“I didn’t expect such a big turnout,” Dr. Margarita Kogan admitted as she greeted the guests in the library’s Community Room.
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has been sponsoring educational sessions in local libraries. As part of that program, Dr. Kogan was in Cornwall on May 16 to discuss Lyme Disease. Previous sessions had focused on diabetes, heart health and aging eyes.
The response to the hospital’s outreach has been good. But the organizers were still surprised to see 40 people on a Tuesday afternoon. One explanation for the large turnout is the prevalence of the disease.
“It’s increasingly recognized as a major health problem,” Dr. Kogan said. “The number of cases has tripled since 1992. And the number would be higher if every case was diagnosed.”
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.”
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.
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.
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)
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.