ALBANY – State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara denied a motion for a preliminary injunction of the state’s new gun control law on Wednesday.
The suit maintained the message of necessity that rushed the measure through the legislature was illegal, but the judge said judicial intervention with a message of necessity is not allowed, according to an earlier Court of Appeals decision.
GOSHEN – The Orange County Democratic Alliance has released a report documenting some 40 toxic sites in the county, many of which have been on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cleanup list for years and have yet to be remediated.
NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef delivered his final state of the county address to the County Legislature Tuesday night taking aim at budget and financial challenges and the county’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy.
Vanderhoef, who is retiring at the end of the year, spent a significant amount of time discussing the county’s budget woes, assuring county residents the worst of the recession was over but more structural changes were necessary.
GOSHEN – Redistricting of the Orange County Legislature’s 21 districts has been approved in committee and is expected to be approved by the full lawmaking body later this week.
The reapportionment is required to keep all districts within the same approximate number of constituents.
Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairman Steven Brescia said even though a public hearing is required before a vote and approval by the county executive, time is a factor in the need to approve the new plan.
TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.
The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.
TOWN OF WAPPINGER – If sequestration kicks in today, aircraft operations at Dutchess County Airport could be severely impacted as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) said on Thursday that the control tower faces shutdown. The tower is operated by federal FAA air traffic controllers and while Dutchess has no commercial traffic, it does have corporate helicopter service as well as corporate and creational aviation users.
Maloney said sequestration will negatively impact the regional economy.