There was an undercurrent of optimism in US Bankruptcy Court yesterday. “It’s too soon to celebrate,” Steven Jurista admitted, “but we have a high bid and a credible back-up bid.”
Mr. Jurista is representing the unsecured creditors. Last month, he had asked to postpone the auction in the hope of attracting more buyers. Now he was satisfied with the results. The $15.825 million selling price should more than cover the school’s debts.
There are still loose ends, however. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is still lacking some documents. Attorney Courtney L. Morgan was due to visit the school (from Washington, D.C.) later in the month. But Judge Cecelia Morris wasn’t satisfied. “I expect you to act like it’s an emergency,” she said. The visit was moved up to Oct. 14.
After the Sept. 30 auction, the foreclosure sale was postponed until Nov. 2. If the transaction with SouFun Holdings Ltd. is completed on schedule, the foreclosure sale will be canceled.
Thomas Trainor (third from left) wanted to be shown with his fellow post members. With him (from left) are Britney Lindenberger, Andrew Cucci, Patrick Donovan, Daniel Nowicki and Charles Quinn.
It was a good night for sleeping. With a hint of fall in the air, the windows in the Trainor house were open.
And it’s fortunate that they were. At 4:30 in the morning, it was still dark outside, but the pungent smell of burning wood caused Tommy Trainor to wake up and get out of bed. Soon the rest of the family was up too. But Tommy moved the fastest.
Stepping outdoors on Sept. 24, the high school freshman saw flames coming from his neighbor’s deck on Elsie Circle in Cornwall-on-Hudson. A call had gone out to the Storm King Engine Company, but Tommy was the first one on the scene.
Photo by Ken Cashman
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney with the Cornwall-on-Hudson third-graders he visited on Oct. 6.
U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney met some of his younger constituents on Oct. 6. He chatted with students in Highland Falls, where Impact Aid is an issue. And on the way back to his district office, he stopped in Cornwall-on-Hudson.
It wasn’t a chance visit. Mike Limperopulos, a member of the Congressman’s staff, arranged it a day in advance. His son Tiernan is a Cornwall-on-Hudson third-grader.
Rep. Maloney didn’t have a set agenda. After arriving at noon, he tried to explain what a Congressman is. It’s not an easy concept to share with third-graders. The representative used a map to show why big states (like California) send more people to Congress than smaller states (such as Delaware or Rhode Island).
The 32nd annual senior games, open to Orange County senior citizens 55 and older, concluded this week. The two-week event featured competitive races for those who are still athletic, and more leisurely activities such as miniature golf and horseback riding.
Over the last two weeks, nearly 520 Orange County senior citizens, 55 and older, participated in the annual Senior Games.
The two-week event, in its 32nd year, is presented by the Orange County Department of Parks and the county’s Office for the Aging.
“The seniors love it,” said games chairman Tom Quinlisk “They would not be happy people if we didn’t do them anymore. It gets them active. A lot of these seniors don’t do much during the year, but they come to this thing. Once people get involved in the games, I see them every year. Obviously we’re doing something right. Some have been playing in the games almost all 32 years.”
April 26, 1923-October 4, 2015
Edny Eriksen of Cornwall-on-Hudson entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 4. She was 92.
The daughter of the late Josef and Amalia Nilsen, she was born on April 26, 1923 in Arendal, Norway.
Edny was an active member of Cornwall United Methodist Church. She loved doing crossword puzzles in ink, and was an avid knitter. She will always be remembered for her Norwegian sweaters and mittens. Edny was a loving mother, grandmother and friend, and she will be deeply missed.
Photo by Ken Cashman
The microphone is adjusted as Joan Cusack-McGuirk prepares to speak at an Oct. 5 press conference. She is the interim CEO and president of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.
SLCH to join Montefiore Health System
After months of planning and discussion, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is joining the Montefiore Health System. SLCH Interim CEO and President Joan Cusack-McGuirk announced the news at a press conference in Newburgh on Oct. 4. “We have met our perfect match,” she said.
Mrs. Cusack-McGuirk answered questions at the end of the conference. When asked about the Cornwall campus, she described it as an integral part of the hospital. “I believe the service in Cornwall will be enhanced,” she said. Page 1A
Golf course could become a resort
The golf course was back on the Town Board’s agenda. But the proposal came from a new source. And the idea was different from anything the board had heard in the past.
Nick Stone and his wife Alexandra made the presentation at the board’s Oct. 5 workshop. Their idea was to develop the Storm King Golf Course into a resort called “The Sound,” which would attract young people who were looking to escape for a few days from the city. Page 1A
DEC permits use of Mountainville well
Kiryas Joel can draw from its well on Route 32 in Mountainville. The DEC issued the permit on Oct. 2.
“We concur with the Village of Kiryas Joel,” the DEC said in a cover letter. “The 72-hour pump test and hydrogeologic studies were performed in accordance with DEC protocols.”
But not everyone agrees. The Town has hired Maser Consulting to respond to the DEC’s assertions. Page 1A
Rob Wolfe, a 1973 Cornwall graduate, completed his epic bike ride today. He started in California in July and pedaled his way across the country He made the trip as a tribute to his parents, and to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease and PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy)
For more information on the trek visit the Facebook page PSP-Alzheimer’s Bike Across America
The Cornwall Library is the most recent location to allow BFF to place a “Drop Off” bin. You will find it in the lobby. Other locations are Toodles Hair Salon, Walden Bank, and most local churches. BFF collects food from these bins weekly.
The bins provide a convenient location for community members to drop off items that are used in Cornwall’s Backpack For Food program. On the front of the bins are handouts that explain the BFF program and a list of the items needed by BFF. Since the beginning of this school year BFF has been providing 47 students with weekend backpacks. Each backpack contains two milks, two cereals, two entrees, two snacks, two fruits and one fresh apple.
SouFun Holdings Ltd. submitted its down payment yesterday for the purchase of NYMA. The Town Board is anxious to meet the new owners and work with them. Supervisor Randy Clark left that message and a business card with a representative of the marketing firm at last week’s auction.
In other news, Congressman Maloney visited Cornwall-on-Hudson school today. And Supervisor Clark was due to meet with Woodbury Mayor Michael Queenan to discuss the DEC approval of the Kiryas Joel well in Mountainville. The Town has engaged Maser Consulting to respond to the assertions made by the DEC.