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Weekend in review

Jun 10, 2013 7:07 am
Some of the stories that made the news, June 7 to June 10:

Brian Nearing reported in the Times Union the owners of TCI of New York have set up temporary shop at the Port of Coeymans on the Hudson River. The transformer dismantling and transporting company's 30,000-square-foot facility in Ghent was destroyed by fire Aug. 1. TCI is currently seeking permission to rebuild at that location. According to a statement released by TCI Thursday, the company is now operating "on a temporary basis in Coeymans while we continue to evaluate our long-term opportunities. A permanent facility in the Port of Coeymans is among the opportunities we are considering, and we have submitted a site plan to the Coeymans Planning Board for its review." The company is said to be considering locations in East Greenbush, Rensselaer and Schodack, among others, as well. Read the full story in the Times Union.

Hudson-based Columbia Opportunities, Inc. announced it has closed the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program's Columbia County waiting list for the first time in 35 years. The organization said in a statement released Fri., June 7, the action was taken as a result of the federal austerity fiscal policy that went into effect March 1. Under the closure, no new applications for housing vouchers will be accepted, and no new households will be added to the waiting list until further notice. More than 1,000 eligible applicants are currently on that waiting list. Columbia Opportunities is the local administrator for the program, which provides rental assistance to low income households, including senior citizens and disabled persons on fixed incomes. The program serves more than 200 households countywide.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star Congressman Chris Gibson is lauding the passage of a 10-year farm bill last month by the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee. The bill, known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, includes $94 billion of annual spending, and sets agricultural policy for five years. Among the provisions: Help for new farmers in the form of access to land, grants and loans, also discounts on insurance for farmers, particularly a new marginal insurance framework for dairy farmers. The bill also includes funding for rural broadband. Gibson called the legislation a “constituent-driven process” with help from local farmers. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams reports in The Daily Mail Kenneth Rosimini resigned from the Coxsackie Village Police Department late last week. Rosimini was arrested in Albany and charged with felony weapons possession and menacing in December. He allegedly threatened an acquaintance with a loaded gun. The village filed formal charges against him a week later, and a hearing on those charges was scheduled for this week. Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans said, “As far as we’re concerned, he’s resigned and the matter’s closed.” Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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