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Weekend in review

Apr 07, 2014 6:54 am
Some of the stories that made the news, April 4 to April 6:

Stuyvesant resident Will Pflaum announced Fri., Apr. 4, the New York State Supreme Court (Third Department) has ruled in his favor on a long-pending Freedom of Information Law request to Columbia County. In an attempt to determine whether a former Assistant Columbia County Attorney held a no-show job, Pflaum submitted a series of FOIL requests for records from the County Attorney's office. The county denied the requests. In its February decision, the appellate court rejected the county's argument and ordered Pflaum's original application for the records be reconsidered.

Rick Karlin is reporting at Capitol Confidential New York State United Teachers delegates Sun., April 6, elected a new president, Karen Magee, a veteran teacher from Harrison, Westchester Co. The challenge to outgoing leader Dick Iannuzzi (EYE-ahn-OO-zee) was brewing for months, with much of the debate focusing on how the union should respond to the new Common Core curriculum, and its relationship with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Magee is the first woman to serve as NYSUT president. She was elected to a three-year term. NYSUT is the state's largest union. Also this weekend Casey Seiler reported, NYSUT repeated its call for the removal of state Education Commissioner John King, whose identification with the controversial implementation of the Common Core educational standards has made him unpopular with the union. The vote Sat., Apr. 5, by almost 3,000 delegates at NYSUT's Representative Assembly supports backs approval of a no-confidence resolution on King by the union’s 80-member board of directors.

Adam Clayton reported in The Daily Mail the Columbia and Greene counties Catholic Charities Nutrition Outreach and Education Program has secured funding for the next four years. Its contract with Hunger Solutions New York has been renewed. The program's essential goal is to promote the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, throughout Columbia and Greene counties. It has been funded by Hunger Solutions for the past three years. Since July, the Twin Counties’ program has initiated benefits for 355 households, and processed 272 applications.
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