Photo by Ken Cashman
Assemblyman James Skoufis (left) and his opponent Colin Schmitt shook hands when they first entered the Ritz Theater for their Monday night debate.
Candidates battle over DREAM Act
Before their supporters noticed them, James Skoufis and Colin Schmitt met in the back of the room and shook hands. They appeared cordial, but during their debate they were clearly adversaries. Mr. Schmitt, a Republican, is hoping to replace Mr. Skoufis in the state Assembly.
The seats in the long, narrow room at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh were filled on Oct. 17, and several people were standing in the rear. It was like two parties having a convention in the same hall
Spectators for both sides held up signs. Barry Lewis, the moderator, asked people to hold their applause. But it didn’t help. Eventually, he changed his request to “Please keep it down to a low roar.” Page 1A
Trustees address Avenue A speeding
Vania Czumak, representing concerned neighbors on Avenue A, spoke to the Village Board about speeding. She offered a solution and showed a photo of signs that Monroe places in the middle of the street reading “Village Law” with the speed limit. Mayor Brendan Coyne said he met with six residents and received a petition signed by 67 village residents. The residents suggested speed bumps, a stop sign, or even lowering the speed limit. Page 1A
Taping dispute delays start of meeting
The Oct. 13 school board meeting started late, because of a disagreement on the location of a video camera.
A month earlier, the board had decided against videotaping its meetings when it learned that it would have to provide closed captions for people with hearing impairments. The ruling, which came from the U.S. Department of Education, would increase costs by several thousand dollars a year. But the ruling does not apply to individuals. So board member Rafael Ortiz arranged for a resident, Bill Thompson, to record a meeting with a camera with a 360-degree lens. Page 1A
Fall Harvest Champions
On Oct. 23, Cornwall/Washingtonville Girls Juniors Fallball Team won a double header. to capture the Harvest Cup.In the first game the girls defeated Pine Bush 11 to 6. Winning pitcher Christina Fiumara struck out seven while allowing one hit. Madison Bauer had three hits for the winners, while Madison Azoff, Sam Brennan, and Kirsten Kavountzis each had one.
The girls won the second game 10 to 9 against Minisink Valley. Madison Azoff was the winning pitcher. Alisa Younger drove in the winning runs in the final inning. Kristen Kavountzis had three hits, Sam Brennan and Christina Fiumara each had had two, and Madison Bauer added one. Contributing to the victory were Emma Horton, Leilani Pinedo and Kayla Spears.
The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Village Hall to discuss the appointment of a prospective full-time police officer, as well as other matters that may have come before the board.
The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, in order to discuss the appointment of a prospective full-time police officer, and to discuss other matters that may come before the board.
Photo by Ken Cashman
Democrat Chris Eachus is by himself at the candidates table on Oct. 17. His opponent, Sen. Bill Larkin, didn’t attend the debate.
The table was set for two candidates at the Oct. 17 debate hosted by the Times Herald-Record. But only one of them was there. Democrat Chris Eachus sat by himself at a table in the front of the room. Bill Larkin, his opponent in the race for the state Senate, was missing.
The debate at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh started on schedule. “What’s your reaction to not having Sen. Larkin,” Executive Editor Barry Lewis asked. He was part of a three-person panel. The other questioners were reporter Chris McKenna and columnist Ken Hall.
Jenna Smith and Marissa Hart decided on raising awareness of teen pregnancy as their Silver Award project. They also collected donations for My Choice Pregnancy Care Center.
According to the Center for Disease Control, three out of 10 American girls will get pregnant at least once before they are 20. Each year about 750,000 teens get pregnant. Approximately 330,000 of those pregnancies end in abortion, 170,000 in miscarriage and 250,000 are carried to term.
To bring to light these alarming statistics and offer ways for teen mothers to get help, Marissa Hart and Jenna Smith decided on raising awareness of teen pregnancy as their Silver Award Project.
The DEC has pushed back the deadline for Phase I of the upgrade of the Town’s sewage treatment plant.
At an Oct. 13 workshop, the Town Board accepted a preliminary budget that is under the tax levy cap. The board will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Copies are available in the Town Clerk’s office.
-In other news, the board extended COVAC’s contract until the end of the year. The supervisor and deputy supervisor had submitted a proposal to the ambulance corps, where it would become independent on June 1, 2017.
Frederick W. Brennan
February 22, 1928- October 14, 2016
Frederick W. Brennan, a lifelong resident of Highland Falls and editor emeritus of The News of the Highlands, died at Elant, Goshen on October 14, 2016 at the age of 88.
The son of Frederick and Mary Brennan, he was born in Newburgh on February 22, 1928.
A graduate of Sacred Heart School, a 1945 graduate of Highland Falls High School, he was also a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in journalism. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.