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Apr 09, 2011 11:53 am
City reactions to consolidation plan are mixed
Jamie Larson of the Register-Star reports on the reaction amongst Hudson reactions to the announcement by Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Roy Brown that the county would be consolidating services at the old Wal Mart building in Greenport and moving out of most of its city offices. "Hudson officials have expressed repeatedly that if the county vacated the Railroad Avenue building the city would purchase it for use as a new city court and police department," Larson writes. "Mayor Richard Scalera said he asked Brown that the relocation of DSS be expedited so Hudson can move forward with its plans for the old building as the city is under an order of consent from the Justice Department to improve its court facilities."

Vols needed to inventory ash trees
Jim Planck of the Daily Mail writes about an ongoing effort "to get a handle on just where and how bad the Emerald Ash Borer — a Chinese invasive insect species that is on a path to decimate America’s ash trees — has gotten a toehold in Greene County" via an inventory of ash trees on the streets of Catskill on Sunday, April 17. The action will be overseen by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), a gathering of stakeholder groups from across the Catskills, which operates under the umbrella of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, in Arkville, with everyone meeting in front of Village Pizza II on Main Street at 1:00 p.m.

Cuomo: Let’s talk about school performance
Rick Karlin of the Times Union reports on Gov. Andrew Cuomo expandeing the tax cap debate by saying that education funding should be based more on performance of teachers and school systems, instead of giving out money based on formulas based on wealth, enrollment and other factors. “We are talking about the tax cap,” he told Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom, “And you’re going to hear me talking about something else which I have talked about but I’m going to talk about more which is performance in government, output.” He went on to note that over the past 15 years school funding has doubled while enrollment has dropped about 6 percent. At the same time, he said, using state Education Department statistics, there are 9 percent more teachers and 30 percent more supervisors.