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Apr 20, 2011 4:25 pm
Football in budget has small impact on tax levy
John Mason of the Register-Star reports that Ichabod Crane Central School is expecting little impact on taxes as a result of their board's recent decision to reinstall football as part of the 2011-12 athletic budget. A total football cost of $31,000 will drop to $10,000 due to donations from the school's Booster Club. The tax levy increase would not be more than 3.96 or 3.98 percent with the addition, versus 3.89 percent before. Cheryl Trefzger, a Booster Club member and school board candidate, said the club will be making a contribution of $15,000 to $17,000 to the revenue side of the budget. Now,Mason adds, board members are telling football supporters the burden is on them to make sure the budget passes May 17.

Punt ends fumble on state play rules
Rick Karlin of the Times Union reports that the state Health Department has stepped back from its earlier decision to post a list of summer activities it said pose a "significant risk of injury," including Wiffle Ball, kickball or tag. "We've eliminated them," Health Department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton said of the list after it made national news. She added that the regulations upon which the list was based haven't yet gone into effect and noted that they were proposed under the prior administration. The list of supposedly dangerous activities was designed to provide guidance to operators of indoor day camps, which have previously been unregulated by the Health Department. Both state legislators and news media pundits who took up opposition to the list of sports referred to the whole effort as an example of "nanny state" actions at their worst.

Coxsackie village looking at small tax hike
Melanie Lekocevic of the Daily Mail writes that the Village of Coxsackie has unveiled its tentative 2011-12 budget, including a 0.79 percent tax rate increase. The budget was revealed during a public hearing that attracted no local residents last week. If the tentative budget is adopted, it will mean an increase of $19,622 in the general fund, from $1,346,894 last year to $1,366,515 this year. The tax rate would rise from $13.17 in the 2010-2011 budget to $13.28 this year. For a homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000, that means they would have to pay $1,328 in village taxes this year.

International nanotech conference moved from Japan to Albany
The Albany Business Review has reported on the latest development in the region's re-branding as a key technological center by noting how SUNY Albany’s new NanoCollege will be hosting a nanotechnology conference that was originally planned for Japan. The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will host the International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation (known as INC7) on May 16-19 at the Albany NanoTech complex. The conference features international leaders in the nanotech industry and nanotech research as well as policymakers. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the dialogue among industry leaders from Europe, Japan and the U.S. It is considered one of the key conferences to update major players in the field, UAlbany said. The keynote address will be delivered by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Leo Esaki.