Roxbury budget lowered to 0% tax hike

By Pauline Liu
Roxbury residents who attended the public hearing to override the state’s two percent property tax cap last Thursday were in for a pleasant surprise.

Newly re-elected Town Supervisor Tom Hynes told the audience of about 30 people, that there was no longer a need to seek an override. He explained that with much hard work, the budget had been recently whittled down, to that there will be a zero-percent tax levy increase.


Roxbury votes counted

Tom Hynes was re-elected supervisor:

Thomas Hynes 543
Bill Walcutt 211

Top vote getters in the race for town council were Edward Raeder and Carol Murray:
Edward Raeder 377
Stephen Walker 352
Carol Murray 390
Joseph Aulino 350

Diane Pickett was unopposed and was re-elected town clerk with 634 votes.
Joan Moore was unopposed and was re-elected tax collector with 620 votes.
Stephen Schuman was unopposed and was re-elected superintendent of highways with 643 votes.


Andes election results

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Martin Donnelley ran unopposed and was re-elected supervisor with 343 votes.

Kimberly Tosi defeated Janis Jacques in the town clerk race:

Janis Jacques 121
Kimberly Tosi 404

Wayland Gladstone and Thomas Hall were the top vote getters in the race for town council:

Shayne Moshier 161
Ritchie Gabriel 217
Wayland Gladstone 383
Thomas Hall 233

Margaret Moshier was re-elcted Tax collectoer:

Margaret Moshier 284
Stephanie Soules 227

Michael McAdams was re-elected superintendent of highways:

Michael McAdams 442
Bill Wagner 89


Congressman Gibson, FEMA working on flood help

By Pauline Liu
Congressman Chris Gibson (R-20th District) of Kinderhook has offered to help local officials find out what the owners of Freshtown are planning to do with their flood-damaged supermarket, amid widespread rumors that the business may be moving out of the village to higher ground.


Community anxious for Phoenicia bridge repair

By Jay Braman Jr.
It has been just over two months since the region was hit by back-to-back flood events that crippled many local businesses. Even though one of those communities has recovered physically, its economy still has a long way to go to return to normal.

Making matters worse, there is no date in sight for the repair of the main access to the business district, leaving merchants nervous about catching the winter trade.
Phoenicia was hit pretty hard by flooding at the end of August, but it’s real estate fared remarkably well.


Trailer fire leaves Arkville family homeless

By Pauline Liu
Four members of an extended family are receiving help from the community, relatives and the Red Cross, after being left homeless by a smoky clothes dryer fire that destroyed their Margaretville trailer home on October 30.

The four, including the homeowner, lived at 47 Fred Circle in Glen Acres. Dana Baker explained she bought her trailer six years ago and it was uninsured.


Beloved MCS teacher passes away

By Pauline Liu
Students, staff and parents gathered for an assembly in the Margaretville Central School gymnasium on Wednesday morning to mourn the death of beloved fifth grade teacher Dan Cohen. According to his co-workers, Cohen worked as an elementary school teacher at MCS for about 37 years. He was also a winning girls’ varsity soccer coach, leading the Blue Devils to the state championship in 2002. The work he did touched hundreds of young lives. Cohen could have retired a few years ago taking early retirement as some of his colleagues did, he decided to stay on because he loved teaching so much. Dan CohenDan Cohen


Candidates for Middletown supervisor offer variety of opinions on the election

By Jennifer Kabat
This year there will be what amounts to an historic election in the Town of Middletown, not simply because of the recent flood, but also because of a wholesale shift in town government, with both the long-serving incumbent town clerk and supervisor retiring. For the first time in years there are four candidates, and none is running with a party affiliation.


Fracking moratorium drawn up in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes appears to be at the forefront of an anti-fracking movement in the New York City Watershed, especially now that Town Attorney David Merzig has drafted a proposed law that would impose a six-month moratorium on heavy industry, including hydrofracking.

Some may question these efforts, since the state is continuing to ban fracking in the watershed, which is where the city gets its water. Many Andes residents want to ensure that there will be no natural gas drilling in the town in the event that the ban is someday lifted.


Tax issues are key focus in Roxbury's super race

By Pauline Liu
Do Town of Roxbury residents pay the highest real estate taxes in Delaware County?

That interesting subject was discussed by both candidates running for town supervisor at a meet-the-candidates event, which was held at Roxbury radio station WIOX last Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event, which the radio station billed as a “conversation,” ended weeks of speculation as to whether incumbent Democratic Town Supervisor Tom Hynes and his Republican-Independent challenger Bill Walcutt would agree to debate.


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