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Weekend in review

Aug 05, 2013 6:54 am
Some of the stories that made the news Aug. 3 to Aug. 5:

Jason Kasman and Jimmy Vielkind reported in the Times Union both Republican Rep. Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge, the millionaire Democratic investor mulling a run against him, raised less than 15 percent of their campaign cash from individuals within the district they hope to represent. Eldridge has raised more than 90 percent of the money for his potential congressional run from people who live outside the 11-county 19th District. Eldridge’s aides note that, at least in the second quarter of this year, a third of the would-be candidate’s donors lived within the district. More than two-thirds of Gibson’s campaign contributions this year have come from political action committees attached to corporations or political figures. The roster of Gibson's contributors includes: General Electric, General Motors, Goldman Sachs and Exxon are all listed as contributors. In the last election cycle, roughly half of Gibson’s contributions came from corporations. Read the full story in the Times Union.

The Register Star reported 258 registered Republicans came out for the Ghent Republican caucus July 25, at Ghent Town Hall. Voting was open for five hours. The caucus chose Mike Benvenuto as the GOP candidate for Town Supervisor. Also endorsed: David Harrison for town justice, Benjamin Perry for highway superintendent, Charles Wood and Lawrence VanBrunt for town council and Michelle Radley for town clerk and tax collector. Elections will be held in November.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail a lawsuit filed in March alleging sexual abuse at the Greene County Jail was settled out of court for $65,000, Fri., Aug. 2. The federal civil rights action alleged a 27-year-old female Greene County resident was sexually abused, harassed and exploited during her time as an inmate at the jail in 2012. The lawsuit originally demanded $1 million in damages. The action was filed against Greene County, Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley, Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz and Corrections Officers Ernest Dunn and Donald Schermerhorn. Dunn and Schermerhorn were fired in December and subsequently charged with sexual abuse and official misconduct. Those criminal cases are pending. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Arthur Cusano reported in the Register Star the city of Hudson will this week install four pet waste stations, which will allow dog walkers to pick up dog waste bags from a dispenser and them dispose of them in an attached trash bin. One station will be installed at Seventh Street Park, a second at the corner of Warren and Sixth streets, a third at the entrance to Cedar Park Cemetery and the fourth at the waterfront. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Kyle Adams reported in The Daily Mail Decker’s Taxi & Limousine Service, the only Catskill-based taxi service for more than 20 years, has ceased operations while the business sorts out workers’ compensation problems. Nancy Decker, daughter of owner Marie Decker, said Fri., Aug. 2, the business will be up and running again as soon as possible. According to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, the company owes more than $250,000 in penalties for a lack of workers’ compensation coverage dating back to 2010. They were issued a stop-work order until coverage is provided. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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