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Weekend in review

Jul 28, 2014 6:51 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Fri., July 25 through Mon., July 28:

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="299"] Windham, Aug. 2011.[/caption]

Michael Ryan reported in The Daily Mail residents of the town of Windham have begun the process of deciding how the town should spend a $3-million grant from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The funds awarded were part of a federal effort to assist areas hit hardest by Tropical Storm Irene, and hurricanes Lee and Sandy. A local committee has been formed to gather public input and to help prepare a final spending plan for presentation to the state. The projects to be considered are expected to focus on elements such as infrastructure, housing, economic development, health and social services and natural and cultural resources. The second in a series of the committee's four public sessions will be held Aug. 13 at the municipal building in Hensonville.

Matthew Hamilton reported at Capitol Confidential the Daily News reported Sun., July 27, seven families, including two from Rochester, will file the second legal challenge to the state's teacher tenure status, Mon., July 28. The families are backed by the Partnership for Educational Justice, an organization founded by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown. A group of New York City parents filed the state's first teacher tenure lawsuit in Staten Island Supreme Court in early July. The education advocacy group Alliance for Quality Education blasted the action, calling the lawsuits "bogus."

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="195"] The former Albany Turnpike Bridge. The historic span was replaced with a new bridge by CSX Transportation in early 2014.[/caption]

Emilia Teasdale is reporting in the Columbia Paper the Chatham Town Board has approved spending nearly $10,000 on a survey of the area leading up to the Albany Turnpike Bridge off of Route 295 in East Chatham. The survey is a follow-up to aerial photos outlining ideas for a redesigned, safer intersection leading to the bridge. The bridge was replaced by CSX Transportation last year. Several residents subsequently complained of limited visibility of vehicles approaching the bridge, especially from the incline that brings traffic off Route 295. The town will not see the results of the survey for several months.

Adam Clayton reported in the Register Star the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition announced the launch of an informational website Fri., July 25. The coalition is made up of various organizations and municipalities potentially affected by the state’s plan to upgrade power lines through the Columbia County. The site, HVSEC [dot] org, presents a variety of information, including events, maps and news updates. Organizations and municipalities opposed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Energy Highway Blueprint plan to expand and upgrade power lines in the state united to form a coalition to pool resources in January.
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