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Jul 03, 2009 4:17 am
Nearly two decades after the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Columbia County Courthouse in Hudson still is not accessible, reports The Register-Star. Judge George Cerisia, the chief administrative judge for the Third Judicial District, threatened county supervisors and officials with the state fixing the building. This comes after a physically disabled reporter recently crawled up the stairs to cover the murder retrial of Warren Powell....Former Athens village trustee Chris Pfister, a Democrat, will challenge Ray Brooks, R-Athens, for his seat on the Greene County Legislature, according to The Daily Mail....Meanwhile in Albany, the State Senate continues to play pretend senate. Capitol Confidential says Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is looking into withholding senators pay until they start acting like senators. CCScoop reports that Columbia County and its municipalities will lose more than $7.5 million in sales tax collections if the State Senate cannot resolve its leadership squabble, though the story does not say when this loss of revenue will begin.....Karen Feldman, a Columbia County lawyer and political activist, is among 60 New Yorkers that sent a letter to the U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney warning her against a “divisive primary fight which forces voters to choose between two tremendously capable, hard-working women,” Capitol Confidential reports. Maloney just announced she will challenge U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand next year....The New York Times reviews New York artist Rachel Harrison's “Consider the Lobster” show at The Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College.