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NY anti-frackers get win but inside view less rosy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups fighting fracking say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order for a new public health study is a sign he may be backing off his plans to allow the hotly debated extraction p

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Stuyvesant drafts budget with 6.1 percent tax hike

In Stuyvesant, a tentative $936,201 budget for 2013, representing a 6.1 percent tax increase, is still in the talking stages, according to Town Supervisor Ron Knott.

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Working to keep budget tight

HUDSON — With preliminary department budgets submitted and the first round of proposal-vetting complete, the City Treasurer’s Office has begun the process of constructing the 2013 budget, which calls

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Meet Your Farmer: Herondale’s grass-fed, free range animals

Meat eaters. I live with two of them. They don’t consider it a meal without meat. Eric, 17 years old and at 6-foot 5 inches is always eating. He wakes up every morning, strolls into the kitchen withou

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Parents displeased by cuts to youth program funding

HUDSON — Several programs held at the Hudson Youth Center have been cut due to a loss of funding for the Department of Youth, leading to concern and confusion from some Hudson parents.

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Investigation: School districts overcharged

New York school districts will be overcharged at least $100 million in 2012 by the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, according to a Gannett News Service investigation by David McKay Wilson. Gannett reports BOCES (BOE-sees) overcharged school districts $473 million from 2007 to 2011. These costs come from the state’s 37 BOCES services that support school districts’ management or central office functions. State Education Commissioner John King said the overcharges should be viewed as an “accounting practice” necessary to run the system. Critics call BOCES’ actions evidence that taxpayers are getting taken, year after year after year. Gannett cited a report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that said BOCES routinely overbilled school districts. Read the full Gannett story at stargazette.com.



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Village development corp. will not dissolve

Kyle Adams reports in The Daily Mail the members of the Local Development Corporation for the Village of Catskill board of directors voted Tues., Oct. 2, not to dissolve the five-year old organization. Instead, it will prioritize the collection of nearly $250,000 in defaulted loans to local businesses. The group also intends to resolve its regular meeting schedule and appoint officers. A search will be conducted for a consultant to contract as executive director. Founded in 2007, the organization provides microenterprise and job creation loans to assist individuals start, or expand a business. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.



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Catskill draft budget cuts town tax levy

William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman a 2013 budget proposal put together by Catskill Town Supervisor Joseph Leggio would increase spending, but at the same time cut the town tax levy by two percent. Leggio said he is not certain whether the Town Board will add to the proposed spending plan, which totals nearly seven million. Leggio’s budget includes a one percent cut to the town Highway Department, suggesting the possibility of a reduction in personnel. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.



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Talking mandate relief, in time for budget season

ALBANY — The unfunded mandate has been a thorn in the side of many municipalities for years, and a buzzword for almost every political campaign in New York state, but the solutions to these problems h

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We’re looking for growth

Residents in Columbia and Greene counties have different views of the communities they live in, but similar viewpoints on the need for more development, according to an in-depth poll conducted by the

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