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Sunday 03/29/2015
Remembering those who served
Posted: March 29, 2015 - 12:30 am

HUDSON — Sergeant Robert LaPorta and wife Jeane LaPorta seemed to live the kind of all-American romance only found in fiction novels — boy meets girl in the midst of budding international turmoil, boy is drafted and ships out to fight for his country while his lover experiences political tensions at home, boy and girl are reunited after the war and are wed.

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Happy Easter from Jack Frost
Posted: March 29, 2015 - 12:30 am

KINDERHOOK — Ten days before the Easter holiday, Columbia County residents gathered behind the James Vanderpoel House in Kinderhook to hunt eggs laid by a giant fuzzy mammal.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
Historic group nixes demo of 330 Warren
Posted: March 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — The Historic Preservation Commission sent landscape architect Richard Herbert back to the drafting table Friday to find a different plan for 330 Warren St.

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Tearful ceremony held in memory of DWI victim
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 12:30 am

HUDSON — Seven new red lights appeared Friday on the “Safety Tree” spruce outside Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.

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Critics: Galvan keeping housing off market
Posted: March 28, 2015 - 12:30 am

HUDSON — The Galvan Initiatives Foundation and its cofounders, T. Eric Galloway and Henry Van Ameringen, are among Hudson’s largest property holders, owning 60 parcels in the city with a total assessed value of well over $12 million.

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Priorities: Talking issues, talking food
Posted: March 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106, stopped by Grazin’ Diner on Friday to lend an ear to her constituents in Hudson — one of several stops made on her fourth annual Diner Stop Tour to speak directly with the public.

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Friday 03/27/2015
Highway chief denies any wrongdoing in legal action against town
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

HILLSDALE — It has been alleged the Hillsdale Highway Department has not fulfilled legal obligations to their local Teamsters union, a union official wrote in a letter to the town supervisor.

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Schumer, Gillibrand call for tougher oil transport rules
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — New York’s junior and senior U.S. senators joined senators from five other states in calling on federal regulators to pass tighter safety restrictions for crude oil transported by rail Thursday.

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County IDA and CRC chairman announces resignation
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY — The chairman for two county economic agencies recently announced he will be leaving his post after 30 years of involvement.

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Keeler plans independent run for district attorney
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 3:47 pm

GREENPORT — A former Columbia County district attorney has announced he is once again running for his old job.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
One hospitalized in Ghent rollover
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 10:33 pm

GHENT -- One person was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Chatham Rescue after the car they were traveling in went off Route 66, striking a utility pole and flipping on its side.

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More than 800 lose power in electric shortage
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 10:32 pm

STUYVESANT FALLS — An electrical shortage on county Route 25A has left approximately 857 National Grid customers in the area without power, officials said Thursday.

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Hit-and-run victim remembered
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

POUGHKEEPSIE —A Connecticut man turned himself into the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident that killed Concetta Eastman, of Copake, at about 8 p.m. March 19 in Amenia.

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School aid inequities assailed at ICC forum
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

VALATIE — Columbia County residents concerned with public school conditions spoke out Wednesday at the Ichabod Crane Teachers Association public education forum, where a panel of state assemblymen, teachers, students and parents denounced inequitable school funding, loss of local control and excessive standardized testing.

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Clermont house fire deemed accidental
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

CLERMONT — The fire that forced members of a Clermont family from their home Tuesday night was accidental, according to the Clermont Fire Department

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Landlord and tenant rights forum takes center stage
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — In honor of Fair Housing Month in April, the Columbia County Housing Advisory Board held a landlord and tenants rights forum for both Columbia and Greene County renters on Wednesday night at the American Legion Post 184 in Hudson.

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Navasky speaks about incendiary nature of cartoons
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

CHATHAM — Journalist Victor Navasky, former editor and publisher of The Nation, spoke at the Chatham Public Library on Saturday about his new book, “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power,” which looks into how cartoons can cause large-scale controversy and disruption around the world.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Arrest made in hit-and-run death of Copake woman
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:45 am

POUGHKEEPSIE -- The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the March 19 hit-and-run death of Concetta Eastman of Copake.

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House fire displaces Clermont family
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

CLERMONT — A fire Tuesday night left a Clermont family without a home.

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District looks for another vote on capital improvement project
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 7:45 pm

GERMANTOWN— The Germantown Central School District Board of Education is moving forward with revamping the proposed $11,382,056 capital project, a two choice referendum could be put forward to voters as early as June.

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Committee OKs $17K for wastewater plant fix plan
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

The Columbia County Board of Supervisors Government Committee approved Tuesday a resolution to fund a measure to fix water flow issues at the Ghent wastewater treatment plant at Gerald R. Simons Commerce Park, between Routes 9H and 66.

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Rector gets nod for 1st Ward seat
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Residents of the city’s 1st Ward gave the nod to Rick Rector, chairman of the historic preservation committee, to fill the seat of Alderman David Marston, NOP-1st Ward, after a straw poll at the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

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Lincoln funeral train committee seeks donations
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

STUYVESANT — There are re-enactments, skits, readings and music planned for the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train stopping in Hudson and Stuyvesant, but plans might fall short if more money isn’t raised.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Car crashes into mobile home, ruptures propane tanks
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:13 am

LIVINGSTON — A car drove into a mobile home and ruptured two propane tanks in the Pine Tree Mobile Home Park, 5427 Route 9H, at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, stopping traffic on Route 9H, north of Route 23.

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ISIS threat reaches Hillsdale
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 3:08 pm

HILLSDALE — A U.S. Navy lieutenant who is believed to be a resident of the town of Hillsdale has allegedly been one of the targets of an online hit list by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

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Greenport Crossing project may be salvaged
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 2:17 pm

GREENPORT — The Greenport Crossing project could continue thanks to new investors, according to county officials.

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Son of NYC chokehold victim speaks to police candidates
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON — Eric Garner Jr., whose father died after a New York City police officer put him in an illegal chokehold July 17, told the Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative Monday that he came from a “goofy, funny, loving family.”

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Airport closer to new FAA designation
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

The Columbia County Airport has been granted new FAA status designation, at least verbally.

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Board shuts down commercial development moratorium
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN— Councilman Donald Westmore called for a moratorium on all commercial development in the Route 9G corridor at Monday’s Town Board meeting in response to the proposed construction of a Dollar General store on Route 9G.

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Historical society honors women of Columbia County
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

KINDERHOOK— The legacy of the women of Columbia County’s lives on.

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Fire company sees high female recruitment numbers
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:59 pm

PHILMONT— The last few years have been good for recruiting for the Philmont Volunteer Fire Company, specifically in gaining new female members.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Police: Suspected fatal hit-and-run vehicle found
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 5:37 pm

AMENIA — Police have found the suspected vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a Copake woman at about 8 p.m. Thursday on Bog Hollow Road in the town of Amenia in Dutchess County.

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Historical society honors the women of Columbia County
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 12:30 am

KINDERHOOK— The legacy of the women of Columbia County’s lives on. The Columbia County Historical Society paid tribute to some of the county’s most well-known historical female figures on Sunday afternoon.

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Fire company sees high female recruitment numbers
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 12:30 am

PHILMONT— The last couple of years have been good recruiting years for the Philmont Volunteer Fire Company, specifically in gaining new female members.

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St. Baldrick's enjoys blockbuster fundraiser
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 12:32 am

CHATHAM— Be brave and shave: That was the theme of the fifth annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser hosted by the Chatham High School Community Service Club on Sunday afternoon.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
First ward gives Rector nod for alderman's seat
Posted: March 22, 2015 - 12:30 am

HUDSON — Residents of the 1st Ward have given the nod to Rick Rector, chairman of the historic preservation committee, to fill the seat of Alderman David Marston, NOP-1st Ward, after a straw poll at the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

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Victor Navasky speaks about incendiary nature of cartoons
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Editor's note: This story reflects the correct spelling of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld's name.

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Lincoln funeral train committee still seeking donations
Posted: March 22, 2015 - 12:30 am

STUYVESANT — There are reenactments, skits, readings and music planned for the 150-year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train stopping in Hudson and Stuyvesant, but plans might fall short if more money isn't raised.

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Saturday 03/21/2015
County officials back college sex assault policy
Posted: March 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Columbia County elected officials recently voiced their support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide Enough is Enough call to combat sexual assault on all New York college campuses.

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Hit-and-run kills Copake woman; driver at large
Updated: March 21, 2015 - 4:09 pm

AMENIA — The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a fatal auto-pedestrian crash on Bog Hollow Road in the Town of Amenia (Hamlet of Wassaic) at approximately 8 p.m. on March 19.

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Public reacts to Germantown's failed school referendum
Posted: March 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN— The public spoke out about the failed capital project proposal during the Germantown Central School District Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

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1st Ward seeks new alderman
Posted: March 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

HUDSON - First Ward residents are gathering at noon Saturday, March 21, at the Chamber of Commerce building, 1 N. Front St., to propose candidates for an open seat on the Common Council. Alderman David Marston, NOP-1st Ward, is resigning.

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C-GM's Cordato receives national recognition
Posted: March 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

NEW YORK - Columbia-Greene Media's Classified Sales Department Supervisor Casey Cordato has been named one of Editor & Publisher's 2015 Publishing Leaders ‑25 under 35 in newspapers.

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Friday 03/20/2015
First Ward seeks new alderman
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 9:28 pm

HUDSON — This weekend, residents of Hudson's First Ward  are gathering at noon Saturday, March 21, at the Chamber of Commerce building, 1 N. Front St., to propose candidates for an open seat on the Common Council. Alderman David Marston, NOP-1st Ward, is resigning.

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District considers registered voter requirement
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

GERMANTOWN— District residents may soon have to register to vote in all Germantown Central School District elections.

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State, fed bills could provide paid family leave
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

Two of this region’s representatives on both the state and federal levels have made paid family leave a priority.

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County looks at lack of broadband coverage
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Editor's note: This story reflects a correction.

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Passover events begin Sunday
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

GREENPORT — Rabbi Daniel Fried of Congregation Anshe Emeth has announced the upcoming events for the Festival of Passover.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Four arrested after Wednesday night shooting in Catskill
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 11:10 pm

CATSKILL — Four Greene County residents were arrested in Catskill late Wednesday night, following law enforcement response to a report of a shooting at 19 North St. in the village of Catskill.

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Haddad declares candidacy for Hudson mayor
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 6:40 pm

HUDSON— Alderman Nick Haddad, D-1st Ward, said he has told the Hudson Democratic Committee he intends to run for mayor this fall. Haddad is the second Democrat to declare such an intention — Tiffany Martin Hamilton announced her candidacy Jan. 15.

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