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Jun 26, 2009 6:25 am
Baer says St. Charles off the table, for now
HUDSON - Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer, R-Hillsdale, said Thursday that the county would no longer consider moving a transitional housing facility for homeless women and families, and a Department of Social Services satellite station into the 139-year-old St. Charles Hotel. Instead, the county will try to move the homeless facility to the former Charles Williams School in Hudson, which Baer, and County Commissioner of Social Services Paul Mossmann, Supervisors The Rev. Edward Cross, D-Hudson 2nd, William Hughes, D-4th, Richard Keaveney, R-Canaan, toured Thursday morning.

Local school graduation levels lower in Greene
GREENE COUNTY - The percentage of students finishing high school in the traditional four years rose in exactly half of the region’s 18 districts last year and fell in the other half, according to data released this week by the state Education Department. In Ulster County, the 2004 cohort — students who were freshmen in the fall of that year — had a better four-year graduation rate than the 2003 cohort in six of the nine school districts. But there were declines in three of the four Greene County school districts, and a significant rise only in the Germantown school district in southern Columbia County.

Republicans select Coyne, Suttmeier, Ostrander, Miller and Feeney
CAIRO - Cairo Republicans selected Town Supervisor John Coyne, Councilman Raymond Suttmeier and Tax Collector Emily Feeney and Douglas Ostrander Sr. (for town council), and Leland Miller for Town Justice. Councilwoman Alice Tunison and current Justice Thomas Baldwin are not seeking re-election.

Senate squabble jeopardizes Austerlitz land sale
AUSTRLITZ - The State Assembly on Tuesday approved the sale of two acres of park land in the Town of Austerlitz to the Austerlitz Fire Company, but the chaotic battle for power between Republicans and Democrats in the State Senate has put the issue on hold. The land would be used to construct a new Austerlitz fire station.

New York State Senate fails to act again
ALBANY - The New York State Senate continues its failure to do anything, again not passing any legislation Thursday. Gov. Paterson threatened to not pay the Senators. But one Senator bragged that he was getting paid more for not working for the people of New York. "Each day spent in Albany, every Senator is paid an additional stipend of $160.00, which is paid by the people of New York," said Democratic/Republican Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. Instead of passing bills, State Senator Kevin Parker, an indicted Brooklyn Democrat, told reporters Paterson is a "coke snorting, staff-banging governor." Rudy Guiliani may be running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Molinaro to hold public meetings
Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,C–Red Hook) and staff will host mobile office hours throughout his district this summer. The schedule for Assemblyman Marc Molinaro’s summer 2009 mobile office hours in Columbia County is as follows: Hillsdale Town Hall, July 7, 9-11 a.m., Main Street; Austerlitz Town Hall, July 7, 12-2 p.m., Route 203; Ghent Town Hall, July 9, 9-11 a.m., 2306 State Route 66; Stockport Town Hall, July 9, 12-2 p.m., 2787 Atlantic Avenue; Philmont Village Hall, August 4, 9-11 a.m., 124 Main Street; Greenport Town Hall, August 6, 9-11 a.m., 600 Town Hall Drive.


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