KINGSTON – A new Ulster County Public Safety Advisory Committee has been formed in response to the tragedy in Newtown with the goal of making recommendations to prevent any incidents locally.
The group will address five topic areas – identifying ways in which to identify individuals who are at risk of causing violence; identifying ways in which those individuals can be helped; identifying other ways to prevent violence; examining how drug abuse and drug-related crimes can be reduced; and identifying ways in which to protect people in public places.
SHOKAN – State Police are continuing to investigate a barn fire and apparent suicide in the Town of Olive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. at 3358 Route 28. The blaze consumed the large barn and a pick-up truck that was parked next to it.
The owner of the barn, who was found dead in the truck, was tentatively identified as Brett Sirois, 48, who was found in possession of a rifle, handgun and several rounds of ammunition at the time of his death.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is lending a hand to jumpstart the efforts of a not-for-profit cooperative to produce organic hops for New York’s craft breweries. The New York Democrat says he would like to see a site in Dutchess County become a major hop yard.
Schumer dropped by Dutchess Hops, the core of the cooperative, in Lagrangeville on Monday.
He spoke about how New York in the mid-1800s was a leading producer of hops, but fell victim to changes in climate conditions, blight, and:
LAGRANGEVILLE – Standing outside one of the hops drying houses at Eastern View Farms & Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville on Monday, US Senator Charles Schumer pledged to work with the US Small Business Administration and Department of Agriculture to get funding for local farmers to grow hops and buy equipment.
A two-week delay in the first furlough warnings to civilian employees at West Point and other federal installations will harm the workers even more, according to American Federation of Government Employees Local 2367 Vice President James McCabe.
He said cutting two weeks off the furlough time at the US Military Academy and elsewhere will hurt workers even more than the original plan.
WHITE PLAINS – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday threatened to reallocate $7.4 million in fiscal year 2011 funding For Westchester County's community development block grant and other federal programs.
“To date, the county has not provided satisfactory certification that it will comply with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing as part of its FY2011 Annual Action Plan,” HUD Director of Community Planning and Development Vincent Horn wrote to County Executive Robert Astorino.
NEWBURGH – The environmental remediation of the DuPont-Stauffer state Superfund site at 750 South Street in Newburgh is going to begin within the next few months, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.
NEWBURGH – Lower Broadway in the City of Newburgh is slated for a full-fledged supermarket, Mayor Judy Kennedy said.
The facility, to be constructed in a city-owned vacant lot adjacent to the DMV office, would house apartments on the second floor, the mayor said. She could not divulge the name of the supermarket at this time.
“It’s a way in which we can bring in a little vitality to the lower part of Broadway,” Kennedy said.
At present city residents must shop at supermarkets in the neighboring towns of Newburgh and New Windsor.
BEACON – Five men have taken the civil service test for the first-ever paid fire chief in the City of Beacon. City officials are awaiting the results of the test
Mayor Randy Casale hopes chief will be selected and take office this summer.
“The soonest we would have someone in would be May to June timeframe because when the results come out, if we are going to hire somebody and we talk to him, he will probably have to give notice and by the time he relocates, it wouldn’t be overnight,” Casale said.