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Jun 24, 2011 12:42 am
No news on same-sex marriage bill
The New York State Senate adjourned around 11 p.m. Thursday night without taking a vote on same-sex marriage. They are coming back Friday to complete several other bills, but there is no firm word whether Senate Republicans will allow a vote on the same-sex marriage bill, or whether there one more Senate Republican will vote for the bill, if it comes to a vote.

Columbia-Greene Community College seeks tuition hike
Kyle Wind in The Daily Freeman reports that Columbia-Greene Community College's proposed $16.25 million budget for 2011-12 would raise full-time tuition 5.6 percent. College president James Campion told the newspaper that the budget would raise tuition for full-time students by $192 per year, to $3,648, and by $8 per credit hour for part-time students, to $152 per credit hour. The school would not fill some now-empty faculty positions and use cheaper adjunct and part-time faculty to balance state cuts and no increase in contributions from Greene and Columbia counties. Read the entire story in The Daily Freeman.

Zoom Flume opens wave pool
Durham's Zoom Flume water park holds a grand opening at noon today, Fri., June 24 for its new "Riptide Cove" wave pool. Assemblyman Pete Lopez was going to be among the speakers at the opening, but the legislature remains in session today. Zoom Flume is located at 10 Shady Glen Road in East Durham. In other water fun news, Melanie Lekocevic reports in The Greene County News that the Athens Pool reopens for the season today, Fri. June 24. You have to be a member or pay a day rate to visit the kiddie pool with a slide, and the full-sized pool with both a shallow and deep end, and a diving board.

Hudson Democrats realign
Hudson Democrats reconfigured their endorsements this week, after City Treasurer Eileen Halloran announced last week that she will seek reelection after first suggesting otherwise. Common Council President Don Moore will now, instead of running for treasurer, attempt to retain his seat and Sarah Sterling who had previously been endorsed for Common Council President, now seeks the 1st Ward Supervisor spot. Nick Haddad remains the Democrats choice for Mayor, and Dave Marston and Larissa Thomas are trying to be 1st Ward Aldermen.

Roemer to run for Supreme Court justice
The Register Star reports that Guy Roemer, a private practice attorney from Albany County, is running for New York State Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District representing Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster, and Sullivan counties. He claimes the support of former Albany County Republican Chairmen Peter Kermani and John Graziano, Sr. and current Chairman Don Clarey. Recently, Roemer served as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable George J. Pulver in Greene County, preparing and researching decisions. Read the full story in the Register-Star.
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