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Hard news
19 February 2019 12:05PM
Amanda Purcell

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/city-weigh-john-l-edwards-school-fate

HUDSON — The city will conduct a feasibility study for the former John L. Edwards Elementary School before converting it into the headquarters for its government offices.

The John L. Edwards Elementary School, at 360 State St., closed its doors after the end of the 2017-18…

19 February 2019 10:32AM
Thomas Cole National Historic Site

www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/17/david-wallace-wells-uninhabitable-earth-review?CMP=share_btn_link&fbclid=IwAR3pb9297ipkm6GuMlq2dWRGIUWfVugGcVGxAg0jSWBpyjy4z7C2JBSpGfY

Between 1833 and 1836, an ambitious young New Yorker painted his vision of the evolution of human society. In five grand canvases, Thomas Cole described an arc from nature, through pastoralism and empire, to desolation. This is the archetypal story of rise and fall.

19 February 2019 10:32AM
Thomas Cole National Historic Site

www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/17/david-wallace-wells-uninhabitable-earth-review?CMP=share_btn_link&fbclid=IwAR3pb9297ipkm6GuMlq2dWRGIUWfVugGcVGxAg0jSWBpyjy4z7C2JBSpGfY

Between 1833 and 1836, an ambitious young New Yorker painted his vision of the evolution of human society. In five grand canvases, Thomas Cole described an arc from nature, through pastoralism and empire, to desolation. This is the archetypal story of rise and fall.

18 February 2019 07:26PM
Enid Futterman-2

gossipsofrivertown.blogspot.com/2019/02/lessons-never-learned.html

Our champion of historic architecture shines a little logical light on the illogical and damaging decisions of developers. But then, Greenport has no zoning, so what can we expect? .

“In Greenport, there’s a plan to build a new “retail development” on the west side…

18 February 2019 07:17AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/local-veterans-urge-new-lebanon-survey-public-about-tax-exemption

NEW LEBANON — Local veterans are petitioning the New Lebanon Central School District to conduct a survey to measure public opinion on offering veterans an exemption on their school taxes.

New Lebanon for years refused to follow in the footsteps of all other school districts in…

18 February 2019 06:59AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/columbia-county-plans-have-short-term-rental-tax-november

HUDSON — Columbia County is planning to create and approve a plan to tax short-term rentals by November, with initial estimated projections showing the county would generate $270,000 in revenue from the tax.

Assistant County Attorney Heidi Cochrane told town supervisors at the Occupancy Charge Review…

17 February 2019 04:27PM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/kinderhook-supervisor-grattan-will-not-seek-re-election

KINDERHOOK — Town Supervisor Patrick Grattan, whose term is up in December, will not run for re-election this November and passing the reins after almost three decades of public service in the area.

Grattan confirmed Wednesday that he is not running for a sixth term, saying…

17 February 2019 10:31AM

In 1985, three British scientists working at the British Antarctic Survey stunned the world when they discovered that at certain times of the year a hole opened up in the stratospheric ozone layer above the South Pole. Their observations, backed up by data provided by…

17 February 2019 09:37AM
Scott Myers

Last week’s news of a death at the Greene County Prison prompted appropriate outrage. https://imby.com/catskill/article/state-cardiac-arrest-kills-inmate/

It’s welcome participation, but perhaps a bit misdirected.

Justice was named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster, likely a…

17 February 2019 09:37AM
Scott Myers

Last week’s news of a death at the Greene County Prison prompted appropriate outrage. https://imby.com/catskill/article/state-cardiac-arrest-kills-inmate/

It’s welcome participation, but perhaps a bit misdirected.

Justice was named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster, likely a…

17 February 2019 08:01AM
Amanda Purcell

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/state-cardiac-arrest-killed-inmate

COXSACKIE – A preliminary investigation shows Greene Correctional Facility inmate Anthony Myrie went into cardiac arrest and died after a brawl with fellow inmates, a Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman said Friday.

Myrie, 24, was serving seven years on a conviction of third-degree attempted…

15 February 2019 09:16AM
Sarah Trafton

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/death-under-investigation-greene-correctional-facility-0

COXSACKIE — News of the death of a 24-year-old inmate at Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie gained national attention Thursday as two rap superstars weighed in on the incident, accusing prison officials of a coverup.

Anthony Myrie was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center following an…

15 February 2019 09:10AM
Sarah Trafton

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/catskill%E2%80%99s-408m-project-passes

CATSKILL — Catskill Central School District voters approved a proposed $40.8 million capital project, 308-259, in a referendum held on a snowy and icy Tuesday.

The capital project involves several improvements including upgrades to academic programs, classrooms, buildings, security controls, roads, parking lots and athletic fields.

14 February 2019 05:15PM
Dan Udell

Tony Jones receives award of appreciation for his many years of service and dedication to Columbia County.

13 February 2019 04:12PM

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/poking-bear

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the German-American Bund rally in 1939. It happened in the old Madison Square Garden, the one on 50th Street and 8th Avenue, the MSG of my youth, the place where I later went to see the Ringling Brothers,…

10 February 2019 08:50AM
Kate Lisa

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/voters-have-final-say-408m-capital-project

CATSKILL — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to have the final say on a $40.8 million capital renovation project in the Catskill Central School District.

The total cost of the project is $40,795,000, but 70 percent of the project’s cost will be covered through…

9 February 2019 09:00AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/copake-planning-board-hire-engineer-look-craryville-gas-station-plans

COPAKE — Town attorney Ken Dow on Thursday recommended the planning board hire an independent engineer to review technical aspects of GRJH Inc.’s plans to build a 3,240-square-foot convenience store with a 12-pump gas island at the corner of Route 23 and Craryville Road.

“I think…

9 February 2019 08:56AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/nixing-cash-bail-cuomo%E2%80%99s-answer-criminal-justice-inequality

ALBANY — Twin County criminal justice reform proponents say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to reform the state’s justice system are steps in the right direction.

Cuomo proposed numerous reforms to the state’s criminal justice system as part of his 2019-20 Executive Budget, including ending the cash…

9 February 2019 08:56AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/nixing-cash-bail-cuomo%E2%80%99s-answer-criminal-justice-inequality

ALBANY — Twin County criminal justice reform proponents say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to reform the state’s justice system are steps in the right direction.

Cuomo proposed numerous reforms to the state’s criminal justice system as part of his 2019-20 Executive Budget, including ending the cash…

9 February 2019 08:52AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/columbia-county-sees-most-sales-tax-revenue-growth-capital-region

ALBANY — A report from the Office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows Columbia County saw its sales tax revenue increase $3.3 million from 2017 to 2018, the largest jump of any county in the Capital Region.

The state Comptroller’s Office released a report Jan. 30…

9 February 2019 08:47AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/single-payer-good-position-ny-republicans-say-it-will-raise-taxes

ALBANY — The fight for government-run health care in New York is better positioned this year than it ever has with a Democratically controlled state Legislature, but a bill has not been introduced.

The Assembly has passed legislation called the New York Health Act that would…

9 February 2019 08:47AM
Richard Moody

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/single-payer-good-position-ny-republicans-say-it-will-raise-taxes

ALBANY — The fight for government-run health care in New York is better positioned this year than it ever has with a Democratically controlled state Legislature, but a bill has not been introduced.

The Assembly has passed legislation called the New York Health Act that would…

8 February 2019 08:21PM
Amanda Purcell

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/gas-station-battle-lines-drawn

LIVINGSTON — A proposal for a new, larger gas station at the Bells Pond intersection drew a vocal crowd to the Livingston Planning Board on Wednesday night.

About 50 people packed the board room at Livingston Town Hall, 119 county Route 19, for the public hearing…

8 February 2019 08:15PM
Amanda Purcell

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/city-police-double-2018-arrests-tickets

HUDSON — Arrests and vehicle and traffic tickets in the city nearly doubled last year, according to crime statistics from the Hudson Police Department.

Hudson police issued 1,914 vehicle and traffic citations in 2018. In 2017, police distributed 975 tickets and issued 997 in 2016.

Officers were…

4 February 2019 06:42AM
Daniel Zuckerman

www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/goats-perish-ghent-barn-fire

GHENT — Fourteen baby goats perished after a blaze ripped through their barn in Ghent on Saturday morning, fire officials said Sunday.

The fire broke out at 1422 Route 66 in Ghent at 7:05 a.m., killing the 14 goats, while an undetermined number of horses were…

 

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