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Weekend in review

Apr 11, 2016 6:00 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Apr. 8 through Sun., Apr. 10:

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and John Kasich, and Democrat Bernie Sanders all come to the Capitol Region Mon., Apr. 11. Donald Trump will be at the Times Union Center in Albany at 7 p.m., Monday. Bernie Sanders will be at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany at 2 p.m. Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will speak at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Kasich also holds a town hall-style event at the La Salle Institute gymnasium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The New York presidential primary is April 19.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in the Register-Star the Hudson Area Library celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 51 N. 5th St. in Hudson, Sat., Apr. 9. The facility now houses 22,000 books, and 24 public computer stations. The 13,000-square-foot space is now outfitted for WiFi with high-speed Internet service. The library occupies the entire first floor of the former Armory, and the second floor will house the new Hudson Senior Center. The building is owned and renovated by The Galvan Foundation.

Michael Ryan reported in the Windham Journal Kevin Piccoli, chairman of the Prattsville Development Corporation, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Levine Community Service Award. The annual award is made by the New York Planning Federation and recognizes outstanding achievement in planning and zoning. During the past five years Piccoli has been instrumental in helping the town of Prattsville secure tens of millions of dollars to fund the Tropical Storm Irene recovery effort. Federation Associate Director Jonathan Kanter cited Piccoli's accomplishments in a recent press release, noting Piccoli's leadership in long-term recovery efforts, including his role in organizing and chairing the local development corporation. Kanter wrote, “Many people have worked together to bring Prattsville back...but it could not have happened without Mr. Piccoli’s dedication and hard work.” Piccoli will be formally honored at a federation luncheon in Saratoga Springs, Mon., Apr. 18.

Jim Planck is reporting in The Daily Mail the Hunter Town Board has schedule a special meeting on Tue., Apr. 12, to get feedback from business owners and residents on the town's new land-use laws. The six laws up for discussion regular mobile homes, timber harvesting, junkyards, scrap facilities, small scale mining and site plan review. Rory France, the owner of Haines Falls Auto and Northeast Recyclers, is focused on the scrap law, and he is urging the board to amend aspects of that law. France said if some changes are not made, he will file an Article 78 proceeding against the town. The law as written, he said, deprives him of a third of his scrap business. France said he received his junkyard permit from the town in 1994-95, and has operated within the law since that time. He said the new law essentially singles him out. The initial paragraphs of the scrap law say there will be no new scrap yards in the town of Hunter once the law is enacted, France said. “So, I’m the only one. The only one with a license, the only one that can now be in the town of Hunter, so basically, that whole law was written for me,” he said.

Gail Heinsohn reported in the Chatham Courier voters in the New Lebanon school district will go to the polls next month to fill four open positions on the Board of Education. Three of the seats carry three-year terms; the fourth is a two-year term. Nominating petitions are available online at www [dot] New Lebanon CSD [dot] org. Completed petitions must contain signatures from 25 qualified school district voters, and returned to district clerk Kelly McGivern at the district office by the close of business, Mon., Apr. 18. The annual school district budget vote and school board election is Tue., May 16.

The Daily Freeman reported Diane Lew-Snider, professor of nursing at Columbia-Greene Community College has been named president of the New York League for Nursing. Her duties as president include advocacy for nurse educators in New York state. A registered nurse, Lew-Snider holds a bachelor of science from SUNY College Utica/Rome, a master of science degree from Russell Sage College and a doctorate from Boston College.