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Weekend in review

Jul 15, 2013 6:57 am
Some of the stories that made the news July 13 through July 15:

Ariel Zangla reported in the Daily Freeman Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed state legislation designating a 41-mile corridor through Greene County’s mountaintop region as the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway. The byway will link Platte Clove Road with sections of state Routes 23A and 214, and pass through the town and village of Hunter and the village of Tannersville. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Cecelia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik) and introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Peter Lopez. Casey Seiler reported at Capitol Confidential Cuomo signed 59 of the 71 bills on his desk, including one that bans smoking at outdoor playgrounds from sunrise to sunset when children under the age of 12 are present. In addition, he inked legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione and Assembly member Steve McLaughlin extending an additional real estate transfer tax within Columbia County until 2015.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star the town of Claverack Planning Board recently approved a 6,000-square-foot strip mall with a restaurant to be located on Route 66 near the intersection with Route 9H. The proposal was made by developer Tom Finck, owner of RTF Manufacturing. The property in question sits on approximately two and a half acres and is current a vacant grassy lot. Asked about proposed tenants, Finck's spokesman said, “It’s a build it and they will come kind of a thing." Read the full story in The Register Star.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="160"] Susan Kusminsky[/caption]

Brian Hubert reported in The Daily Mail the Cairo-Durham Central School District Board of Education appointed Susan Kusminsky, President of the Board of Education, during its organizational meeting last week. Kusminsky has served on the board for nine years. The board reappointed Carl Kohrs, vice president. Newly elected members Peter Byrne, Dennis Burke and Gary Warner were sworn in to begin their three-year terms. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Verena Dobnik reported for the Associated Press the NAACP called for federal civil rights charges be filed against George Zimmerman, after a Florida jury cleared Zimmerman of all criminal charges in the Feb. 2012 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Demonstrations large and small broke out across the country in support of Martin's family, following the verdict Sat., July 13. The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case. Read the full Associated Press story at lohud.com.
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