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Weekend in review

Apr 20, 2015 12:02 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Apr. 17 through Sun., Apr. 19

Joseph Spector reported at lohud.com a poll released Thu., Apr. 16, by Monmouth University found that 12 percent of U.S. voters believe New York leads the nation with the most political corruption, edging out California at 11 percent and Illinois at 9 percent. New Jersey ranked fourth at 5 percent. The college said the perception was shared by Democrat and Republican respondents, alike. The poll of more than 1,000 adults was conducted by telephone earlier this month. In New York, nearly 40 state lawmakers have faced ethical woes since 2000, according to a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle database. New York led the nation with more than 2,500 public corruption convictions between 1976 and 2010, or an average of 70 a year, according to a 2012 report from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jim Planck reported in The Daily Mail Marilyn Farrell announced Fri., Apr. 17, her candidacy for the office of Greene County Clerk. Farrell currently serves as the county's deputy clerk. Two-term Republican Michael Flynn disclosed last week he will not seek a third term in November. Farrell, also a Republican, has been employed by the county for 22 years. She will seek the GOP endorsement. Farrell is a Greene County native, a graduate of Catskill High School. She holds an associate's degree in Business and Accounting from Albany Business College. Also, Michael Ryan reported Greene County Legislator James Hitchcock announced he will seek a sixth, three-year term in November. Hitchcock, a Republican, has served nearly 15 years representing District 6, which includes the towns of Ashland, Jewett, Prattsville and Windham. Hitchcock served four years as clerk of the legislature prior to winning elected office. As the current chairman of the Public Works committee, Hitchcock overseeing the county's buildings and grounds, highway and solid waste management. He also sits on the Finance, County Resources and Economic Development and Tourism committees.

Scott Waldman reported at Capital New York a business coalition has intensified its fight against state legislative efforts to restrict chemicals in children's toys. The group, the Safe to Play Coalition, filed a lawsuit against Albany County's so-called toxic toys ban last week, claiming it was unconstitutional and so restrictive it would cover virtually all of the toys sold in the county. The coalition is made up of hundreds of toy retailers. The potential chemical restrictions on toys statewide could have a ripple effect across the entire industry, since New York is such a significant market.  Proponents of the bills say they could protect children from toxic chemicals such as mercury and arsenic contained in some toys and children's products. The toy industry contends the bill would hurt dozens of small businesses across the state.

WGXC programmer Christina Malisoff has died. News of her passing was posted to Facebook by Hudson Opera House Executive Director Gary Schiro, Sun., Apr. 19. She succumbed Saturday, following a long illness. Malisoff was a Hudson resident. She traced her interest in independent media back to 1999, when she became involved with the Battle of Seattle. She hosted several different shows at WRPI in Troy before joining WGXC as a member of the original Community Advisory Council and programmer. Malisoff hosted "Tell It Like It Is," a weekly program that engaged listeners on issues of international, national and local importance, on the station from 2010 to 2013. She also was the silent co-host of "Duquesne Whistle," with Doug Clow until late last year. Malisoff was a political activist and community organizer, an artist, and a nurse. She was one of the founders of Hudson's community garden more than 15 years ago. At the time of her death she was the Program Assistant at the Hudson Opera House. Schiro wrote of Malisoff, "She was an amazing, compassionate, loving, caring, profoundly generous human being and she made the planet better everywhere she went."