New ball descends on New Year’s Eve

Contributed photo  The focus of the New Year’s Eve ball drop is four feet in diameter and studded with LED bulbs. It will descend from a device on top of the Old Storm King Theatre Building.

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The focus of the New Year’s Eve ball drop is four feet in diameter and studded with LED bulbs. It will descend from a device on top of the Old Storm King Theatre Building.

Brendan Coyne is happiest when he’s singing. So the Cornwall-on-Hudson mayor should be in good spirits on New Year’s Eve. He’s due to lead the crowd in singing “Auld Lang Syne” at one minute after midnight.

The music will start an hour before that with a DJ playing contemporary dance tunes from the top of the old Storm King Theatre Building — which is now home to The Trestle and Mountain Valley Guides.

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Dorsey pleased with riverfront path

Photo by Jason Kaplan Cornwall resident Kara Dorsey was responsible for encouraging Mayor Brendan Coyne and the Board of Trustees to install a pathway to the riverfront gazebo.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Cornwall resident Kara Dorsey was responsible for encouraging Mayor Brendan Coyne and the Board of Trustees to install a pathway to the riverfront gazebo.

Long since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals have been advocating for the rights of those with disabilities. One such battle which has been gaining steam in the Hudson Valley is for all to have the ability to enjoy nature.

Black Rock Forest Consortium recently unveiled a new path, opening the forest to individuals with disabilities, children in strollers, and senior citizens. Last year, the gazebo at Donahue Memorial Park in Cornwall-on-Hudson became more accessible.

Five years ago Kara Dorsey, who has had to use a wheelchair for 26 years as a result of a car accident, wanted to visit the riverfront park with her husband and service dog. It was a beautiful day and the couple was prepared to have lunch along the water. Dorsey’s excitement quickly changed to frustration when she saw the steps required to enter the gazebo.

“I was shocked to see there were two or three steps to get to the gazebo,” Dorsey, a Cornwall resident, said. “It could have easily been made accessible from the beginning.”

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Village takes out water project bond

As Central Hudson moves lines to a new pole cuts the old, other companies have not been quick to move their utility lines.

As Central Hudson moves lines to a new pole cuts the old, other companies have not been quick to move their utility lines.

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Bond. It’s been 10 years since the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees has had to take out a Bond Anticipation Note to cover the cost of a project. However, during a special meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a bond resolution not to exceed $350,000 to complete the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant clearwell rehabilitation project. The initial estimate for the project was between $120-150,000 and it was believed the work could be completed out of the operating budget for the Water Department. After bidding the project three times, the lowest bid came in at $251,000. The village has already realized $23,000 in change orders and about $70,000 in engineering bills to date. When the project began, the extent of the damage to the water tank was unknown. The project needed to be completed because it’s anticipated the New York City Aqueduct will be shut down for an extended period of time.

Tax cap. The board approved a resolution to set a public hearing on Dec. 19, at 7:02 p.m. As it has since inception, the board will seek the ability to exceed the tax cap when preparing the 2017-18 budget.

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Storm King Engine receives $190,000 in grants

No sooner had the Town of Cornwall paved Tamara Lane, then the Cornwall-on-Hudson Water Department had to make repairs to a water main. Water Superintendent Robert June believes a vibrating roller caused the rupture.

No sooner had the Town of Cornwall paved Tamara Lane, then the Cornwall-on-Hudson Water Department had to make repairs to a water main. Water Superintendent Robert June believes a vibrating roller caused the rupture.

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Grant money. During Monday night’s work session of the Cornwall-on-Hudson Board of Trustees, Mayor Brendan Coyne announced Storm King Engine Company had received two grants worth $190,000 in total. Senator Bill Larkin secured $125,000 while Assemblyman James Skoufis chipped in another $65,000 to the fire company. The money will be used to make repairs and updates to the building. Possibilities include a new exhaust ventilation system for the apparatus bay, as well as finding a way to stop the flooding in the basement.

Police Chief Steven Dixon reported receiving a $2,385 traffic grant, from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. He also applied for a grant for two patrol rifles from the National Rifle Association.

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Tots show talent at “Music in the Park”

Photo by Ken Cashman Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

Photo by Ken Cashman
Ilaria Bergonzi (left) and Alayna Kane kept time to the music and kept spectators entertained on a Sunday night.

The youngest members of the audience put on their own show on Sunday evening, Aug. 7.  Ilaria Bergonzi and Alayna Kane couldn’t reach double digits if they added their ages together. But that didn’t stop them from dancing at the Music in the Park Concert in front of Town Hall.

Ilaria, the smaller of the two, moved up and down in time to the music. Alayna swayed from side to side. The youngsters enjoyed themselves without noticing the spectators who were watching them — a group that included Supervisor Richard Randazzo and Deputy Supervisor Helen Bunt.

The guitar and percussion team of Teatum and Battiato provided the music for a crowd of 115 people, who escaped the heat of the evening by placing their lawn chairs in the shade. As a result, there was a stretch of open field between the musicians and the fans. Ilaria and Alayna were in front, where most everyone could see them.

On previous nights, there have been other attractions. “We’ve had a couple of really good sunsets,” Stacey Lyle observed on the morning after the tots’ performance. As the secretary of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, she’s been at every event.

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Mayor was on television

Mayor Brendan Coyne was out with his daughter on Thursday night when he pointed at the television screen. At first, Molly didn’t get the message. But then she looked up, and saw her father speaking into a microphone. The setting was familiar. He was at Cornwall Landing near the site of the recent train and automobile crash.

Mayor Coyne was part of press conference arranged by Sen. Chuck Schumer. Details of the story will appear in next week’s newspaper.

2015: The Year in Review

Jon Felz brought the Antique Roadshow to Cornwall and appraised an 18th century spoon at $18,000.

Jon Felz brought the Antique Roadshow to Cornwall and appraised an 18th century spoon at $18,000.

JANUARY

A group of Korean fourth through sixth-graders and their teachers arrived at NYMA at the end of the calendar year and were due to stay for two months.

Mayor Brendan Coyne observed that the crowd keeps getting younger. But they still come. There were 300 people in Village Square for the New Year’s Eve ball drop.

The DEC reported that, back in June. Kiryas Joel had suspended its request to draw water from its well in Mountainville. The suspension had not been publicized.

The Hudson Highland Nature Museum went from one extreme to the other, as it changed its exhibit at the Wildlife Education Center from mastodons to moths.

The Center for Disease Control said the flu season could be considered an epidemic. But attendance in Cornwall schools was the same as in previous years.

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Name changes as holiday event grows

Photo by Jay LeRoy The Merry Minstrels sang Christmas carols as they strolled through town on Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Jay LeRoy
The Merry Minstrels sang Christmas carols as they strolled through town on Sunday afternoon.

The name has changed, but the event is starting to feel like a tradition. The Winter Extravaganza became “Celebrate the Season” this year.

The turnout was good on Dec. 6, and so was the weather, which flaunted a 20-degree improvement over the previous year. Main Street was closed from 3 to 5 p.m. to accommodate the horse and carriage ride that carried about a thousand passengers.

Along the sidewalk, there were some new attractions. The Merry Minstrels roamed the street, stopping in front of stores, and inviting spectators to sing along.

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Christmas celebration

A look back at the Winter Extravaganza and tree lighting ceremonies held this past weekend.

Woman injured in car crash with train

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Around 1:30 a.m., Storm King Engine Co. #2 responded to a crash between a car and train on Dock Hill and Shore Roads.

“Reports of a car engulfed in flames at the Shore Road crossing on the busy CSX Freight line had [first] responders fearing the worst as the car was inaccessible on the Hudson River side due to the passing train,” said Director of Emergency Mangement Kurt Hahn.

The train was cleared and volunteers learned the driver, Lisa Castanon, 44, of Wappinger Falls, had escaped from the car prior to the crash. The woman was treated, by COVAC for injuries, and was later airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where she’s being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Investigations by the Cornwall-on-Hudson Police Department and CSX Railroad are ongoing, but it was determined Castanon was traveling southbound on Shore Road and failed to bear left at the railroad crossing where her vehicle got stuck on the tracks/gravel.

It was also determined Castanon was operating her vehicle while intoxicated. She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and is due back in Cornwall Justice Court at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17.

The tracks were re-opened to traffic around 3 a.m. after a safety inspection by CSX.

 

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