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Council approves short-term rental proposal.
11/20/2020
Council approves short-term rental proposal

Council approves short-term rental proposal.

HUDSON — The Common Council unanimously approved a proposed short-term rental law that would limit non-resident property owners’ ability to rent their homes.

NY expands microcluster zones as virus spreads.
11/20/2020
NY expands microcluster zones as virus spreads

NY expands microcluster zones as virus spreads.

Additional coronavirus microcluster zones expanded downstate Thursday, joining a growing list of areas across the state with stricter COVID-19 regulations to prevent significant community spread of the disease.

County reeling under COVID.
11/20/2020
County reeling under COVID

County reeling under COVID.

HUDSON — More than 30% of all COVID cases in Columbia County have occurred in the past month.

#EDITORIAL: Medical professionals forge bond.
11/20/2020
Editorial: Medical professionals forge bond

#EDITORIAL: Medical professionals forge bond.

Medical experts and scientists at SUNY Upstate Medical University are studying transmission patterns of the coronavirus in households. As research projects go, this is one of the most important since

Police: Body found in Claverack pond.
11/19/2020
Police: Body found in Claverack pond

Police: Body found in Claverack pond.

CLAVERACK — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found floating in a pond in Claverack Thursday afternoon, Lt. John Rivero said.

#EDITORIAL: New court shutdown unsettling.
11/19/2020
Editorial: New court shutdown unsettling

#EDITORIAL: New court shutdown unsettling.

When Chief Court of Appeals Judge Janet DiFiore declared Monday that all civil and criminal jury trials across New York are postponed indefinitely as the COVID-19 pandemic surges, an unsettling

County holds third police reform meeting.
11/18/2020
County holds third police reform meeting

County holds third police reform meeting.

HUDSON — Columbia County held its third police reform panel meeting to consider changes the community wants to see in the county sheriff’s office.

Microclusters focus of COVID fight.
11/18/2020
Microclusters focus of COVID fight

Microclusters focus of COVID fight.

Increased coronavirus restrictions imposed in Western New York on Wednesday will aim to combat the region’s growing COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while controversial raises for state elected officials will

Germantown goes remote for two weeks.
11/18/2020
Germantown goes remote for 2 weeks

Germantown goes remote for two weeks.

GERMANTOWN — Students in seventh through 12th grade in the Germantown Central School District will switch to remote learning until Nov. 30 after a positive COVID case.

Experts ready to do battle as virus rages.
11/18/2020
Experts ready to do battle as virus rages

Experts ready to do battle as virus rages.

Leading health experts and scientists at SUNY Upstate Medical University continue to study transmission of the novel coronavirus in households and develop antibody, convalescent plasma and various testing and treatment

#EDITORIAL: Coat drive benefits two counties.
11/18/2020
Editorial: Coat drive benefits two counties

#EDITORIAL: Coat drive benefits two counties.

Former Greene County Legislature Chairman Frank Stabile Jr. had one big point he repeated time and again: The county would be virtually helpless without the work and time donated by

Businesses opening community refrigerators.
11/17/2020
Businesses opening community refrigerators

Businesses opening community refrigerators.

HUDSON — Two community refrigerators will open in Hudson, where people can take or leave food, free of charge, all supplied by two city businesses.

Kinderhook man charged in Ghent crash.
11/17/2020
Kinderhook man charged in Ghent crash

Kinderhook man charged in Ghent crash.

GHENT — A Columbia County man was charged following a one-car accident Monday night in Ghent, state police Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said Tuesday.

Thanksgiving traditions continue.
11/17/2020
Thanksgiving traditions continue

Thanksgiving traditions continue.

The COVID-19 pandemic will not get in the way of feeding those in need this Thanksgiving.

Twin Counties evaluate testing options.
11/17/2020
Twin Counties evaluate testing options

Twin Counties evaluate testing options.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Columbia and Greene counties, officials are looking at the best ways to provide testing to residents.

NY shuts down civil, criminal jury trials.
11/17/2020
NY shuts down civil, criminal jury trials

NY shuts down civil, criminal jury trials.

All civil and criminal jury trials across New York are postponed indefinitely as the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the nation, with increasing cases by the day statewide.

New Lebanon schools remote until Nov. 30.
11/16/2020
New Leb remote until Nov. 30

New Lebanon schools remote until Nov. 30.

NEW LEBANON — The New Lebanon Central School District has had its first case of COVID-19.

New Lebanon fire leaves six homeless.
11/16/2020
New Lebanon fire leaves six homeless

New Lebanon fire leaves six homeless.

NEW LEBANON — Six people were left homeless after a fire Sunday morning in New Lebanon, Lebanon Valley Fire Chief Matt Larabee said Sunday.

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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 corpse 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 corpse 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.
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TONIGHT! Join the Suicide Prevention Center of NY for a community forum, we want to hear from you! 5-6:30pm via Zoom. The only requirement is that you be a Columbia or Greene County resident. Please register using the link below. https://albany.zoom.us/meeting/register/v5EtduuvrzMiM9HK2vBB-O_JNRFd3U37mA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may join the meeting at 4:45pm and the conversation will begin at 5:00pm. If you have any questions, please email Brooke Wyand at [email protected] We hope you will join us!