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Weekend in review

Mar 02, 2015 12:02 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Feb. 27 through Mon., Mar. 2:

Matthew Hamilton reported at Capitol Confidential a new report from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office shows that it has helped more than 17,000 New Yorkers resolve their consumer complaints since January 2011. The report outlines more than $13.5 million in refunds and other relief for consumers obtained by the AG’s Consumer Assistance Program. On average, more than $1,100 per complaint has been recovered, the report states. Complaints span various industries, with the automobile industry generating the most emails, calls and letters. Among the top five complaint categories: Credit and identity theft, the service industries, utilities and landlords/tenants. The AG’s office said internet scams are on the rise, as well.

The village of Catskill Fri. afternoon, Feb. 27 lifted the “boil water” order it issued earlier in the week due to water main breaks. In a press release the village advised customers it was no longer necessary to boil water before drinking.

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman the state Public Utilities Commission has approved a net metering increase for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Co. The decision left in place a December order that doubles the amount of electricity that utilities can credit to customers for power placed back into the grid under net metering rules. The rules were discussed during a commission board meeting Thu., Feb. 26, The agency only reversed sections of the order that would impact non-residential customers who put more electricity into the grid than used.

Siobhan (shiv-ON) Barton reported in the Register Star the Nassau Sportsman Club was filled to capacity Sat., Feb. 28, when more than 185 people attended the public forum sponsored by Stop New York Fracked Gas Pipeline. Many of those in attendance were members of the Nassau Sportsman Club, who own and reside on property in the immediate area. Concerns were raised about health hazards, explosions and diminished property values. Stop NY is asking the community for help in opposing the construction of a proposed pipeline and compressor station by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that would follow an existing utility powerline corridor through Schodack, Nassau and Stephentown. The pipeline was originally intended to cross Columbia County through Chatham, Canaan and New Lebanon. Late last year the pipeline's parent company, Kinder Morgan, decided to change the course of that line. The new proposed route follows an existing power line corridor, branching off at Route 20 north of Niverville, and following Route 43 in Rensselaer County before reaching Massachusetts.

Ryan Anglim reported in The Daily Mail state Senator George Amedore commemorated the town of Athens on its 200th anniversary, Sat., Feb. 28. The New York State Senate Wed., Feb. 25, passed a resolution celebrating the legislation signed in 1815, which established the town and designated its boundaries. Amedore presented a copy of the resolution to town officials at an event held at the Athens firehouse.

WGXC 90.7-FM concluded its For WGXC! Winter 2015 Pledge Drive, Sun., Mar. 1, after successfully raising its goal of $15,000. Station Manager Lynn Sloneker said, "We are grateful to all those who contributed during the drive. We also want to thank everyone who came out for the various events and remote broadcasts held during the past two weeks. Community radio cannot exist without the support and investment of its listeners. Thank you!"