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Weekend in review

Jun 02, 2014 6:19 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., May 30 through Mon., June 2:

Rick Karlin reported at Capitol Confidential Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo retained his place on the Working Families Party ballot following a vote held late Sat., May 31. Cuomo held off a last-minute challenge by Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout. Teachout urged convention participants to come together after the convention and present a united Democratic and Working Families front.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="109"] Brian Howard
(Courtesy Eastwick Press)[/caption]

In other political news, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist and Dennis Yusko reported in the Times Union Democrats are backing a retired school administrator in a bid to oust state Sen. Kathy Marchione of Halfmoon. Brian Howard won the backing of Democrats in Saratoga and Rensselaer County last week. He is expected to land the formal support of Columbia County Democrats, as well. Howard served for six years as superintendent in Queensbury until retiring in 2008 and taking temporary jobs in Berlin and Troy.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="203"] Cecilia Tkaczyk in Kingston, Sat., May 31. (Courtesy Daily Freeman)[/caption]

And William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk Sat., May 31, kicked off her re-election campaign Kingston. The Duanesurg Democrat pointed to her understanding of education as one of the key ways she differs from her opponent, Republican George Amedore. Tkaczyk also said she expects the New York SAFE Act gun control law, which was adopted the year before she took office, will come up during the campaign. In a statement released Saturday, Tkaczyk acknowledged re-election may prove to be a tough fight, alleging Amedore has spread lies and half-truths about her record since she was first elected.

Debby Mayer reported in the Columbia Paper the Health and Medical Service Committee of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors voted Thurs., May 29, to authorize the board to issue a request for proposals for the sale of the Pine Haven Nursing Facility and Rehabilitation Center. The RFP is to be written to require a private operator to keep Pine Haven in Claverack, preserving a maximum number of current jobs in the nursing home located in the village of Philmont. Two hundred people currently work for Pine Haven, either full- or part-time. The resolution will go before the full board, Wed., June 11.

Arthur Cusano reported in The Daily Mail the Columbia-Greene Humane Society celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in Greenport, Sat., May 31. The new facility will accommodate longer stays, with larger indoor and outdoor cat rooms and dog kennels, and outdoor play areas, as well. The new $2 million facility sits just a few feet from the former facility located at 125 Humane Society Road, and was paid for through donations. Information about the Human Society can be found at www [dot] CGHS [dot] org.
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