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Thursday December 9 2010 news updates

Dec 09, 2010 12:01 am
Engineer says there's no getting over some decrepit bridges
Debora Gilbert in The Columbia Paper goes on a tour of decaying Columbia County bridges with Dean Knox, Director of the Engineering Division of the Columbia County Department of Public Works. The bridges in need of repair in Columbia County they visit include Gallitanville's single-lane Mill Hill Road Bridge, the Pleasant Vale Bridge in Clermont, and Copake's Miller Bridge on Empire Road, which will reopen this month.

DEC accepting applications for Urban Forestry Grants
Municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in a property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner may apply for grants through the state's Environmental Protection Fund, from $2,500 to $62,500 depending on municipal population, with a 50/50 match requirement. Eligible projects include tree inventories and management plans, tree and shrub planting and maintenance, and green infrastructure projects such as green roofs and rain gardens. Communities impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive and damaging beetle, can also seek funding for projects that include removal of at-risk trees or new tree plantings. Additionally, $1,000 "Quick Start Arbor Day" grants - with no match requirement - are available to help communities generate support for a tree program with an Arbor Day celebration. Applicants may obtain all necessary instructions and forms at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5285.html. Grant applications must be postmarked by Feb. 10, 2011, and sent to: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Urban Forestry, Division of Lands and Forests, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4253. For more information, call DEC at (518) 402-9425.

Saratoga Race Track may close?
Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential quotes Larry Schwartz, the NYC Off Track Betting chairman and secretary to Gov. David Paterson, saying there’s a “definite possibility” that the Saratoga Race Track will close as a result of the shutdown of Off Track Betting (OTB). The OTB corporation shut its doors at last night because it is out of money, and a restructuring plan was not approved by the Senate. “I think that’s a definite possibility. I’ve been talking with both the thoroughbred industry and the harness industry. They’ve indicated real concerns to me,” Schwartz told the Times-Union blogger. “I think this is going to have a devastating impact to horse breeders because 40 percent of the fund that they get to cover their expenses…has been eliminated.”

Designs to showcase look of new facility
Doron Tyler Antrim in The Daily Mail reports design plans for the new Cairo public library will be unveiled tonight with a booksigning by three local authors from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the current library, in Cairo’s municipal building at 512 Main Street. Writers include Hudson Talbott, author and illustrator of “River of Dreams;” retirement consultant Patrice Jenkins, author of “What Will I Do All Day?;” and Chet Meyer, co-author of “The Tooth Fairy Legend.”

Town meetings tonight
Public Information Meeting on State DOH Public Health Assessment of Lafarge's Ravena Plant at 7 p.m. at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, 2025 Route 9W, Ravena.

Dec. 9 birthdays include Redd Foxx, John Cassavetes, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
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