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HUDSON — The defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday in Columbia County Court in the trial against Barry Goldstein, who is accused of hiring a Stuyvesant man to burn down his home for insurance money. Goldstein, 76, of Stockport, was arraigned Nov. 14, 2018 — more than a year after the fire — on charges of first-degree insurance fraud, a class B felony; third-degree arson, a class C felony; and first-degree

reckless endangerment, a class D felony. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka is prosecuting the case, alongside Assistant District Attorney Joyce Crawford. The prosecution argued that William Travis, 33, of Stuyvesant Falls, burned down the home at 290 County Route 25 for Goldstein, who wanted to collect $1 million after learning from a real estate agent that his home would sell for $300,000. Travis testified Tuesday that, on Oct. 1, 2017, he used a

can of denatured alcohol and a dime-store lighter to set fire to some boxes in the attic and ran out of the house. A representative of Goldstein’s alarm company testified that the home’s burglar alarm system was not set at the time of the fire. Days prior, Travis said Goldstein showed him how to spread the denatured alcohol on the third floor. He also allegedly broke a light bulb to claim squirrels were responsible for igniting the blaze. See DA A8


Stockport firefighters respond to a blaze at 290 County Route 25 in Stockport on Oct. 1., 2017.

Lawmakers ramp up fight for vaping ban By Massarah Mikati Johnson Newspapers

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Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-67, the assembly sponsor of the bill banning e-cigarettes, speaks at a press conference Monday.

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State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-27, speaks to reporters at a press conference about the fight to ban flavored tobacco sales in the state.

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ALBANY — A few days after a Supreme Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, New York legislators gathered with activists, educators and medical providers in Albany to push for the passage of two bills that would effectively ban e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco. “This is about ... stopping the next generation of kids from becoming addicted to cigarettes, nicotine, cigars, chewing tobacco and everything else that is meant to line the pockets of companies who don’t care about the effects of their insidious campaigns on the health of youth,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-67, the assembly sponsor of the bill banning e-cigarettes, said at a press conference Monday. Data shows that as the e-cigarette and flavored tobacco industry focuses its advertising campaigns on youth, usage of these products among the population has skyrocketed. According to 2018 statistics, about 400,000 middle and high school students in New York have tried vaping, about half of which vaped in the previous three years. Nationwide, there are 3 million more kids vaping today than there were two years ago. Cuomo announced in September a ban on e-cigarettes flavored with anything other than tobacco, and followed up in December with the release of a legislation proposal that would make the ban law, in addition to barring vaping advertisements targeting young populations. The ban was challenged in New York Supreme Court by Vapor Technology Association, who ultimately won the lawsuit in a decision filed Jan. 10 that issued a preliminary injunction on the ban. In her decision, Acting Supreme Court Justice Catherine Cholakis wrote she is not in any way “trivializing the concern” about e-cigarettes, but that See VAPING A8

Senate Democrats remove voting barriers By Massarah Mikati Johnson Newspapers

ALBANY — The state Senate Democratic Majority proposed and passed a package of voting reform bills during the Senate’s first day of session. The package of nine bills includes establishing automatic voter registration, requiring polling locations on college and university campuses, and ensuring at least one early-voting location in each county. “As elected officials, we should not fear making it easier for eligible voters to vote. We should welcome it,” Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-35, said at a press conference Thursday. “Easing access to voting provides the encouragement New Yorkers need to move forward.” The passage of these bills comes a


The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills aimed at improving access to voting.

year after the Senate Democratic Majority passed its first round of voting

reforms, including the establishment of early voting and allowing for

same-day voter registration. At the press conference, legislators said the new package is an essential expansion and improvement of the work they accomplished last year. “A lot of folks have said Albany is dysfunctional, but to me this is a perfect example of what a functional government should look like,” said Sen. Zellnor Myrie, D-20. “This is going to put us at the forefront of involving as many people in our democracy as possible.” Included in the package is a bill sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, D-12, that would automatically register people to vote as they interact with the Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of See VOTING A8



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Colleague” letter last week. Once the Senate receives the impeachment articles and list of House managers, the chamber will notify the president that he is invited to come and respond, Sen. Roy Blunt said, when asked how long it will take for the trial to ramp up in the Senate. “I think that’s at least two days of notice, and he could probably demand more, but I doubt he would,” the Missouri Republican said. A trial will trigger an unusual Senate schedule, with the chamber in session six days a week starting at 1 p.m., excluding Sundays, unless senators vote to institute a different schedule. The Senate will have to approve a resolution detailing a framework for the impeachment trial before it gets under way. Pelosi originally withheld the articles on the condition that senators be able to call in new witnesses during the trial. McConnell has not agreed. The Kentucky Republican is holding firm in his stance that any decisions on witnesses should come after an initial phase of the trial. He maintains that he intends to use the precedent of the Clinton impeachment trial, in two phases with opening arguments, a written question period and then a decision point on whether to call witnesses or not. But GOP Sen. Susan Collins told reporters in Maine on

Friday that she’s been working all week with a “fairly small group” of Republican senators to ensure trial rules would allow House impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers to call witnesses. “I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for both the House and the president’s counsel if they choose to do so,” Collins said, according to The Bangor Daily News. As of late last week, senators had not yet seen a final draft of the resolution McConnell intends to bring up. If the House doesn’t vote until later in the week on the impeachment managers, that could give Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine enough time to force a Senate floor vote on his version of a war powers resolution before the chamber’s calendar becomes consumed with the Trump impeachment trial. Kaine’s war powers resolution will ripen early in the week, setting up action on the measure that would “remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military,” an attempt, he said, to prevent further escalation in the region. The resolution needs 51 votes to pass, and a vote could come as early as Tuesday. Last week, GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of

Kentucky said they would vote for Kaine’s measure, and Kaine has been in conversations with a number of other Republicans to see if he can drum up more supporters. Kaine has agreed to remove specific references to Trump and make other changes to bring more GOP colleagues on board. The House adopted its own war powers resolution last week but could take more action in the coming days. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Friday that while not yet on the schedule, it is possible that the chamber could take up a repeal of the 2002 authorization for the use of military force against Iraq from Rep. Barbara Lee and legislation from another Californian, Rep. Ro Khanna, that would bar funding for military action against Iran not authorized by legislators. Khanna said Friday that the reason his measure is only tentatively on the schedule is that leadership is still working to ensure the caucus is comfortable with the language. (Lindsey McPherson and Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.) (c)2020 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved Visit CQ Roll Call at www.rollcall. com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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WASHINGTON — Impeachment action is bound for the Senate this week, ending the long standoff between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the framework of President Donald Trump’s trial. Pelosi intends to send the House’s articles of impeachment to the Senate and name impeachment managers, launching a trial that could begin before the week is out. The impeachment articles, which the House approved in December, charge the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Pelosi will meet Tuesday morning with her caucus before scheduling a vote on a resolution to name managers — lawmakers who would act as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment trial — and authorize them to spend specific funds on the trial. After the resolution’s adoption, the articles will be formally sent to the Senate, a process involving pomp and a procession from the House. Pelosi has not yet indicated which House members will serve as impeachment managers. Some names floated in recent weeks include familiar characters in the impeachment inquiry, including House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other members of their committees. The expected timeline means Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would be able to participate in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, instead of having to be in Washington for an impeachment trial. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Cory Booker of New Jersey are also running for president but didn’t qualify for the debate. The Senate trial could still sideline the presidential hopefuls from the campaign trail in the crucial weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3. “In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or the Constitution,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear

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AIN AL-ASAD, Iraq — U.S. troops at the Iraqi military base targeted by Iranian ballistic missiles last week had only minutes notice before the blasts began, the military personnel there that night said on Monday. On a visit to the sprawling Ain al-Asad air base in the Iraqi province of Anbar, reporters saw deep craters and the crumpled wreckage of living quarters and a helicopter launch site. The attack lasted more than an hour and a half, troops said, with each explosion illuminating the landscape for miles. Lt. Col. Antoinette Chase, who oversaw the emergency response during the Jan. 7 strike, said that the base was notified of an imminent attack around 15 to 20 minutes before it started, with each fresh volley of missiles

being announced five minutes ahead of time. “There were barrages,” she said. Most military personnel were in bunkers until the sun rose, but with fears of a potential ground incursion swirling, others were out in the open, assessing blast sites and checking for casualties, even as the attack continued. In the hours that followed, Iran described the attacks as a shot of “harsh revenge” that had killed dozens. Within a day, that rhetoric had shifted and U.S. and Iraqi officials were insisting that nobody had been killed or wounded. Accounts from inside the Trump administration have suggested that the lack of casualties was a crucial factor in the president’s decision not to escalate further. “All is well!” he posted in a tweet hours after the attack. But across Ain al-Asad, the damage in several areas

appeared to indicate that this could have been a function of luck, not design. The base houses some 2,000 troops, 1,500 of them from the U.S.led coalition. It had been on high alert all afternoon, following an indication that attacks might be coming, officials said. Emergency drills for a similar scenario had been conducted days earlier. Tensions between the United States and Iran have sharpened dramatically in the week since one of Tehran’s most prominent military commanders, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Iraqi soil, and retaliation was widely expected. “Right before the first wave began, it was quiet, but then over the radio we heard a crackle and: ‘incoming, incoming’,” said First Lt. Charles Duncan, 25, standing amid the charred and twisted

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Wednesday, Jan. 15 n Copake Environmental Committee 7 p.m. Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake 518-329-1234 n Columbia Economic Development Executive Loan Committee 8:30 a.m. 4303 Route 9, Hudson n Ghent Commercial Zoning Review Committee 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 2306 Route 66, Ghent 518-392-4644 n Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals (tentative) 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson, 518-828-1030 n Livingston Fire District Board of Commissioners 7 p.m. District Office, 2855 Route 9, Livingston n Millerton Village Town Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m. Village Hall, Dutchess Avenue, Millerton 518-7894489 n New Lebanon Planning Board 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 14755 Route 22, New Lebanon 518-794-8888 n North East Town Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, Maple Avenue, North East 518-789-3778 n Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education 7 p.m. Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Library, 2989 Church St., Pine Plains 518-398-7181 n Tivoli Village Board workshop 6 p.m. meeting 7 p.m. Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli 845-757-2021

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p.m. Town Hall, 812 Route 203, Spencertown 518-392-3260 (as needed) n Chatham Village Board 7 p.m. Tracy Memorial Hall, 77 Chatham St., Chatham 518-392-5821 n Claverack Town Board 7 p.m. Town Court Building, Route 217, Mellenville 518-672-7911 n Copake Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake 518-329-1234 n Gallatin Town Board 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 667 Route 7, Gallatin 518-398-7519 n Ghent Town Board 7:30 p.m.. Town Hall, 2306 Route 66, Ghent 518-392-4644 n Hudson Planning Board 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson 518828-1030

Flames level family home By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

DURHAM — A farmhouse that had been passed down for many generations went up in flames and was completely destroyed early Thursday morning. Several area fire companies were called to the scene on Sutton Road at about 4:30 a.m. “It has been in the family since the 1900s,” Durham police chief Tom Sutton said Friday. Sutton also owns the home. “There’s a lot of memories there.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Sutton said. Sutton and his wife, Durham Town Councilwoman Linda Sutton, were not in the house at the time of the fire, he said. The couple lives up the road from the property, Sutton said. “The person staying there woke up and saw flames blowing outside,” he said. No injuries were reported in the fire, Sutton said. The house is considered a total loss. “It is what it is,” Tom Sutton said. “The house burned to the ground. We can’t change it.” The fire is not considered suspicious, according to the East Durham Volunteer Fire Company. “The home is deemed a total loss and was taken down,” according to a statement from East Durham Fire Chief Daniel Byrne. “The cause is under investigation but is not deemed suspicious. No one was hurt in the fire or response to the fire.” East Durham, Oak Hill, Windham, Freehold and Cairo fire departments responded to the scene, as well as Durham Ambulance, Greene County Paramedics, state police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

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A family farmhouse owned by the Suttons was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning.

Hernandez, Brantley join housing board By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Village trustees appointed two new members to the Catskill Housing Authority board Wednesday. When board members Kimberly Jones-Holt and Louise Schwartz resigned in November and Patrick McCulloch stepped down on Dec. 31, the board was down three members. The village board of trustees unanimously appointed Patrick Hernandez and Erica Brantley to the housing authority board. “I think they both will be assets to the board,” Catskill Housing Authority Chairman Sam Aldi said. Hernandez is a business teacher at Catskill High School. “He is very communityminded,” Aldi said. Brantley is a tenant at the Hop-o-Nose Apartments and has served on the board before. “She took a break from the board and is back to work with a new, progressive board to advocate for the tenants and secure their health and safety,” Aldi said. Aldi said he is looking forward to being part of the board’s new direction. Village President Vincent

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The Hop-O-Nose Apartments in Catskill.

Seeley is also looking forward to the new direction the board is taking, he said. “We are very encouraged by the new direction and leadership at the Catskill Housing Authority,” Seeley said. “It will be a tough road ahead, but through proper management and teamwork, all signs are positive.” The new members bring unique perspectives to the board, Seeley said. “Mr. Hernandez is a lifelong resident of Catskill and

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possesses a breadth of muchneeded business experience,” Seeley said. “Erica has been with us on this journey through the good times and the bad, all along always ensuring that the safety and well-being of the residents came first. Erica also has a very keen working knowledge of the CHA finances. We look forward to seeing the upcoming improvements. 2020 is going to be a good year.” Two individuals, one of whom was a Hop-O-Nose

tenant, stepped forward in December to be considered for the board positions, Aldi said.

At that time, Aldi declined to identify the candidates until their appointments were made official. The village board is scheduled to vote for appointment of the candidates in January, Seeley said. “I think we have some really good candidates,” Aldi said, adding that he expected the positions would be filled soon. The board will continue to move forward in a positive direction, he said. “The board is their advocate,” Aldi said of the tenants in December. “These are their homes. We want to make sure they are secure, safe and healthy. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We need board members who are willing to work hard for the tenants.” Participation from the tenants is also essential, Aldi added.

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A ban on Styrofoam will be welcome Greene County Legislator William B. Lawrence, R-Cairo, is calling for a countywide ban on polystyrene, the ubiquitous, near-indestructible plastic foam used in drinking cups, food trays and many, many other things. At the same time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a statewide ban on the landfill-proof material we all commonly refer to as Styrofoam. Polystyrene can’t be recycled and resold. It’s nearly impossible to remove from the waste stream and there’s no market for it. It’s light but bulky, and cheap to produce. It is the dominant occupant of landfills and it takes an eternity to decompose. It has nothing going for it except its seeming ability to survive a nuclear holocaust. So good for Lawrence and Cuomo on their decisions. We don’t agree with all of Lawrence’s positions on Greene County issues or Cuomo’s ideas on what’s best for New York, but in this case, as Lawrence

pointed out last week, banning Styrofoam would be good for our health and our local business community. As trash on streets and in rivers, lakes and seas, Styrofoam is more trouble than it’s worth, according to the Green Dining Alliance. All of the polystyrene that clogs up the environment is useless. More disturbing, when Styrofoam gets into the water, it doesn’t break down and it floats forever. Plastics are the scourge of the world’s oceans. They swirl in mammoth, winddriven ocean currents and form plastic conglomerates unbelievably deadly to marine life. Big chunks and tiny particles contaminate the food chain and leave remote beaches looking like garbage dumps. Styrofoam is among the leading contaminants slowly destroying our sensitive ecology. Lawrence and Cuomo have wisely decided not to add to the calamity.


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Washington seemed to be working, for once. Last month, key members of the House and Senate - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. - had negotiated legislation that would end socalled surprise medical billing. Example: when you have emergency surgery, then get slammed unexpectedly with a huge bill from an out-of-network anesthesiologist you didn’t choose. The legislation was set to be included last month in a must-pass funding bill. Then the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced at the last minute a competing bill, and the resulting legislative turf war stalled the momentum. Now, no solution may pass anytime soon. Neither the first bill nor the second, introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Ranking Republican Kevin Brady of Texas, is perfect. But they would help, and in similar ways. A deal should have been struck weeks ago. The issue revolves around ancillary providers - that is, doctors and other specialists who contract with, but are not employees of, medical facilities such as hospitals. Even if their hospitals accept standard health insurance, causing patients to believe all their services will be covered, these ancillary providers might not be included. Instead, they charge sometimes exorbitant out-ofnetwork rates directly to patients who had expected their health plans to pick up the tab. The two groups of legislators agree that when patients go to in-network The Register-Star welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must contain a full name, full address and a daytime telephone number. Names will be published, but phone numbers will not be divulged. Letters of less than 400 words are more likely to be published quickly. The newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for length, clarity and content. Letters should be exclusive to this publication, not duplicates of those sent to other persons, agencies

medical facilities, they should pay no more than in-network prices to anesthesiologists and other ancillary providers, letting their insurance companies sort out the rest. But they disagree on how to determine the amount insurance companies would end up paying ancillary providers for their services. The Pallone-Walden-Alexander-Murray bill would use regional averages to set rates, which would end the practice of charging unusually high prices for ancillary medical services. The NealBrady bill would create an arbitration process that would settle payment rates when there are disputes between insurers and doctors, basing its rulings on “payments made to similar providers for similar services in similar areas.” If it works well, arbitration would presumably result in mostly similar outcomes to direct rate-setting. If it does not, it could give doctors an opportunity to game the process. In truth, neither option is ideal. The best way to end surprise billing is simply to require that all ancillary providers working at in-network facilities are themselves also in-network. That would avoid any controversy about government rate-setting, encouraging insurance companies and providers to instead negotiate down prices. But the Pallone-Walden-AlexanderMurray bill was a decent second-best plan - one that is pretty close to what Neal and Brady themselves proposed. Since they lost the chance to pass surprise billing legislation last year, lawmakers must settle their differences as soon as possible. The gap between them is bridgeable.

Congress should be insulted but not surprised WASHINGTON — There are 99 better, or at least less abject, senators. However, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is inadvertently useful by incessantly demonstrating the depths to which senators sink when they jettison institutional responsibilities to facilitate subservience to presidents of their party. Consider the contrast between Graham and Mike Lee, R-Utah, concerning Congress’ responsibilities regarding war. Last Wednesday, administration officials, in what they evidently considered an optional concession to inferiors, gave a short (75 minutes), closed-door congressional briefing on military action against supposedly imminent threats from Iran. Presidential freedom to unilaterally commit acts of war unrelated to imminent threats would amount to an uncircumscribed power to undertake not just limited preemptive actions but to wage preventive war whenever a president unilaterally decides this might enhance national security. Lee is famously mildmannered but wasn’t after what he called an “insulting and demeaning” briefing in which executive branch officials instructed Congress concerning what it can debate: The briefers, who included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, warned that making military action subject to congressional authorization might encourage Iranian aggression. Sen. Chris Coons, DDel., asked whether, if the administration decided to take the extreme action of assassinating Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, it would at least notify Congress. The briefers would not say so. Congress last declared war on June 5, 1942, against Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, with a war already raging. This was 78 years and many wars ago. A power neglected, like a muscle never exercised, atrophies. Now Graham explicitly says that even debating, not a declaration of war but merely the wisdom of past



WILL military actions and necessary authorization for future ones, means “empowering the enemy.” Last April, Pompeo was asked in a Senate hearing: Is the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force against al-Qaida and other nonstate actors responsible for 9/11 sufficient authorization for the president to wage war 18 years later against Iran? Pompeo laconically said he would prefer to “leave that to lawyers” — presumably those he employs. With a few exemplary exceptions, notably Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, congressional Democrats, too, have been situational ethicists about their responsibilities regarding war. The Obama administration’s shambolic intervention in Libya’s civil war, the costs of which are still mounting, proceeded unaccompanied by congressional authorization but swaddled in executive branch sophistries. Barack Obama’s Justice Department vigorously defended what no one denied — that presidents may initiate military action without congressional approval. The issue, however, was that the administration, which had said the intervention would last “days, not weeks,” then said that thousands of air strikes, which caused numerous casualties over seven months and had the intended result of regime change, did not constitute “hostilities.” Last Wednesday’s briefing caused Lee to endorse Kaine’s proposal to direct the president to stop engaging in hostilities against Iran or any portion of its government or military unless continuation is explicitly authorized by a congressional declaration of war or other authorization of force.

Senate passage of this would take Democratic unanimity and two more Republicans joining Lee and Kentucky’s Rand Paul in supporting it. The House presumably would concur. Although Senate Republicans would subsequently sustain a presidential veto, virtues are habits, and this exercise might be the beginning of congressional involvement in decisions about war and peace becoming habitual. Presidential discretion is presumptively greatest regarding foreign relations. And many aspects of the modern age — weapons of mass destruction; the swift, perhaps surreptitious and potentially intercontinental delivery of such weapons; the multiplication of violent nonstate actors — have radically altered the context in which the Framers’ spare language in the Constitution’s pertinent provisions must be construed: The Congress has the power “to declare war” (also to “raise and support armies” and “maintain a navy”); the president is commander in chief of the armed forces. Concerning limits on presidential discretion, there is a large gray area. However, the activity of unilaterally preventive wars is not in it. Coons asked the briefers this: Suppose that in coming months the administration concludes that Iran, having shed the nuclear agreement’s constraints, is about to acquire a nuclear weapon. Would you need authorization from Congress prior to strikes meant to prevent this? The briefers would not agree even to consultation with Congress, although Coons several times restated and narrowed the question. Congress should not be surprised when the executive branch takes Congress’ responsibilities regarding war no more seriously than Congress does. George Will’s email address is (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group

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Michael John Fabiano Sr. Michael John Fabiano Sr. education. Mike was a teacher passed away on January 11, of agriculture at Berkshire Farm 2020 at the age of 89 surround- for 9 years and elementary ed ed by family at Albany Medical at Germantown School for 27 Center. years. He served on the Canaan He was a great man, a de- Town Council for 19 years. He voted father, grandfather, great enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, and the cherished family, working in his garden, husband of 63 years of Marga- and playing with his grandchilret (Mauro) Fabiano. In addition dren. to Margaret, he is survived by Calling hours are on Thursday his children Mary Beth (Beth), January 16th at Wenk Funeral David (Heidi), Daniel Home in Chatham NY, (Patty), Paul (Joanne), from 5pm-8pm. A mass Jeanne Marie, and Miof Christian burial will chael (Mary Noelle), his be at the Immaculate brother Ernest (TheConception Church in resa), eleven grandNew Lebanon, NY on children, and one great Friday January 17th at granddaughter. He is 11am with burial immepredeceased by his diately following at the granddaughter Karissa Canaan Cemetery. In Fabiano Sr. Fabiano, son-in-law lieu of flowers, please Joseph Akramoff, sister send donations to the Frances (Michael), and brothers following charities: American Anthony (Amy), Joseph (Carol), Diabetes Association (PO Box Frank (Rosemarie), and Cosmo 15829 Arlington, VA 22215) Damian (Maureen). Mike was American Heart Association born in Glasco, NY on March (PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 26th, 1930, to parents Michael 02241-7005) Retts Syndrome and Mary (Garitano) Fabiano. Research Trust (67 Under Cliff He graduated from SUNY Co- Road, Trumbull, CT 06611) bleskill and Kansas State with Please visit wenkfuneralhome. a dual degree in agriculture and com for on-line condolences.

Deborah Murray Deborah Murray, 70, of Dur- son, her son Richard Murray, her ham, NY passed away on Janu- brother Charles Albertson, and ary 10, 2020 surrounded by her her sisters Donna Didomenico loving family at Columbia Me- and Linda Wayman. Deborah is morial Hospital after a long ill- also survived by her nine grandness. childen that were the apple of Deborah spent her entire life her eye: Connor and Logan caring and giving to people. She Kuhn, Lindsay and Matthew was a devoted, loving, and com- Wayman, Patrick and Alondra passionate daughter, sister, DiDomenico, Brielle Robinson, mother, grandmother and wife. James Conarpe III and Ronan At a young age she dedicated Murray. She was also adored by herself to the care of many nieces, nephews her ill parents and then and cousins. raised her three sibRelatives and lings. Deborah married friends are invited to Donald Murray where attend calling hours they added four more on Wednesday, Januchildren to their home. ary 15th, 2020 from In later years, Deborah 2-4pm at Richards Fudedicated her life to neral Home of the Midcaring for her grandHudson Valley Inc., 29 Murray children. In addition to Bross St., Cairo, NY. A always loving and carprayer service will take ing for her family, Deborah also place at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, enjoyed fishing and visits to the please help in caring for children casino. by donating to the Cairo DurShe is predeceased by her ham Elementary School Happy daughter Amanda K. Murray. Feet program or to Cairo Rotary. She is survived by her husband Condolences may be made at Donald Murray, her daughters www.richardsfuneralhomeinc. Barbara Kuhn and Grace Robin- net.

Crystal Ann Holdridge-Rogers On Friday, January 10, 2020, Crystal Ann Holdridge-Rogers, loving wife of Nina Rogers, released her soul to the heavens following her battle with pancreatic cancer. Crystal is the daughter of Lori (Barber) Holdridge (deceased) and David Holdridge; sister of Amy Holdridge-Cruz (Carlos) and Joshua Holdridge (Stephanie); granddaughter of Hervey (Sr., deceased) & Beverly Barber, Betty Holdridge, Willie (deceased) and Carolyn Burrows. Through her marriage to Nina, Crystal extended her family tree to parents Philip & Kim Rogers, and Kathleen Rogers; siblings Benjamin Rogers, Erin Richardson (Patrick), Stanley Chesebro (Lyndsai) and Cyndy Waters (Tom). Crystal is survived by many devoted, adoring, loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a multitude of amazing friends who she considered in the fold as family. Born December 23rd, 1982, Crystal graduated from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in Windham, NY in 2001. She then pursued a career in the healthcare industry, and was an accomplished, caring CNA, finishing her career of service to others at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia, NY. Crystal and Nina had recently

made a home in Scotia and celebrated many wonderful years together, albeit not nearly enough, but blessed to have shared such a deep devotion to one another to fill the hearts of all who know them and have been privileged to share in Crystal’s light. She found joy in writing and would often get lost in the adventures of a great book. She enjoyed tinkering in her flower gardens and making everything around her beautiful and tingle with just the right amount of sparkle and bling – just like her! She was an amazing, thoughtful, caring, honest, loving woman. While she is welcomed by her loved ones as she moves on in her soul’s next adventure, she has left her lovely mark on all who knew her and a warmth within our hearts to cherish the moments we had with her forever. Services will be held Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 from 2-6pm at Decker Funeral Home, 5312 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496. In her way of keeping things light when her soul wanted levity, Crystal had requested balloons for her memorial service. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Crystal’s honor to Kitten Angels ( or Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (

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Jennie Fiero Jennie Fiero, 94, of Hudson, passed away Sunday January 12, 2020, at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Born July 10, 1925 in Hudson, she is the daughter of Francisco and Vincenza Martino. Jennie was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved to cook, and spending time with her family was most special to her. An all around great person, who will be truly missed, best describes Jennie. Left to cherish her memory are, her children Bruce, Brian and Debbie Fiero, grandchildren, Brian Fiero Jr., Bruce Fiero Jr., Brittany Fiero, Adrienne Brodowski, and Lucas Brodowski, along with

several great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Jennie was predeceased by her husband Grayford Fiero, and son Russell Fiero. Also predeceased by her siblings Mary Staats, Theresa Van Kuren, Rose Melino, Antoinette Mormile, Peter, Bruno, Carmen, Louis, and Joseph Martino. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday January 15, at 10:00 from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery. Visitation hours at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home are Tuesday January 14, from 4:00-6:00pm.

Stephanie Ann Cifelli Stephanie Ann Cifelli, age 62, of Catskill, died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Stephanie was born January 5, 1958 in Catskill, the daughter of Josephine (Corbett) Cifelli of Catskill, and the late Carmine A. Cifelli. In addition to her mother, Stephanie is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Cifelli-Winters and husband Jack E. Win-

ters of Leeds; a sister, Andrea Cifelli (Tom Lynch), of Catskill; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends may call 9-11 AM Friday at Traver & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. A funeral service will follow 11 AM Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Catskill.

Thomas M. Drabick Thomas M. Drabick, 74, former resident of Hudson, NY, passed away January 11, 2020.

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Fury at air crash cover-up puts Iran’s leaders back on defensive By Marc Champion, Arsalan Shahla and Golnar Motevalli Bloomberg News

TEHRAN, Iran — Inside Iran, the admission by authorities that they accidentally shot down a passenger jet packed with Iranian students last week has shattered a brief moment of unity, putting its leadership on the back foot again after only recently quelling nationwide protests. The fact that Iran appears to have spent days giving false justifications for the crash, which killed all 176 people on board, added to the anger, sparking protests and a crackdown from the government. Iran’s admission came only after the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia said they had intelligence indicating that the plane was struck by an Iranian missile, which Iran at first vehemently denied. Domestic backlash from the attempted cover-up is likely to constrain the regime’s freedom to act and erode whatever sympathy Iran had gained from the ramping up of pressure and tensions by the U.S. Crucially, the episode has also undermined confidence in the competence of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, an elite force that’s both feared and revered inside Iran. “It’s the Chernobyl of the Islamic Republic,” Saeed Leylaz, an economist and onetime adviser to Iran’s only reformist president, Ali Mohammad Khatami, said of Saturday’s revelations. He was referring to the 1986 nuclear disaster in the then Soviet republic of Ukraine, which cratered faith in the Communist Party and is widely seen to have contributed to the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. On Saturday, anti-government sentiments reemerged on the streets of Tehran. Crowds that assembled outside Sharif University and Amir Kabir University of Technology to mourn fellow students who lost their lives in the crash quickly turned into protests, with calls for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to resign and for an Iran without the Revolutionary Guard. “Death to the dictator,” the crowds chanted, according to video recorded at the scene. Police dispersed the protesters amid violent clashes and briefly arrested the U.K. ambassador to Iran, who was present at the vigil-turned-demonstration outside Amir Kabir. Iranian security forces on Sunday were out in force, blocking entrance to key squares and landmarks where anti-government demonstrators might gather. While there’s no immediate indication that the clerical leadership of the 40-year-old Islamic Republic risks losing power, the revelation has cost them benefits enjoyed from a surge of patriotism, even among opponents, since the U.S. killing on Jan. 2 of Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of the Islamic Republic’s most powerful military figures. The IRGC’s air defense units were responsible for shooting the plane down. In total, more than 230 civilians have been killed since Iran threatened retaliation for Soleimani’s killing, including

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Iranians students demonstrate following a tribute for the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 in front of the Amirkabir University in Tehran, Iran, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iranian police dispersed students chanting “radical” slogans during a gathering in Tehran to honour the 176 people killed when an airliner was mistakenly shot down, Fars news agency reported.

56 dead at a stampede during his funeral. No Americans were killed in Iranian missile strikes on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, though Iranian media had claimed for days that as many as 80 U.S. troops were killed. “The establishment has three major problems: corruption, inefficiency and inconsistency, and the plane crash once again laid bare the inefficiency and inconsistency in the system,” Leylaz said. The crash could change the political backdrop in Iran by raising pressure on the Guardian Council to allow more reformist and competent candidates to stand in parliamentary elections set for Feb. 21, Leylaz said. Conservative parties are currently expected to win back control of the legislature from moderates, setting the tone for a new political cycle before presidential elections next year. The Guardian Council said in a statement Sunday that it had finished vetting candidates. According to local media reports it excluded dozens of current MPs, most of them moderates, from running again. U.S. President Donald Trump said the world was now watching Iran’s handling of new street protests, after the regime admitted downing the plane. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his fury and “outrage” over the airliner’s loss, which also killed Canadian citizens. “The Iranian regime’s inadvertent murder of 176 people _ most of them Iranian _ in the tragic plane accident may limit their ability to further avenge Soleimani’s death,” said Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow in the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank, in an emailed comment. “Iranians are tired of the cycle of violence and retribution, and are brutally aware that it is Iranian civilians who invariably pay the highest price, not the regime and not the U.S.,’’ he said. Eighty-two of the 176 people who died on the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 were Iranian citizens. Authorities had earlier come under fire on social

media for encouraging mass funeral processions for Soleimai and then failing to properly organize them, leading to more than 50 dead when mourners overran the small town where he was buried, resulting in a deadly stampede. The deaths have forced top government officials into rare expressions of public contrition. Attempts to distance Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani from the air crash cover-up, by saying they discovered the truth only late Friday, have at best added to an image of state dysfunction. “With all of my being I hang my head,” said Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in a lengthy condolence message on his Instagram account on Sunday. An aide to Rouhani, who earlier posted a warning to domestic media on Twitter not to report accusations by Australia, Canada and the U.K. that the passenger airliner was shot down in error shortly after takeoff, said sorry in Koranic verse. State-run newspapers and the country’s newswire of record, the Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, also wrote public apologies, expressing their remorse at having parroted the government’s lies. Iran’s media had carried scant coverage of the crash since it happened, burying it with wall-to-wall reporting of Soleimani’s funeral ceremonies. The surge of national outrage at Soleimani’s killing, and of pride in the alleged proficiency of the Iranian retaliation against U.S bases in Iraq, had provided a short-lived boon for the regime. As recently as November it faced widespread anti-government protests that were crushed by security forces using live ammunition, at the cost of hundreds of casualties. “They would’ve opened fire at people had they not killed a few hundreds in November,” said a woman in her 20s who gave her name only as Zahra, as she fled riot police. “They knew exactly what had happened and who was responsible but made a fool of people for three whole days,” she said of the air disaster.

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New decade brings new Pants lie: When it comes goals for the district to sizing, anything goes By Maria Suttmeier For Columbia-Greene Media

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflecting on this quote is a great way to start off the New Year. Making New Year resolutions has an added sense of importance this year since it’s not just another new year, it’s the beginning of a new decade. Resolutions are a tradition in which people resolve to accomplish personal goals or otherwise improve their lives. We at the Hudson City School District set goals each year to continuously improve opportunities and outcomes for our students and we are determined to reach them. We will complete our Vision 2020 goals this June and will set a new group of goals that will move us onward and upward. Resolutions, in a sense. The District Office and Board of Education have been busy reflecting on the past, reviewing data and making decisions about what our future will look like. Our new goals will be both supportive and challenging in an effort to propel all students onward, academically and socially, across the PK-12 continuum. Our desired result is the advancement of the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students so they are prepared for college, career and citizenship. In partnership with our community, our focus remains fixed on producing well-rounded students who are prepared for the next step beyond high school graduation. We will do this by showing them the occupational opportunities available

that will complement their individual interests, talents and skills. The year 2020 also brings some new faces to our leadership teams. At Hudson Senior High School, alumni Bob LaCasse moved into the Principal position after serving as the Associate Principal for six years. Taking over as Associate Principal is William Wood, who previously taught at HFM BOCES. At the Junior High School, Principal Derek Reardon was recently joined by Interim Dean of Students, Shawn Briscoe, whom many will know as a Physical Education teacher at the elementary school and the boys varsity basketball coach. Mr. Briscoe will be taking a temporary leave from his PE position to assume the role of the Dean of Students at the JHS until a candidate is hired to permanently fill the Associate Principal position. At MCS Elementary School, we will be welcoming Amanda Klopott later this month to join Principal Mark Brenneman and Associate Principal Ian MacCormack. Ms. Klopott previously taught at North Colonie Central School District. The district office is also changing. Sharifa Carbon, who served as the School Business Administrator (SBA) for four years, has been offered a position in the New Paltz School District, which is closer to her home. While we are sad to bid farewell to Ms. Carbon, we are happy to welcome Jonathan (Jesse) Boehme, current SBA in the Germantown Central School District. He will step in shortly after Ms. Carbon departs in February to lead the budget development

for the 2020-21 school year. We are looking forward to the new opportunities that come along with these shifts in leadership. In addition to leadership changes, we’re adopting a few “resolutions” elsewhere in the district to support social-emotional development and improve our school culture. One example is the development of a new Code of Conduct that will include additional aspects of restorative practices. The primary goal of restorative practices is to proactively prevent negative behaviors such as bullying or violence. Rather than defaulting to traditional disciplinary action such as detention or suspension, a restorative practices approach encourages students to reflect on their behaviors, work to understand them and positively change them. This does not mean that there will be no detentions or suspensions imposed, as these consequences are necessary at times. However, the approach provides a way for the district to be proactive and teach responsible behaviors. As we close one year and open a new one, it’s only natural to look back while we plan ahead. Emerson suggests in the opening quote that it is not our past or our future that defines us. Instead, it is our inner character traits — such as respect, responsibility, dedication or kindness — and what we do with them that are the most important. Teaching our students what good character looks like and sounds like is the foundation of all other education. Wishing you all a happy New Year and prosperous decade!


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We all have a love-hate relationship with the scale: one day you love it, the next day you want to toss it out the window. And even though you know the scale is unreliable, you still use it (sometimes every day) and allow it to have the power to dictate your mood for the day. Good number — good mood, bad number — well, you get the picture, and we’ve all been there. So if you can’t rely on the scale to tell you the truth, what can you rely on? How about letting your clothes do the talking? If you’re like me, you’ve got clothes in your closet that are a little snug, a little too big and ones that fit just right. And I have so many different sizes in my closet, it’s hard to tell what size I really wear. For instance, when shopping for clothes I look for size 10 or a medium. But sometimes a size 10 is too big at one store or too small at another. Whether you do your shopping online or in the store, I’m sure you’ve experienced the frustration of inconsistent

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American Legion leaders to visit Columbia County on Jan. 20 HUDSON — Leaders from the American Legion, Department of New York, will be the guests of honor during a visitation luncheon Jan. 20 at the White Stone Café in Ghent, hosted by the Columbia County American Legion. Michael McDermott of Homer, elected commander this past July of the 100,000 member Department of New York, will be the keynote

speaker, said County American Legion Commander James Garvey. Also on the dais will be Auxiliary President Linda Tome of Palmyra, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Dennis George of Oriskany. The event will get underway with refreshments at 1 p.m., followed by luncheon at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 each.

Reservations should be made by Jan. 14 by contacting local posts or calling Jim at 518-8217366 or Jeff at 518-672-4757. Prior to the luncheon, visiting guests will tour the Firemen’s Home in Hudson. State leaders will be joined at the luncheon by other department officials and district leaders, as well as local members of the legion family and friends.

measure is only lying at the surface of your skin. Then take out a pair of jeans that is one to two sizes too small. Lay it on a hard surface and using your tape measure, measure across the top of the waist. Make sure the jeans are zipped and buttoned, and the button is not sagging down below the back part of the waist. Multiply that number by two and you have the circumference of the waistband. Do those two numbers match up? Here’s the take-home message — designers are trying to make us feel better by giving us smaller numbers on our clothes. But in reality, they’re misleading us into thinking we’re thinner than we actually are. I expect my son and my clients to lie to me occasionally, but I don’t expect my clothes to lie. Here’s the bottom line: Pants lie, skirts lie, designers lie. Tape measures do not. What are you going to believe? Reach Mary Schoepe at

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JAN. 14 VALATIE — The Columbia County American Legion will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the John W. McConnell Squadron American Legion Post 47, Valatie Village Hall, 3211 Church St., Valatie. For directions, contact Jeff at 518-6724757. COPAKE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Community Room of the Library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. The Board typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to members of the public. For information, call 518 3254101 or visit,

Planning committee members are pictured: Standing from the left are Melanie Nelson; Irene Clum; Elke Crane, club recording secretary; Maureen Lockwood. Seated are Joyce Vale, club treasurer; Fran Bufi, club president; and Mattie Gifford. Each year the Germantown Garden club puts together its program of meetings, projects, field trips and special events. The first scheduled meeting for 2020 is in late February and it is often a challenge to line up speakers and plan field trips so the club yearbook can be printed and delivered by this deadline. Planning begins with a brainstorming session in November to set a calendar and theme for the year. In late December the committee meets to set the programs for each of the meetings with possible speakers. The theme for 2020 is “Gardening in Our Changing Environment.” Possible programs focus on pollinators, disaster preparedness, minimizing the impact on our environment, a program on our weather vs. climate, and a hands on workshop. Also included in the program is a field trip to a local sustainable farm, annual plant sale, holiday event, and annual flower show. Founded in 1928 this marks the Germantown Garden Club 92nd year. Club meetings are free and always open to the public. To get more information about the club or to join, call Fran Bufi at 518-537-868.

sizing across brands, styles and stores. And there’s a name for it — vanity sizing — and when it comes to sizing, anything goes. Unfortunately, this madness is partly our fault. Studies have shown that shoppers prefer to buy clothing labeled with small sizes because it’s a confidence booster. According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, in 1960 the average American weighed 140 pounds, and today that weight has increased to 168 pounds. So in response to that increase, brands adjusted their metrics to help more of us squeeze into more desirable sizes. And that’s when it hit me — the scale isn’t the only thing that lies. Apparently our clothes are liars, too. So if you can’t trust your scale or your clothes, what can you trust? How about the measuring tape? Here’s what to do: Wrap a soft flexible tape measure around the narrowest part of your waist until it overlaps with the beginning of the tape measure. Don’t pull it too tight! Make sure the tape

LATHAM — The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly 24 meets at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co., 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham. All persons, 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic are welcome. For information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit WWW.SAM24. SYNTHASITE.COM. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Eagles Band and the Mt. Greylock Band will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Mount Greylock Regional High School, 1781 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, Mass. The Mt. Greylock band will perform first, followed by the Eagles Band, and then the bands will perform together. Admission is free. The Eagles Band is the longest continuous performing ensemble in the Berkshires. For information, visit the band’s website at

JAN. 15 STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents Planting Plan Design Studio 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Learn how to design a planting

plan for private and public garden spaces. Students will consider the nature of plant characteristics in specific design settings. Home architecture will be used for a source of inspiration while honoring the horticultural needs of each plant. For materials list visit The cost for eight classes is $350 for BBG Members and $385 for nonmembers. For information, call 413-298-3926. VOORHEESVILLE — Thacher Park Friends will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Thacher Visitor Center, 830 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville. Interested in volunteering at Thacher Park? Come meet the board members and find out what the Friends are up to and how you can contribute. For information, call 518-872-0800. HUDSON — Columbia County VFW Post 1314 will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Post, 544 Union St., Hudson. Veterans interested in becoming a member of the Post need to bring a copy of their DD214. If interested in renting the hall, call Randy at 518858-9212. WEST GHENT — The Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 County Route 22, West Ghent will hold a Card Party/ Game Night 5-8 p.m. Jan. 15. Refreshments available. If school has been closed due to weather, there will be no event. HUDSON — The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the History Room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth St., Hudson. The meeting is open to the public.

JAN. 16 COPAKE — Roeliff Jansen Community Library hosts the Taconic Hills Science Research Symposium 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake. A group of top students from Taconic Hills High School’s Science Research Program are training for an upcoming science competition. To help them prepare for the big day, Roe Jan Library will be hosting a symposium where the students will be able to present their projects to the community. Guests are also encouraged to ask questions in order to better help the students perfect their presentations

ahead of the competition. Admission is free. For information on hours and events, call 518-325-4101.

JAN. 18 STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, Mass., presents New England and Hudson Valley Heirloom Grape Varieties for the Home Garden 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18. This class will cover how to grow locally developed heirloom grapes (1840-1890) in your own backyard to produce eating grapes, juices, jellies, and wines. Such vines can also be used for landscaping purposes to create arbors, establish fence lines and attract wildlife. The cost is $30 for BBG members and $40 for non-members. For information, call 413-298-3926. HUDSON — The FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, presents a Super Saturday event at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Professor Sparks and his robot companion, Spot 2000, will present an interactive program that is full of surprises. After the program make your own “slime” to take home. This hands-on program is appropriate for children 5 and older. This program and admission to the Museum for the day is free to residents of Columbia County (with proof of residency: a drivers license for head of household). For information about this program, other upcoming Super Saturday programs or the Museum, call 518-822-1875 ext.17 or visit VOORHEESVILLE — An Ice Fishing Clinic will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Thacher Nature Center, 87 Emma Treadwell Way, Voorheesville. Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. For information, call 518-8720800. Rain date is Jan. 25.



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Stronger sales in fourth quarter bring Westchester market into balance in 2019

Brain Injury Association of New York releases 2020 legislative priorities

RYE BROOK — The Westchester County housing market has experienced a paradigm shift, and at last fell into balance in the fourth quarter of 2019. Sellers came to terms with the need for overall price corrections and after a sluggish and challenging start, buyers found the improved value landscape that they have been waiting for, according to the Houlihan Lawrence Westchester Putnam & Dutchess Market Report released recently. As a result of the slow start to the 2019 market, the number of closed sales remains slightly down. But there was a pronounced decline of inventory and a substantial increase of pending deals overall. The most notable increase in pending deals was in the $2$2.5 million-dollar range. This increase in sales is largely due to sellers pricing their properties to better align with buyer expectations. Westchester County, however, continues to struggle in the $4+ milliondollar range where pending deals remain low. The highest-priced sale in the County in 2019 was in Armonk for $8.1 million with Houlihan Lawrence representing the buyer. This was a sizeable shift down from 2018’s Westchester record sale of the Rockefeller Estate for $33 million, both sides represented by Houlihan Lawrence. Pollena Forsman, the No. 1 ranked agent in Westchester single-family homes for the 6th consecutive year, noted that “Pending deals across Westchester are up 2019 versus 2018 overall, yet they are largely weighted to the under $2.5M market, where supply overall has become thinner while demand maintained versus pre-tax reform.” She added, “For example, in the Sound Shore region, while a few luxury price points over $2M reveal a lift in pending deals, contracts remain in single-digit territory against double-digit supply. The pending deals in luxury largely reflect sellers’ reluctant tolerance of market conditions. In nearly all cases, these levels

ALBANY — The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) presents its 2020 Legislative Priorities. BIANYS’ advocacy includes these priorities and other legislative and administrative issues impacting New York’s brain injury community. New Yorkers with brain injuries face many obstacles on their journey to recovery, often falling through the cracks of the health care system when their injuries are misdiagnosed and misunderstood. BIANYS advocates for brain injury survivors so everyone has access to the services they need, and looks forward to working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to ensure the needs of survivors are met, according to a statement from the organization . The 2020 policy advocacy

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are discounted from original and/or current offer prices.” While riding a positive real estate wave in Putnam County, an increased number of sellers have recognized that it is a good time to put their homes on the market. Listings, as a result, are up in general, albeit at times positioned too aggressively with their pricing. In the desirable price point of $600,000-$799,000, closed sales are up markedly. But a substantial increase in listings between $500,000-$599,000, resulted in a deep decline of pending sales in that range. The high-end pending deals between $1-$2 million are up substantially, where the perception of value became actionable. Overall, the median sale price increased slightly in 2019 over 2018. In Dutchess County second home sales remain strong on the west side of the county along the Hudson River. There is limited supply and shorter marketing times in these villages for appropriately priced properties in close proximity to train stations. Listings in the county overall have declined slightly and pending sales overall are down but there are price ranges where pending sales have seen sharp increases. In the $400,000$499,000 price range, for example, pending sales are up over 50%. Supply and demand in the county remain high up to the $800,000 range where there is less demand. Overall, however, the median sale price increased year over year.

Expanding northward, thanks to the Millbrook office, it is notable to mention that Houlihan Lawrence was the number one real estate company in Columbia County in 2019 and represented both sides of the highest sale in the county at $8,000,000.

MARKETS AT A GLANCE Northwest Westchester (Croton-on-Hudson, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, Peekskill and Yorktown) Homes Sold: up 6% Median Sale Price: up 7% PUTNAM COUNTY (Brewster, Carmel, Garrison, Haldane, Lakeland, Mahopac and Putnam Valley) Homes Sold: Unchanged Median Sale Price: up 2% DUTCHESS COUNTY Homes Sold: down 2% Median Sale Price: up 6% Southwest Dutchess (Beacon, East Fishkill, Fishkill, La Grange, Poughkeepsie, City of Poughkeepsie and Wappinger) Homes Sold: down 3% Median Sale Price: up 6% Southeast Dutchess (Beekman, Dover, Pawling and Union Vale) Homes Sold: down 1% Median Sale Price: up 5% Northwest Dutchess (Clinton, Hyde Park, Milan, Pleasant Valley, Red Hook and Rhinebeck) Homes Sold: up 5% Median Sale Price: up 5% Northeast Dutchess (Amenia, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford and Washington) Homes Sold: down 9%

Lake George Arts Project announces new executive director LAKE GEORGE — Lake George Arts Project announces Tanya Tobias-Tomis as its new executive director, following the retirement of John Strong. Tobias-Tomis has close to two decades of non-profit experience, including 12 years at Saratoga Arts, most recently in her role as associate director. Her accomplishments there included contributing to a significant growth in Saratoga Arts’ audience and revenue. She was also responsible for many of their projects, including their Art@ Work + Home program, and the immensely popular First Night Saratoga. Prior to this, Tobias-Tomis was education coordinator at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. In addition, she sits on a number of boards. “The Board is so pleased to have found a person of Tanya’s caliber to take over the reins of this storied organization,” said Todd Rehm, president of Lake George Arts Project’s Board. Tobias-Tomis is no stranger to the work of the organization. “I’ve admired the Lake George Arts Project since I began working in the arts and have always been so amazed at the quality of the events I’ve attended in the past. I’m so excited to be a part of an organization that has made so

efforts will focus on: Continuum of Care for People with a Traumatic Brain Injury: New Yorkers with brain injuries deserve to get the help they need from the time of their injury to the time they integrate back into their community. BIANYS is proposing legislation that will enhance prevention and outreach, treatment and rehabilitation, and support services. Amend the 2011 New York State Concussion Management Awareness Act: BIANYS will work to gain amendments to the CMAA that focus on identifying and implementing paths to achieving a successful return to the community for all New Yorkers that have sustained a concussion. We will also work to achieve amendments that will make the CMAA more

inclusive to all New Yorkers with brain injuries. “BIANYS remains committed to improving the lives of New York’s brain injury survivors through improved access to treatment and rehabilitation. Our policy priorities are a snapshot into our advocacy work and will ensure brain injury survivors and families are empowered to make their own decisions and have access to the support they need to do so,” said BIANYS Executive Director Eileen Reardon. BIANYS works with brain injury survivors, caregivers and family members, along with other advocates and elected officials on these and other issues as the legislative gets underway. Visit bianys. org for additional information.

WMHT welcomes Dan Clark as host and producer of New York NOW TROY — WMHT Public Media welcomes reporter Dan Clark as host of New York NOW, WMHT’s award-winning, statewide public affairs program. A frequent guest on the program, Clark began his role as host of the long-running program Jan. 10. Clark has been reporting on New York state government and politics for the last six years, when he worked out of the state Capitol in Albany. Clark reported for the national political fact-checking publication PolitiFact, the Buffalo News, the statewide political television show Capital Tonight, and most recently the New York Law Journal. At the New York Law Journal, Clark has focused on state legal challenges to President Donald Trump, as well as litigation concerning laws enacted by the New York State Legislature. Clark covered the Legislature in each role he’s held and is a familiar

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face to state lawmakers and staff. “Dan brings a wealth of expertise to New York NOW,” said Joseph Tovares, WMHT’s vice oresident, chief content and engagement officer. “His leadership will allow us to advance civic participation by providing critical information across multiple platforms to the citizens of New York about their state government.”

“I’m thrilled to host a show that’s recognized by many as a beacon for coverage on state politics and government in New York,” Clark said. “I’m from New York, I know New York, and I’m excited to share my love for the state with viewers from Brooklyn to Buffalo.” Clark is a native of Afton in Chenango County. He has lived in Albany with his husband for nine years.

Registration open for the 12th annual Winter Green-Up LATHAM — Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program’s 12th annual Winter Green-Up, the Northeast’s original grazing conference, to be held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 25, at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham. The event will have speakers, vendors and the traditional Winter Green-Up

lunch, featuring grass-fed meats. Admission for Winter Green-Up 2020 is $80 per adult and $60 per youth 1218 if registered and paid in advance. Prices for walkins/at the door are $100 per adult and $70 per youth 1218. These prices include all talks, activities and buffet lunch. To register and pay online:

WGU2020. For questions regarding registration or to register by telephone, contact or 518-765-3518. For questions about Winter Green-Up 2019 or if you wish to be a vendor at this event, contact Tom Gallagher,, 518577-0958; Ashley Pierce,, 518272-4210; or cce-caahp@, 518-765-3518.

Part-Time Farmer Tax School held Jan. 21 in Hudson and Troy

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many contributions to, and has had such a positive impact on the regional arts scene.” Tobias-Tomis will step into the new role in late January, with John Strong staying on through January in order to assist with the

transition. A retirement celebration for Strong is being planned during Lake George Arts Project’s annual Spring Golf Tournament. Details will be announced in upcoming months.

HUDSON — Part-Time Farmer Tax School will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Jan. 21 at CCE Columbia-Greene Counties, 479 Route 66, Hudson and CCE Rensselaer County, 61 State St., Troy. CAAHP’s Part-Time Farmer Tax School is being offered in two locations this year — Hudson and Troy. The class material is the same at both locations. When it comes to taxes, do you have any of these questions: How much farm income do I need to make in order to be able to deduct

it on my taxes? What taxrelated form(s) do I need to complete? What, if any, tax management strategy should I have for my farm business? Should I form an LLC or other form of business, and what tax documentation do lenders require? CAAHP Educators Steve Hadcock and Dayton Maxwell will answer these and other tax-related questions during this meeting. In addition to discussing income tax concepts, they will explore agricultural value assessment, building

exemptions, sales tax regulations and Farmers’ School tax credit. The cost for attending the workshop is $20, which includes a light dinner and printed materials. Register and pay online at to attend the Hudson session, or at https://tinyurl. com/PTFarmerTaxSchoolTroyReg to attend the Troy session. Register by phone by calling 518-765-3518; email with questions.



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Oscar nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ leads with 11 By Emily Yahr, Sonia Rao, Travis M. Andrews, Elahe Izadi, Bethonie Butler

Richardson “The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto “Joker,” Lawrence Sher “The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke

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“Joker,” the controversial drama about the mentally ill Batman villain that sparked backlash with its realistic depictions of extreme violence, triumphed at the 92nd annual Academy Awards nominations on Monday morning, earning 11 nods, the most of any film. Three films were close behind with 10 nominations: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino’s fictional ode to 1960s Hollywood; “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s mob drama starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci that clocks in at three and a half hours; and “1917,” the World War I epic that centers on two British soldiers on a dangerous trip to deliver a critical message that could save 1,600 troops. All four of those movies also earned best picture nominations. Rounding out the prestigious category is “Little Women,” Greta Gerwig’s version of Louisa May Alcott’s tale of four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the Civil War; “Marriage Story,” which centers on an excruciating divorce and custody battle; “Parasite,” the South Korean psychological thriller-slash-dark comedy; “Jojo Rabbit,” about a young German boy who counts Hitler as an imaginary friend; and “Ford v Ferrari,” based on the true story of Ford’s goal to make a faster car than the Ferrari. For the second year in a row, there were no women nominated in the best director category: Nominees included Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Bong Joon-ho, Sam Mendes and Todd Phillips, with the notable snub of Gerwig. Once again, the Oscars ceremony will be hostfree — after the debacle over Kevin Hart’s tweets in 2019, the show’s producers aren’t taking any chances. “There was a lot of conversation about which way to go and there may be a day when we decide to have a host again, but the focus has been on the most entertaining show and not on the host,” ABC entertainment president Karey Burke told reporters last week. The nominations were announced Monday morning, hosted by actress Issa Rae and John Cho. The Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 9 — with no host — on ABC. A partial list of the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards:

BEST PICTURE “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “The Irishman” “Parasite” “1917” “Marriage Story” “Jojo Rabbit” “Joker” “Little Women” “Ford v Ferrari”

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Travis revealed the alleged plot to Columbia County Sheriff’s investigators under questioning for more than 10 hours. Travis said he had a “guilty conscience” and added police told him he could serve up to 30 years in prison if he did not confess. When Goldstein was questioned by police, he denied

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“there is a likelihood that petitioners will ultimately succeed in proving that the emergency regulation is an impermissible administrative transgression into territory that is reserved to our Legislature by the State Constitution.” During Monday’s press conference, Rosenthal agreed it is the responsibility of the Legislature to institute such action, and said with a Democratic majority in the Senate and the recent attention brought to the potential health

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Health. According to the bill, these agencies would electronically send information about eligible voters to the Board of Elections for automatic voter registration. While introducing his bill, Gianaris said there are between 1 million and 2 million eligible voters in New York who are not registered to vote. “This will go a long way towards taking New York from worst to first in terms of voter participation,” Gianaris said. During the floor debate, Sen. Robert Ortt, R-62, raised

BEST ORIGINAL SONG “I’m Standing With You,” from “Breakthrough” “Into the Unknown,” from “Frozen II” “Stand Up,” from “Harriet” “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from “Rocketman” “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” from “Toy Story 4”



Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in “Joker.”

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Renée Zellweger, “Judy” Charlize Theron, “Bombshell” Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story” Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women” Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” Adam Driver, “Marriage Story” Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

BEST DIRECTOR Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” Sam Mendes, “1917” Todd Phillips, “Joker”

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Al Pacino, “The Irishman” Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” Margot Robbie, “Bombshell” Florence Pugh, “Little Women” Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit” Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM South Korea, “Parasite” Spain, “Pain and Glory” France, “Les Misérables”

North Macedonia, “Honeyland” Poland, “Corpus Christi”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY “The Irishman” “Jojo Rabbit” “Little Women” “The Two Popes” “Joker”

“Avengers: Endgame” “The Lion King” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Irishman” “1917”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “The Irishman” “1917” “Jojo Rabbit” “Parasite”


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY “Marriage Story” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “Parasite” “Knives Out” “1917”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM “Toy Story 4” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” “Missing Link” “I Lost My Body” “Klaus”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “American Factory” “The Edge of Democracy” “Honeyland” “For Sama” “The Cave”

“Bombshell” “Joker” “Judy” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” “1917”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “Little Women” “The Irishman” “Jojo Rabbit” “Joker”

BEST SOUND MIXING “1917” “Ford v Ferrari” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “Ad Astra” “Joker”

BEST SOUND EDITING “1917” “Ford v Ferrari” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “Joker”

BEST FILM EDITING “The Irishman” “Ford v Ferrari” “Parasite” “Joker” “Jojo Rabbit”


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY “1917,” Roger Deakins “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert

“1917,” Thomas Newman “Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir “Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

the allegations and said he was shocked when he learned what Travis did. The cause of the fire was deemed undetermined by state fire investigators because they were unable to inspect the interior of the home. But that does not rule out arson, Homeland Security and Emergency Services Investigator Richard Daus and Investigator John Fairclough said in their testimony. Goldstein is accused of selling off items in an estate sale

and buying a mobile home to live in before the fire. Goldstein has denied the charges, and his attorney said that it would not make sense for Goldstein start a fire to destroy his beloved late wife’s home. The prosecution rested its case shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. A motion for dismissal by defense attorney Roy Nestler based on a lack of evidence was denied by Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek. Then it was the defense’s

turn to call witnesses. The sole witness was Goldstein’s stepdaughter Beth Bagner. She testified that she knew Goldstein for 28 years. “He was an amazing stepfather,” Bagner said. Nestler asked Bagner if she had ever heard her stepfather use the term “Jewish lightning.” She said she did not. The derogatory term is allegedly what Goldstein used to describe the plot as he explained how to carry out the arson, Travis said in

testimony. Travis, who said he had never heard the term before, defined the term incorrectly on the witness stand last week, saying that it meant lightning never strikes the same place three times. The prosecution opted not to cross-examine Bagner. Goldstein declined to testify. Defendants are not required to testify by law, as the burden of proof rests solely on the prosecution in a criminal trial. Koweek gave Goldstein the option to

dangers of these products, she feels optimistic about the passage of the bills. Many speakers at the press conference focused not only on the public health dangers of flavored tobacco products and menthol, but of the disproportionate impact on African-American communities. “The device may have evolved, but the deception has not,” said Hazel Dukes, president of the New York conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “For generations, the tobacco industry has been targeting our youth, in particular African-American kids, with flavored products — especially

menthols. They know menthol is a gateway for kids and they focus their efforts on hooking communities of color.” Roughly 5% of AfricanAmericans smoked menthol cigarettes in the 1950s, Dukes said, and that number has jumped to 85% today. The Centers for Disease Control recently found that 70% of African-Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 who smoke use menthol cigarettes — a popular alternative for children because the taste is more palatable — compared to 54% of all children in that age group. Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, D-42, the assembly sponsor of the bill

banning the sale of flavored tobacco — not criminalizing its usage — said nicotine is a major contributor to the leading causes of death in African-American communities, which include heart disease and cancer.

“My bill to end the sale of flavored tobacco will end the decades of predatory and racial targeting of minority communities by tobacco companies that have historically used menthol cigarettes to addict new generations to their

concerns over whether automatic voter registration at the DMV would pave the way for undocumented immigrants to register to vote, as a new law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses — known as the Green Light Law — is in the first month of its rollout. Gianaris said the DMV has identification requirements that confirm whether someone is a citizen, so fraudulent voter registration would not be an issue. The bill passed on the Senate floor 40-20. The package also included legislation that would require college and university campuses to have polling locations if the school has at least

300 registered voters. The bill passed on the Senate floor with a 40-20 vote. Multiple bills that ensure a sufficient number of early voting locations were also passed last week. “The goal is fair, secure elections,” said Susan Learner, executive director of Common Cause New York. “The legislature is working with advocates, with grassroots activists across the state to be sure that barriers to voting are removed.” Massarah Mikati covers the New York State Legislature and immigration for Johnson Newspaper Corp. Email her at, or find her on Twitter @massarahmikati.

testify Wednesday morning if he changes his mind. The trial will resume with closing arguments from the prosecution and defense Wednesday at 9 a.m. After that, the jury will receive instructions on the law by the judge and then begin their deliberations. To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@, or tweet to @ amandajpurcell.

products,” she said. Massarah Mikati covers the New York State Legislature and immigration for Johnson Newspaper Corp. Email her at, or find her on Twitter @massarahmikati.




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Maines leads Hudson to victory By Tim Martin Columbia-Greene Media

CASTLETON — Hudson bounced back from a loss to Rensselaer earlier in the week with an 84-71 victory over Maple Hill in Friday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game. The Bluehawks pulled away from an 18-18 firstquarter deadlock to take a 47-38 lead at halftime. Maple Hill crept to within 66-58 after three quarters, but the Bluehawks put the game away with an 18-13 scoring edge over the final eight minutes. Sophomore Isaiah Maines hit a season-hit

26 for Hudson (5-2, 5-5). Dayquan Griffin added 23 and Noah Hedgepeth had 15. Rian Jewett was the top scorer for Maple Hill with 26 points. Blake Decker had 19 and Ben Marra 11. HUDSON (84): Anderson 1-0-2, Gorman 3-0-9, Hedgepeth 6-0-15, Griffin 9-5-23, Johnson 2-0-4, Maines 12-2-26, Romano 2-0-5. Totals 35-7-84. 3-pointers: Hedgepeth 3, Gorman 3, Romano. MAPLE HILL (71): Decker 6-7-19, Hirschoff 4-0-9, Jewett 9-4-26, Marra 4-2-11, McGarvey

Maple Hill seizes sole possession of first in Patroon



Hudson girls basketball head coach Brice Ivery and assistant Warren Sheldon talk to the team during a timeout in Friday’s Patroon Conference game against Maple Hill.

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Coxsackie-Athens wrestler Schyler Caringi stands on the podium with her plaque and championship bracket after winning the Eastern State Girls Tournament championship in the 132-pound division.


C-A’s Caringi wins Eastern States title By Tim Martin Columbia-Greene Media

Coxsackie-Athens’ Schyler Caringi won the 132-pound championship in the Eastern State Girls Wrestling Tournament on Friday. Caringi pinned a 5-time

All-American in the semifinals, punching her ticket to the finals where she major decisioned her opponent, 12-3. C-A also sent several wresSee WRESTLING B3

HUDSON — The Lady Wildcats from Maple Hill visited the Lady Bluehawks in Hudson on Friday night in a battle for supremacy in the Patroon Conference. Maple Hill left with the 4937 victory, solidifying their top spot in the standings, as Hudson suffers their first conference loss on the year. Hudson’s Deja Beauford had the highest point total on the night with 17, but Natasha Strock of Maple Hill was close behind with 14. Both teams played extremely tough defense from the opening tip, but they each took advantage of the opportunities they did have early on. Hudson hit a clutch threepointer at the end of the first quarter to pull within a point and was trailing 16-15 going into the second. Though the Bluehawks maintained their intensity in the second period, they failed on multiple occasions to score points on the other end. The Wildcats were matching Hudson’s energy on every possession and managed to score off of turnovers, while the Bluehawks could not return the favor. Beauford continued to dive for the ball and land awkwardly on multiple plays in the first half, but willed her team to stay in the fight as she battled through the pain and frustration. She hit a


Hudson’s Jada Alert brings the ball up the floor during Friday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball game against Maple Hill.

layup and converted the foul shot to close out the first half to narrow Maple Hill’s lead to 24-22 as they went into the break. Both squads opened the third period with the same vigor on defense as they displayed in the first half, and

still played aggressively. But again, the Wildcats scored on the few chances they were afforded and Hudson was losing their ability to hold onto the ball and slow things down. The third ended with Maple Hill still only up by three

points, 38-35, and the Bluehawks needed a big fourth quarter to get a lead. In the first three minutes of the 4th Hudson’s defense caused multiple turnovers, allotting them more shot attempts. The Wildcats remained vigilant though, and would transition to playing defense almost effortlessly after their mistakes. The Bluehawks got another steal and missed a wide open layup in the paint. This sabotaged all of their effort and extra possession time that they earned by playing such good defense. Coach Brice Ivery called a timeout immediately to try and redirect this frustration into something positive, but it was too late. The missed layup served as a gut punch to the Bluehawks’ efforts and they were all but finished. Before they could blink, Maple Hill was up by 10 points with 22 seconds left in the game and Hudson was about to lose their first conference game on the season. After two more free throws, the Wildcats were leading 49-37 and they dribbled out the clock after a last shot was missed by the Bluehawks. Maple Hill remains undefeated after the win and improves to 7-o in the Patroon and 9-0 overall, while Hudson falls to 6-1. MAPLE HILL (49): Berger 1-0-3, Bleau 2-0-5, Chevrier 5-0-10, Fleck 1-0-2, Haler See MAPLE B3

Giants hiring Dolphins’ Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator Pat Leonard New York Daily News

New Giants head coach Joe Judge is hiring Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham for the same role on Judge’s inaugural staff. Incumbent James Bettcher, therefore, joins fired coach Pat Shurmur as scapegoats for the front office’s failures the past two years. Shurmur, meanwhile, reportedly is expected to join Vic Fangio’s Denver staff as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Rich Scangarello. So Shurmur, who drafted Daniel Jones sixth overall last spring, now will be coaching Drew Lock, who fell to 42nd overall in the 2019 second round. Shurmur knows Lock well, and not just because he scouted him for the NFL Draft. Shurmur’s son Kyle quarterbacked Vanderbilt while Lock was leading Missouri, both in the SEC East. Graham 40, who worked as Ben McAdoo’s Giants defensive line coach in 2016-17, is a fit for the strict tone Judge wants to set in East Rutherford. Graham and Judge, 38, coached together on Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots staff for four seasons from 2012-15. Graham worked with the defensive line and linebackers, and


From left: New York Giants CEO John Mara, new head coach Joe Judge, and co-owner Steve Tisch pose for photos at MetLife Stadium.

Judge was special teams assistant and then coordinator.

And listen to Graham’s description of his own coaching style from Oct. 2017.

“I’m always miserable. Nothing is good enough for me. The (players) know that,” Graham said then. I’ve been like that since day one. They’re like, ‘What’s wrong with this guy?’ But that’s me. I don’t know what to tell them. I don’t do that with my wife, though. That would be stupid.” Players say Graham isn’t some unfeeling drill sergeant, though. They respect him. “He’s full of energy, full of passion, loves his players and this game,” one player who’s played for Graham told the Daily News on Sunday. “And you can see it in all his actions.” That description seems to fit what Judge has promised from himself: discipline, accountability, high standards and grueling practices for his players, but only after prioritizing them as people first. “I’m about caring for the players in the locker room. Let’s not forget there’s a human element to this game,” Judge said in his introductory press conference Thursday. Sources have told the Daily News that Dolphins coach Brian Flores had an unrelenting practice regimen and high standards in his first season in Miami, as well, and that it was difficult early but ultimately rewarding as the tanking roster won some games down the stretch. See GIANTS B3



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Irving shines in return as Nets blast Hawks Field Level Media

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in his first game in nearly two months as the Brooklyn Nets never trailed and cruised to a 108-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in New York. Irving returned from missing 26 games with right shoulder impingement. In his first game since Nov. 14 at Denver, the All-Star guard made 10 of 11 shots, hit his one 3-point try and had three assists in 20 minutes. After getting 11 points by halftime, Irving went 5-for-5 from the floor in the third before checking out for the rest of the game. He rested over the final 17:54, exiting after the Nets took an 87-50 lead, and the outcome was never in doubt. The Nets, who were 13-13 in Irving’s absence, led by as many as 39 and won their second straight game following a seven-game losing streak. Knicks 124, Heat 121 Taj Gibson’s free throw with 1:38 remaining put New York ahead for good, capping a comeback from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Miami. Julius Randle scored a game-high 26 points to lead seven players in double figures for the Knicks, who snapped a five-game skid after outscoring the Heat 40-27 in the fourth VINCENT CARCHIETTA/USA TODAY quarter. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles as Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) defends during Sunday’s Jimmy Butler had 25 points and game at Barclays Center. 10 rebounds for the Heat, who have dropped two straight for their first remaining for what proved to be the 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Morris 12 for the Nuggets, who had losing streak of the season. game-winning points after Marco Nuggets 114, Clippers 104 seven players score in double figSpurs 105, Raptors 104 Belinelli’s 3-pointer had given the Nikola Jokic had 20 points and ures. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points Spurs the lead. Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, 15 rebounds for his 21st double– 22 in the second half – and visiting Kyle Lowry sank a 3-pointer with double of the season, Jamal Murray Lou Williams 26 and Montrezl HarSan Antonio overcame an 18-point five seconds left to pull Toronto scored 10 of his 19 points from the rell 25 for the Clippers, who played deficit to defeat Toronto. within a point. After San Antonio’s foul line, and host Denver beat Los without Paul George (hamstring DeRozan, who has scored 20 LaMarcus Aldridge missed two free Angeles. injury). Los Angeles cut a 20-point points in 11 straight games, sank throws with four seconds showing, Gary Harris scored 15 points, lead down to six in the final minutes two free throws with nine seconds Toronto’s Pascal Siakam missed a Michael Porter Jr. 13 and Monte but could not complete the rally.

Jazz 127, Wizards 116 Bojan Bogdanovic scored 31 points, and Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Utah beat host Washington for its ninth straight victory. Jordan Clarkson added 23 points off the bench, and Joe Ingles 20 for Utah. Six players scored in double figures to help the Jazz improve to 14-1 in their past 15 games. Bradley Beal scored 25 points to lead the Wizards, and Davis Bertans added 18. Grizzlies 122, Warriors 102 Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 of his team-high 31 points in the third quarter and added 19 rebounds overall as host Memphis broke open a tight game against Golden State en route to its fifth straight victory. The 31-point total was one off Valanciunas’ season high, set in December at Chicago. The 19 rebounds were his most since he pulled down 20 at Phoenix last March. The Warriors led by as many as seven points in the first half and were within 63-62 in the second minute of the third period after a 3-pointer by Glenn Robinson III, before the Grizzlies gradually pulled away. Suns 100, Hornets 92 Kelly Oubre Jr. recorded 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Phoenix past Charlotte. Deandre Ayton contributed 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Devin Booker added 12 points and nine assists for the Suns, who are 5-3 since a season-worst eight-game slide. Dwayne Bacon scored 24 points off the bench for the Hornets, who have lost four straight games and 10 of their past 12.

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Louis Domingue made 26 saves against his former team as the New Jersey Devils snapped Tampa Bay’s franchise recordtying 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Sunday night in Newark, N.J. Andy Greene and Miles Wood each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Zajac also scored for New Jersey, which completed an impressive back-to-back that began Saturday night with a 5-1 victory at Metropolitan Division-leading Washington. Domingue also picked up the win in that one with 33 saves. Tyler Johnson scored for Tampa Bay, which suffered its first loss since a 3-1 setback at Washington on Dec. 21. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead 37 seconds into the second period on Johnson’s 11th goal of the season and the 150th of his career. Greene tied it with his first goal of the season, firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past a screen by Wayne Simmonds and inside the right post. It snapped the Lightning’s shutout streak at 169:05, as well as a streak of 13 consecutive goals scored by Tampa Bay that began in the second period of Tuesday’s 9-2 victory over Vancouver. Panthers 8, Maple Leafs 4 Jonathan Huberdeau became Florida’s all-time leading scorer in the club’s best offensive game this season, lifting the Panthers to a rout of Toronto. The Panthers held a 7-1 lead at 12:37 of the second period and withstood three consecutive goals by the Maple Leafs, who lost their fifth straight in South

Florida. An All-Star selection, Huberdeau collected a goal and an assist to boost his career point total to a franchise-best 420 – one more than Olli Jokinen. Mike Hoffman potted two goals, Vincent Trocheck and captain Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and two assists and Frank Vatrano had one of each. Defenseman Josh Brown and Mike Matheson also tallied for Florida, which recorded a season-high scoring output. Penguins 4, Coyotes 3 (SO) Teddy Blueger flipped a shot under the crossbar in the eighth round of the shootout to give visiting Pittsburgh a win over Arizona. Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust and Arizona’s Taylor Hall each converted in the third round of the shootout. Blueger scored to give the Penguins the advantage, and goaltender Tristan Jarry sealed the win by stopping Carl Soderberg. Jared McCann, Patric Hornqvist and Brandon Tanev each scored, and Evgeni Malkin notched two assists for Pittsburgh, which finished a road trip with a 3-0-0 record. Jarry finished with 24 saves for the Penguins. Predators 1, Jets 0 Juuse Saros was outstanding in his first start for new coach John Hynes, registering 28 saves in Nashville’s win at Winnipeg. The backup to No. 1 netminder Pekka Rinne, Saros (6-7-4) recorded his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career in front of Hynes, who won for the second time in three games since being hired by Nashville as


New Jersey Devils goaltender Louis Domingue (70) makes a save during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.

the franchise’s third head coach on Tuesday. Kyle Turris’ first-period goal

proved to be enough for the Predators, who won their second straight and broke a four-game

losing streak against Winnipeg. Yakov Trenin claimed the lone assist, but captain Roman

Josi’s career-best 12-game point streak came to an end. Canucks 4, Wild 1 Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Troy Stecher each scored in the second period, and Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves as Vancouver beat host Minnesota. Horvat added an empty-net goal in the third period for the Canucks, who have won two straight and nine of their past 11 games to stay in the thick of the top-heavy Pacific Division. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild, who have lost three straight and have just four wins in the past 12 outings (4-7-1). Sabres 5, Red Wings 1 Evan Rodrigues scored his first two goals of the season, and Buffalo snapped a six-game road winless streak with an easy victory at Detroit. Rodrigues had gone scoreless in 25 games before his breakthrough performance. The Red Wings had won their previous three home games.


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Wrestling From B1 tlers to the Joe McCabe Invitational at Maple Hill High School on Saturday. Logan Campbell won the championship in the 113-pound weight class, pinning Tamarac’s Torin Bishop in :56 in the final. Campbell started the tournament with a :24 pin of Brady Lyons of Watervliet in the quarterfinals, then pinned Caleb Carpenter of HadleyLuzerne/Lake George in 3:30 in the semis. Seth Dillworth finished third in the 220-pound division for C-A, while Colin Riley took fourth in the 160-pound division. Three Ichabod Crane wrestlers took home championships in their respecctive weight divisions. Jair Gomez won by technical fall over Trevor Bishop of Tamarac, 20-4, in the 99-pound division; Omar Martinez pinned D’Vante Ortiz of Tama-

rac in 3:40 in the 106-pound division and Jerald Rhoades pinned Anthony Delmonico of Watervliet in 2:38 in the 138pound division. Maple Hill’s Caleb Svingala has yet to lose a match this season, winning the 126-pound division with a pin of Watervliet’s Peyton White in 1:35 in the final. Claiming third-place finishes were Thomas Mehrige (!06) and Javier Ayarza (120) of Maple Hill and Janoy Harrison (132) of Ichabod Crane. Earning fourth-place finishes were Vince Colvin (99) and Anthony Sturgis (220) of Maple Hill, Chris Doty (195) of Taconic Hills and Connor Pesce (285) of Ichabod Crane. Tamarac took home the team championship in the 15-team field with 243 points. Whitehall/Fort Ann was second with 198, followed by Watervliet (180), Maple Hill (160), Ichabod Crane (148) and Coxsackie-Athens (139). Catskill was 10th with 51.5, Taconic Hills finished 13th


Above, Coxsackie-Athens’ Logan Campbell won the championship in the 106-pound weight class at the Joe McCabe Invitational at Maple Hill High School on Saturday. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Right, Ichabod Crane’s Jair Gomez captured the 99-pound division championship at the Joe McCabe Invitational at Maple Hill High School on Saturday.

with 30 and Cairo-Durham

took 14th with 22.


Hudson girls basketball coach Brice Ivery directs his team during Friday’s Patroon Conference game against Maple Hill.


Maple Hill’s Paige Bleau (4) is closely guarded by Hudson’s Jada Alert during Friday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball game.

3-1-7, Hoffman 0-7-7, Strock 4-6-14, Tedford 0-1-1. Totals 16-15-49.

3-pointers: Berger, Bleau. HUDSON (37): Alert 1-2-4, Beauford 7-3-17, K. Jepsen 0-3-3, A. Jepsen 1-0-3, Johnson 3-0-6, McDonald 2-0-4. Totals 14-8-37. 3-pointers: A. Jepsen.

The Hudson girls basketball team gets psyched up prior to the start of Friday’s Patroon Conference showdown with Maple Hill.

38, and Judge worked together for seven years on Belichick’s staff, too. The Dolphins’ defense, however, allowed a league-high 30.9 points per game in 2019. So Graham arrives with that number on his resume. Eli Manning recorded what is likely his final NFL victory at 38 years of age

against Graham’s defense. The Giants beat the Dolphins, 36-20, in Week 15. Miami intercepted Manning three times but surrendered two Manning passing touchdowns and three rushing TDs — two to Saquon Barkley and one to Buck Allen. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores allowed Graham

to interview for and take this Giants job. Flores is promoting defensive backs coach Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator to fill the vacancy. Graham will have to hope that GM Dave Gettleman doesn’t go a third straight season ignoring his dearth of elite pass rushers and whiffing on draft picks on that side

of the ball. The Giants spent the least amount of money on defense in the entire NFL last season ($46.8 million), per The Oakland Raiders spent the second least at $54.5 million (almost $8 million more), and the Baltimore Ravens spent the most in the league ($94.5 million).

Gettleman let Landon Collins walk and traded Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Eli Apple, and Bettcher this season was armed with a combination of young, inexperienced, underperforming players and past-their prime veterans.

— Rensselaer held Cairo-Durham scoreless until the second quarter en route to a 62-18 Patroon Conference boys basketball victory on Friday. The Rams built quarterly leads of 10-0, 27-6 and 42-10. Ramell Johnson had 19 points for Rensselaer. Samir Lockhart added 15 and Patrick Sullivan had 14. Ethan Handel paced CairoDurham with eight points. RENSSELAER (62): Baker 1-0-3, Johnson 6-7-19, Lockhart 7-0-15, Nixon 2-0-5, Sullivan 4-4-14, Wright 2-1-6. Totals 22-12-62. 3-pointers: Sullivan 2, Wright, Nixon, Lockhart, Baker. CAIRO-DURHAM (18): Budz 2-0-4, Doble 2-0-4, Handel 3-2-8, Phillips 1-0-2, Wagor 0-0-0. Totals 8-2-18. Greenville 66, Chatham 57, OT CHATHAM — James Mitchell scored 10 of his 19 points in overtime to help Greenville post a 66-57 victory over Chatham on Panther Pride Day at Chatham High School on Saturday. Chatham led 17-14 after one quarter, but Greenville went ahead 32-22 at halftime. Chatham cut the deficit to 42-38 by the end of the third quarter, then outscored the Spartans 13-9 in the final eight minutes of regulation to even the score at 51-51 and force overtime. With Mitchell leading the way, Greenville outsocred Chatham 15-6 in the extra session to pull out the win. Mitchell’s 19 points topped Greenville. Damien Fiducia added 16 and Joe Nicosia had

13. Quinten Kastner was Chatham’s top point producer with 15. Jayshawn Williams contributed 14, Zach Gregg had 12 and Matt Thorsen 10.

58-52 victory over Ravena in Friday’s Colonial Council boys basketball game. The Riders took a 15-5 lead after one quarter, only to have Ravena narrow the gap to 2618 at halftime and 38-32 after three quarters. Both teams scored 20 in the final stanza. Ed Ogden was the Riders’ top scorer with 18 points. Zach Kennedy had 17. C.J. Bianchino’s 22 points led Ravena. Dakhari Scheuerman chipped in with 11. RAVENA (52): Bianchino 6-10-22, Myers 2-0-5, Reif 1-25, Scheuerman 5-0-11, Smith 2-3-7, Southworth 1-0-2. Totals 17-15-52. 3-pointers: Myers, Reif, Scheuerman. ICHABOD CRANE (58): Kennedy 6-2-17, Mulica 2-0-5, Ogden 5-6-18, Richards 4-1-9, Schmidt 1-1-3, Suafoa 1-0-2, Walsh 2-0-4. Totals 21-10-58. 3-pointers: Kennedy 3, Ogden 2, Mulica.

15-10-44. 3-pointers: Trostle 2, Krasney, Haller. CHATHAM (54): Cascioli 6-4-18, Daigle 4-3-11, Eaton 2-3-7, Engel 1-0-2, Kelly 1-0-, H. Taylor 3-8-14. Totals 17-1854. 3-pointers: Cascioli 2. Catskill 66, Albany Leadership 37 ALBANY — Janay Brantley scored 30 points to highlight Catskill’s 66-37 victory over Albany Leadership in Friday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball action. Brantley drained five threepointers for the Cats, who rang up quarterly leads of 18-9, 3315 and 55-28. Sara Leipman hit five threepointers and finished with 16 for the Cats. Aizlyn O’Connell added eight. Jamira Galloway’s 15 points led Albany Leadership. CATSKILL (66): Brantley 10-5-30, Konsul 4-0-8, Leipman 5-1-16, O’Connell 3-2-8, Salierno 0-3-3, Shook 0-1-1. Totals 22-12-66. 3-pointers: Brantley 5, Leipman 5. ALBANY LEADERSHIP (37): Abdunafi 3-0-9, Akinware 1-0-2, Galloway 7-1-15, Jones 2-0-4, Langston 2-0-4, Mabry 1-0-3. Totals 16-1-37. 3-pointers: Abdunafi 3.

Dunn with 16 points. Kyle Denninger chipped in with 12. Sophia Bolgna topped Doane Stuart with 10 points. GERMANTOWN (84): Anderson 4-0-8, Bathrick 3-0-6, Decker 1-0-2, Denninger 6-012, Dunn 8-5-21, Gibbons 8-016, Hayes 4-0-9, Ljutich 2-0-4, Mergenthaler 2-0-4, Wyant 1-0-3. Totals 39-5-84. 3-pointers: Hayes. DOANE STUART (15): Bologna 4-0-10, Catellier 0-0-0, Fiacco 1-0-2, Keller 1-0-3, Peters 0-0-0. Totals 6-0-15. Totals 6-0-15. 3-pointers: Bologna 2, Keller.


Hudson’s Darielle Johnson guards Maple Hill’s Sophia Chevrier during Friday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball game.

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Miami (5-11), in fact, won more games than the Giants (4-12). Graham was the coordinator of Flores’ defense. Flores,

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1-0-2, Sherwood 2-0-4. Totals 26-13-71. 3-pointers: Jewett 4, Hirschoff, Marra. Coxsackie-Athens 67, Taconic Hills 40 COXSACKIE — CoxsackieAthens pulled away from a close game with a big secondquarter run and went on to defeat Taconic Hills, 67-40, in Patroon Conference boys basketball action on Friday. The Indians held a 19-16 edge after the first quarter, but then went on a 26-4 run in the second stanza to go up 45-20 at halftime. C-A led 59-31 after three quarters of play. Kane Schrader led C-A’s balanced attack with 16 points. Andon Roe and Josh Kiefer each had 11. Kyle Delamater’s 15 points topped Taconic Hills. Kobe Van Alstyne had 13. TACONIC HILLS (40): B. Atwood 1-0-3, Bradway 1-2-4, Delamater 7-0-15, Krzeminski 1-0-2, Nowak 1-1-3, Van Alstyne 4-3-13. Totals 15-6-40. 3-pointers: VAn Alstyne 2, B. Atwood, Delamater. COXSACKIE-ATHENS (67): Boehm 3-1-7, Carroll 2-2-8, Hynes 2-0-4, Kiefer 3-5-11, Roe 4-2-11, Kane Schrader 6-2-16, Killian Schrader 2-0-4, Simmons 2-2-6. Totals 24-1467. 3-pointers: Kane Schrader 2, Carroll 2, Roe. Rensselaer 62, Cairo-Durham 18 EAST DURHAM

CHVL Germantown 106, Doane Stuart 37 GERMANTOWN — Germantown collected 16 threepointers, including five each by Bryan Bathrick and Robbie Eaton, in a 106-37 conquest of Doane Stuart in Central Hudson Valley League boys basketball action on Friday. Bathrick finished with 25 points and Eaton had 20 for the Clippers. Dylan Mayr chipped in with 15, Rece Rifenburgh had 12 and Jace Anderson contributed 11. Daniel Bologna led Doane Stuart with 12 points. Koa Butler contributed 10. Germantown held quarterly leads of 27-4, 57-20 and 89-27. GERMANTOWN (106): Anderson 5-1-11, Bathrick 9-225, Eaton 7-1-20, Hoffman 1-0-3, Hohensheldt 3-0-6, Mayr 6-0-15, Mckinney 4-0-9, Rifenburgh 5-2-12, Sanzo 2-05. Totals 42-6-106. 3-pointers: Bathrick 5, Eaton 5, Mayr 3, Snzo, Mckinney, Hoffman. DOANE STUART (37): Regan 1-0-2, Bologna 4-0-12, Butler 5-0-10, Caso 4-0-8, Lanfear 1-0-2, Mariposa 0-1-1, Pelletier 0-2-2. Totals 15-3-37. 3-pointers: Bologna 4.

COLONIAL Ichabod Crane 58, Ravena 52 VALATIE — A fast start propelled Ichabod Crane to a

GIRLS PATROON Chatham 54, Greenville 44 CHATHAM — Hailey Cascioli’s 18 points helped Chatham post a 54-44 victory over Greenville on Panther Pride Day at Chatham High School on Saturday. Hannah Taylor had 14 points and Veah Dagle chipped in with 11 for Chatham. Isabella Trostle paced Greenville with 16 points. Emma Haller added 12. Chatham held quarterly leads of 14-9, 26-23 and 39-35. GREENVILLE (44): Duncan 1-0-2, Haller 3-4-11, Krasney 4-0-9, SanEmeterio 3-0-6, Trostle 4-6-16. Totals


CHVL Germantown 84, Doane Stuart 15 ALBANY — Megan Dunn dropped 21 points as Germantown rolled to an 84-15 victory ove Doane Stuart in Friday’s Central Hudson Valley League girls basketball game. Riley Gibbons followed

COLONIAL Ravena 47, Ichabod Crane 29 RAVENA — Hannah Vanderzee scored 16 points to spark Ravena to a 47-29 victory over Ichabod Crane in Friday’s Colonial Council girls basketball game. Lauren Sanderson had 10 points for the Indians, who held quarterly leads of 11-8, 23-14 and 38-25. Sara Hotaling added nine. Malati Culver scored 11 points for Ichabod Crane. ICHABOD CRANE (29): A. Ames 1-0-3, Culver 3-5-11, Dolge 1-0-2, Graham 2-0-4, Knapp 1-1-3, More 2-2-6. Totals 10-8-29. 3-pointers: A. Ames. RAVENA (47): Engel 2-04, Hotaling 3-2-9, Vanderzee 8-0-16, SAnderson 3-2-10, Van Dyke 0-2-2, Waddingham 2-04, Ware-Salazar 1-0-2. Totals 19-6-47. 3-pointers: Sanderson 2, Hotaling.



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Notice of Formation of GLOBAL INTEGRITY LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 12/9/2019. Office location: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: PO Box 335, Round Top, NY 12473. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: OLSEN DCM, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 11, 2019. Office location: Columbia County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to Mark P. Cawley, Esq., 175 Hunt Road, Hillsdale, New York 12529. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) The name of the LLC is Sage Elements, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on January 3, 2020. New York office location: 544 Route 23B, Town of Claverack, County of Columbia and the State of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: Sage Elements, LLC; 544 State Route 23B, Hudson, New York 12534. Purpose/Character of business: Any lawful business purpose permitted under the New York Limited Liability Company Law. This notification is made pursuant to Section 206 of the Limited Liability Company Law.

Eggena.Co LLC. Filed 12/30/19. Office: Columbia Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 560 Snydertown Rd, Claverack, NY 12513. Notice is hereby given Purpose: General. that an on-premise license, #TBA has been E Wheeler & Company, applied for by Kitty’s LLC Arts. of Org. filed Restaurant LLC to sell w/ SSNY 12/9/19. Ex- beer, wine, cider and ist Date: 1/1/20. Off. in liquor at retail in an on Greene Co. SSNY de- premises establishsig. as agt. of LLC ment. For on premises whom process may be consumption under the served. SSNY shall ABC Law at 60 South mail process to the Front Street Hudson LLC, PO Box 126, New NY 12534 Baltimore, NY 12124. Purpose: any lawful NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A NEW activity. YORK LIMITED HANNAH TURNER LIABILITY COMPANY REAL ESTATE, LLC PURSUANT TO NEW Notice of formation of YORK LIMITED Limited Liability Com- LIABILITY COMPANY pany ("LLC"). LAW SECTION 206 Articles of Organiza- 1. The name of the limtion of 39 Lasher LLC ited liability company filed New York Sec. of is Barracks Nine HoldState ("NYSS") ings, LLC. 7/11/2018. Office loc. 2. The date of filing of Columbia County. the articles of orCertificate of Amend- ganization with the Dement of Articles of Or- partment of State was ganization amending November 20, 2019. the name of the limited 3. The County in New liability company to York in which the of- NOTICE OF FORMAHannah Turner Real fice of the company is TION OF Mountain Family Ventures LLC Estate, LLC filed NYSS located is Columbia. 2/15/2019. NYSS des- 3-a. The street address ignated as agent of of the principal busiLLC upon whom pro- ness location of the cess against it may be company is 61 Flints served. NYSS shall Crossing Road, Camail a copy of any pro- naan, NY 12029. cess to c/o The LLC, 4. The Secretary of 471 Route 19, Hudson, State has been desigNew York 12534. nated as agent of the There is no specific company upon whom date set for dissolu- process may be tion. served, and the SecrePurpose: to engage in tary of State shall mail any lawful activity or a copy act. Name and of any process against Business Address of the company served Organizer is Adeline P. upon him or her to: Malone, Esq., 6369 61 Flints Crossing Mill Street, P.O. Box Road 510, Rhinebeck, NY Canaan, NY 12029. 12572. 5. The business purpose of the company Herman K. Schmidt is to engage in any and HVAC LLC, Arts of all business activities Org. filed with Sec. of permitted under the State of NY (SSNY) laws of the State of 1/8/2020. Cty: Colum- New York. bia. SSNY desig. as /s/ agent upon whom pro- Francis J. Roche cess against may be Attorney at Law served & shall mail 538 Union Street process to 29 Merle P.O. Box 321 Ave., Hudson, NY Hudson, NY 12534 12534. General PurNOTICE OF FORMApose. TION of Cherry Alley HVC Freight LLC Arts Designs LLC. Articles of Or.field with Sec. of of Organization filed State of NY.{SSNY} with New York Secre8/25/2019 as agent tary of State on Januupon whom process ary 2, 2020. Office loagainst may be served cation: Columbia & shall and shall mail County. Secretary of process to 469 County State is designated as Route 10 Germantown agent of LLC upon NY 12526 General Pur- whom service of propose. cess against it may be

The name of the Limited Liability Company is Mountain Family Ventures LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the New York State Secretary of State on December 27, 2019. The office of the LLC is located in Columbia County, New York. The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of such process to Mountain Family Ventures LLC, c/o The West Firm, LLC, 677 Broadway, 8th Floor, Albany NY 12207. The LLC is organized to engage in any lawful act or activity within the purposes for which limited liability companies may be organized pursuant to New York State Limited Liability Company Law provided that the limited liability company is not formed to engage in any act or activity requiring the consent or approval of any state official, department, board, agency, or other body without such consent or approval first being obtained. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Mountains of Laundry LLC The name of the Limited Liability Company is Mountains of Laundry LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the New York State Secretary of State on December 27, 2019. The office of the LLC is located in Columbia County, New York. The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of such process to Mountains of Laundry LLC, c/o The West Firm, PLLC, 677 Broadway, 8th Floor, Albany NY 12207. The LLC is organized to engage in any lawful act or activity within the purposes for which limited liability companies may be organized pursuant to New York State Limited Liability Company Law provided that the limited liability company is not formed to engage in any act or activity requiring the consent or approval of any state official, department, board, agency, or other body without such consent or approval first being obtained. Notice of Formation of Windward Estates LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), Article of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on No-

vember 19, 2019. Office location: Columbia County, NY. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to 88 Indian Trail Road, Chatham, NY 12037. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF VIDEOCONFERENCING FOR ZBA MEETING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Germantown ZBA shall hold its regularly scheduled meeting on January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm at the following locations where video conferencing will be used: Germantown Town Hall 50 Palatine Park Road Germantown, NY 12526 8737 Brooks Drive Suite 103 Easton, MD 21601 The public has the right to attend the meeting at any of the locations. Jami L. DelPozzo Planning and Zoning Secretary PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) The name of the LLC is TK Firearms, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on January 3, 2020. New York office location: 449 Fairview Avenue, Town of Greenport, County of Columbia and the State of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: TK Firearms, LLC; 449 Fairview Avenue, Hudson, New York 12534. Purpose/Character of business: Any lawful business purpose permitted under the New York Limited Liability Company Law. This notification is made pursuant to Section 206 of the Limited Liability Company Law The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Hillsdale will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale Town Hall to consider the following: An application by David Gillett & Julie White for an Area Variance, sideline setback on 478 County Route #21, Hillsdale, NY. All interested parties are urged to attend.

PUBLIC NOTICE, VILLAGE OF CHATHAM NOTICE OF ELECTION March 18, 2020 Take Notice that the Village of Chatham, Columbia County, New York, has two (2) elected offices to be filled at the Village Election on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, as follows: Office of Trustee, Village of Chatham, two (2) year term, ending April 1, 2022; Office of Trustee, Village of Chatham, two (2) year term, ending April 1, 2022. This election is administered by the Columbia County Board of Elections. Petitions and other papers required for candidacies for these offices at such election must be filed with the Columbia County Board of Elections, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY, in accordance with the applicable specifications and time periods of the New York State Election Law.

Request for Proposal Independent External Auditing Services The Board of Education of the CoxsackieAthens Central School District, Greene County, New York, hereby solicits Requests for Proposals to provide Independent External Auditing Services. Proposals must be received by 3:00 PM on February 14, 2020 at the District Office, 24 Sunset Boulevard, Coxsackie, NY 12051 at which time and place all proposals will be opened. Formal appointment will take place at the Board of Education meeting to be held in March 2020. Specifications may be obtained at the District Office or by calling 518-731-1715. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Leslie Copleston Assistant Superintendent of School Services Retreatopia LLC. Arts. C o x s a c k i e - A t h e n s an Org. filed with the Central School District SSNY on 8/15/19. Office: Columbia County. SSNY designated as Spiraling Planet LLC, agent of the LLC upon Art. of Org. filed with whom process against SSNY on 10/2/19. Off. it may be served. loc.: Columbia Co. SSNY shall mail copy SSNY designated as of process to the LLC, agent upon whom pro9030 State Route 22, cess may be served & Suite 3, Hillsdale, NY shall mail: 572 Rte. 7, 12529. Purpose: Any Pine Plains, NY 12567. Purp.: any lawful purp. lawful purpose. TedHouse Properties LLC Art of Org have been filed with the New York States Secretary of State on Ocober 29, 2019. Off. loc. Greene County, SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail to PO Box 794, Windham, NY 12496. Purp. any lawful purpose

The Bunker Recordings LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/19/2019. Office: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 6405 Rt 32 Cairo NY, 12413. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

TOWN OF CLAVERACK PUBLIC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that I, the undersigned Collector of Taxes for the Town of Claverack, Columbia County, and State of New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Claverack for the Year 2020 and that taxes will be collected at the Town Office Building, 91 Church Street, Mellenville, New York, Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and on Saturdays during the month of January from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the taxes may be paid on or before January 31, 2020 without charge of interest. On all taxes postmarked after such date, there shall be one percent (1%) added interest if paid on or before February 29, 2020 and an additional one percent (1%) added interest for each additional month or fraction thereof thereafter until such taxes are paid or until the return of the unpaid taxes to the Columbia County Treasurer pursuant to law. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of the law, the tax roll of the Town of Claverack will be returned to the County Treasurer of the County of Columbia on the 1st day of June 2020. Mary J. Hoose Tax Collector Town of Claverack STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY COURT : COUNTY OF GREENE NOTICE OF SALE Index No. 18-0590


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COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA Hon. Charles J. Tailleur Greene County Court Judge PETER J. CANARELLI, Plaintiff, - against MARILYN S. CANARELLI, Defendant. In pursuance of an Order Confirming and Adopting the Referee's Report and directing the sale of premises in this partition action duly made and entered in the above-entitled action bearing the date 10th day of December, 2019, the Referee in said Judgment named, will sell at public auction at the Greene County Courthouse, Basement, 320 Main Street., Catskill, New York 12414 on the 11th day of February, 2020 at 10:00AM o'clock in the forenoon of that day the premises described by said Judgment to be sold and therein described as follows: (See Schedule A annexed hereto) Ralph C. Lewis, Jr. Attorney for Plaintiff Dated: December 20, 2019 ALL that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Jewett, County of Greene and State of New York, being bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point marked by an iron pin in the northerly bounds of a fifty (50) foot wide existing private road or right of way, said point being the southwest corner of lands now or formerly of Malcom and Katherine McGregor (L 540 P 291).and runs thence along the northerly bounds of said right of way or private road the following two (2) courses and distances" N 48° 21* 50" W, 56.33 feet to a point and N .58° 48' 10" W, 232.40 feet to a point marked by an iron pin" thence along other lands now or formerly of Countryside Acres Corporation N 36° 25' E 744.65 feet to a point" thence S 48° 21' 50" E, along lands now or formerly of Gertrude Peters, a distance of 325.00 feet to a point marked by a stone on end with stones around in a stonewall? thence along lands now or formerly of Malcom and Katherine McGregor S 39° 22' 30" W, 700.00 feet to the point and place of beginning. Containing 5.038 acres of land more or less. TOGETHER with a right of way fifty (50) feet in width for ingress and egress along the existing private road extending

from Greene County Route No. 14, known as Goshen Street, northerly and westerly to and along the southerly bounds of the above described parcel BEING a portion of the premises conveyed to the grantor herein by deed dated February, 1982 and recorded in the Greene County Clerk's Office on Feburary 16, 1982 in Liber 513 of Deeds at Page 1197. NOW, THEREFORE, Countryside Acres Corporation hereby declares that the folcovenants, lowing easements and restrictions shall apply to the aforesaid premises and shall run with the land and be binding upon Countryside Acres Corporation, its successors and assigns, and each and every prospective purchaser of any lot or portion of the aforesaid premises agrees by the acceptance of a deed thereto that such property shall be held, transferred, sold, conveyed, occupied and used subject to the following covenants, easements and restrictions" 1. No lot or parcel of land may be further subdivided so as to create any parcel of land less in area than the original conveyance. 2. All lots shall be used exclusively for private residences and no commercial enterprise of any kind shall be conducted. Only a one or two family dwelling shall be allowed on any lot, which may Include an attached or detached garage. 3. No structure shall be constructed within seventy-five (75) feet from the edge of any roadway and must be built at least fifty (50) feet from the lot line. 4. No trailer and/or mobile home may be parked, maintained, used or occupied on said property. 5. Any building to be constructed upon the subject premises just be enclosed by the builder within one (1). year from the date construction on said building is commenced. THIS conveyance is made in the ordinary course of business of Countryside Acres Corporation with the unanimous consent of its shareholders. THIS conveyance does not constitute all or substantially all of the assets of the corporation.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF GREENE Index No. 18-1009 Filed with the Greene County Clerk on November 7, 2018 Plaintiff designates Greene County As the place of trial based upon residence of the plaintiff SUMMONS WITH NOTICE Plaintiff resides at: Coxsackie, New York LUAY ABUSHQEIR Plaintiff, - against WALTER A. SALNARDI, if living; or if Walter A. Salnardi is dead, then John Doe #1 through #100 and Jane Doe #1 through 100, said names being fictitious and being intended to designate and represent persons unknown who are, or may claim to be, the heirs at law, next of kin, devisees, distributees, grantees, legal representative, executors, administrators and successors in interest of WALTER A. SALNARDI, and all other persons unknown claiming an estate, right, title, lien or interest in the real property described as Tax Map ID# 137.02-4-10 and situate in the Town of Catskill, Greene County, New York adverse to plaintiff's ownership or any cloud on plaintiff's title thereto, Defendant. ACTION FOR QUIET TITLE To the above-named Defendant: You are hereby summoned to serve a notice of appearance on the plaintiff's attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. NOTICE: The nature of this action is to quiet title for a conveyance that was made pursuant to a judgment I failure to pay taxes for three years where the title holders/ Defendants had failed to pay taxes for three (3) years. The Defendants failed to act within the timeframe for redemption and the property was seized by Greene County and duly sold at auction. The relief sought is: (a) granting to the plaintiff and against the defen-

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NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils dismissed general manager Ray Shero on Sunday night. Tom Fitzgerald will serve as the interim general manager with former Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur acting as an advisor to hockey operations. Owners and managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer plan to launch a formal search immediately and the search will include Fitzgerald as a candidate. “The Devils have decided to move in a different direction and we wish him incredibly well in the future,” Harris said in a press conference shortly before the Devils hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning. “He did some great things for our organization but the reality is, we’re not where we want to be. We thought it was the right thing to do to move in a different direction.” Shero was brought in to lead the rebuilding efforts alongside former Devils’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello on May 4, 2105. Lamoriello left shortly thereafter for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then

the New York Islanders. Meanwhile, Shero hired coach John Hynes, made high profile trades for Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall, signed free agents like Brian Boyle and drafted Nico Hischier first overall in 2017. The moves briefly paid off and the Devils returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018, snapping a five-season drought. But they were trounced by the Lightning in five games. A thin roster was exposed and little was done to address the need. Their follow-up season was a disaster and they ended up with ED MULHOLLAND/USA TODAY the first overall pick once again. New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero speaks to the media prior to a It looked as though the Dev- Dec. 3 game between the New Jersey Devils and the Vegas Golden ils were on the upswing when Knights at Prudential Center. Shero made several bold moves over the offseason, including the time Shero was fired, tied for things are never easy but we drafting Jack Hughes with the the second-fewest in the East- thought this was the right first overall pick and trading for ern Conference. Hynes was dis- thing to do. We’re moving fordefenseman P.K. Subban one missed on Dec. 3 and Hall was ward and to our fans, we’re reday later. Wingers Nikita Gusev traded to the Arizona Coyotes ally committed to winning. We weren’t winning enough so and Wayne Simmonds were on Dec. 16. Harris did not cite a specific we’re optimistic and we’re goalso added, but a goalie was not on the list of additions made reason for the dismissal, only ing to put our all into delivering and even with Subban the blue saying it was about winning, you a winning franchise here in something the Devils have not New Jersey.” line was thin. This is a much different diSubban is the midst of a done consistently since well becareer-worst season and Cory fore Shero arrived. Since Shero rection than the one the franSchneider spent the last two came to New Jersey the Devils chise took just less than a year ago. Harris and Blitzer were months in the AHL working to have gone 157-167-48. “We’re optimistic about our so committed to Shero they regain his old form. The Devils had 39 points at future,” Harris said. “These signed to a multi-year contract

extension in April of 2019, following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Harris said there was no singular incident that led to Shero’s dismissal but there are questions to be asked regarding the timing of the move and the vague wording of a statement that made it seem as though the decision was mutual. Shero was in the Czech Republic for the IIHF World Junior Championships only a few weeks ago. It was Shero who recommended the team fire Hynes and trade Hall just a month ago and he was the executive who pulled the trigger on a deal for two draft picks and a package of prospects. “We’re just not getting it done,” Harris said. “We haven’t been winning. There was nothing really specific, you know the record and everything that’s been done. There were a lot of positives. But it was just time to go in a different direction. The Devils had just returned from a trip to Washington, where they defeated the Capitals 5-1 one night prior, and Fitzgerald was called into a meeting with Harris and Blitzer. Earlier this season, Fitzgerald was added to Hynes’ bench as


an assistant coach in an attempt to help stabilize the team after they went winless in the first six games of the season. Fitzgerald, an assistant general manager and the general manager of the Devils’ American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, had little warning. The former NHL center has worked under Shero since 2007, when he was named the director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins when Shero led their hockey operations department. The Devils went 8-6-2 with Fitzgerald as an assistant coach. “Today was a bit of a shock, to the least,” Fitzgerald said. “This has been a whirlwind couple of hours for myself and whirlwind for everybody here. It’s a difficult decision. I never thought I would become a general manager like this. I’ve worked hard and I’ve had a great mentor, I’ve been around other great people that have challenged myself and others and I believe in challenging. “But this is what it is right now. I’m excited about the challenge, I’m sad for my friend, my mentor. Right now, I just want to take it one day at a time.”




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Super Bowl winning coach will be a first timer Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times


Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy during a 2018 game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

NFL head-coaching diversity still lags despite Rooney rule Bob Glauber Newsday

Jim Rooney is quite certain his father would be disturbed about the lack of advancement by minority coaches in the NFL. “He would have great empathy and frustration and this feeling of disturbance related to the fact that so many guys set out to be involved in this business — minorities and African Americans, in particular — and they’re clearly experiencing a ceiling,” Rooney said of his father, Dan Rooney, the late Steelers owner. “You can’t get away from that fact.” It was Dan Rooney who introduced the “Rooney rule” to the NFL in 2003, a requirement that all teams must interview at least one minority candidate for all head-coaching vacancies. And though the rule has helped many African-American coaches — including Mike Tomlin, who was hired by Rooney in 2007 to coach the Steelers, remains in that position today and has gone 133-74-1 with six division titles and two Super Bowl appearances — the NFL has come under justifiable criticism for its lack of diversity hiring in recent years. In today’s NFL, there are only four minority head coaches: Tomlin, Brian Flores of the Dolphins, Anthony Lynn of the Chargers and Ron Rivera, who was fired near the end of the 2019 season by the Panthers and recently hired by the Redskins. In a league in which an estimated 70% of the players are black, minority head coaches are disproportionately outnumbered. “My father never set a quota or a number,” said Jim Rooney, who recently published the book, “A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story, From the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule.” “Individuals have the right to make the final say within their hiring process. It’s 32 different companies, and that was one of the challenges. But I certainly feel like he would be clear that there had been progress and there is not progress now.” Dan Rooney helped establish the Rooney rule in response to the firings of African-American coaches Tony Dungy and Dennis Green after the 2001 season. Dungy was fired despite having a winning record with the previously moribund Buccaneers, and Green — who had gone 92-52 in his first nine seasons with the Vikings — had just produced his first losing season. Dungy and Green eventually got other head-coaching opportunities; Dungy went on to become the first African-American coach to win a

Super Bowl with the 2006 Colts and was selected for the Pro Football of Fame in 2016, and Green coached the Cardinals. But their firings spurred a movement to create more opportunities for minority coaches. Rooney, in consultation with prominent lawyers Johnnie Cochran, who gained fame as O.J. Simpson’s attorney during his murder trial, and Cyrus Mehri, as well as Fritz Pollard Alliance cofounder John Wooten, eventually came up with the framework of hiring practices for all head-coaching positions. The rule has since been expanded to include general manager positions and other top frontoffice jobs. “When you look at last year’s hiring cycle and there’s the search for that young, offensive guru candidate, we think Eric Bieniemy is a superstar for that,” Mehri said of the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, who is African-American. “We also think of Dolphins assistant head coach) Jim Caldwell, who has been one of the best head coaches over the last 10 or 15 years and has an offensive-minded background and didn’t get an interview this year. I feel like that was an oversight. I also feel like Leslie Frazier, who had a top-five defense and had great play-calling, didn’t get an interview.” To those who say all wouldbe head coaches are treated the same, regardless of race or background, Mehri would argue otherwise. Not only that, but it’s in the best interests of the NFL’s long-term health to cast a wide net when hiring the most important person for every team’s on-field success. “In the end, as we reflect on the league now, it’s important that the owners buy into what’s best for the game, best for the league, best for the long-term success of this game to be better on the diversity issues,” Mehri said. “If we didn’t have the Rooney rule, many of these coaches might never have had a chance. Flores might not have been interviewed. Lynn might not have been interviewed. You couldn’t get in the door easily. We just think there are other deserving people that should be selected. “We’ve never told the owners who to hire. Pick the best, cast a wide net and have a professional process.” Giants president and coowner John Mara, a member of the NFL’s diversity committee and a proponent of increased hiring among minorities, believes part of the problem stems from the current trend toward hiring offensive-minded head coaches.

KANSAS CITY — One year, two years, three years, and forever. That’s how long the coaches of the NFL’s conference championship teams have been around. It’s rookie Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur versus Kyle Shanahan, who is in his third season with San Francisco. And second-year Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel matching wits with Kansas City’s Andy Reid, who is in his seventh season with the Chiefs but, coupled with his Philadelphia history, seems like the NFL coaching’s answer to Methuselah. None of them has a Super Bowl ring as a head coach. The Packers-49ers rivalry is rich with history. Less so with the Titans and Chiefs. Both conference title games are rematches from this season. San Francisco throttled visiting Green Bay 37-8 in Nov. 24. Two weeks earlier, Tennessee rumbled to a 35-32 victory over the Chiefs in Nashville. Tennessee running back Derrick Henry was a bruising factor in that one, rushing for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including one that covered 68 yards. He found a crease up the middle, danced past a Chiefs defender diving at

his feet, and beat everyone to the end zone. In that game, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds remaining, and the home team sealed the victory with Joshua Kalu blocking Kansas City’s last-second field goal attempt. It was the first game back for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who missed two games with a dislocated kneecap. “It’s fun to win a game like that,” Tannehill said at the time. “Battle back in the fourth quarter at home and find a way to win is a ton of fun.” That was no aberration for Henry. He’s capable of doing serious damage on the ground, as he did Saturday against top-seeded Baltimore, when he rushed for 195 yards in a 28-12 upset. The Titans are looking to become the third sixth-seeded team since the 2002 realignment to win a Super Bowl, and the first since Green Bay in the 2010 season. Of course, the Chiefs will have something to say about that. They set a slew of records Sunday, including their biggest comeback in history, when they dug their way out of a 24-0 hole to beat Houston, 51-31. Said Mahomes of the Titans: “The

biggest thing is they believe and they’re going to fight until the end just like we are. You’ve seen them all season long as they have gone through adversity. They’ve gotten back on the horse and fought. Even when we played them, we were up a couple scores late in the game, and they fought to the end and wound up beating us.” The Packers didn’t put up much of a fight when they were blown out by the 49ers earlier this season. Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for a mere 104 yards and was sacked five times. Green Bay generated 198 yards of offense, going 1 for 15 on third down and 1 for 3 on fourth. “We definitely want to see them again,” Packers linebacker Blake Martinez told reporters at the time. “We are competitors and we want to be able to show our true selves.” Rodgers is 0-2 against San Francisco in the postseason, with his Packers losing in the 2012 divisional round at the 49ers, and in a wild-card game at Lambeau Field the following year. This will mark the eighth time the Packers and 49ers have met in the postseason, with Green Bay holding a 4-3 edge. All four of those victories came when the Packers had Brett Favre at quarterback.


Former two-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson (left) has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020.

2-time Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson elected to Hall of Fame By Clarence E. Hill Jr. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS)

Former two-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson has finally been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020. Johnson, now an NFL analyst with FOX, was surprised by Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker Sunday in studio live on FOX’s NFL halftime show during the network’s broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers. “The only thing I can think of is all the assistant coaches who worked for me, all the great players who played for me are the reason,” said a teary-eyed Johnson, 76. “I can’t talk. “This is so special to me because when you put in the work that we put in, it is nice for those people to appreciate it.” He grew emotional and so did former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who won two titles with Johnson and was broadcasting the game

during the announcement. Johnson was one of eight coaching finalists to make the short list and one of only two to be selected for enshrinement. Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was notified in a similar fashion Saturday on the set of “THE NFL TODAY” pregame show on CBS. A special Blue-Ribbon Panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton this past Wednesday to elect the Centennial Slate. This is the first time any members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were elected during a selection meeting held at the Hall in Canton. The Centennial Slate includes 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach), and two Coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago) and were voted on from a list of 38 Finalists. The remainder of the 15-person Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020 will be revealed Wednesday morning and there is a good chance former Cowboys receiver

Drew Pearson or former safety Cliff Harris will Johnson as newly-enshrined Hall of Famers. Johnson served as the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons (1989-1993) and the Miami Dolphins for four seasons (1996-99) and posted an 89-68-0 overall record. Johnson led the Dolphins to three postseason appearances. But this enshrinement was about what he did with the Cowboys turning a proud franchise that had lost its way in the 1980s into champions again after being hired from the Miami Hurricanes when owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989. Jones issued a statement congratulating Johnson on the Hall of Fame. “We’re so happy that the Hall of Fame has recognized Jimmy Johnson for what he is. A great coach”, Jones said. “To Jimmy I say, ‘The stars were aligned and our dreams came true when we joined the Dallas Cowboys.’” “And on behalf of the Cowboys, and our fans all over the

world, I say congratulations Jimmy. We’re proud of you.” The Cowboys went 1-15 that first year in 1989 but led them to the playoffs in 1991 and then to two straight Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993. Johnson and Jones parted ways following the 1993 over control of the franchise. The Cowboys hired Barry Switzer as his replacement and went on to win the Super Bowl in 1995, giving them three titles in five years and cementing them as the team of the decade. There is no disputing that the Cowboys were built by Johnson. And now he gets to join the foundational players on the title teams and Jones in the Hall of Fame. Aikman, receiver Michael Irvin, running back Emmitt Smith and defensive end Charles Haley have already been enshrined. And Jones made the Hall of Fame in 2017. “Think of all the great players I have coached over the years,” Johnson said. “From me to you: Thank you.”


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Parents oppose relationship with man Dear Abby, I am a 25-year-old college student on the verge of graduation. Over the past three months, I have been dating a slightly younger man (he’s 21). We get along well, and I thoroughly enjoy his company. He has never been anything but kind and supportive. DEAR ABBY My parents have an issue with the match. My boyfriend is Latino, born and raised in a South American country. He speaks and understands English well, although speaking it does make him a little nervous. I speak Spanish fluently, so when we talk to each other, he speaks in Spanish and I speak in English, and we have no problem communicating. My parents think that relationships (especially marriages) are already hard enough, and adding cultural differences to the equation is a dangerous gamble for my future happiness. They strongly oppose my continuing my relationship with him. Do you think their argument is valid? I’ve looked up statistics that say marriages between a Latino man and white woman are the most likely to end in divorce (not that I’m thinking of marrying him any time soon, but one of my future goals is to be in a happy marriage, and I realize that you marry who you date). The idea of ending a relationship with someone I adore based on statistics is upsetting to me. I’d really appreciate your thoughts. Grown-Up In Utah


You have been dating this man for only three months. By the age of 25, the decision about whom you decide to EVENTUALLY marry should be yours, not your parents’, regardless of

how well-meaning they are. Do not let statistics rule your life because there are always exceptions. Let this play out, and you will have your answer. Dear Abby, My husband finds fault and makes negative comments about almost everything. He rarely talks to me about anything. I am not happy with my life with him. I feel there is so much I want to do and explore. He is content to stay at home, watch TV and occasionally do little projects around the house. Then it is time for TV again. We are both retired. My adult kids and my grandchildren are my whole life. We are all very close. My husband, on the other hand, rarely talks to or calls his kids, even though I encourage him to. One child no longer even speaks to him. Another one lives too far away to see him (a 10-hour drive), which is his reason for not visiting him. With no friends and very little family contact, I feel I am all he has. I want to run away, but if I do, he’d be heartbroken. Sad to say, I wouldn’t even miss him. What should I do? Unfulfilled In Ohio

With 20 million or so procedures done in the U.S., LASIK is a commonly performed surgery. TO YOUR It corrects refractive error so that GOOD HEALTH a person can see clearly without glasses. A laser is used to cut a flap of cornea, and the cornea is reshaped to allow for correct vision, then the flap is replaced. For most patients, it is a painless procedure with almost immediate visual recovery. In a review of large studies, more than 95% of people who have undergone LASIK reported being satisfied with their outcomes. Though it is one of the safest and most performed eye surgeries in the U.S., there are a few known risks to the procedure. The reshaping of the cornea isn’t always perfect, and repeat procedures are sometimes necessary to optimize vision. This happens up to 10% of the time. The cornea can regress or reshape itself over time; visual acuity can decrease with surgery; and many people will need reading glasses after surgery sooner than they would have had to without surgery. Glare and halos around images can be a problem, especially at night. Dry eyes are a very common problem. The nerves to the cornea are partially cut during surgery, and this prevents proper lubrication. However, for most patients, post-operative dry eye


only lasts for a month or so. It is easily treated with artificial tears, which are always recommended for several months after surgery. Occasionally the ophthalmologist will place a plug over the drainage duct for tears to allow better lubrication. Many ophthalmologists start patients on dry eye treatment preoperatively to prevent severe dry eye after surgery, usually with great success. I have had patients with symptomatic dry eyes for months after a LASIK procedure. The very rare patient who develops chronic pain can be treated with oral medication. With so many procedures being performed, there are some more serious complications reported. Rarely, severe damage to the cornea and vision loss have been reported. Most patients undergoing LASIK do extremely well post-operatively. The best way to prevent complications is to undergo thorough pre-operative screening. Some people are not good candidates for this surgery. There are alternative surgical techniques for refractive surgery that do not carry the same risk of post-operative complications such as dry eye and flap complications as traditional LASIK does. An ophthalmologist with special expertise in corneal surgery should be consulted to provide recommendations about the most appropriate procedure for a given person. All surgical procedures have risks. It is imperative to understand the risks of LASIK or any other corrective surgery prior to choosing to have it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may be compelled today to get in touch with someone who has fallen out of favor recently; you know there’s no time for foolishness! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You may not be seeing the “big picture” at this time, but you are quite familiar with many of the details embedded within it. Speak your mind. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Something missing is found, but something only recently acquired



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Baby Blues

Horoscope By Stella Wilder Born today, you are more likely than the next person to jump into something new and untried, and you are always eager to engage with anything that promises to introduce you to a new or previously undiscovered aspect of your complex personality. You thrive on adventure of a certain sort. You are a kind and humane individual, always thoughtful and never one to let unconsidered feelings dictate your actions. This may seem to go against your adventurous nature, but the fact is that when it comes to your emotions, you prefer to be quite careful — to protect yourself and those around you. You have a vivid sense of humor and likely a very hearty laugh. Also born on this date are: Jason Bateman, actor; LL Cool J, actor and rapper; Faye Dunaway, actress; Jack Jones, singer; Andy Rooney, author, commentator and humorist; William Bendix, actor; Hal Roach, filmmaker; Albert Schweitzer, physician and humanitarian. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

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Has your husband always been this way? If the answer is no, he may be depressed, which is something that should be discussed with his doctor. I don’t think you should leave him — immediately. If you want to travel and have the means to do so, travel with some friends. The only thing you should NOT do is permit yourself to become isolated because your husband is so closed off.

LASIK surgery largely safe but there are a few risks I was considering LASIK surgery for my eyes, but I recently saw some concerning information on the news that makes me doubt the safety of the procedure. Is it safe?

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may go missing — and so goes the day. One in, one out, all day long. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You may not be willing to make any kind of sacrifice today in order to see someone else’s plans come to fruition. A conflict results. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — The familiar is not so familiar today when you see it in a new light. There is much you did not know, despite your past experience. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You are trying very hard to set things right, when in fact it’s not up to you to smooth things over right now. You must get others to talk! CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You must guard against any attempts to wrest information from you in an illegitimate manner. Technological “support” may not be supportive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’ll want to keep your finger on the pulse of public opinion as much as possible today. You can’t afford to turn anyone against you now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A friend beckons, and you’re eager to join in the fun, but you have some work to finish first — and it’s likely to take longer than expected. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Are you trying too hard to get yourself in the door of a new opportunity? It may be time to take a more passive approach — for a short time. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Progress can be rapid today, but you must know exactly where you’re heading if you’re going to take advantage of the day’s opportunities. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Those watching you will have many opinions of what you are doing — and why. You must have a plan for when all the votes are in. COPYRIGHT 2020 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.

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Unscramble these Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

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Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

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(e.g., “Micronesia” means ____. Answer: Small islands.) Freshman level 1. The 1883 volcanic explosion of this island resulted in at least 36,417 deaths. 2. These Scottish islands are famous for their small ponies. 3. Napoleon died on this island. Graduate level 4. The site of the southernmost city in the contiguous United States. 5. This Italian island provides the setting for part of a famous Alexandre Dumas novel. 6. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union. PH.D. level 7. Santa Barbara is the smallest island in this group off the southern California coast. 8. This island country in Micronesia was formerly known as Pleasant Island. 9. It remained under Portuguese control until 1999, when it was returned to China.

SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Krakatoa. 2. Shetland Islands. 3. Saint Helena. 4. Key West. 5. Montecristo (Monte Cristo). 6. Malta. 7. Channel Islands. 8. Nauru. 9. Macau (Macao). 18 points — congratulations, doctor; 15 to 17 points — honors graduate; 10 to 14 points — you’re plenty smart, but no grind; 4 to 9 points — you really should hit the books harder; 1 point to 3 points — enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points — who reads the questions to you?



Pickles For Better or For Worse

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Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Cleaning cloth 4 Sends a parcel 9 Man who lives in an abbey 13 Love, in Madrid 15 Have your cake and __ too 16 “__ in Love with Amy” 17 Midmorning 18 Staircase piece 19 Undergarment 20 Outlaw of the Old West 22 Abnormal sac 23 Yankee Doodle’s mount 24 Zodiac lion 26 On __; refusing to work 29 1 of 13 original colonies 34 Wooden box 35 Purchaser 36 Achieved victory 37 Level, as a building 38 Manufacturer 39 Not slack, as a rope 40 Hubbub 41 Broad valleys 42 Rudely brief 43 Goes on stage 45 First grade textbook 46 Fail to keep up 47 Coffin platform 48 Resound 51 Hugeness 56 Get bigger 57 Moves toward 58 Lunchtime 60 Clinton’s VP 61 Like a plentiful supply 62 Lady __ of the music world 63 Surgery memento 64 __ one’s cool; blows up 65 Period of time DOWN 1 Skedaddled 2 In the center of 3 No longer here

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