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Weekend in review

Dec 17, 2012 12:10 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Dec. 14 through Dec. 17.

John Mason reported in the Register Star on the response of local educators to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, Fri., Dec. 14. All around Columbia County, administrators and counselors reacted with shock and disbelief upon learning of the tragedy that took 28 lives. Mason spoke with administrators from Germantown, New Lebanon, Ichabod Crane and Hudson. Everyone interviewed indicated school security was, and will continue to be a high priority for their districts. Locked doors, safety drills and the availability of counseling services for staff and students alike, are now an accepted part of school life. “You can’t really find the words to express your feelings about this,” said Germantown Superintendent Patrick Gabriel. “It’s just a horror that hits way too close to home for all of us." Read the full story in the Register Star.

UPDATE: Jimmy Vielkind reported at Capitol Confidential Monday afternoon, with every ballot that was ruled legally valid counted, Republican George Amedore holds a 39-vote lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk in the 46th Senate District race that was only decided by counting absentee and affidavit ballots. Election officials from Greene County opened the last 133 ballots, Mon., Dec. 10, yielding an eight vote pick-up for Tkaczyk. Democrats said any declaration was premature. They plan to appeal the invalidated votes, which include 53 ballots of Ulster County election workers that were cast before a statutory deadline. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.

Rick Karlin reported in the Times Union the race for 46th Senate District seat tightened a bit Fri., Dec. 14. All ballots the courts so far have allowed to be admitted will have been counted, Monday. Following Friday's ballot counting, Republican George Amedore saw his lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk shrink from 111 to 47votes. Ballots ordered counted by acting Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson of Montgomery County were tallied from Ulster, Montgomery, Schenectady and Albany counties, Friday. Similar ballots from Greene County will be counted Monday. What remains are hundreds of ballots that have been set aside, most from Ulster Co. A spokesman for Tkaczyk said, "This counting is far from over." Read the full story in the Times Union.

Larry Rulison reported in the Times Union state regulators and Central Hudson Gas & Electric's holding company will begin confidential settlement negotiations over a Canadian company's $1.5 billion acquisition of the Poughkeepsie-based utility. Fortis Inc. of Newfoundland and CH Energy Group, Central Hudson's parent, have been seeking approval for the merger from the state Public Service Commission since April. Federal regulators have already approved the deal, but PSC must sign off before the buyout can go forward. Central Hudson serves customers throughout the Hudson Valley, including Greene County and parts of Columbia County. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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