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Looking forward to a better post-pandemic year.
05/15/2021
Looking forward to a better post-pandemic year

Looking forward to a better post-pandemic year.

HUDSON — COVID has impacted businesses and industries differently, and several businesses have had to make changes to their model throughout the pandemic.

Supervisors oppose Shepherd's Run.
05/15/2021
Supervisors oppose Shepherd’s Run

Supervisors oppose Shepherd's Run.

COPAKE — The Columbia County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed Shepherd’s Run solar project in Copake.

Supervisors pass youth hunting law.
05/14/2021
Supervisors pass youth hunting law

Supervisors pass youth hunting law.

HUDSON — Columbia County supervisors unanimously passed a local law allowing 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow.

One injured in Stuyvesant crash.
05/14/2021
One injured in Stuyvesant crash

One injured in Stuyvesant crash.

STUYVESANT — A man was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital on Thursday afternoon following a two-car accident in Stuyvesant, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K, said

Murder charge in Cairo stabbing.
05/14/2021
Murder charge in Cairo stabbing

Murder charge in Cairo stabbing.

CAIRO — A Cairo woman is dead and a Saugerties woman is being held on murder charges following a stabbing early Friday morning in Cairo, Steven Nevel, public information officer

Three seek two seats on Chatham school board.
05/14/2021
3 seek 2 seats on Chatham school board

Three seek two seats on Chatham school board.

CHATHAM — Voters in the Chatham Central School District on Tuesday will decide the fate of a proposed $33 million budget for 2021-22 that carries a 1.76% increase in the

Council backpedals on dock license for cruise line.
05/14/2021
Council backpedals on dock license for cruise line

Council backpedals on dock license for cruise line.

HUDSON — The Common Council is reassessing whether to award a dock license to Hudson Cruises, Inc., after passing a resolution authorizing Mayor Kamal Johnson to enter an agreement with

#EDITORIAL: Philmont needs open, inclusive government.
05/14/2021
Editorial: Philmont needs open, inclusive government

#EDITORIAL: Philmont needs open, inclusive government.

In a peculiar series of decisions and rationalizations, the Philmont village board of trustees voted 3-2 to no longer provide online access to its meetings. This bizarre and unsavory transformation

NY beaches, pools to open socially distanced.
05/13/2021
NY beaches, pools to open socially distanced

NY beaches, pools to open socially distanced.

Pools and beaches statewide can open at limited capacity starting Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer activities, as New York’s coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline.

Three seek two open seats in Taconic Hills.
05/13/2021
3 seek two open seats in Taconic Hills

Three seek two open seats in Taconic Hills.

CLAVERACK — Voters in the Taconic Hills Central School District will cast ballots Tuesday on a proposed $38.9 million budget for 2021-22. The budget proposal reflects a 2.21% spending increase.

Pocketbook factory proposal draws criticism.
05/13/2021
Pocketbook factory proposal draws criticism

Pocketbook factory proposal draws criticism.

HUDSON — The pocketbook factory in Hudson is ready to make a comeback as a public-private multi-use space and residents are speaking against it.

$750M up for grabs for development projects.
05/13/2021
$750M up for grabs for development projects

$750M up for grabs for development projects.

NEW YORK — Leaders in the state’s 10 regions can start applying for more than $750 million in grants earmarked for economic development projects, officials said, as New York works

Beaury: "Hate has no place here."
05/13/2021
Beaury: ‘Hate has no place here’

Beaury: "Hate has no place here."

GERMANTOWN — A Patriot Front recruiting sticker was reported seen in Palatine Park in Germantown, a local watchdog group said Wednesday.

#EDITORIAL: Lafarge, back to the drawing board.
05/13/2021
Editorial: Lafarge, back to the drawing board

#EDITORIAL: Lafarge, back to the drawing board.

The LafargeHolcim cement plant, about 7 miles from the Greene County line, has for years had an air permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation permitting the company to

Treasury launches coronavirus recovery funds.
05/12/2021
Treasury launches coronavirus recovery funds

Treasury launches coronavirus recovery funds.

HUDSON — The U.S. Treasury launched the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which will deliver $350 billion to states, counties, cities, towns and villages throughout New York to

Attorney: Stabbing was act of self-defense.
05/12/2021
Attorney: Stabbing was act of self-defense

Attorney: Stabbing was act of self-defense.

STUYVESANT — Diana Huyck told police that the fatal stabbing of an Austerlitz man was an act of self-defense, her attorney said Wednesday in Columbia County Court.

COVID allows no closure for mourners.
05/12/2021
COVID allows no closure for mourners

COVID allows no closure for mourners.

The grieving process for many families has been drawn out by the pandemic, as those mourning their loved ones made the difficult decision to postpone memorials.

Five seeking three seats on ICC school board.
05/12/2021
Five seeking three seats on ICC school board

Five seeking three seats on ICC school board.

VALATIE — Ichabod Crane Central School District residents will vote Tuesday on a proposed $43.8 million budget for the 2021-22 school year. The budget proposal reflects a 3.5% increase in

Police: Woman charged after 8 mile pursuit on Taconic Parkway.
05/12/2021
Police: Woman charged after 8 mile pursuit on Taconic Parkway

Police: Woman charged after 8 mile pursuit on Taconic Parkway.

GALLATIN — An Albany woman was charged after she allegedly led police on an eight-mile pursuit on the Taconic State Parkway on Monday, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state

Hudson man gets prison for gun store break-in.
05/12/2021
Hudson man gets prison for gun store break-in

Hudson man gets prison for gun store break-in.

ALBANY — A Columbia County man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for his role in a 2020 break-in at a Ghent gun dealership, acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon said.

SUNY mandates COVID vaccine.
05/12/2021
SUNY mandates COVID vaccine

SUNY mandates COVID vaccine.

NEW YORK — All students who attend state universities must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend classes in person this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Zachos leaves his youth center post.
05/12/2021
Zachos leaves his youth center post

Zachos leaves his youth center post.

HUDSON — Nick Zachos will be leaving his Youth Director post Friday with a new director starting this week.

Meeting restrictions split board.
05/12/2021
Meeting restrictions split board

Meeting restrictions split board.

PHILMONT — The village of Philmont will no longer provide online access to its Board of Trustees meetings, regardless of two trustees urging against the decision.

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Yesterday's treason activities at our nation's capitol by Trump supporters clearly demonstrated that our nation is not secure. All patriotic citizens of this nation should have taken due notice thereof, and should henceforth govern themselves accordingly. Our president, Donald Trump, spearheaded an attempted coup d' etat against the United States of America.Brave and loyal citizens of America should take up arms and use our sophisticated technologies against these foreign and domestic terrorist in defense of the United States of America. Our nation's capitol was illegally trespassed and plundered and possibly bugged by persons unknown.
Jeffrey A. Yeh is described as having a “criminal career” which stretches back at least 26 years. Yeh has been charged with at least 26 crimes by police agencies, including at least 18 felonies. He has been sentenced to incarceration at least five times. The charges documented tend to revolve around theft, identity theft, electronic surveillance and possessing forged financial documents. Many of his victims were known to him, such as individuals who employed him, or people he knew socially.
Ichabod Crane
Paul Czajka failed to stop the arson in Copake. What will the Public Safety Committee do? Grant Dinehart Langdon 170 Willow Pond Way Penfield, New York October 1, 2020 Public Safety Committee 401 State Street Hudson, New York 12534 My September letter of September 19, 2020 explains why Frank Langdon should not have been indicted. The Grand Jury was misled. The conditions made in the forced statement did not match the conditions known about the fire. I named George Pitcher as the person I beleive burned my barns and set other fires. In letters to the Berkshire Eagle I named George Pitcher as the person that set the three fires on Mt. Washington MA on December 15, 2019. I asked them to contact the victims of the fires and inform them Frank Langdon did not set the fires and that I beleive George Pitcher did. I explained how Columbia County hired the defense lawyers to prevent the payment of damages; how they convicted the victim of the arson, a felony. Your District Attorney used Frank as the scapegoat for the fires. That led to the shunning of Frank driving him for the community and the loss of the farm. I demand the Public Safety Committee bring Paul Czajka along with his file with any his notes on indictment 3386 to explain why he is not protecting the people and property. In my letter of the September 19, 2020 I told how i found out the West Copake Firehouse was burned by a member. George Pitcher was a member of the West Copake Fire Company. Why was he not investigated then? Czajka indicted the manager of the Blue Store Restaurant when he couldn’t even prove it was arson. It was likely done because election was coming up. He got a bad meal and stormed out without paying the bill. ______________________________ Grant Dinehart Langdon
A number of women have had a large and lasting impact on Hillsdale and Columbia County. One of them was Ida Haywood Pulver, a well-educated (for her time) woman whose many professions — photographic hand-colorist, dressmaker-to-the-stars, Parisian milliner, fundraiser, gardener, historical society founder and overall local mover-and-shaker — kept her busy during her extraordinary 101 year life. Here's the latest from the Hillsdale Historians.
Please help a GCS senior raise funds for her dads final expenses. He passed more sudden than we all thought and he wasn’t able to make the arrangements.
Copake Supervisor Jeanne Mettler’s mother, Elanor Mettler published the Roe Jan Independent. The independent published Ten Years of Fire, most never solved . Three of the 50 fires were barns owned or rented by me. The list of fires started I 1980 and the list ended 1990. The article is in a book I published in 2007 It is in the library. I named the person I beleive burned my three barns He was not investigated by DA Czajka even though I am sure he is aware of who I name after my third fire in 1987. It is interesting reading and I would recommend Scandal in the Courtroom, Found Guilty Without Trial to anyone interested in Copake or justice in Columbia County. Frank Langdon was a farm youth just 19 and going to collage when our third barn was burned. He loved the farm and wanted to take over running it. It all ended badly. The fires were set by a pyromaniac. His family was a longtime resident of Copake where he still lives today. Frank’s indictment for arson started a 32 year search for justice. The book is an interesting hstory of the Times of Arson.
The courts of Columbia County is a swamp, polluted by the rotting co**se of the lawyer integrity. How ells can you explain the conviction of Frank Langdon of Copake without a trial? .Frank was 19 and going to college with the intent of taking over the farm. The farm had its third barn burned by arson. Frank was maliciously arrested by the Sheriff who needed an arrest. When it got to court the firm of Rapport Meyers, Griffin and Whitbeck was hired to represent Frank. They had been trusted lawyers but had political ambitions. The Popular Sheriff was never called to explain why he arrested Frank. There was no probable cause. . The indictment was dropped without clearing Frank. A statement was used in a suit to recover damages to get a judge to rule Frank confessed. In short, Frank was convicted without facing his accuser or given a chance to defend himself in Court. The courts of Columbia County are polluted by the rotting co**se the lawyer’s integrity. Frank’s lawyer ran for County Judge.
What is the cost of malicious prosicution? Paul Czajka said he could not prove the charges against Frank and dropped the indictment. He did not clear Frank as I was told would be done. Because of that, a Federal Judge ruled Frank Confessed. Paul Czajka used Frank as the scapegoat when the arson continued. The Copake Fire Company based on the decision Frank confess, changed their by -laws and drove Frank out of the community. That led to the loss of the farm. The arson fires went on disrupting lives and doing millions in damages. What should Paul Czajka do? He should admit it was malicious prosicution and Frank should be paid damages. He should give Frank a trial with lawyers that do not have a conflict. that is his right. If the grand jury was lied to he needs to investigate and find out why? The Copake Town Board is down one member. It needs a member that is willing to tell Paul Czajka he needs to clear up the mess of his making. It is time Frank Langdon got a trial and the people of Copake found out why so many arsons were not prosecuted.
It has been 244 years since our forefathers declared our independence from the oppressive rule of King George. We will celebrate our freedom on the 4th of July. What is freedom? Some think it is our right not to ware a mask. That seems to be what President Trump is telling supporters. Freedom to me is the Right of Free speech. The right to petition for the address of greatness. The right of trial by jury and the right to face your accuser. Who on the Copake Town Board believes in the freedom we fought for? I petitioned the Board to censure Paul Czajka. He did not give Frank Langdon the right to a trial and to face his accuser. He did not clear Frank of the crime and then he did not do his job of prosecuting the arsonist but instead he used Frank as the scapegoat. My petition was decline in session. On the 4th of July Supervisor Mettler can carry a flag and led the Town Board back and forth singing Yankee Doodle all day, but she and the Board do not understand what Freedom is.
Club life in Valatie trying to profit off of the black lives matter movement. Same guy who calls the coronavirus the China virus. He is a complete racist his wife is a dirty cop. He doesn’t even have any black members in his gym. It’s all a publicity stunt.
Club life in Valatie trying to profit off of the black lives matter movement. Same guy who calls the coronavirus the China virus. He is a complete racist and his wife is a dirty cop. He doesn’t even have any black members in his gym. It’s all a publicity stunt.