Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon

Hudson boy raising money for veterans - with his mullet

HUDSON — A 10-year-old from the city is raising funds for veterans in a unique way, with his mullet.Louis Scoffier is participating in the 2024 Mullet Champ competition to raise funds for Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors.“I’ve had a mullet for a pretty long time and it’s just something extra that is honestly pretty fun to do, and just to bop around town and talk to people, it’s pretty fun and came natural to me,” he said. “I definitely felt comfortable just confronting random people and...

Judge rules for Colarusso in dock replacement suit with Hudson

HUDSON — A Columbia County Supreme Court judge annulled the city Planning Board’s positive environmental impact decision against A. Colarusso and Son Inc., in a ruling handed down Friday.The lawsuit, filed by the company against the Planning Board on Dec. 17, 2021, alleged that the board illegally required the company to prepare an additional environmental impact statement.Columbia County Court Judge Richard Rivera said in his ruling the company’s replacement of the bulkhead was a type two actio...

Catskill High musical director reaches settlement over tape incident

CATSKILL — The Catskill High School music teacher, choral and musical director who was suspended in February after being accused of putting a piece of tape over a student's mouth reached a settlement with the school district, according to a settlement agreement.The Catskill Central School District Board of Education approved at its June 12 meeting a settlement agreement regarding the discipline of a tenured teacher, who was not named on the agenda.The settlement, obtained through a Freedom of In...

Thousands without power in Twin Counties after storms

Thousands of customers in the Twin Counties were without power Wednesday morning after powerful storms ripped through the area Tuesday night.By Wednesday morning, 1,732 New York State Electric and Gas customers were left without power in the Columbia County, according to the utility's outage map.New Lebanon was the hardest hit town in the county, with 1,132 customers without power. Other areas impacted included Canaan, with 139 customers without power and Chatham with 468 customers. Roughly 568...

Severe thunderstorms knock out power across Twin Counties

Severe thunderstorms that have been pounding the area since Tuesday night  are expected to continue through Thursday, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service said on Wednesday.The thunderstorms that rolled through the area Tuesday night caused the most damage by knocking out power to customers in Niverville, Chatham, and Canaan, in Columbia County, Joe Villani, a meteorologist from the agency said.Another threat of severe thunderstorms was expected Wednesday afternoon until Thursday, V...

New Lebanon woman drowns in Queechy Lake

CANAAN — A New Lebanon woman drowned in Queechy Lake on Wednesday afternoon, police said.The 71-year-old woman, who was not identified by police, was found at Adams Point Beach in the lake by lifeguards and troopers from the New York State Police, Troop K Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said in an email Thursday.At about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Canaan Fire and Chatham Rescue responded to the beach for a reported potential drowning.After the woman was found in the water and removed, police be...

Chatham considering zoning changes

CHATHAM — The town is considering changes to its zoning laws to help alleviate the housing crisis in the area.The town's combined Housing and Zoning Committee has been working on proposed changes to the zoning for three to four months, but no final decision on any changes has been made yet, Angus Eaton, deputy town supervisor and co-chair of the Housing and Zoning Committee.“We’ve been going back and forth on some ideas,” he said.The Town Board gave the committee the go ahead to update the zonin...

City to impose owner fee next year to cover sidewalk repairs

HUDSON — The city is responsible for repairing sidewalks and making them American with Disability Act (ADA) compliant, and it plans to impose a fee beginning next year on property owners to help pay for the repairs, the president of the Common Council said Wednesday.“The city is under agreement with the Department of Justice to fix sidewalks, and that we will do it by a certain time,” said Thomas DePietro, Common Council president.At a special meeting Monday, the Common Council approved a resolu...

Copake celebrates its bicentennial (w/ photos)

COPAKE — Hundreds of current and former residents braved the heat Saturday to join in on the town’s bicentennial celebrations.The Come Home to Copake Picnic, hosted by the Copake Bicentennial Committee, brought out old and new residents of the town to celebrate their ties and history with Copake.By roughly 4 p.m., about 450 people participated in the celebrations, said Kellie Nardin, chairperson of the Copake Bicentennial Committee on Saturday.“I think the community really showed up and really s...

Hudson boy raising money for veterans with his mullet

HUDSON — A 10-year-old from the city is raising funds for veterans in a unique way, with his mullet.Louis Scoffier is participating in the 2024 Mullet Champ competition to raise funds for Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors.“I’ve had a mullet for a pretty long time and it’s just something extra that is honestly pretty fun to do, and just to bop around town and talk to people, it’s pretty fun and came natural to me,” he said. “I definitely felt comfortable just confronting random people and...

CHS musical director reaches settlement with school district, fined $1,000

CATSKILL — The Catskill High School music teacher, choral and musical director who was suspended in February after being accused of putting a piece of tape over a student's mouth reached a settlement with the school district, according to a settlement agreement.The Catskill Central School District Board of Education approved at its June 12 meeting a settlement agreement regarding the discipline of a tenured teacher, who was not named on the agenda.The settlement, obtained through a Freedom of In...

First licensed marijuana dispensary Twin Counties opens

HUDSON — The first permanent, licensed dispensary in the Twin Counties is open for business.Riverbend Dispensary, 531 Warren St. and the former site of the clothing store Riverbend Mercantile, opened July 1.Rudy Huston, one of the owners of the dispensary, has lived in Hudson for 22 years. He was approached roughly four years ago by his business partner and co-owner Ed Glickman about potentially opening a dispensary.“We were partners from the clothing business in New York,” he said. “We stayed i...

County board votes down animal abuse registry law

HUDSON — The Columbia County Board of Supervisors voted down a local law that would have established a county animal abuse registry.The law, introduced at the board’s meeting Wednesday, was defeated 16-7, following a brief public hearing.Supervisors Raymond Staats, Clermont; Brenda Adams, Canaan; Richard Wolf, Copake; Donal Collins, Chatham; John Reilly, Gallatin; Kathy Eldridge, Greenport; David Helsley, Germantown; Dennis Dvorchak, Hillsdale; Claire Cousin, Hudson 1st Ward; Abdus Miah, Hudson...

Greene County residents call for clean water at Superfund site meeting

CATSKILL — Clean water should be a priority for the Environmental Protection Agency, residents who attended a community meeting held Thursday by the agency said Thursday.The meeting organized by the EPA began with an open house where attendees could view posters with information about the site and was followed by a presentation made by representatives from the agency, as well as the state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation.Over 50 residents from Catskill, South Cai...

Pocketbook factory project gets $7 million in financing

HUDSON — Pocketbook Hudson, the project to adapt the former pocketbook factory in the city, was awarded $7 million in financing for the project.The factory, formally known as The Harder Knitting Mill, is located at 549 Washington St. and was formerly a textile manufacturing plant in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The project received the loan through the state Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing program, which provides project funding for sustainable improvements to proje...

Driver dead after crash at Lebanon Valley Dragway

NEW LEBANON — A driver was killed in a crash during a drag race at the Lebanon Valley Dragway Sunday afternoon, state police said.William E. Janke, 57, of Newburgh, lost control of his vehicle during a sanctioned drag race at the motorway and struck a barrier at roughly 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.Janke was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Janke was driving at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, New York State Police Troop K Public Information Officer Aar...

Income gap narrows slightly between people migrating in and out of Twin Counties

The income gap between those migrating in and out of the Twin Counties was lower in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit organization Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.Five out of the nine counties included in the report, including Columbia County, gained income from migration into the county even though more people were leaving, according to the report.In 2020, the average household income of people moving into Columbia County was $166,107, and house...

Gas line replacement along Warren Street in Hudson expected to finish next month

HUDSON — Ongoing replacement of natural gas lines along Warren Street in the city is expected to be completed by August, a National Grid spokesperson said Tuesday.“It still depends on weather and things that may come up in between, but right now we’re looking to be done by August,” said Patrick Stella, a spokesperson for National Grid.Replacement of the lines began in November, and are ongoing. The gas line work has resulted in the closure of sections of Warren Street for the past nine months. T...

Hudson prison inmate serving 20 years for murder, pleads guilty to contraband charge

HUDSON — An inmate at the Hudson Correctional Facility was sentenced  Monday for allegedly possessing two weapons inside of the prison.Jose Dugger, 44, pleaded guilty in May to one count of first degree knowingly attempting to make/possess dangerous contraband in prison, a class E felony, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.In September, Dugger was accused by officials of having a shank, which is a make-shift knife. In addition, Dugger was suspected of having and a...

County officials reflect on the meaning of Independence Day

Independence Day offers a day for people in the United States to celebrate the birth of the country with friends, families and loved ones. Officials in Columbia County recognize the Fourth of July holiday and what it means to them.Dorene WeirWhile the Fourth of July is a time for barbecues and celebrations across the country, Kinderhook Mayor Dorene Weir contemplated the true meaning of day."Independence Day is not only a day of reflection but also a day to pay tribute and express our gratitude...

Two arrested in Taghkanic on drug charges after traffic stop

TAGHKANIC — A traffic stop in the town led to the arrest of two Massachusetts residents on drug-related charges Tuesday, New York State Police said.Krista A. Chadwell, 37, identified as the driver, and passenger Jerome Grandson, 36, both of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, face multiple felony charges, according to state police.Troopers from the State Police Community Stabilization Unit performed a traffic stop on the 2017 Ford Escape Chadwell was driving northbound on the Taconic State Parkway.A poli...

Community meeting set for South Cairo superfund site

CATSKILL — A community meeting about the American Thermostat Co. superfund site is set to take place Thursday at Robert C. Antonelli Senior Center.The meeting, organized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will begin with an open house at 6:30 p.m. July 11 and will include a presentation at 7 p.m.“This is our opportunity to go out to the community and talk about our new investigation,” said Larisa Romanowski, community involvement coordinator for the EPA on Friday. “Generally, when w...

Teen arrested for making threat at Brookwood Secure Facility

CLAVERACK — A teenager from Troy was arrested in Claverack on Saturday after making threats at the Brookwood Secure Center.

The suspect, 18, was arrested and charged with one count of making a terroristic threat, a class D felony.

The teenager's arrest came after State Police responded to a disorderly conduct call at the center.

The suspect, an 18-year-old from Troy, was found at the entrance of the facility wanting to enter for a visit but refusing to be searched, New York State Police Troop

Gas line replacement expected to be finished next month

HUDSON — Ongoing replacement of natural gas lines along Warren Street in the city is expected to be completed by August, a National Grid spokesperson said Tuesday.

“It still depends on weather and things that may come up in between, but right now we’re looking to be done by August,” said Patrick Stella, a spokesperson for National Grid.

Replacement of the lines began in November, and are ongoing. The gas line work has resulted in the closure of sections of Warren Street for the past nine month
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