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Mar 28, 2011 4:49 pm
Over 500,000 acres of developable land identified in the Catskills
Mid Hudson News Network reports on a new Open Space Institute study that finds that the Catskills region contains 10 times the land needed to support population expectations through 2035, meaning growth can occur there without negatively affecting open space resources." The study identifies more than 520,000 acres of private land that could be developed that is more than would be needed to accommodate population growth estimates of about four percent over the next 25 years. The report looks at land in Sullivan, Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties. The report found that Ulster County is the most developed of the four counties at seven percent of its land area. It also contains the most conserved lands – 32 percent, and the least amount of preferred growth area, at 11 percent. In Greene County, 24 percent of its land is already conserved. Six percent of the county is developed, and it contains enough preferred growth area to triple that figure.

BREAKING: Body found at Half Moon
The Register-Star is running a raw police report about an ongoing investigation into a shooting death that happened inside the Half Moon Bar and Grill located at 48 Front St. in Hudson on Monday, March 28. Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call around 2 p.m. Police were still on scene as of 3:30 p.m., as was the County Coroner. "A long rifle was apparently found inside the bar," Andrew Amelinckx's report concludes.

'Designer' cupcakes debut in Catskill
Colin DeVries of the Daily Mail writes about the new Catskill Chocolate Cafe at the corner of Church Street and Brandow’s Alley in Catskill. where a cappuccino and cupcake tasting on Sunday brought a crowd to sample five of the cupcake creations from Elisebeth Stamer, a retired nurse hired by Cafe owner Angelo Amato to provide an array of specialty cupcakes — with two new flavors each week. "Up for tasting on Sunday were coconut, chocolate blackout with chocolate Bavarian cream, plus pink champagne, butter toffee and strawberry cream," DeVries notes.

Gibson washes hands of redistricting, he says
jimmy Vielkind notes that Congressman Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, is claiming that he’s just too focused on serving his constituents to think about who they might be in two years. "My focus is on serving the 20th Congressional District,” the freshman Republican from Kinderhook said Monday at the Capitol. “I think what the Census data shows is that for our region, we actually grew, for about 30-some-odd thousand. I think that’s encouraging. We’re still going to need to pick up about 30-some-odd-thousand…but this is out of my hands.”

Former Rep. Scott Murphy was NOT one of the top congressional spenders after all
Meanwhile, Richard Dunham of the TU's Capitol Confidential adds that
The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, has acknowledged that its original list of top ten congressional office spenders for 2010 was "flawed" and that former Rep. Scott Murphy, the Democrat who Chris Gibson defeated last November, "is not — repeat: NOT — on this 'top ten' list that you’d rather not be on." Instead of spending about $1.7 million, as the original report stated, Murphy spent $1,481,587, the new report concluded.

Fines spark bright idea
Diane Valden reports in The Columbia paper that the Town of Copake will be paying for new solar panels with $21,609.97 it will be getting in court-ordered fines from Salvatore Cascino for violating federal, state and town law by illegally dumping and building at his 300-acre Copake property along the east side of Route 22 over the past 13 years. Cascino also owns Bronx County Recycling, LLC, a waste hauling/processing operation just south of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx that was sued for dumping in Clermont, but later cleared because of longstanding traditions of such dumping on the property he bought there.

Lemonade Day coming to Greene County May 1
Ariel Zangla-Girard of the Daily Freeman reports that Greene County youth will take to the streets May 1 as part of Lemonade Day, a nationwide effort where area youth create their own lemonade stands from the ground up and then run their businesses with an eye towards making a profit that can be shared with charity. “It’s really a great program,” said Bob Phibbs, coordinator of the Greene County Lemonade Day. “And we’re the only ones in New York state doing it.”
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