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Monthly Archives: February, 2013

NY Court: Yes, You can Paddle on Navagable Waterways

Judge says paddler can use waterway Posted on   February 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm  by  Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau – Times Union A state Supreme Court judge has ruled on behalf of a newspaper editor/outdoor enthusiast and guide who purposely paddled down a supposed private waterway in order to test the laws about the use of public waters. …

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Notes on the Town Board Meeting Feb. 25th, 2013

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Roy Brown at 7:00 PM. Board members present: Don Westmore, Joel Craig, Joan Snyder, Mike Mortenson absent. Town Clerk, Charlene Diehl and also Town Attorney, Tal Rippleyea were present. After unanimous approval of the minutes of the January Organization Meeting, the January Town Board meeting, and the …

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Court May Decide Fate of Property Tax Caps

HERE’S an article from the Albany Times Union’s columnist, Fred LeBrun, that gives a thoughtful analysis of the issues before the court.  The implications could be profound as Mr. LeBrun lays out in a fairly long piece below:   Tax cap denies a ‘sound, basic’ education system Fred LeBrun, Commentary Published 8:39 pm, Saturday, February 23, …

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The Good Stuff: What Obamacare will bring in 2014

We have been advised that the details,  regulations and definitions are all in place to  implement the really important elements of the Affordable Care Act next year.  These are the familiar talking points that were used to move the bill forward through the legislative process against the powerful pushback by conservatives who were bound to …

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Congressional Environmental Scorecard for 2012

 The NY League of Conservation Voters just sent out its score card for our state. http://scorecard.lcv.org/ Naturally our Senators did well—90% for Schumer and 93% for Gillibrand, but the congressional picture was different.  In our area Maurice Hinchey (97%) now gone and replaced by Chris Gibson,  and Paul Tonko(94%)  scored equally well.  However, along the Hudson River …

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