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Mar 26, 2011 9:47 am
Public Hearing on Union and First
Carole Osterlink of The Gossips of Rivertown reports on the standing room only March 24 Hudson Historic Preservation Commission public hearing on the issue of a construction project being proposed by the Galvan Partners for Union and First streets in the city's First Ward, held at City Hall. Comments ranged from those who characterized the neighborhood as becoming nicer to those who complained about continuing problems at the site in question, as well as the developers' other unfilled projects. The lawyer for the developers, it seems, lectured both the Commission and several members of the public about what could be discussed and not. The Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on theproject on April 20.

Town signs contract with Pace to develop Climate Action Plan
The Register-Star is running a piece about how officials in the Northern Dutchess County Town of Red Hook recently signed a contract with Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center (PECC) to develop and implement a Climate Action Plan, and has begun taking stock of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases it emits. The PECC consultants will set a greenhouse gas reduction target for Red Hook, and develop an action plan to achieve that goal. Similar actions have started taking place in communities throughout Westchester County, while discussion has also started in Ulster County and elsewhere around the nation.

$1 million grant to fight Ulster obesity
Mid Hudson News Network reports on the awarding of a $1.01 million grant for a new Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play initiative to combat obesity and obesity related health issues starting with three communities in Ulster County. The monies, coming through Cornell Cooperative Extension with a match form Ulster County, will be used to effect a shift away from informational campaigns and towards "creating environments, in schools for example, that facilitate healthy living styles."
Hein said that the best way to create healthy places in every community is by impacting the people. The three communities to be focused on will be Ellenville, Phoenicia, and Kingston. Pay attention, local legislators.

Cuomo: Prisons among the sticking points
Rick Karlin of the Times Union reports that Gov. Andrea Cuomo spoke on FRiday, March 25 about the budget process some thought would be completed this week, saying that there was still a lot of disagreement about how to slim down the state's prison system. "When you close down prisons in many communities these are the economic engines,” he said. “Don’t underestimate the economic impact that closing prisons would have.” Cuomo went on to repeat that if there is no April 1 budget, he’ll put in the extender bill. If lawmakers reject, then there is a government shutdown. The battles, they do continue...

C-A slashes budget to bone
Melanie Lekocevic of the Register-Star reports that Interim District Superintendent Annemarie Barkman from the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District has presented the Board of Education with a trimmed to the bone budget that meets projected state figures for the 2011-2012 school year. The cuts are in response to reductions in state aid the district is expecting once the state budget is passed, and increases in expenses, primarily negotiated salary increases, employee benefits, transportation and BOCES. Should the budget be kept the same as last year, without any cuts to programs or staffing, the increase in the tax levy would be hefty – 12.77 percent. Most of what's being proposed involved the teaching staff, and planned retirements, which led some in the audience to ask why the administrative staff isn't taking the brunt of any of the budget difficulties.

Park would greet city, town visitors
Jamie Larson of the Register-Star writes about ongoing plans for a new pocket park to be built at the sharply angled intersection of Columbia Turnpike and Green Street in Greenport, right on the border of the city of Hudson, where a county-owned but abandoned home now stands. A group of local residents have proposed demolishing the building and replacing it with the Greenport-Hudson Gateway Park, which would include an archway with the word “WELCOME”, signs on either side saying “This way to Hudson” and “This way to Greenport” respectively, and hardy plants and flowers that could withstand the proximity to the road.

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