislative budget hearing on transportation issues held yesterday in Albany where the subject of private funding came up for the state's infrastructure needs, including repair and replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which some joked about getting a new corporate name. Discussions will be continuing over the coming years...

Holcim jobless month to month
Doron Tyler Antrim of the Daily News reports that Holcim plant management met Monday, Feb. 28 with leaders of the local International Brotherhood of Boilermakers union to inform them of the decision to once again extend the layoffs that have kept them out of work since before the recent holidays - now effective until the end of March - in what’s becoming a month-to-month evaluation of the company’s financial health. Robin DeCarlo, Holcim’s vice president of corporate communications, said Monday the company, which makes cement at its Catskill Plant (formerly owned by St. Lawrence Cement) continues to face challenges as the nation’s economic recovery struggles to pick up speed. Half of their workforce, about 60, have been laid off.

Former health commissioner dies
Mid Hudson News Network reports that former State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines, who served up until the end of 2010, died Saturday, Feb. 26 of a heart attack while taking down Christmnas decorations at his Dutchess County farm in the Town of Stanford. Daines was named state health commissioner by Eliot Spitzer in 2007.

Biz owners still reeling after sting operation
The eight Hudson business owners nabbed in an underage drinking sting operation by city police last December had their first day in court yesterday, Feb. 28. Representatives of the Warren Street establishments pointed out that because of price and style, they are NOT beacons for underage drinking. The police noted that they had received a grant for the sting operation.

Cairo man charged with attempted murder
Colin DeVries of the Daily Mail reports on the case of a 21-year old Cairo man arrested while hiding in a Hudson basement from a two county "manhunt" after he traveled to northern Vermont and beat up an ex girlfriend there.

Gas prices on steady rise
The Albany Business Journal notes that a gallon of gas was selling for an average prices of $3.545 in the region as of Monday, Feb. 28, according to figures released by the American Automobile Association. That’s up nearly 17 cents, from $3.377 a gallon a week ago. A month ago, a gallon of gas was $3.328. And a year ago, local residents were paying $2.834 a gallon.