ALBANY – The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined that Justice Glen George, who presides in the Middletown Town Court in Delaware County, should be removed from office.
The commission found that George fixed a ticket by dismissing a seat belt violation issued to his friend and former employer, in the absence of the prosecutor and notwithstanding a prior caution by the commission that he not preside over matters involving his friend’s family.
The commission also found that the judge made improper statements to a prospective litigant in a small claims matter.
KINGSTON – Despite Governor Cuomo’s announced gaming casino plan that would include one in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein is pushing for more.
The EPT/Empire Resorts plan for the former Concord Hotel property in Kiamesha Lake appears to be the regional frontrunner, but Hein is continuing to lobby for the Nevele facility in the Ellenville area.
“We look forward to advocating for Ulster County and for the Nevele and also for our entire region,” Hein said.
Last weekend, enthusiasts from across the Northeast gathered to trade parts and stories at the Rhinebeck Car Show. Reporter Meg Heckman sent this audio postcard.
Hot rods, muscle cars and automotive echoes of the gilded age are the public face of the Rhinebeck Car Show, but look past the tidy rows of glittering bumpers and you’ll see something else: acres and acres of dust, rust and chrome. It’s the annual swap, where buyers and sellers come from across the East Coast to haggle over the stuff that old cars are made of.
NEWBURGH – Student enrollment figures in school districts across the Hudson Valley continue to decline and that has prompted discussion about closing schools and reorganizing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.
There are 538 school buildings in the region and since 1999, more than 30 of them have been or will be closed.
Two freshman New York lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have joined together to introduce a bipartisan bill on term limits, which they believe are key to much-needed reform in Albany.
Democratic Senator Terry Gipson and Republican Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, both from Dutchess County, joined together across party lines Thursday to say term limits are long overdue, especially with political corruption so prevalent. Here’s Gipson, of Rhinebeck.
A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.