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Jul 12, 2011 12:43 am
Group pickets Saland's home over marriage vote
The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in The Daily Freeman that New York State Senator Steve Saland had protesters in front of his Poughkeepsie home Sunday complaining about his deciding vote to allow same-sex marriage in New York. Saland, a Republican, represents Columbia County in the New York State Senate and had previously voted against same-sex marriage. “Mr. Saland was elected to stand up for the values of his constituency. We put him in there with a certain understanding he would vote in a certain manner, and on this issue he caved,” said Jeff Mahoney, of Hyde Park, in front of the senator’s driveway with a flag that said, ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’ Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Cairo sewer improvements going out to bid
Doron Tyler Antrim in The Daily Mail reports that construction could start in August or September and would last about a year on Cairo's sewer system, which will satisfy requirements to lift a consent order not allowing any new hook-ups in the town. The project costs almost $3 million, funded mostly by a grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corp., increasing Cairo's capacity to 150,000 gallons of water per day. Alan Tavenner of Delaware Engineering said bids for the project will go out this week and be presented at the next Cairo Town Board meeting Aug. 3. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Tonight at City Hall
Carole Osterink in The Gossips of Rivertown blog writes that at Hudson's informal Common Council meeting Mon., July 11, First Ward Alderman Sarah Sterling reintroduced her resolution authorizing Mayor Rick Scalera to enter into negotiations with Holcim to buy the company's properties in Hudson's South Bay including a deep-water port. Sterling first introduced this in January, Holcim told city attorney Cheryl Roberts no, they did not want to sell. This time, Osterink writes, Sterling wants to "get serious and put this on the record." Council President Don Moore then referred the resolution to the Legal Committee, while Fifth Ward Alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue called it "ludicrous" and "a waste of time." Read the full story in The Gossips of Rivertown.

Stop high unemployment among military veterans, Sen. Gillibrand says
Lore Croghan in The New York Daily News reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to pass legislation to help military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with jobs. "They have an unrivaled work ethic - but too many do not have a road map ... to help them leverage their skills," said Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is co-sponsoring the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, which would require military members receive job-search skills training through the Transition Assistance Program. Currently, participation in the program is voluntary - and up to one-third of military personnel leaving the service do not get any job training. Read the full story in The New York Daily News.
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