Redistricting plan would bring big changes

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By Pauline Liu
If the newly proposed state legislative district maps are approved, the Central Catskill Region would lose two popular lawmakers.

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R, I- Guilford) of the 107th Assembly District and Senator John Bonacic (R, I-Mount Hope) of the 42nd Senate District would no longer represent eastern Delaware County or the Town of Hardenburgh in Greene County. 


Margaretville Treatment Plant upgrades will lead to three sewer district extensions

By Brian Sweeney
Three sewer extensions will soon be implemented as a result of a $7.4 million project to upgrade the Margaretville Wastewater Treatment Plant.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials said with the added plant capacity, they will undertake previously planned extensions of the sewer collection systems.


Auxiliary Thrift Shop opens doors five months after flood

By Pauline Liu
Five months after having been destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene, the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop has reopened.

Getting the shop, at 850 Main Street in Margaretville, back into operation was a community effort. As the Thrift Shop opened today, February 1, auxiliary volunteers agree that it looks better than ever. If the inside feels warmer and brighter than before, that’s because it is.

“We’re got a new heating system and new lights,” said Sue Adams, the auxiliary’s new secretary.


OCS superintendent wants clear SED

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Phyllis McGill, the superintendent of the Onteora School District, has a wish.
She wishes that she knew what New York State was going to do to this and other districts in the region before she and the board of education make major reconfigurations under the existing set up.

Why, she asked aloud during an informal chat with the audience before a school board meeting last week, should such changes be made in the dark?


Redistricting proposal draws criticism

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The New York Senate Republican majority announced a legislative redistricting plan last Thursday, proposing newly defined election districts into some odd shapes.

Critics of the plan, like Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, claim the effort connects Republican pockets in an attempt to ensure Republican re-election victory at the polls.
One of the districts that stands to be changed radically is right here in the Catskills.


Superintendents react to proposed budget cuts

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By Pauline Liu
The superintendents at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central school districts gave their reactions to Governor Andrew Cuomo tough talk last Tuesday about education reform.

The governor is calling for reform, because New York is facing the possibility of losing $700 million in federal “Race to the Top” funding for the state’s failure to  have a new teacher and principal evaluation system in place.


Governor calls for ORDA to take over Belleayre

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By Jay Braman Jr.
The anticipated announcement that Governor Cuomo wants to see the state-owned and operated Belleayre Mountain Ski Center be managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) came to pass Tuesday when the governor’s budget was presented to the state legislature.
With the decision now in the hands of the legislature, area representatives have different opinions on the matter.


Repairs underway for Main Street buidlings

By Brian Sweeney
Work is underway to replace the foundations of five adjacent Main Street, Margaretville buildings that were badly damaged by August 28 flooding.

The buildings in need of foundation repairs include the former Main Street Jewelers, Reprise men’s clothing store, the Village Pub, Rocko Mineral and Jewelry and the law office of Carey Wagner. In addition to retail spaces on the ground floor, all of the buildings have apartments on the second and third stories.


Rep. Hinchey retiring from congress

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By Jay Braman Jr.
After representing the Catskill Region and beyond for two decades, Congressman Maurice Hinchey is calling it quits.

The career politician, who was first elected in 1974 to the New York State Assembly, announced last week that that he would not seek re-election in November.

Hinchey has been battling colon cancer and following two surgeries, the Congressman has been declared cancer free.

Regardless of his health issues, the Democrat was all smiles at a press conference last Thursday in Kingston at the historic Senate House when he made his announcement.


Belleayre Music will have a home

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By Jay Braman Jr.
As questions swirl up about potential changes in management at Belleayre Ski Center, the Executive Director of the Belleayre Music Conservatory said this week that the Belleayre Music Festival will be unaffected.

Mel Litoff, who runs the festival and serves not only as executive director but also artistic director, is confident that the festival will not be harmed by the change.


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