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Weekend in review

Jul 08, 2013 12:30 am
Some of the stories that made the news, July 5 to July 8, 2013:

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="132"] U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson[/caption]

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook announced last week he is co-sponsoring legislation to limit the ability of the federal government to collect information on Americans who are not under investigation. The proposed law, known as the LIBERT-E Act, would also require that opinions issued by the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act court be made public. Gibson called the Patriot Act’s allowance for “roving wire taps” unconstitutional. Gibson, who served in the military for nearly three decades, said his opposition to the growing practice of domestic surveillance is based in the belief the government has the duty to protect the Bill of Rights. Read the full story in the Register Star.

William J. Kemble reported in the Daily Freeman consultants say a sewer district can be formed early next year for property owners in the hamlet of Leeds. John Brust, a principal owner of the firm Delaware Engineering, said last week work is expected to begin this summer on the state Environmental Quality Review of the project, and on a survey of where sewer lines would extend from the village of Catskill sewer system. Brust said his firm will help form the sewer district. He said public meetings will be help as that happens. The price tag on the new sewer system was previously estimated at nearly $8.7 million. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="120"] Joel Craig[/caption]

The Columbia Paper reported the Germantown Democratic Caucus last month cross-endorsed Republican Joel Craig to run for town supervisor in November. He was recently endorsed by the town Republican Committee. The caucus also endorsed William (Billy) Kimmel and Andrea (Annie) Provan for Town Board; Joseph Guida for high supervisor; Robert Griffin for town clerk; Lawrence Cosenza Jr. for tax collector and Virginia Hayes Sibbison for town justice. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail the Athens Village Board last week heard a proposal from utility provider Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. to bring natural gas to portions of the village and town. The first phase of the project could be completed by the end of this year, and would make natural gas available to approximately 50 homes. The cost of building the infrastructure would be borne by Central Hudson, with no cost to the village or the town. Individual property owners would pay for conversion, anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 per home. Central Hudson estimates an average household saves $1,600 per year using natural gas instead of oil. The first phase of the conversion proposal is currently under review by the state Public Service Commission. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Paul Nelson reported in the Times Union a Columbia County man faces a charge of menacing and a gun charge for allegedly threatening a neighbor, according to State Police in Livingston. The 64-year-old resident of Claverack apparently became upset and is accused of threatening an apple farmer with a gun because the man was spraying his apple tree on Fish & Game Road. The man was arraigned and released pending a court appearance Tues., July 9. Read the full story in the Times Union.

The Associated Press reports a 26-year-old Millbrook man was injured by lightning at Lake Taghkanic State Park in Ancram Sunday afternoon. A state parks department spokesperson said the lightning hit a tree near where the man was standing, the charge knocked him down and he went into cardiac arrest. Lifeguards resuscitated the man and he was transported for treatment. Read the full Associated Press story in the Corning Leader.
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