Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Thank You to Dave Hawley

Rensselaer County has been proud to sponsor the county branch of Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County has been a force for good in the county, supporting agricultural and farming efforts, providing education on nutrition and health, … Continue reading

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Still Seeking Answers on Rate Increase

In late February, I wrote about the Rensselaer County Legislature asking for a review by New York State of a sharp increase in electricity rates. We had received many calls from residents and businesses concerned about a costly hike in … Continue reading

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Mandated to Lower Taxes

There is a growing chorus, on both sides of the political aisle, for reform of unfunded state and federal mandates. Expect more discussion with a gubernatorial election and races for various state offices during 2014. New York is one of … Continue reading

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Remembering Ed’s Work

The centerpiece to County Executive Kathleen Jimino’s 2014 State of the County address delivered at the March 11 legislative meeting was the announcement that a new purchaser had been found for the former Fort Orange Paper Company plant in Castleton. … Continue reading

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Progress on Fort Orange

For generations, the Fort Orange Paper Company was a source of employment and opportunity for those living in Castleton, southern Rensselaer County and surrounding areas. Those days may be returning. Fort Orange can trace roots back to before the Civil … Continue reading

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Results for Rough Roads

This long, cold winter has been especially rough on roads throughout upstate New York. Add some funding constraints in recent fiscal years and you have a recipe for potholes, cracks and crevices on state roads in the region. Rensselaer County … Continue reading

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Put a Cork in This Tax

New York State has seen a growth in small vineyards, wineries and cafes in recent years, including right here in Rensselaer County. Unfortunately, new state legislation proposed┬áduring the last few weeks could undo much of that progress. Many small-scale distributors … Continue reading

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