This week’s issue – April 29, 2016

Village adopts $1.7 million bond resolution

During a special meeting on April 21, the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees adopted a bond resolution for the maximum estimated cost of $1,775,000 to cover repairs and upgrades to the Taylor Road Well Field. The bond is now subject to a permissive referendum.
Village clerk/treasurer Jeanne Mahoney explained when a municipality “is looking to borrow a large amount of money, to be paid for by public money, the public has the right to question whether or not that money should or shouldn’t spent.” Page 1

Local attorney represents

stabbing suspect

Jonathan Rizzo remains in Orange County Jail weeks after the altercation and stabbing that led to his arrest. His bail is set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. His next court date is May 6.
On that day, the 20-year-old Cornwall resident will appear before Judge Nicholas DeRosa with local attorney Paul Weber. “Once evidence that we’ve found out comes to light,” Mr. Weber said during a recent interview, “people will have a better idea of what happened.” Page 1

Trails for people open at Bear Mountain


A project, 10 years in the making, came to fruition on Friday, and it seemed only appropriate to unveil the Trails for People Interpretive Exhibit on Earth Day.

The exhibit is part of the Bear Mountain Trails project, which entails the rerouting and reconstruction of the Appalachian Trail and other trails on Bear Mountain. Its purpose is to tell visitors about the park movement, teach them how a trail is built, and show them the components that make up a trail. Page 1

Candidates, McKeon and News Bites

Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis have announced that they will seek re-election. The Hudson Highland Nature Museum named a trail after the late John McKeon. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will be the guest speaker at the Storm King School graduation. ArtFest is accepting registrations for the June 5 exhibit at the riverfront. Page 2

Gym Kids raise $4,000 for furry friends

Earlier this month Gym Kids completed its third annual Cartwheel-a-Thon. Twenty-eight gymnasts collected sponsorship money from friends and family to perform cartwheels or flips for one minute. In that short time span, the kids did 276 cartwheels and 609 flips. Page 2

Local Scout building Mount Airy path

Tyler Dineen, an eighth-grader at Heritage Junior High, works as a volunteer at Mt. Airy Park. And his work has impressed Director Ray Sharo, who claims that Tyler is as competent as any of the adults.
So when Tyler was ready to start an Eagle Scout project, he naturally looked to the park for inspiration. Another Scout had considered putting in a path but had never pursued the idea — which meant the job was open for Tyler. Page 3

Board adopts budget; funds lacrosse

The numbers didn’t change, but the dollars stretched a bit further. The Board of Education adopted a budget on April 20 that calls for a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, which  means that the taxes on a home with a market value of $250,000 will go up by about $100.

Since the levy does not exceed the cap (which is also 1.5 percent), property owners can expect a refund from the state that will equal the amount of their increase. The budget total ($67,770,787) didn’t change from last week, but the board was able to add a few expenditures.  Page 3

Town gets homestead & garden bids

On May 2, the Town Board will review bids for replacing the Sands Ring Homestead roof, repairing the gables and painting the exterior. The board has also received a quote for establishing a rain garden that would improve the drainage in the area near Ring’s Pond. Page 5

Newburgh hosts urban farming fair

As the City of Newburgh is trying to prove, one doesn’t need to own property in a rural area in order to start a farm. This Friday and Saturday, the Newburgh Urban Farming Fair will celebrate fresh, local food in an event that includes exhibitors, crafts, and opportunities for family fun. Page 5

When down four, stick men soar

Like a race horse waiting for the stretch to run at top speed, the Dragon lacrosse players seem to pick up momentum when they’re down by four goals. Earlier in the year, they erased four-goal deficits against Middletown and Monroe-Woodbury. On April 21, they trailed the visiting Gladiators from Goshen 4-0 in the first quarter. What followed was a remarkable turnaround. Page 6

Varsities have a near perfect week

Ryan Rodriguez shot par on every hole as the golf team defeated Monroe-Woodbury. The links men have a perfect 6-0 record. The tennis team is also undefeated. When the Dragons play, the only question is who will represent them at third doubles. The baseball team extended its winning streak to seven. The softball team was 2-1 for the week, including a victory over Goshen – last year’s section champion. Allie Vangas scored in overtime as the girls lacrosse team beat Warwick. Four of the first five finishers in the Chocolate 5K were teenagers. Page 6

School and young folks information

Stephanie Hines received a commendation for volunteer work from President Obama. The math team won the section championship for the sixth straight year. Four Cornwall students are appearing in a ballet at Mount Saint Mary College. Trumpet players from the Eastman School of Music worked with students at the middle school. Page 7

Community reacts to car accident

When two cars collided on Friday afternoon, the community reacted quickly. The accident occurred on Angola Road at about 2:45 p.m.
John Zaza and Richard Starr were standing outside at the time, a few hundred feet from the site of the crash.  “I heard a bang,” Mr. Zaza said, “and then I heard skidding as a car slid off the road.” Page 8

School board mulls communication

The topic at the April 20 school board meeting was communication — How much do people want to know? What should the board spend to make information more accessible? The first step would be getting microphones so everyone in the audience could hear. The board also considered videotaping, Skype capabilities, and resurrecting SBAC (the School Budget Advisory Committee). Page 8

Quiet Cornwall council has a lot to do

The Cornwall Conservation Advisory Council (CCAC) doesn’t get much publicity, but it’s about to have a busy spring and summer. Its mission is to preserve Cornwall’s natural resources.

From 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, at Munger Cottage, Director of Emergency Management Kurt Hahn will speak about crude oil’s transport by rail.   Page 9

Christensen settles in as new historian

When Kathleen Christensen was a little girl, her parents would take trips to historical sites on Long Island. She became fascinated by the artistic qualities of the handmade objects. From there she became hooked on history, leading to her role as Cornwall-on-Hudson’s historian. She replaces Colette Fulton, who held the job for more than 30 years. Page 9

Volunteers fight fires at training center

“It was much hotter than I expected,” Carl Kumpel admitted after entering a burning building and rescuing a mannequin at the Fire Training Center. He was there on April 10 with the Storm King Engine Company.

The training center consists of a few stone buildings on a desolate stretch of land in the hamlet of New Hampton. Instead of windows, the buildings have metal shutters. Page 13

Solar pioneers observe an anniversary

The Patak family held an open house last weekend to observe the 10th anniversary of their home being energized by solar panels.
If that sounds unusual we should mention that Chris Patak is now a project manager for the company, Hudson Solar, that did the installation. He and his wife Kimberly moved from Brooklyn to Cornwall in 2005. Page 13

Cornwall prepares for a busy weekend

This will be a busy weekend in Cornwall. It starts with the gala hosted by the Cornwall Community Foundation on Friday night.

During a dinner dance at the Falkirk Estate, the foundation will induct six people into its new Wall of Fame.

At the same time, BFF will host a trivia night at Munger Cottage to raise money for students’ weekend meals. The first questions will be asked at 7 p.m.  Page 14

Hundreds to see Petraeus

More than 500 tickets have been sold for tonight’s dinner at Anthony’s Pier Nine. The event, a fund raiser for the National Purple Heart of Honor, is likely to net more than $150,000 (including donations).

Gen. (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is the guest speaker. Congressmen Kurt Gibson and Sean Patrick Maloney were due to join him. But with Congress still in session, both men will have to remain in Washington, D.C.

Alan Seidman, a 1970 Cornwall graduate and the general’s classmate, will serve as the master of ceremonies.



Skoufis to seek re-election

After several months of consideration, Assemblyman James Skoufis has decided to seek re-election rather than run for the senate. “While I believe the potential race would have been winnable,” he said today, “I’ve decided it’s simply not my time to run for the Senate.”


Maloney to speak at SKS graduation

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will be the featured speaker at Storm King School’s commencement exercise on June 4.

Rep. Maloney has been at the school before. In April 2014, he was the guest of honor at a  party at the headmaster’s residence, which is known as Spy Rock. The congressman spoke told an audience of faculty members and five students that he was still naïve enough to believe he could make a difference.

Little League memories

Years ago, the Major League Baseball Season would start with the President of the United States throwing out the first ball. In Cornwall Little League, a half dozen players got to share the honor on April 16. Representing girls softball were Sophia Sabin, Morgan Hill and Aine McGrail. For baseball, the honorees were Colin Twomey, Jaxson Surretsky and Michael Anderson.

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Larkin to run again

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I-39th District) today announced he is running for re-election to the New York State Senate. The Senator noted that he is running because he feels there is still more to accomplish on behalf of the constituents he’s dedicated himself to serving.


“Of all the professions I’ve had, being a public servant has had a very special meaning for me over the years,” said Senator Larkin. “I truly enjoy going to the office every day, traveling the district and meeting with and helping constituents. My duty as a public servant is not something I take lightly and I will not walk away from it until I feel my job is done.”

Mr. Larkin has been in the legislature for 38 years. He celebrated his 88th birthday in February.



Eat pizza for children’s hospital

If you present a copy of this article, 15 percent of sales at Johnny’s Riverside Pizza and Deli, in Newburgh on April 21, will benefit the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

If you present a copy of this article, 15 percent of sales at Johnny’s Riverside Pizza and Deli, in Newburgh on April 21, will benefit the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

In his final year at Mount Saint Mary College, senior Daniel Witke knew he wanted to give back to the community he’s called home for  the last four years. The Brooklyn native saw his opportunity in the form of a project for his public relations class.

While calling local hospitals, in an effort to connect  a seriously ill child with a collegiate sports team, Witke learned of a dance marathon fund raiser to benefit the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester.

“It sounded like a great idea,” said Witke, who has been planning the college’s first ever dance marathon for the last four months.

Contrary to its name, the April 29 event entails alternating active and passive activities which don’t all entail dancing. Open only to Mount Saint Mary students and students at Bishop Dunn Memorial School (the middle school on campus), participants will be able to learn dance moves from the college’s cheer team. Witke brought in a hula hoop instructor, as well as a zumba instructor. Participating school clubs will offer passive activities such as  face painting, jewelry making, and poetry writing.

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