Roxbury election races are heating up

By Pauline Liu
With merely three weeks left before Election Day, many local political races are heating up, including those in Roxbury.

Three Democratic incumbents holding key offices, face challenges from Republicans, who are also running on the independent line. While the incumbents are running on their experience and track records, the challengers are demanding change. Incumbent Town Supervisor Tom Hynes will face challenger Bill Walcutt in November. Walcutt is currently Roxbury’s building inspector.

Help still available for flood victims

Margaretville — Area residents affected by the flood of August 28 should know that they can still get help rebuilding their lives through the area’s Interfaith Council.

Did you lose furniture? Pots and pans? Bedding? Clothes?
Do you need assistance tearing out walls and rebuilding?
Are you housebound, unable to go for help, or to replace the things you lost?

Debate features candidates for Middletown Supervisor

By Brian Sweeney
A moderated debate among four Middletown supervisory candidates is set for Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

The debate will feature three candidates running on the Independent line - Marge Miller, Joe Moskowitz, both of Arkville, and Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns. A fourth candidate is Jake Rosa of Arkville, who is seeking election as a write-in.

The Catskill Mountain News is sponsoring the debate. Halcott Center resident Mark Birman will serve as moderator. The debate will follow the League of Women Voters format.

Adams, Austin earn Roadman award

By Brian Sweeney
Sue Adams and Lee Austin were honored with Keene Roadman Hospital Citizen of the Year Awards at the annual Harvest Moon Ball held October 15.

The ball, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital, was held at the Hanah Mountain Resort with 150 guests in attendance.

Mrs. Adams, an Arkville resident, and Mr. Austin, who resides in Halcott Center, have both been dedicated community service providers for many years.

SBA loan application deadline nears

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are strongly urging New Yorkers who have applied for disaster aid to complete and return their SBA loan applications. To date, SBA has approved more than $43 million in low-interest disaster loans for New Yorkers who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Andes candidates will appear at Sunday forum


Andes — Voters in the Town of Andes will get a chance on Sunday, Oct. 23 to meet many of the candidates who are running for town office this year. A forum, based on guidelines set by the League of Women Voters, will begin at 1 p.m. in the main dining room of The Andes Hotel.

The forum will be moderated by Rev. Steven Swanson, pastor of the Andes Presbyterian Church. Candidates are allowed three minutes each for opening remarks, and each candidate will be permitted a two-minute response to every question.

Roxbury sets preliminary budget

By Pauline Liu
The Roxbury Town Board got its first look at next year’s $3,250,000 budget at a specially scheduled workshop at town hall on Monday night. The 2012 Preliminary Budget was prepared by Town Clerk Diane Pickett.

Other than some minor adjustments, most of the budget, which represents the amount of money that will be raised by taxes, remained the same after the workshop concluded. The 2012 budget is little changed from 2011.

New building plan offered for Main St.

By Pauline Liu
The owners of the six flood-ravaged buildings on Main Street, Margaretville are considering a second engineering plan, which is expected to be formally unveiled on Friday by engineer Paul Gossen of Vega.  

A few owners have already embraced the new plan, which they say is within their budgets. Gossen, who was contacted by telephone, did not want to give away all of the details of his study before the meeting, but summed it up for the News.

Flood repairs only

Flood relief work a big task for MARK

By Jennifer Kabat
A woman shuffles into the MARK Project offices in Arkville with a couple handwritten sheets of paper. One of a stream of people to come in since MARK started accepting applications for flood relief, she hardly speaks, embarrassed at needing help.

She apologizes that her forms are taped and not clipped or stapled together, and MARK’s representative rushes to tell her they’re just glad to have the application. They want everyone to know it is okay to ask for help.

Roxbury wrestles with tax cap in wake of mounting flood costs

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury residents will have a chance to voice their opinions about the state’s new two percent property tax cap and the town’s 2012 budget at a public hearing to be held at town hall on Thursday, Nov. 10 beginning at 6:45 p.m. 

The event was announced at the regularly scheduled town board meeting on Monday night. Town Clerk Diane Pickett has already prepared the tentative budget and she will present it to the town board at a budget workshop scheduled for next Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

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