MIDDLETOWN – Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine officially launched Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony highlighting the ‘win-win-win’ relationship between the college, the City of Middletown, and the region.
“Demonstrating a continued investment in New York and our students” is how Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy defined it during remarks at the former Horton Hospital in Middletown.
TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Human remains found in a sealed container behind a false wall in the basement of a vacant home at 720 Vassar Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie could be those of a woman who disappeared 27 years ago.
The remains were found on Friday by a private contractor cleaning out the vacant home on Vassar Road. The owner of the home, James Nichols, 82, was found dead of natural causes on December 27, 2012 after he had not been seen for several days. Town police found the house filled with personal items, debris and garbage.
KINGSTON – State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) addressed the ongoing Ulster County sales tax dilemma at his Kingston office Tuesday afternoon. The briefing was attended by two deputy county executives who took exception to Cahill's position.
Last week, county and local officials slammed Cahill for tying up the sales tax extension bill with competing legislation.
On Tuesday, the assemblyman was critical of the way they attacked him.
NEW PALTZ – State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli kicked off a Local Government Leadership Conference at SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday. He told local officials that the State’s economic indicators are certainly more positive than they were two years ago, but when broken down to individual localities there are still significant challenges to face.
DiNapoli released the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System on Tuesday not to point fingers, but to inform the public so they can be more involved in addressing any issues within their locality.
KINGSTON – The sale of the Ulster County-owned Golden Hill nursing home in Kingston is almost complete. The county is selling it to GH Acquisition Corp. for $11.25 million.
County Executive Michael Hein said the transfer is in the final stage.
“We are dealing with the very last components of it before there is a final process of transition,” Hein told MidHudsonNews.com. “We are dealing with the state Department of Health and we expect that to be done any moment.”
MONTICELLO – Sullivan County public officials, business and economic development leaders hope to pursuade Governor Cuomo to site at least one casino in the county.
Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson and Legislator Alan Sorensen penned a letter. Sullivan County Partnership Vice President Michelle Klugman Resnick and Chamber of Commerce President Terri Ward came up with the idea to shoot a video message read by a number of people.
Resnick said they hope it will get the governor’s attention.
ALBANY – More than 1,000 protesters gathered at the State Capitol to send the message to Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers don’t want fracking. The action included 130 co-sponsor organizations from medical associations to farmers to the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.
Protesters came on 30 buses, in car pools, rode bikes and walked. They were joined by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Actor Debra Winger, and musician Natalie Merchant.
Hinchey called upon the government to do what he said is the right thing.
NEWBURGH – Amid controversy that he was involved with a prostitute, Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek resigned abruptly on Thursday.
Hours later, the city council named Police Chief Michael Ferrera as acting city manager.
“I’m the police chief and the police chief is my heart, but of course, I am here, I have covered as city manager quite a few times in the past and of course I will be here until I find a city manager, and hopefully it will be soon,” Ferrera said.
Mayor Judy Kennedy suggested an investigation into the Herbek situation may continue.