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Shandaken town employee charged in illegal vehicle ID case

By Jay Braman Jr.
Pine Hill resident Tracy Longhi was arrested at Shandaken Town Hall last Thursday by New York State Police and charged with illegal possession of a Vehicle Identification Number, otherwise known as a VIN, a class E felony.
The VIN is a traceable number that is used to keep track of all vehicles. It is attached in various locations to cars, trucks and trailers. It is also printed on the registration and inspection stick­ers glued to the windshield.
Troopers had little to say on the matter Monday as they are continuing their investigation.


Flood hazard mitigation applications to be released

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) is expected to make Flood Hazard Mitigation Improvement Program (FHMIP) applications available next week, using a set of rules approved in May 2014 and revised in October of last year.
The rules, as written, contain language excluding projects featuring “structural flood control practices such as flood walls, berms and levees” as well as “stream dredging or channelization,” to the dismay of Margaretville Village officials. But CWC Director of Communications Diane Galusha and Environmental Engineering Special­ist Nathaniel Hendricks, CFM said the program as outlined is not a flood buyout program and will provide a variety of options to individuals and communities.


Fire rips through Phoenicia's Key Bank building

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SMOKEY SCENE — Firefighters were able to limit the damage to the Key Bank building in Phoenicia after a fire broke out on Monday night. — Photo by Andrea CabaneSMOKEY SCENE — Firefighters were able to limit the damage to the Key Bank building in Phoenicia after a fire broke out on Monday night. — Photo by Andrea Cabane
By Jay Braman Jr.
Phoenicia firefighters saved the Key Bank Building on Main Street after it suffered severe interior damage by a fire of unknown origin Monday evening.
At about 9:30 p.m., several 911 calls were made to alert authorities that smoke was billowing out of the small, mostly brick and concrete block building.


Margaretville officials push back on DEP response to flood prevention programs

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
In comments this week that continued a dust-up over two programs being proposed by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Margaretville village officials reiterated their charge that DEP response to flood prevention is unacceptable and called for support from other municipalities in seeking more creativity from DEP planners.


RCS project to come before voters for the third time in May

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Roxbury Central School District voters will get a third vote on a school repair project when they vote on their school budget in May.
Board of education members meeting last Wednesday night amended the repair proposal they plan to put before the voters, following a public hearing on the project.


Shandaken police officer resigns unexpectedly

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By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
A Town of Shandaken police officer resigned last week, creating some speculation over changes in the department. Officer Michael Ennist submitted a resignation letter and though both Police Chief Chad Storey and Town Supervisor Robert Stanley acknowledged receipt of the resignation, neither would say more about it.


Water main freezes in Phoenicia hamlet

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Parts of the Phoenicia Water District were still without water Monday after a six-inch main line froze up Saturday afternoon.
The matter remained unresolved as of press time. The entire district was placed on a boil-water alert as a safety precaution and gallon jugs of fresh water were made available for residents at the Phoenicia Fire House. While most of the 300 or so users of the system did not see any disruption, many in the High Street and Station Road area had no water.
PHOENICIA FREEZE UP — A temporary water main made out of a fire hose and installed in Phoenicia Sunday was no match for the frigid temperatures that night. Once the mercury fell below zero it froze solid, just like the water main underneath, which suffered a full freeze up the day before. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.PHOENICIA FREEZE UP — A temporary water main made out of a fire hose and installed in Phoenicia Sunday was no match for the frigid temperatures that night. Once the mercury fell below zero it froze solid, just like the water main underneath, which suffered a full freeze up the day before. — Photo by Jay Braman Jr.


Andes mulls eliminating tax collector and combining job with town clerk

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By Cheryl Petersen
A split vote in a town board meeting last week Tuesday tabled a resolution to abolish the elected office of tax collector in the Town of Andes. If the resolution had passed, the duty of collecting tax would have been transferred to the town clerk. The intent was to save money and streamline management.


CWC will investigate reasons for the Bovina garage sinking

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By Cheryl Petersen
With a barrage of severe winter storm watches and Governor Cuomo asking people to stay home for safety reasons, it’s no wonder Highway Superintendent Ed Weber told the Bovina Town Board, “The sand pile is getting low.”
Weber also showed the board a sliver of wood, 10-inches long, and said, “Woodpeckers are pecking the sand shed and thousands of these wood slivers fall into the sand pile. I’ll get a fake owl to put in the shed and hopefully scare the woodpeckers away. The good news is the Freightliner is up and running, plowing snow.”


Affordable artist housing available in June in Kingston

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Kingston — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get preferences in renting the apartments, which will range in price from $526 for a studio to $1,042 for a three-bedroom.
COMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory.  Artists and people engaged in creative work will getCOMING SOON — Brand new affordable apartments, 55 in all, ranging from studio sized to three-bedroom, will soon become available in Kingston thanks to the RUPCO reconstruction of a century-old factory. Artists and people engaged in creative work will get


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