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Saturday 04/18/2015
Prosecution psychiatrist: Demagall knew right from wrong
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — The Massachusetts man suspected of killing a Hillsdale resident in 2006 knew his actions were wrong, a third psychiatrist testified in county court Friday.

Parents refuse mandated state testing
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

Area parents used their right to refuse state mandated exams this week when a number of third- through eighth-grade children opted out of the Common Core English Language Arts assessment, school officials said Friday.

Hydroponic greenhouse springs up at Berry Farm
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

CHATHAM — As Columbia County proceeds through the third decade of its agricultural renaissance, the farms that have prospered in recent years are bringing forth a rich crop of younger farmers.

Police: SVU nabs man in child-porn case
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

GREENPORT — A Columbia County man faces felony charges after police discovered evidence of child pornography in his home, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

School board to decide budget April 22
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN— The Germantown Central School District Board of Education decided to wait on approving the 2015-16 budget at its Wednesday night meeting.

Friday 04/17/2015
National Dems respond to Lopez
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

The National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a statement in response to state Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-102, who said Tuesday he planned to run for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson’s 19th District congressional seat in 2016.

Shoe-box burn ignites mountain brush fire
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

CANAAN  —  Emergency responders from across the county fought dry, windy conditions as they battled a mountainside brush fire Thursday night.

Rector named new 1st Ward alderman
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Harry “Rick” Rector was named the new First Ward alderman by the Hudson Common Council in a special meeting at the Central Firehouse Monday. Rector succeeds David Marston, who resigned due to his employment situation.

Stock of online marketplace Etsy surges in trading debut
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

NEW YORK — The place where you can buy handmade dresses and crocheted dog costumes has a new hot seller: its own stock.

Thursday 04/16/2015
Capital project going up for a second vote
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN — The Germantown Central School District Board of Education has decided to give a proposed capital project referendum another go-around with voters.

2nd psychiatrist: Demagall delusional
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Another psychiatrist testified Wednesday in the third murder trial of William Demagall and echoed the sentiments of an earlier witness who testified Demagall was mentally ill and delusional.

City Hall rescinds Bliss chief’s board choice
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Hudson Housing Authority Executive Director Jeffrey First drew criticism from authority members and community members Monday over his attempt to appoint a board member, something he is not empowered to do.

ICC board adopts budget with 2.59 tax hike
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

VALATIE— The Ichabod Crane Central School District Board of Education adopted its 2015-16 budget of $35,552,000 with a 2.59 tax levy increase at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Heroin epidemic defiant, complex
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

TANNERSVILLE — A public forum was held Tuesday to discuss the resurgence of opiates and abuse of prescription medications in the area — an issue that requires a multifaceted approach to remedy, said officials.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Lopez announces bid for Congress
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the upstate New York House seat in succession of incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook.

NEW: Former Patriot formally sentenced
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder.

Police: Dog was with kayakers prior to rescue
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN — The dog that alerted police to two kayakers stranded in the Hudson River Saturday had been on the river with the men, according to police.

Marchers protest shared SWAT team
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 8:33 pm

HUDSON — A citizens’ rally and march through the streets of Hudson Tuesday afternoon embraced three specific issues which the organizers sees as connected to the overarching message that “black lives matter.”

Keeler seeks re-election
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Columbia County Treasurer Paul “PJ” Keeler recently announced plans to seek re-election this November.

Public disapproves of land donation to EMS squad
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

KINDERHOOK — Three members of the public spoke up at the Monday town board meeting to express their disapproval over a possible land transfer to the Valatie Rescue Squad.

2 sentenced for Hudson food stamp fraud
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

ALBANY — Two men convicted of food stamp fraud in Hudson last year were sentenced in federal court Monday.

New plan to build small, temporary office
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — The Hudson office of the Social Security Administration, 751 Warren St., will spend this summer under renovation. But it will not, as had been previously announced, be moving to the Central Fire Station.

Hudson man sentenced on child porn charges
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — A Hudson man was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison for possessing child pornography in Columbia County Court on Tuesday.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Psychiatrist testifies in Demagall trial
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — The defense began its case Monday in the third murder trial of William Demagall, calling to the stand the man who originally evaluated the accused for prosecutors prior to the first trial in 2007.

Dog helps save the day
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN — A dog named Ajax helped save one person’s life Saturday on the Hudson River after a kayak overturned near the Anchorage boat launch and Marsh Island in Germantown.

Police/court bids come in $1.5M too high
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Hudson city officials got slapped with some sticker shock Monday when Construction Manager Joe Rapp opened the bids for the police/court complex planned for 701 Union St.

District still working on tax cap for 2015-16 budget
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

CRARYVILLE — The Taconic Hills Central School District is still working on finalizing a 2015-16 budget, including getting the tax cap as close to a zero percent increase as possible.

Council hosts Holocaust memorial service
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

GREENPORT— April 19 marks the 72 anniversary of the day when a group of imprisoned Jewish citizens began to fight back against their Nazi captors.

Origins of local Mohican history revealed
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

COPAKE FALLS — The Mohican Native American tribe has close connections to the Roeliff Jansen area, which was highlighted in a Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum presentation Sunday.

Monday 04/13/2015
Interfaith council hosts Holocaust memorial service
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:30 am

GREENPORT— It was 72 years ago this April 19 that a group of imprisoned Jewish citizens began to fight back against their Nazi captors.

Library asks town for more funds for operating budget
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:30 am

CLAVERACK— The Claverack Free Library will be asking taxpayers for a slight increase in their funding from the Town of Claverack come Election Day this year.

Origins of local Mohican history revealed
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 5:14 pm

COPAKE FALLS — The Mohican Native American tribe has close connections to the Roeliff Jansen area, which was highlighted in a Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum presentation Sunday.

Two sent to hospital after car accidents
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:30 am

KINDERHOOK /TAGHKANIC– Columbia County 911 reported a bicycle accident at 2:37 p.m. A car struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 203 in Kinderhook.

Three brush fires strike across the county
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:30 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY— Three separate brush fires hit different parts of Columbia County on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday 04/12/2015
Public, private partnerships spur nature trail growth
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:30 am

COPAKE FALLS — State officials sliced a red ribbon Saturday to celebrate the opening of another section of the Nature Recreation Trail off Route 22 in Copake Falls.

New officers for fire company
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:30 am

GHENT — The Palmer Engine and Hose Company gathered for the 132nd time on Saturday to install its newly appointed officers in a ceremony at Kozel's Restaurant.

Pedestrian struck, sustains knee injury
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:30 am

GREENPORT — A pedestrian sustained a knee injury Saturday after a vehicle struck him on Fairview Avenue in Greenport, County 911 officials said.

Kayak overturns in river
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:30 am

GERMANTOWN — A day out on the water took a turn for the worse when a kayak carrying two people overturned Saturday in the Hudson River.

Saturday 04/11/2015
Victim’s death, police interview detailed in murder trial
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Day two of the third murder trial of William Demagall ended early Friday, but not before key prosecution witnesses were called to discuss their part in the investigation of the 2006 murder of a Hillsdale man.

Columbia County sees farming renaissance
Updated: April 11, 2015 - 11:33 pm

GREENPORT — Investments in infrastructure and agriculture are the cornerstones of Columbia County’s future, said federal and state lawmakers at the 4th annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Voters to change wards with boundary fixes
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Editor's note: Corrections have been made to paragraphs 9 and 12 since this article first appeared on line.

Extreme winter, extreme remedy
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

CATSKILL — For the second year in a row, Albany has approved giving municipal highway departments across New York State a little something extra to help offset the cost of this past winter’s rugged weather.

Ichabod Crane Odyssey teams advance to states
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

VALATIE — Two teams of six students from Ichabod Crane Central School District are scheduled to compete in a statewide Odyssey of the Mind tournament on Saturday at Binghamton State University.

Friday 04/10/2015
3rd Demagall trial opens
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

The third murder trial of William Demagall began Wednesday with both sides agreeing that Demagall suffered from mental illness prior to the killing of 56-year old George Mancini in 2006.

Chatham Iraq war vet breaks barriers
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

FORT DRUM — When a first-of-its-kind Ranger School course begins at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, on April 20, Capt. Michelle L. Kelly, a former Chatham High School athletic standout, will be among the women with a rare chance to make history by wearing the coveted Ranger tab.

First, public meet new Bliss board members
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — The Hudson Housing Authority’s newly constituted Board of Trustees got off to a slow start Wednesday. The scheduled meeting was supposed to be an introduction to the public of three new members, Lola Roberts, Vernon Cross and Alan Weaver.

‘Bind up the nation’s wounds’
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

HILLSDALE — One of America’s greatest battles for freedom came to an end 150 years ago on April 9, 1865 - the Civil War.  

Petition calls for review of stormwater project
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — An online petition requesting the Hudson Common Council to prepare an environmental impact statement on the city’s planned sewer separation project had accumulated 175 signatures as of Thursday. The goal is 1,000 signatures.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Is there really a need?
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

CHURCHTOWN — The debate over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed New York Energy Highway Plan still rages on almost two years later.

Columbia gets $90K for crisis management
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

CATSKILL — Greene and Columbia counties have no room for failure when it comes to planning, preparing and training for a natural disaster, manmade catastrophe or act of terror, leaders in both counties said Wednesday.

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