Greene County

County Legislator Dies

Sep 18, 2015
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Greene County residents are mourning the death of the former chairman of the County Legislature.

  This Saturday, May 16th, Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) will present a fundraiser at Catskill Mill in Catskill, NY.

The fundraiser, entitled ‘between the lines,’ will be presented in three parts: an auction, a dance performance, and a dance party.

Here to tell us more are Nancey Rosensweig, GCCA board-member, midwife, and dancer and Kay Stamer, Executive Director of GCCA.

The early taste of summer brought a spate of wildfires to our area. 

First it was northern Berkshire County, then Ulster and Sullivan. Now, fast-moving brush fires have spread throughout the Catskills over the last several days. The Lanesville fire, one of largest of several to impact the area, was declared around noon Sunday "fully contained."

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New York towns and villages are in a continuous tug of war between balancing their budgets and staying under the tax cap. One Greene County municipality is taking a hard look at turning street lights off to save money.

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A controversial power line project along the Hudson River has been delayed.

An extension was granted to allow West Point Partners extra time to seek out an alternative route and converter station site.

The Catskill Daily Mail reports West Point has been given until November 5th to explore the possibility of using lands adjacent to an existing route, which runs through uninhabited Greene County land where National Grid power lines already exist.

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Three years after Tropical Storm Irene tore through New York,  one upstate county has completed restoration efforts.

Irene destroyed many Greene County communities - affecting several roads and bridges. Now county officials say all repair and rebuild projects as a result of the storm have been finished.

It’s a busy weekend at an upstate resort. Windham Mountain is playing host to the Mountain Bike World Cup.

People in a Greene County town are scratching their heads after state troopers swooped in on the municipal building.

Many villages across New York are holding elections today. One of those contests is a showdown between a longtime incumbent Democratic mayor and a prominent local Republican business owner.

A new center for the performing arts is coming to the Village of Catskill.

The head of an area legislative body has been hospitalized.  Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden tells the Catskill Daily Mail that County Legislature chairman Wayne Speenburgh was admitted to the emergency room at Albany Medical Center around 9 a.m. Tuesday. He is reportedly conscious and alert. The paper says little else is known about the 68-year old's illness or how long he will stay at the hospital.  The legislature's next meeting is set to take place January 8th. Groden expects Speenburgh have returned to his duties by that time.

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The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

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Officials in Windham concede telecommunication capabilities in the community are NOT likely to improve in the immediate future... 

Recovery has been a slow process in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which devastated the Greene County town a few years ago. 

Spotty cellular phone service has been an ongoing problem; officials say plans to build a network of cell towers is in the works, but will take years to unfold at a cost of millions.

Assemblyman Pete Lopez is looking for an alternative solution that could be fast-tracked.

Services Set For 3 NYers Killed In Afghanistan

Jun 17, 2013
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Funeral services are set for the three New Yorkers who were killed by a man they were training in the Afghan security forces.

The funeral for 54-year-old Joseph Morabito will be held this morning at a church in Haines Falls in Greene County.

The military funeral for 40-year-old Lt. Col. Todd Clark will be Tuesday afternoon at a church in the Albany suburb of Guilderland. He'll be buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

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Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville —  the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.

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One year after Tropical Storm Irene, repair crews remain busy in Greene County New York, where the reconstruction is expected to cost as much as $15 million on roads, bridges and culverts. For an update, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Gary Harvey, the superintendent of the Greene County Highway Department.