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Weekend in review

Mar 18, 2013 6:40 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Mar. 15 to 18:

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star Mike Winnie, a former Albany County Sheriff’s Department sergeant and Stockport Police Chief, has announced his intention to run for Columbia County Sheriff. He will seek endorsement by the Columbia County Democratic Committee. Current Sheriff David Harrison will retire at the end of the year. Winnie is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. As sheriff, Winnie said, he would expand the D.A.R.E. program to more grades in schools, to educate students about the dangers of drugs and substance abuse. He said that drugs are still an issue. He said expanding DWI enforcement was also a priority. Winnie also said he believes the NY SAFE Act went too far. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail the town of Cairo is moving forward with plans to drill a new well in the Angelo Canna Town Park to allow for future commercial development. Town Supervisor Ted Banta said the current water source is a shallow well system. An initial estimate puts the cost of the project at $29,000. Banta hopes the new well will expand water coverage to commercial areas along Routes 23 and 32 and expand the business district on Main Street. Once the State Environmental Quality Review is complete, test wells will be drilled. If all goes well, work should be underway in the next few months. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

The Associated Press reported Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders met Sun., Mar. 17, in preparation of what they hope will be an announcement Monday of an on-time budget. The parties, however, claim they are a good distance apart in the closed-door talks. Sticking points include whether to raise the minimum wage, whether to adopt business tax cuts and the proposal to extend a so-called temporary income tax increase for the second time. The budget would increase state spending just under two percent. The 2013-14 state budget is due April 1. Read the full Associated Press story in the Wall Street Journal.