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Local headlines Tuesday February 1 2011

Feb 01, 2011 3:26 am
School district, teachers agree to 4-year pact
Jim Planck's story in The Daily Mail contains no other details except the Catskill contract covers the years 2008 through 2012.

Senate pass property tax cap
The New York State Senate voted 45-17 to pass the proposal, with both local senators, Steve Saland and James Seward, voting in favor, according to a story in Capitol Confidential.

Mixed bag in 2010 home sales
Sales of existing single-family homes in Columbia County rose last year, while declining in Greene County, according to the Mid-Hudson News. Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester also improved, while in Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties sales also fell.

Plan to end homelessness completed by CARES Inc.
A study of Columbia County homelessness, reported in the Register-Star, recommends the Department of Social Services purchase or obtain a long-term lease on one or more of the motels it’s currently paying thousands monthly to house area homeless. The CARES study suggests contracting with a nonprofit to “manage the property and provide case management to the clients," according to Francesca Olsen's report.