Special Town Board Meeting

The Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 in the conference room at Town Hall and vote to go into executive session with counsel to discuss potential litigation. The board does not expect to take any action after the session is over.

NYMA retracts Sept. 14 opening date

NYMA won’t be opening on Sept. 14, as announced in a recent letter from Anthony Desa, the president of the Board of Trustees. He had addressed the letter to faculty members, alumni and students.

The question of how the school could open was raised this morning in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Poughkeepsie. Judge Cecelia Morris wanted to know how it was possible.

“That’s not necessarily going to happen, your honor,” NYMA’s attorney, Lewis Wrobel, admitted. He said a second letter would go out today to clarify the school’s situation. He reported having $100,000 from the school’s potential buyer, Global Preparation Academies, and he said he hoped to have the full down payment of $1.2 million by Sept. 15.

Judge Morris leaned forward and spoke directly to the attorney and his client who was sitting next to him. “The idea the letter went out is appalling to me,” she said without raising her voice. “The idea that some one is blatantly lying to these students gets my ire up pretty high. How many students have you enrolled?” she wanted to know.

“No one has signed up,” Mr. Wrobel responded. “No money has been taken.”

Before closing the hearing, the judge asked if anyone else wanted to address the court. Courtney L. Morgan, Esq., an attorney from Washington, D.C., got up from the audience and approached a microphone facing the front of the court. She was representing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a federal government agency that had 15 participants from NYMA. She said the agency had never been notified of the bankruptcy.

“It makes me wonder what else is missing,” Judge Morris said, before setting the next hearing for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. That would be a week and a day before the Oct. 2 foreclosure sale. So far, nothing has happened to make that sale unnecessary.

Global Preparation Academies had an attorney at the hearing. He told representatives from the Town of Cornwall that Global had just engaged him on Aug. 28,

 

 

Local singer appears at Bethel Woods

Contributed photo The All Stars and Kidz Bop at Bethel Woods on July 18. Rose Tommasi is in the rear, fourth from left. Other members of her group are Brendan Cicardo, Andrew Demarest, Josh Doro, Matt Kocienda, Ben Kohn and Shawn McNair.

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The All Stars and Kidz Bop at Bethel Woods on July 18. Rose Tommasi is in the rear, fourth from left. Other members of her group are Brendan Cicardo, Andrew Demarest, Josh Doro, Matt Kocienda, Ben Kohn and Shawn McNair.

It’s a long name. It would be tough fitting “New York School of Music All Stars” on a billboard or a record label (if people were still buying records). But despite its lengthy title, the band is off to a good start. Last month it appeared at Bethel Woods with Foreigner and Kidz Bop.

The All Stars performed two numbers at the start of the July 18 show. Rose Tommasi was the vocalist for one of them. She’s entering her senior year at Cornwall Central High School.

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Respect is a two-way street

Darren Corsetti, who comes to the Cornwall School District from Marlboro Elementary School, is the new principal of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School.

Darren Corsetti, who comes to the Cornwall School District from Marlboro Elementary School, is the new principal of Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School.

There’s a fine line between being a tough administrator and a friend to the students. Somewhere in the middle is new Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School principal Darren Corsetti.

“I’m definitely not the stern principal sitting in my office all day,” Corsetti said. “I think they [the students] would see me as fair and approachable. My past practice has been to almost keep the middle of my day free so I can be at lunch and recess with them. I think you get to know the students in a different light when you see them in that unstructured type of environment, as opposed to being in the classroom.”

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Obituaries – August 28, 2015

James J. Brightbill, Sr.

April 11, 1937-August 23, 2015

James J. Brightbill, Sr., a 57-year resident of the area, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 23 surrounded by his loving family.  He was 78 years old.

Son of the late James and Sarah Lichtey Brightbill, he was born on April 11, 1937 in Shamokin, Penn.  He was a graduate of GMS Military School of Lewisburg, W.Va., and an Ordained Deacon Organizer and President of PUSH (People United For Self Help) of Lewisburg . He was a member of the Highland Falls Fire Police, and was Santa at the Highland Falls Fire House for many, many years.  He was a coach and organizer of the Highland Falls Youth Football League and enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, bowling, swimming and magic.  James was a supervising chef and retired after 26 years with the Cadet Mess at U.S.M.A., West Point, NY.

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NYMA Update

Anthony Desa, the president of the NYMA Board of Trustees, reports that the school will open on Sept. 13 and classes will begin on the following day. He says that the purchaser’s deposit has arrived, and the school will continue to function and be known as New York Military Academy.

On Aug. 26, Mr. Desa included this information in a letter to cadets, alumni and faculty.

 

This week’s issue – August 28, 2015

Photo by Jason Kaplan On Aug. 19, in an attempt to make a left turn from the pull-out at the top of Storm King Mountain on Route 9W, Larry Stewart’s 2015 KIA struck a 2011 Chevrolet pickup operated by John Detoro, of Highland. Stewart, of Fort Lewis, Wash., was transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for minor injuries. Stewart was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
On Aug. 19, in an attempt to make a left turn from the pull-out at the top of Storm King Mountain on Route 9W, Larry Stewart’s 2015 KIA struck a 2011 Chevrolet pickup operated by John Detoro, of Highland. Stewart, of Fort Lewis, Wash., was transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for minor injuries. He was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right of way.

Citizens discuss 9W safety

Over the last 24 months, there have been 176 accidents on Route 9W between the Highland Falls border to the south and the New Windsor border to the north. Nine of them  occurred in Cornwall-on-Hudson between Mountain Road and the Deer Hill Extension.

While no particular section could be cited as being more prone to accidents than another, Town of Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard said most of the accidents are single car crashes that result from motorists driving too fast and losing control of their vehicle. Page 1

Follow rules when visiting park

Summer is coming to a close, but there’s still time to enjoy the impending fall foliage and the amenities offered at Cornwall-on-Hudson’s Donahue Memorial Park.

To have a good time, without worrying about getting a ticket, visitors are reminded to follow the rules and regulations. They can purchase an annual permit or daily pass at Village Hall during the week, or they can get daily passes at any one of several Village businesses. Page 1

St. Thomas priest wasn’t born Catholic

Father Rees Doughty was born to a Protestant father and a Jewish mother, but after college he converted to Catholicism and entered the seminary to become a priest.

Doughty was recently assigned to St. Thomas of Canterbury Church where he started the first of the month.

“I had profound questions about the meaning of my life,” Doughty said. “They were more or less answered by Christ and his church. That’s why I became a Catholic.” Page 1

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Special meeting this afternoon

Notice is hereby given that the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Village Hall, 325 Hudson St., in order to authorize the commencement of disciplinary proceedings against a particular employee and to discuss other matters that may come before the board.

A clean slate

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Photo by Jason Kaplan Custodians Benji Santiago and Rich Palkovic scrub the floor of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School lobby in preparation of the Sept. 2 opening of school. An emulsifier was used to clean the stone and the wet-dry vacuum picked up the excess water.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Custodians Benji Santiago and Rich Palkovic scrub the floor of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School lobby in preparation of the Sept. 2 opening of school. An emulsifier was used to clean the stone and the wet-dry vacuum picked up the excess water.

Hospital snips Balance Center ribbon

Photo by Ken Cashman Kathleen Paoli shows visitors how the new Balance Center at the hospital in Cornwall will be used.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Kathleen Paoli shows visitors how the new Balance Center at the hospital in Cornwall will be used.

On a recent Monday night, a group gathered in the lower level of the hospital in Cornwall for a different type of ribbon cutting. There had been no new construction, and no apparent influx of new equipment. What the ribbon cutters were celebrating was a room that will be used to help people with balance problems.

It took quite a few snips of the giant scissors to penetrate the festive red ribbon. Before it was cut, Joan Cusack McGuirk (the hospital’s interim CEO) spoke to a group that included staff members and residents of the neighborhood.

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