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Weekend in review

Dec 08, 2014 6:30 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Dec. 5 through Mon., Dec. 8:

Eric Anderson reported in the Times Union Ginsberg's Foods executive vice president Nancy Fuller Ginsberg was "devastated" to learn the Ghent Planning Board would want the town to lose 270 jobs. Ginsberg was responding to news of the board's rejection last week of the food distributor's long-planned $11.3 million expansion. The company is reportedly now reviewing its options. The planning board decision also puts at risk plans to develop a food hub that would give local farmers a way to ship their products directly to grocery stores, Ginsberg said. Town officials could not be reached for comment by the Times Union. Ginsberg's started as a grocery store and butcher shop in Hudson in 1909.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is calling for a comprehensive review of the state justice system after a grand jury refused to indict a New York City police officer in the Eric Garner murder case. Matthew Hamilton reported in the Times Union Cuomo said in two interviews Thurs., Dec. 4, that while a federal civil rights investigation into Garner's death is needed in the short term, changes should be discussed in the upcoming legislative session to reverse widespread public distrust of the police and courts. Asked if he would consider assigning special prosecutors to grand jury cases, Cuomo alluded to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager. He said, "I don't think there's going to be any one answer. This is not just Eric Garner. It's not just Missouri. It's bigger and broader and with a fundamental genesis."

Ryan Anglim is reporting in The Daily Mail the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District may host a hotel-restaurant management program in conjunction with the Hunter Mountain ski resort. Hunter-Tannersville Superintendent Dr. Patrick Darfler-Sweeney said the idea for a program in hospitality was proposed approximately two years ago. He said Hunter Mountain is willing to partner on the project. The Hunter Elementary School building, located directly across the road from the facility, would be used to house the program. The Catskill Central district is already interested. "We see this as an opportunity for our kids," Catskill Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Farrell said. The program is expected to be run by Questar III BOCES.

Siobhan Barton reported in the Register Star the town of Livingston on Fri., Dec. 5, received a grant to document historic landmarks in the 226 year-old municipality. The funding was welcomed by residents who fear their property might be acquired by a state initiative to update and enlarge existing power lines across the state. The $8,200 grant was awarded by the Preservation League of New York. It will provide the funds to pay for a year-long archival program and field research of the area. Information collected will help determine the properties to be submitted to the National Historic Register, which may provide owners with exemptions from the New York State Energy Highway project. Pam Kline, the head of a grassroots advocacy group opposing the power line expansion, helped draft the grant proposal.
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