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Weekend in review

Dec 01, 2014 7:29 am
Some of the stories that made the news Fri., Nov. 28 through Mon., Dec. 1:

Larry Rulison reported in the Times Union American Bio Medica, a Kinderhook company that makes drug-testing kits, is closing two manufacturing lines in New Jersey and moving production to its headquarters in Columbia Co. The move of manufacturing operations back to New York is expected to save the company $80,000 a year and is part of an ongoing cost-cutting program to offset a decline in sales. American Bio Medica employs approximately 88 people, including about a dozen who worked in New Jersey. It is unclear how many New Jersey workers would lose their jobs or if they would be offered positions in New York.

Siobhan Barton reported in the Register Star the Greenport Planning Board last week moved forward with the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties Greenport Gardens development, bringing it one step closer to approval. The housing project would provide housing to mental health consumers, in addition to affordable housing for county residents. Pending the board's final approval, the developer hopes to begin construction in May on the 66-unit project. The structure is expected to be finished in 10 to 12 months after building begins. The planning board will continue the plan review later this month. In a largely symbolic gesture, the Greenport Town Board in September voted its opposition to Greenport Gardens, indicating it was uncomfortable with the location, on Green Acres Road near Joslen Boulevard.

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Max Oppen is reporting in The Daily Mail the state Department of Environmental Conservation has installed approximately 200 feet of split-rail fencing at the top of Kaaterskill Falls. Roughly 150 feet of fencing was erected at the base of the second tier of the falls, as well. DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens ordered the fencing following the deaths of two visitors to the falls over the summer. In addition to the fencing, warning signs were also installed.

The Associated Press reported former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo has been hospitalized. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office said Sat., Nov. 29, the elder Cuomo is being treated for a heart condition. A gubernatorial spokeswoman said the 82-year-old former three-term governor is in good spirits and is thankful for the best wishes and support he has received. The spokeswoman said more updates will be provided “as appropriate.”
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