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Chris Hamilton takes reins at NBT Bank

Staff members and customers of NBT Bank in Margaretville welcomed a new branch manager this month and, after just nine days on the job, Chris Hamilton seems like a great fit for the community. Interviewed on a casual Friday (jeans and cowboy boots being the uniform of the day) Hamilton exuded enthusiasm and energy as he spoke of his eclectic […]

Middletown approves “exceptional budget;” hears speeding woes

The Middletown Town Board voted unanimously to adopt its budget for 2020, which Supervisor Pat Davis characterized as an “exceptional budget.” The total cost for appropriations and provisions for the town is $3,581,829. When the town’s estimated revenues of $688,133 are deducted, the final amount of funds to be raised by taxes is $2,893,146 while $34,550 remains in the unexpended […]

Bovina approves 2020 budget; deals with increased well costs

The Bovina Town Board voted unanimously to adopt its 2020 town budget after a brief public hearing on Tuesday, Nov 12. The 2020 budget in Bovina reflects an overall tax increase of 1.04 percent. The appropriations and provisions in the budget total $1,400,306 and when the revenue of $372,477 and the unexpended balance of $163,250 are reduced, there remains $864,579 […]


SUNRISE, SUNSET — Snowmakers in the region have to brave every winter element to provide a top quality ski experience for visitors. There are, however, perks; like the views they get to see when the are coming and going on the mountains. Veteran Belleayre Mt. snowmaker Jake Fronckowiak shared this beauty with the News. Ski area operators are gearing up […]

County board schedules hearing on budget, employee raises

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors scheduled two public hearings, including one for its tentative budget for 2020 when it met on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Delhi. The tentative budget for 2020 reflects a tax levy that totals $32,742,007, which comes to a 1.7574 percent, or a $565,467 increase as compared with 2019. The appropriations listed in the tentative budget […]

Parate tops Nolan in legislature race

Absentee ballot counting in both Delaware and Ulster counties on Monday and Tuesday appeared to confirm election night results which had former Ulster County Legislator John Parate re-taking the seat that Kathy Nolan had won in 2017. Though results were not certified as of News press time, Parate appeared to have won the final vote counting by 23 votes. Parate, […]


ELEVENTH HOUR, ELEVENTH DAY — Members of American Legion Post 216 in Margaretville stood ready to salute their fellow veterans during ceremonies at the Main Street post on Monday. More than 75 locals turned out to honor veterans on the 100th Anniversary of the holiday. From left are George Maggio, Bob Barrack, John Friscia, Don Kearney and Gary Atkin. CNews […]

Cost savings minimal in Fleischmanns dissolution

I f Fleischmanns residents follow in the footsteps of Pine Hill and Andes and vote to dissolve their village in December, only seven percent of the current village tax levy would accrue to residents as savings. The remaining 93 percent of the annual budget would still be collected from taxpayers who live there and autonomy on how that money is […]

Bouton, Davis rack up solid wins; other races still undecided; waiting absentee ballot

John Bouton was reelected Superintendent of Highways in Andes last week with the largest margin (83.75 percent of votes cast) of any local election, defeating Dustin Soules 299 to 57. In Middletown, incumbent Supervisor Pat Davis won comfortably over challenger Todd Pascarella, with 496 votes, 56.05 percent of the total to Pascarella’s 343. Shayne Moshier also cruised to apparent victory […]


HONORING ELDERS — Emily McGowan, Lykah DePierro, Liem Sass, and Gage Temming, from left, were at the ready to honor Andes veterans with song and salute last Friday afternoon. The annual veterans day ceremony was well attended. CNews photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer.

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