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Weekend in review

Apr 08, 2013 12:05 am
Some of the stories that made the news, April 5 to April 8, 2013:

Jim Planck wrote in The Daily Mail the Hunter Library Board of Trustees has decided to ask residents of the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District for an additional $10,000 to support the library this year. Board President Dolores Chimato said Sat., Apr. 6, the library needs additional funds to meet its operations costs. Chimato said the board made the decision to forgo an increase last year. "I just didn't feel we could ask the taxpayers to do that," she said. The increase is expected to keep the library open during its current hours. The proposition will appear on the May 21 school ballot, but it is unrelated to, and separate from the school district budget vote. The library's proposed 2013-14 operating budget is $58,000. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Mayor Tom Curran on the street
in Chatham village.

Adam Shanks reported in the Columbia Paper, Chatham village Mayor Tom Curran has chosen not to reappoint Village Clerk Barbara Fischer. He plans instead to name Kathy Burke to the post, a decision that requires the approval of the Village Board. Stating the decision was a personnel issue, Curran declined to explain the decision, but did say he was acting on the advice of the village attorney. "This is a tough issue, because she is well loved in the community,” Curran said. Fischer was employed by the village for six years. Burke is a Ghent resident and currently serves as secretary of the Ghent Planning Board and secretary of the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. has decided to eliminate the position of city Youth Department director. The department has managed just fine in the director's absence, Hallenbeck said last week. City Youth Commissioner Gerald Wood promoted recreation supervisor George Bednar, who is now acting as interim director. Bednar confirmed the funds to cover the salary for a part-time director were removed from the department's budget last fall. “When you’re losing more money for our youth than we were expending on a $60,000 a year salary, this is an issue,” Hallenbeck said. “That’s why I called for the director’s position to be taken out of the charter.” Read the full story in the Register Star.
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