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Jun 16, 2011 1:12 am
Assembly passes same-sex marriage 80-63
Both Pete Lopez, who represents Greene County, and Marc Molinaro, who represents Columbia County, voted against the bill, but a majority in the New York State Assembly voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill yesterday 80-63. By all accounts, the bill is now one vote short of passing the New York State Senate. Yesterday, Republican senators held a four-hour meeting about the bill behind closed doors. Journalists are speculating that the Republicans will let this bill pass in exchange for a Democratic retreat on the property tax cap or rent laws. Senators keep hinting that Friday might be the day a vote is taken on the matter. State Senator Greg Ball (R, Patterson) is asking for this language to be added to switch his vote and pass the bill:
1) No clergy or other person authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies shall be required to do so against their beliefs or desire,whether religious or not.
2) No religious or tax exempt organizations shall be required to provide any services to which they object because of religious or other beliefs.
3) No house of worship, individual or business with religious objections, or tax exempt organizations shall be required to allow their property or services to be used for any function or purpose to which they object or have their tax exempt status challenged or removed because of failure to permit usage of their property for same sex ceremonies.

New chamber of commerce means business
Andrea Macko reports in The Greenville Mountain View Pioneer (no web site) that Durham now has a Chamber of Commerce, and its first order of business is a hot air balloon festival in the Greene County town this weekend. Deer Watch Inn owner Jo-Ann Rascoe is the new chamber's president, and has scheduled the balloon festival down the street from her inn, at the Milk Run on Route 145 this Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19. Macko also reports that Durham's water park, the Zoom Flume, opens for summer business this weekend.

City hits home television screens
Jamie Larson in the Register-Star reports that PBS television station WMHT airs “Our Town Hudson” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, June 16. The hour-long documentary about the city of Hudson features interviews with Gary Schiro of the Hudson Opera House, Linda Mussmann of Time and Space Limited Warehouse, Melissa Auf der Maur of the Basilica Hudson, Father John Perry of Christ Church Episcopal, Corey Fleming of the Hudson Area Library and many others. Read the entire story in the Register-Star.

Kinderhook bank to open first Albany County branch
The Business Review reports that The Kinderhook Bank wants to open a branch in the Delaware Plaza in Delmar, in Albany County. Kinderhook Bank currently has five offices—in Kinderhook, Chatham, East Greenbush, Greenport, and Valatie—and $217 million in deposits. Read the full story in The Business Review.
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