Pipeline group schedules meeting

The group that opposes the plans for Pilgrim Pipelines has scheduled a second meeting for 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Newburgh Town Hall (1496 Route 300). The featured speaker is Eric Weltman of Food and Water Watch, N.Y.

Pilgrim is hoping to get approval to run two pipelines between Albany, N.Y. and Linden, N.J. One pipeline would carry crude oil and the other would transport refined products. The pipelines would run along side the Thruway and pass through Cornwall.

 

 

Happy birthday

Photo by Jason Kaplan On Jan. 28, Helen Murphy celebrated her 105th birthday with her friends at Idlewild Creek. Murphy still enjoys playing Bingo, betting on the horses, watching movies at night, and participating in sing-a-longs. Murphy still retains a sense of humor, as well. A friend asked if she thought she’d ever reach 105-years-old and Murphy replied, “Yes.” When it came time to blow out her birthday candles, Murphy said, “I want a big piece of cake.”

Photo by Jason Kaplan
On Jan. 28, Helen Murphy celebrated her 105th birthday with her friends at Idlewild Creek. Murphy still enjoys playing Bingo, betting on the horses, watching movies at night, and participating in sing-a-longs. Murphy still retains a sense of humor, as well. A friend asked if she thought she’d ever reach 105-years-old and Murphy replied, “Yes.” When it came time to blow out her birthday candles, Murphy said, “I want a big piece of cake.”

“Coffee with Colin” comes to Cornwall

Candidate Colin Schmitt (left) greets Donald Winslow at a Saturday afternoon gathering at Tina’s Basket on Main Street in Cornwall.

Candidate Colin Schmitt (left) greets Donald Winslow at a Saturday afternoon gathering at Tina’s Basket on Main Street in Cornwall.

Not everyone has forgotten how to write in script. Someone with flawless penmanship has written “Coffee with Colin” on a posterboard outside of Tina’s Basket, a small restaurant on Main Street.

It’s Saturday afternoon, and about a dozen people are standing around Colin Schmitt, the young man who hopes to be the Republican candidate for our Assembly district. His height helps him stand out in a crowd.

As customers come in to order food, they look puzzled. The candidate assures them that they’re welcome and not interrupting him. This is the sixth “Coffee with Colin” he’s hosted as a way of meeting voters. He’s obviously good at alliteration, because if you go to You Tube, you can “Connect with Colin.”

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Changes should create safer railroad crossing

Director of Emergency Management Kurt Hahn explains how a car was struck by a train in November. On Monday, representatives from CSX and the Department of Transportation visited Cornwall-on-Hudson to discuss ways to make the Shore Road rail crossing safer.

Director of Emergency Management Kurt Hahn explains how a car was struck by a train in November. On Monday, representatives from CSX and the Department of Transportation visited Cornwall-on-Hudson to discuss ways to make the Shore Road rail crossing safer.

There are no indications of when changes might take place at the Shore Road railroad crossing in Cornwall-on-Hudson, but after a meeting with New York State Department of Transportation and CSX officials, Mayor Brendan Coyne has a better understanding of the steps he needs to take to create a safer crossing.

On Monday morning, representatives from the DOT, CSX, and the offices of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Assemblyman James Skoufis met with Coyne, Storm King Engine Co. fire chief Jeff Armitage, police chief Steve Dixon, and Director of Emergency Management Kurt Hahn to discuss past accidents on the tracks and ways to prevent future ones.

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Ambassadors teach respect at middle school

Kate Gleason, a Safe School Ambassador from Cornwall High School, helps students, in Jami Strasuss’ middle school class, come up with ways to show respect.

Kate Gleason, a Safe School Ambassador from Cornwall High School, helps students, in Jami Strauss’s middle school class, come up with ways to show respect.

On Jan. 27, about 20 Safe School Ambassadors from Cornwall High School spent an afternoon speaking to middle school students about respect.

In groups of two, the ambassadors split up among the classrooms of each grade. Freshman Saba Paracha and junior Kate Gleason spent a period with Jami Strauss’ sixth grade class.

They introduced themselves, and listed the clubs and organizations in which each participate. Then they jumped into their three-part lesson plan

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Obituaries – February 5, 2016

Eleanor  “Babe” DeVoe

February 14, 1918-January 31, 2016

Eleanor “Babe” DeVoe passed away in peace at her home on Jan. 31.

Born on Valentine’s Day in 1918 in Arlington, N.J. to Frederick and Eva Yearwood, she resided in Cornwall from early childhood until 1998 when her beloved husband of 62 years, Arthur William DeVoe, preceded her in death. Since that time she resided near her surviving daughter Mae Ruth “Bunny” McCarthy in Lee, N.H. She is also survived by her son Bruce Arthur DeVoe of Plymouth Connecticut, six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren.

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This week’s issue – February 5, 2016

Photo by Jason Kaplan Photo by Jason Kaplan Members of the Highland and Mountainville Engine Companies put out a car fire on Main Street on Monday morning.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Members of the Highland and Mountainville Engine Companies put out a car fire on Main Street on Monday morning.

Car fire closes Main Street

Pat Harris was in the Smitchger Realty Office on Main Street on Monday morning when he heard a loud noise. He thought something had fallen upstairs. Ellen Kelly, the owner/broker, had the same reaction.

But when they looked outside, they realized what had happened. There were flames shooting through the hood of a 1997 Buick that had been parked in front of their building for several days. The driver, Mary Liveoak, was still behind the wheel. Page 1

Maplehurst lures crowd to meeting

The first activity at the Town Board’s work session was getting out more chairs for visitors. The conference room was full on Feb. 1, because the Maplehurst property was on the agenda.

The proposal for the property hasn’t changed. Supervisor Randazzo included the topic, because he wants the board to address the zoning request in the near future. “I want to make a decision on this,” he said later in the night. “I don’t want them [the developers] hanging on forever.” Page 1

Supervisor and clerk clash on minutes

Supervisor Richard Randazzo said he’s following up on an old request from the Town Clerk.

“We need to establish a policy on what we are going to allow in the minutes,” Renata McGee wrote in a July 14 email to the members of the Town Board.

And that’s what the supervisor has done. Before the Feb. 1 work session, he distributed a list of recommendations to his colleagues on the Town Board. He gave a copy to the clerk on the following day. Page 1

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Town Board minutes procedure could change

What should be included in the minutes of a Town Board meeting? Supervisor Richard Randazzo is suggesting that Cornwall follow the example of the surrounding towns. At a Feb. 1 work session, he gave  board members a list of suggestions to review for next week’s meeting. On the following day, he gave a copy of the list to Renata McGee, the Town Clerk.

During a subsequent interview Mr. Randazzo cited correspondence between Mrs. McGee and the Woodbury Town Clerk, Desiree Potvin. “You don’t have to put anything in the minutes but motions, resolutions and laws,” Mrs. Potvin wrote. “…I summarize comments into a few sentences and that’s all.”

Mr. Randazzo would like to see Cornwall’s Town Clerk follow those guidelines unless the Town Board members ask her to include their comments in her minutes.

At present, the supervisor maintains, the minutes include some comments — but not all. And the omissions can skew the perception of what took place.

See page 1 of the Feb. 5 Local for more information.  A copy of the supervisor’s suggestions will appear on this website later in the week.

Quarterback heads to Division I

jason bailey

Jason Bailey signed a letter of intent today to play football for Central Connecticut State. The Blue Devils play in the Northern Conference and are considered a Division I FSC football team. They play their home games in New Britain, Conn.

Jason, who graduates in June, holds the Cornwall record for most touchdown passes in a season.