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Mar 21, 2011 5:31 am
Coxsackie bike races draws 245
Colin DeVries of the Daily Mail reports that more than 200 people and their support teams raced in the Trooper Brinkerhoff Memorial Spring Series bicycle race in Coxsackie on Saturday, March 19. Sponsored by the Capital Bicycle Racing Club, the race — which features three levels of competitiveness — seeks to not only train racers for the upcoming spring and summer circuit but also raise funds for the Trooper David Brinkerhoff Scholarship fund, named in honor of a Coxsackie native who was tragically killed April 25, 2007 while in pursuit of an armed fugitive. Saturday’s race was the first in a three-race series which will continue March 26 and April 2.

Hudson Pride announces 2011 programs
Jamie Larson of the Register-Star reports that The Hudson Pride Foundation, a local nonprofit citizens group that promotes and plans events and initiatives in support of greater tolerance for people of all sexual orientations (and ages), announced its programs for 2011 at a private gala event on Saturday in Hudson. This year the Hudson Pride Parade will become the Hudson Pride Weekend, lasting from June 17 to 19, with two boat cruises on the Hudson River Friday, the Parade Saturday and “Family Pride” events Sunday. IN addition, HPF has reached out to all seven high schools in Columbia County to offer their assistance with issues that impact LGBT youths. Beginning April 3, the HPF will begin holding a Youth Outreach Discussion Group Program at the First Reformed Church at 52 Green St. The discussion group, supporting young people from 16 to 23, will meet the first Sunday of every month.

Millions spent in battle over budget
Jimmy Vielkind of the Times Union writes about how millions are being spent by groups on both sides of the Cuomo budget cut issue as the governor seeks to close a $10 billion deficit with spending reductions and no new taxes. The Committee to Save New York, a collection of monied real estate and business groups, as well as a coalition of private-sector labor unions spent $2,593,854, for public relations consultants, research, canvassing, phone banks, print and broadcast ads and mailings. A review of records filed last week with the Commission on Public Integrity shows the principal groups opposing Cuomo's budget have spent less -- $1,882,770.

More about Union and First
Carole Osterink of Gossips of Rivertown has a comprehensive overview of last week's Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on a proposed series of houses in historic Hudson, including a focus on discourse regarding current zoning laws establishment of "suburban standards" now inappropriate for reviving towns and cities, and much talk about what constitutes compatibility with a neighborhood's character. Alleys, setbacks, and the jumble of architectural styles that have invaded our aesthetic in recent decades all come into play, along with some interesting conjectures and opinions on the author's part.

Jefferson Heights streetscaping contract approved
A $1.89 million contract for a Jefferson Heights streetscaping project along Route 23B was approved by county lawmakers last week, with two Democrats objecting based on the winning contractor's past performance on similar jobs in the Town of Catskill. Colin DeVries reports in the Daily Mail that the monies will go towards creation of a sidewalk along County Route 23B, improving handicapped accessibility, adding a pocket park and adding a bicycle lane along the roadway. Construction will be funded 80 percent by the federal Department of Transportation Highway Administration, 15 percent by the state DOT’s Marchiselli program, and a 5 percent local match by Greene County, about $100,000. The Greene County Legislature awarded the contract to Merritt Construction, Inc. of Saugerties, who also handled similar work on Grandview Avenue in Catskill in the past decade.

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