Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney helps Angelica, a sixth-grader, formulate a question at a May 13 Town Hall Meeting at Cornwall Central Middle School.
Lots of constituents want to “speak with Sean” these days. Congressman Maloney has been drawing hundreds of people to his Town Hall meetings. The turnout in Cornwall was smaller on May 13, but the event was arranged on a day’s notice.
About 80 people came to the middle school auditorium on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Some traveled a distance to be there, and others have followed the Congressman from one Town Hall meeting to another. Although the session lasted a half hour longer than scheduled almost everyone stayed until the end. Mr. Maloney seemed surprised. “You guys are free to leave whenever you want,” he told the audience.
The guests weren’t bashful about asking questions. Many of them wanted opinions on health care reform or the firing of the FBI Director. But some people inquired about local issues.
When Brian Hunt mentioned a lack of service and direct flights at Stewart, the Congressman was sympathetic. “You’re talking to a guy,” he said, “who flies to Washington, D.C. twice a week.”
Mary Lou Carolan, director of the Cornwall Public Library, proposes a toast to Assemblyman James Skoufis who will be getting married this month. Mr. Skoufis was at the library on May 11.
Assemblyman James Skoufis had a scoop for the audience at the Cornwall Public Library. “You’re going to see something positive on the Cornwall Campus of the hospital,” he said. But he wouldn’t divulge what it was.
Mr. Skoufis was at the library for a “Community Conversation” on May 11. He was secretive about the hospital’s plans, but he shared his opinions on everything else — including his personal life. He will be getting married on May 20.
Two pieces of property totalling 90 acres have been protected by the Open Space Intitute. One parcel has been conveyed to the Orange County Land Trust and the other to Black Rock Forest. The two parcels help connect the forest with Schunnemunk Mountain.
The Open Space Institute recently teamed up with Black Rock Forest and the Orange County Land Trust for another land grab as part of an effort to connect and create contiguous pathways between large swaths of protected land so wildlife can roam freely and have a higher chance of surviving in an area which is heavily developed.
Photo by Jason Kaplan
Every two years a mock drill is conducted in front of the junior and senior classes at the high school. This year the script was changed and the accident was caused by distracted driving rather than Driving While Intoxicated.
Script for mock car crash changes
The script may have changed, but the end result was still the same. Every two years, juniors and seniors at Cornwall Central High School get to witness a mock drill involving a two-car crash. In the past, the accident was the result of Driving While Intoxicated. This year, the script changed.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, first responders from Vails Gate Fire Department, Town of Cornwall Police Department, and the ambulance corps from New Windsor and Cornwall responded to the crash, which was supposedly caused by distracted driving. Page 1A
Budget OK’d in century’s lightest vote
School board president Charlie Frankel stepped to the middle of the gym floor and tried to get everyone’s attention. He was holding the results from the budget vote.
In the past, there would have been an immediate hush. But this year, there was little suspense. More than 72 percent of the voters said “yes” to a budget that was at the cap, and that included very little change from the previous year. The turnout was the lightest of the century. Only 1,315 people cast ballots on the budget — less than half the number that showed up in 2005, 2006 or 2013. Page 1A
Driver out of hospital and into jail
For Andras Geiger, America has been a tragic experience. The 23-year-old man arrived from Belgium with a friend on March 2. Two days later, he was the driver in a fatal accident in Mountainville. He had to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, and one of his passengers was killed. On March 7, Mr. Geiger was charged with DWI and vehicular homicide. He remained in the hospital for two months, and when he was finally discharged, he was arraigned in Goshen and remanded to Orange County Jail. Page 1A
American Legion Post 353 and the Friends of Sands-Ring will be collecting the following items from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 20 in front of the homestead. Packages will be sent to our troops overseas.
· Candy (heat resistant)
· Fruit Breezes (throat drops)
· Writing Paper and Envelopes
· Coffee (instant)
· Coffee Creamer
· Powdered Drink Mixes
· Tea Mixes (sweet)
· Playing Cards
· Board Games
· Checkers (travel size)
· Chess (travel size)
· Crossword Puzzles
· CD Fanny Packs
· DVDs new and used
· Hand held electronic games
· Sudoku books
· Baby Wipes
· Feminine Hygiene Products (female soldiers)
· Travel size body wash
· Nose Spray
· Eye Drops
· Foot Powder
· Hand Lotion
· Hand Sanitizers (waterless)
· Nail Clippers
· Razors (disposable)
· Tissues (heavy duty – i.e. Puffs)
· Tylenol (individual packets)
· Fly Strips/Swatters
· Pre-Paid Phone Cards
· Shoe Insole Cushion
· Socks (cushioned white calf high)
A high percentage of voters said “yes” to the budget, but the turnout was the lightest of this century.
Year Votes (% yes)
2017 1,315 (72.7)
2016 1,662 (71.5)
2015 1,595 (69.3)
2014 1,879 (75.9)
2013B 3,165 (70.0)
2013A 2,278 (59.9)
2012 1,556 (69.8)
2011 2,044 (56.5)
Vivien Collens will be among the artists to welcome visitors during the open studio tour sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council.
The open studio tour, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Council, continues on May 20 and 21 as artists in the eastern portion of the county will be showcased.
Over 20 local artists in Cornwall, New Windsor, Newburgh, Highland Mills, and Washingtonville will be opening their studios to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is a good opportunity for artists of all types to open their studios and visitors can talk to the artist, get to know their specific work, have conversations, and see behind the veil of the artmaking process,” said Cody Rounds, arts administrator for the council.
The candidates for the school board will meet in a forum at Lee Road School at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15.
Larry Berger, Brian Billard, Jim Congelli and Margaret Quinn are running for three seats on the board. The Lee Road School PTO is hosting the event.
At three o’clock yesterday, a truck driver stopped a 13-year-old male on Hudson Street and asked him to get something out of the glove compartment. The man said his hand was too big to reach inside.
Being suspicious, the teenager said “no” and ran home. A while later, he noticed the same pick-up truck pass his house in Cornwall-on-Hudson and head east on Hudson Street.
When the teen’s mother came home, he told her what happened and she called the police.
The vehicle is a light blue pick-up truck. The driver is about five foot nine with a crew cut and a short brown beard.
If you are aware of a similar incident or have relevant information, please contact the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department at 534-4200 ext. 321 or 534-8100.
The memory of Amelia Barr, who wrote more than 25 popular novels while living in Cornwall-on-Hudson between 1885 and 1912, got a recent boost when one of her poems was turned into a video shown at college bowl games.
Barr moved into Cherry Croft at the corner of Maple and Mountain Road at the age of 53, early in her writing career. By the time she moved away at age 80, she had written poems, pieces for newspapers and magazines, and historical novels that were so popular that she bragged in her autobiography that “I not infrequently have letters directed to me ‘Cherry Croft, New York, United States of America,’ and they come direct to me without question or delay.”