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COXSACKIE — Coxsackie is this week bidding adieu to Margaret Chaloner — known affectionately as Marge — the village’s first female mayor. Chaloner died Jan. 8 in Olathe, Kansas, where she moved in 2017. She was 85. But prior to moving to Kansas she was a lifelong Coxsackie resident, and her family — the Houghtalings — has deep roots in the community, going back many generations.

Her wake was held Tuesday at W.C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home in Coxsackie, and her funeral was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany on Wednesday. In addition to her many roles in the village of Coxsackie, Chaloner was the village’s first female mayor, serving one term from 1993 to 1995. Prior to that, she was a member of the village board for two terms. Longtime village trustee Dianne Ringwald served with Chaloner in the 1990s.

“Marge was good to work with. She was concerned with a lot of things that were going on in the vilMargaret lage,” Ring“Marge” wald said. Chaloner “She worked with everyone, but she was tough. She put her all into the job.” Ringwald recalled two major projects Chaloner worked

on during her term as mayor. “She was a good mayor. She worked on the sewer and sidewalks downtown — that is how we got new sidewalks down on Reed Street,” Ringwald said. ”She was always working on trying to get grants for the village, and she did get a couple.” Chaloner and Ringwald were also involved years later in establishing a World War II memorial in the village. Chaloner was a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School, Class of 1951, and

graduated from Union College School of Nursing. In 2015, the Coxsackie-Athens Foundation for Education inducted her into the district’s Wall of Fame for her work with the village as both mayor and trustee, and for the many other roles she has filled — serving on the Greene County Hospital Board of Managers, the Hudson Valley Girl Scout Board of Directors and the Riverside Cemetery Board of Directors, as well as her work with the See CHALONER A8

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MASSARAH MIKATI/COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA Assemblyman Will Barclay, center, at podium, says the state’s new bail reform laws should be repealed or amended. At left is Greene County Sheriff Peter Kusminsky.

ALBANY — It was a battle of press conferences at the State Capitol Building Wednesday, as the legislature’s majority and minority parties continued to spar over the criminal justice reforms rolled out two weeks ago. A press room in the Legislative Office Building was overflowing with participants and speakers for a press conference held by Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, R-120,

that featured law enforcement officials and two families of crime victims whose alleged perpetrators were released pre-trial without cash bail.

SEE RELATED STORY, PAGE A8 The reforms include eliminating bail for individuals charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, and mandating district attorney’s offices to turn over evidence in cases in 15 days. “This isn’t fear-mongering, See REFORMS A8

Bill would guarantee immigrant legal counsel By Massarah Mikati Johnson Newspapers

ALBANY — The 2020 legislative session has continued the previous year’s initiatives to establish more rights for immigrants. The day after activists and lawmakers rallied at the state Capitol to bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making arrests around courthouses, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-27, and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, D-39, introduced the Access to Representation Act. The new piece of legislation would create a statutory right to a lawyer for New Yorkers facing deportation who cannot afford their own attorneys. “While immigration law is civil in nature, the consequences of violating the law are the same as those faced by criminal defendants — loss of liberty, forced separation from family, or


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

worse — death when forced to return to a country that persecutes their very existence,” Cruz said in a statement

Wednesday. “Our bill seeks to right this wrong by ensuring that the promises made by

our Constitution are provided to everyone, not simply those who are able to afford it.” Data has found nearly 80% of immigrants facing deportation who have attorneys win their cases, as opposed to 15% of those without attorneys. “The Access to Representation Act ... will provide due process to all New Yorkers and add some fairness to our unjust immigration system,” Hoylman said in a statement. The piece of legislation comes seven months after the New York State Bar Association published a resolution about the need for access to attorneys among immigrants, urging the state Legislature to enact such a law. “If we’re truly committed within the state of New York to people having their rights for justice and due process to be had in our courts, including See BILL A8



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WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday to send the Senate two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It also approved seven Democrats to serve as prosecutors in the third trial of a U.S. president. The resolution was approved 228 to 193, breaking largely along party lines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to hold an “engrossment” ceremony at 5 p.m., and then the managers are scheduled to begin a procession across the Capitol Rotunda to present the articles of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate. After an initial phase, the Senate trial will begin in earnest next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The crux of the Democrats case is the allegation that Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid, sought by Ukraine to combat Russian military aggression, to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as a probe of an unfounded theory that Kyiv conspired with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Pelosi name seven House members to serve as impeachment managers for the Senate triaL: Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas; Val Demings, D-Fla.; Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; and Jason Crow, D-Colo. Pelosi’s team of managers is both smaller and more diverse than the group of lawmakers than House Republicans tapped for the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999. For that trial, all 13 managers were white men. The group will argue that Trump abused the power of his office, obstructed Congress and should be removed from office.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announces the impeachment managers for US President Donald Trump’s trail in the Senate on Capitol Hill January 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. — House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff will lead the prosecution of President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial in the Senate, House speaker Nancy Pelosi announced January 15, 2020. Schiff, a Democratic lawmaker from California, would be the House “lead manager”at Trump’s Senate trial expected to begin on Tuesday, Pelosi said. Schiff led the House investigation that resulted in Trump’s December 18 impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Countering that argument will be Trump’s defense team, which is expected to be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone. The White House signaled Wednesday that it doesn’t expect the Senate impeachment trial to last longer than two weeks, casting acquital as a foregone conclusion and arguing that Trump’s team will present “a very strong case for the president.” “We think that this case is overwhelming for the president, and the Senate’s not going to be having any need to be taking that amount of time on this,” a senior administration official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal White House deliberations, told reporters. The official added that House Democrats “don’t have any credible evidence to show any wrongdoing.” Democrats have been pressing former national security adviser John Bolton to testify, and Bolton has said he would be open to doing so, if subpoenaed.

But the White House suggested Wednesday that such a scenario would be unlikely, with the senior administration official saying it would be “extraordinary” for Bolton to testify about his communications with the president on national security issues. Nadler opened the House debate on the resolution by saying a Senate trial is needed “because President Trump gravely abused the power of his office when he strong-armed a foreign government to announce investigations into his domestic political rival.” “He betrayed our country when he used the powers of his office — including withholding vital U.S. military assistance — to pressure that government to help him win reelection. He invited foreign interference into our elections — again,” Nadler said. “He jeopardized our national security. He did it all for his personal, political gain. And then he violated the Constitution by stonewalling Congress’ efforts to investigate, ordering an absolute blockade of evidence.”

Republicans countered by arguing that Democrats were motivated by their dislike of Trump.”This has always been a political impeachment,” said Rep. Douglas Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Pelosi closed the debate on the resolution by declaring that Trump was guilty of “an assault on the Constitution of the United States” and pushing back on Republican criticism that the effort to remove Trump from office was politically motivated. “We take it very seriously,” the speaker said. “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.” In earlier remarks, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., cited similar comments previously made by Pelosi in arguing that Trump’s impeachment was politically motivated. “This was always an exercise in raw partisan politics,” said McCarthy, who asserted that the House proceedings led to “the fastest, thinnest and weakest impeachment in American history.”

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday, in a move that caught ordinary Russians by surprise. Less than three hours later, President Vladimir Putin offered the post of prime minister to Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Russian tax service. Q: Who is Mikhail Mishustin? A: Mishustin does not appear to have played a high-profile role in Russian politics, especially in fields dominated by Putin, such as foreign policy. The 53-year-old has held several positions in various Russian agencies related to taxes, duties and real estate. He has been in charge of the federal tax service since 2010, according to the agency’s website. Q: What does the shake-up mean? A: In most countries, the resignation of a prime minister would suggest a leadership crisis. But in Russia, it might very well be the result of careful planning, with Putin at the steering wheel directing Medvedev, long considered his protege.

The key question was what Russia’s leadership will look like moving forward. Medvedev’s resignation appeared to be tied to sweeping constitutional changes proposed by Putin on Wednesday. Under the proposed laws, more power would be transferred to parliament, which would be charged with selecting a prime minister - a task that previously fell to the president. If approved, the changes would also result in the strengthening of an advisory body to the president. Medvedev said Wednesday that his resignation and that of his cabinet “should allow our country’s president to make all necessary decisions before” the proposed changes take effect. Medvedev has helped to preserve Putin’s power before. When he swapped places with Putin in 2008 and became Putin’s successor as president, Medvedev was predominantly seen as a caretaker. Among his key missions, it was widely assumed, was to allow Putin to again become president after the end of his prime ministerial term. But Putin appeared to disagree with Medvedev at times,

fueling speculation about a growing rift between the two. The latest move may elicit similar interpretations in the coming weeks. Q: Will Medvedev disappear from Russian politics? No, he is expected to stay on as the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, a powerful consultative body. Q: What are Putin’s possible options after 2024? A: If the government shakeup was indeed directed by Putin, it may suggest that Wednesday’s moves were taken to preserve his power beyond 2024, when his term is set to end - one way or another. Putin has said that presidential terms should be limited to two. Even though some of his critics have maintained that he may try to stay on as president regardless, others viewed Wednesday’s announcement as setting the stage for a more sophisticated transfer of power. Firstly, the proposals announced may erode the influence of Putin’s successor as president, as they would shift power toward parliament and the prime ministers. Secondly, Medvedev’s move to the Security Council could

be an experiment with relevance to Putin’s future after his own term expires. Some speculated Wednesday that Putin could mimic what happened in Kazakhstan, where Nursultan Nazarbayev became chairman of his country’s Security Council for life after stepping down as president last year. COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA The Register-Star/The Daily Mail are publishedTuesday through Saturday mornings by Columbia-Greene Media (USPS 253620), One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534, a subsidiary of Johnson Newspaper Corp. Periodicals postage paid at Hudson, N.Y., and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Register-Star, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534. TO SUBSCRIBE To order a subscription, call our circulation department at (800) 724-1012 or logon to SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Digital Pass is included with print subscription Daily (Newsstand) $1.50 Saturday (Newsstand) $2.50 Carrier Delivery (3 Months) $71.50 Carrier Delivery (6 Months) $143.00 Carrier Delivery (1 Year) $286.00 EZ Pay Rates: 3 months $65.00 6 months $130.00 1 year $260.00 DIGITAL PASS ONLY RATES: Includes full access to and the e-edition. 3 Months $30.00 6 Months $60.00 1 Year $120.00 Home Delivery & Billing Inquireries Call (800) 724-1012 and reach us, live reps are available Mon.-Fri. 6 a,m - 5 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m. - noon Sun. 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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CALENDAR Thursday, Jan. 16 n Coxsackie-Athens Central School District Board of Education 6:25 meeting/ hearing; 6:30 p.m. regular meeting High School Library, 24 Sunset Blvd., Coxsackie n Coxsackie Village Planning Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

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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 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


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

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 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 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 mmikati@, or find her on Twitter @massarahmikati.

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Registration open for Cycle the Erie Canal 2020 ALBANY – Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 22nd annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an unforgettable opportunity to bike across New York State and take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America. The eightday, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 12-19. Cycle the Erie Canal participants will experience one of the best trails in America as they cycle through historic canal villages and discover the small-town charm of Upstate New York. Along the way,

canal historians and local experts will introduce riders to the people, places, and things that make the Erie Canal so important to the history of New York and the nation. With more than three-quarters of the route off-road on the mostly-flat and traffic-free Erie Canalway Trail, the tour offers unparalleled cycling for all ages and abilities. In 2019, the tour drew 750 cyclists, from 39 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia. Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail, which is now more than 80

percent complete and will, by the end of 2020, be completed as part of the statewide 750-mile Empire State Trail. Registration for Cycle the Erie Canal includes camping accommodations each evening with restrooms and showers; eight hearty breakfasts and six delicious dinners; two refreshment stops daily stocked with fruit, snacks and beverages; SAG support and baggage transport; daily cue sheets and marked routes; entertainment and historical presentations every evening; and guided tours of the Canal, historic sites, museums, and other attractions. Shuttles

will be available at the beginning and the end of the ride to transport riders and their bicycles for an additional fee. Two four-day options are available, one from Buffalo to Syracuse and one from Syracuse to Albany. The registration fee for the full tour is $865 for adults and $470 for youths ages 6-17 and non-cycling participants. Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate working to create a network of parks, trails, and greenways so that New Yorkers can enjoy the outdoors close to home. Cycle the Erie Canal supports Parks & Trails

New York’s work on the Erie Canalway Trail and in communities across New York State. The New York State Canal Corporation, the agency charged with operating, maintaining and promoting New York’s Canal System and the Canalway Trail, is the Premier State Sponsor of the Cycle the Erie Canal. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is the event’s Heritage Sponsor. For information on Cycle the Erie Canal, visit, email or call 518-434-1583.

DEC announces free waterfront lifeguard course ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the agency is offering a free waterfront lifeguard course Feb. 18 through Feb. 21, at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, Montgomery County. Individuals looking for seasonal summer employment who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to learn more about DEC’s summer recreation opportunities. “Summer employment at DEC campgrounds and day use areas provides an excellent

opportunity to be part of a team that helps visitors enjoy the great outdoors in New York State’s beautiful Catskill and Adirondack Forest Preserves,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register for the free course. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguarding skills,

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point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps; and Swim five yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed five yards apart in four to seven feet of water, resurface, and continue to swim another five yards to complete the skill sequence. Applicants must be 16 years of age, meet agency medical and vision (20/70 or better) requirements, and intend to work at a DEC facility for the 2020 season. Immediately following the course, candidates who pass will be given the opportunity to


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Make courts off limits to unlawful immigrant arrests With the second year of a Democraticcontrolled state Legislature underway, it’s understandable that the majority is optimistic about the prospects for passing the bills on its agenda, and some Democratic lawmakers Tuesday were confident the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill. The legislation would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making civil immigration arrests in and around state courthouses without a judicial warrant or order of authorization. The nonprofit organization Immigrant Defense Project released a report detailing an exponential rise in ICE arrests in and near courthouses under the Trump administration. Arrests across the state have skyrocketed by 1,700% since 2016, according to the report. And despite an order from the New York Office of Courts Administration requiring ICE to serve judicial warrants to make arrests in New York courthouses, ICE continued to target courthouses to make a large number of arrests.

According to the report, lawyers, judges and prosecutors have assailed these raids, citing harmful barriers to access to courts and services for defendants, witnesses, victims and other litigants, threats to public safety and the legal and moral underpinnings of the state court system. In a survey of more than 225 New York state judges, prosecutors and other attorneys cited a noticeable escalation in ICE arrests of immigrants attending court for reasonable and legal reasons and the resulting chilling effect on the willingness of immigrants to participate in the court process, according to the report. The time to consider passage of this legislation is now, before ICE agents get more comfortable chipping away at the sanctity of our courthouses. The idea that rounding up immigrants in courthouses is akin to shooting fish in a barrel, and is reprehensible. This is behavior that went out with the Jim Crow laws of the 1950s. We hope this legislation will force ICE to look the 21st century in the eye.


U.S. citizen died while imprisoned by regime of Trump’s ‘favorite dictator’ (c) 2020,The Washington Post ·

Mustafa Kassem, an auto-parts dealer from Bethpage, New York, was visiting his native Egypt in August 2013 when he and his brother-in-law were stopped by a military patrol outside a shopping mall where they had been exchanging money. When the soldiers demanded the men’s’ papers, Kassem, an American citizen, displayed his blue U.S. passport. That, it turned out, was a fatal mistake. “They allowed my brother-in-law to pass,” Kassem recounted in a letter to President Donald Trump. “But I was treated differently. I was an American.” Kassem was arrested, badly beaten and locked up in the notorious Tora prison. On Monday, after more than six years of unconscionable mistreatment by Egyptian authorities, the 54-year-old father of two died. His only offense was to be a U.S. citizen in a country that receives$1.4 billion in annual U.S. aid - whose ruler, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has been called “my favorite dictator” by Trump. The president has bragged about his successes in freeing Americans held abroad. In this case, the administration’s failure was abject. Vice President Mike Pence raised Kassem’s plight with Sissi in January 2018, after he had been held for 4 1/2 years without trial. There was no result. In December, with Kassem’s health in peril after 15 months on a hunger strike, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought him up in a discussion with Egypt’s foreign minister. Again, Cairo ignored the appeal. What’s particularly striking is that the regime never offered any evidence whatsoever that Kassem had committed an offense. The Daily Mail 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

When he was finally brought to court, in September 2018, he was included in a mass show trial of 738 defendants. No individualized evidence was ever presented against him. Yet he was sentenced to 15 years. Perhaps Kassem was kept in prison because the regime did not want to acknowledge that the soldiers who responded to his U.S. passport by beating and arresting him had acted wrongly. Perhaps he was seen as a useful subject for regime propaganda, according to which American “spies” are seeking to destabilize the country. We don’t know, and the Trump administration doesn’t know, because Sissi and his jailers never offered a credible explanation. Far from earning protection through his U.S. citizenship, Kassem was subjected to shocking mistreatment. Though he was a diabetic with a heart condition, authorities restricted his access to medication throughout his imprisonment. Yet Trump has had nothing to say about this deadly abuse by a nominal ally. The only administration comment to date came from the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, who said Kassem’s death was “needless, tragic and avoidable,” but did not assign responsibility for it. Congress anticipated cases such as this when it passed the Magnitsky Act, named for a Russian lawyer who was persecuted by the government of President Vladimir Putin and died in prison. It provides for the sanction of all officials complicit in such human rights crimes, and it allows members of Congress to initiate cases by asking the administration to investigate. Kassem’s case cries out for such action. or publications. Writers are ordinarily limited to one letter every 30 days.

John Roberts won’t save the country from Trump Those who crave seeing President Trump convicted by the Senate, or who even hope for the semblance of a serious impeachment trial, now find themselves tempted to indulge in romancenovel-level fantasies about the role of the chief justice. In this imaginary version of impeachment, Chief Justice John Roberts will exercise authority to call witnesses and otherwise insist on a proceeding whose outcome is not a foregone conclusion. I regret to inform you: This is a delusion, if a pleasant one. A minimalist approach on Roberts’s part is not only the all-but-certain outcome — it is also the wiser course, better for the court and the country. In the case of a presidential impeachment, the chief justice plays the role of a constitutionally designated stand-in. The Constitution assigned this role to the chief justice in part, as Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar has noted, to “mark these impeachments as hugely distinct from all others, calling for special solemnity.” But the more fundamental reason is that the vice president, who presides over other impeachment trials, suffers from an obvious conflict of interest in overseeing any trial whose outcome could elevate him to the presidency. The chief justice does only what the vice president would do in the case of a lesser impeachment. Which is to say: not that much. The Senate’s standing rules on impeachment provide that the presiding officer “shall direct all the forms of proceedings” during an impeachment trial. Specifically, the presiding officer has power to “rule on all questions of evidence including, but not limited to, questions of relevancy, materiality, and redundancy of evidence.” This sounds like a lot, except when you get to later in the relevant sentence: “ . . . which ruling shall


MARCUS stand as the judgment of the Senate, unless some Member of the Senate shall ask that a formal vote be taken.” In other words, any evidentiary ruling by the chief justice is subject to review by the Senate -- and subject to override by a majority of senators. This is a trial with 100 judges, who get to decide for themselves all kinds of issues ranging from the burden of proof to what constitutes a high crime or misdemeanor. One potential wrinkle involves whether the chief justice, as presiding officer, can break a tie if the Senate were to split 50-50 on some question. Imagine, for example, the Senate dividing on the question of whether to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton — or whether the president could assert executive privilege to block Bolton’s testimony. Precedent suggests that Roberts could — but does not have to — break the tie. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, presiding over the trial of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, demanded the authority to rule on issues relating to the admissibility of evidence and to cast tiebreaking votes; he ended up doing so twice. Then again, Chase is hardly the best role model for an impartial presiding officer. As historian Brenda Wineapple recounts, Chase “feverishly sought the presidency” himself even while conducting the impeachment trial and had made his disdain for the articles of impeachment clear. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, presiding over

the trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, took a far more hands-off approach. The closest Rehnquist came to a substantive ruling was when Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin objected to House managers calling the senators “jurors.” Rehnquist sided with Harkin, concluding that “the Senate is not simply a jury; it is a court in this case.” After the trial had ended, Rehnquist spoke with satisfaction about his limited role. “I did nothing in particular, and I did it very well,” Rehnquist said, citing a favorite line from Gilbert and Sullivan. Everything in Roberts’s background and worldview suggests he will adopt a similarly restrained approach. Injecting himself into the guts of the impeachment would work against his goal to keep the federal judiciary from being perceived as just another partisan institution. And there would be dangers in an activist, hands-on chief justice presiding. Imagine if Rehnquist, named to the Supreme Court by one Republican president and elevated to chief justice by another, had ruled repeatedly against a Democratic president. Imagine if Roberts, denounced by Trump during the 2016 campaign as a “disgrace” and a “disaster,” ruled in ways harmful to this president. The Constitution assigns Roberts a role in the impeachment trial, but he would be best advised to play that role in a way that keeps him as much out of the substance — and therefore the muck — of impeachment as possible. Ruth Marcus’ email address is (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group Ruth Marcus is deputy editorial page editor for The Post. She also writes a weekly column.


Population decline a great opportunity To the editor: The headline of the January 4-5 Weekend edition of the Register-Star read “Exodus from NY Tops Nation,” which highlighted that New York State was ranked as #1 in the nation for population decline. What a wonderful opportunity! I was pleased that the article presented some benefits to this situation but wished the article had also considered the environmental and social importance of this trend continuing at a time when we need to seriously take on the myth that an economy or a population can grow forever. When we consider economic growth to be like the law of gravity — “it just is” — we are truly doomed. This is a time when we need our best minds to focus on restructuring


economic wellbeing into a model that includes contraction and deflation (and hopefully also greater economic equality within the population). The opportunities of population decline, besides allowing the planet to heal after a century of massive resource extraction, pollution, and failing geo-engineering, are mind-boggling. Consider the possibilities for better health care and housing for all, a pace of life that is more often chosen than imposed, a focus on communities that work together with all age cohorts on their particular regional distinctiveness, clean and renewed swimming holes, less litigiousness, and a reduction and reorientation of our massive national defense expenditures towards education, public works here in the US,

and the arts. I imagine tourist and travel sites with far smaller crowds, taxes going down each year as government spending decreases, the meaningful work and pleasure of taking an abandoned housing development and restoring the land it sits upon to that land’s original state, and welcoming new folks into our communities, rather than fearing them, because their contributions will be a blessing. The prospects for the our planet are often presented as bleak, but that headline in the Register-Star got me thinking about all the what-ifs. If only we could get up the guts to start addressing the situation by ditching the economic growth model we have imposed upon ourselves. JENS BRAUN EAST CHATHAM


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Gertrud “Trudy” Cunningham GREENVILLE - Gertrud “Tru- missed. In addition to her pardy” Cunningham, 90, passed ents and husband, Trudy is preaway on Saturday January 11, deceased by her grandson, R.L. 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. She was Cooke; her great-grandchild, J.J. born in Goeppingen, Germany Stiles; her brothers, Albert and on September 28, 1929 to the Kurt Geiger; and her son-in-law, late Albert and Anna Bromm Gei- Bob Swartwout. ger. She lived in Switzerland for Trudy is survived by her stepa couple years before moving to children, Carol (Don) Reed, Curtis the United States in 1957. After (Nancy) Cunningham, and Judy marrying the late Leland A. Cun- Swartwout; her grandchildren, ningham and moving to Green- Christina Galante, Ruey Bryan, ville, Trudy became a Leslie Graziano, Debmember of the United bie Holden, Donna Methodist Church of Coon, Jason Reed, Greenville and Norton Kellie Swartwout, CinHill, now known as the dra Stiles, and MiAsbury United Methchael Swartwout; her odist Church, where great-grandchildren, she volunteered at the Christopher deRozier, Thrift Shop. Trudy was Steven deRozier, Carly also a part of a Domino Bryan, Cody Bryan, Women’s Club, and a Cunningham Shea Swartwout, Coovery competitive tenper Swartwout, Michael nis player at the Senior Games Stiles, Daniel Stiles, Samuel Grain Cortland, New York, downhill ziano, Violet Graziano, Zachary skier, and cross country skier with Lee, Ruby and Rose Reed; her the Albany Ski Club. She also en- siblings, Emma Baumann, Gisela joyed vacationing abroad visiting Jung, and Norbert Geiger; and family and friends and showing many nieces and nephews. Lee the beautiful country she lived Trudy has been privately crein. Trudy’s passion was work- mated. Calling hours will be held ing outside her home keeping a on Saturday January 18th from pristine presentation of beautiful 10am to 12noon at the Asbury flowers. Trudy was always ready United Methodist Church, 5830 to have a party with family at Pine State Route 81, Greenville, folLake Manor as it was a very spe- lowed by a memorial service at cial time being with family. 12noon. In lieu of flowers, donaTrudy was a wonderful step- tions can be made to the Asbury mom, an awesome Tanta Trudy United Methodist Church, PO to all her Grand and Great grand- Box 599, Greenville NY 12083. children, and a dear friend to all Condolences can be posted at who knew her. She will surely be

Mary Anne Cranna In memory of Mary Anne Cranna who was called home on January 14, 2020, to be with her husband James P., her children Katherine Anne and William, her grandchildren Liam and Serenella, and the whole Murphy clan that she will enthusiastically reunite with. Mary was born to the late Frank and Mary Hughes on August 30, 1920. She was hopeful for 100 years, but 99 was quite enough. As she would tell us, “It’s hell to get old, but it isn’t a disgrace”. To put it in historical context, as a young woman, our mother worked at JC Penny’s, except that she would say good morning to Mr. Penny himself. A mother first, she is survived by her children, Donald J. (Melissa), Kenneth G., Thomas P., and Robert J. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Bryan (Kristin), Amy Clark (Mike), Brendan (Lauren), McCailey, Patrick, Colin and Austin, and many beloved greatgrandchildren. A small woman who gave birth to six large children, she always reminded us with a laugh and a smile that as big as we got, she could always kick us in the shins. Nothing gave Mary more pride than her family. She always relied on prayer and good example to lead the Cranna family. Mary had a great sense of humor that was nurtured and sharpened by her treasured Irish Heritage. She loved to quote her mother in an effort to bring relevance and direction to most situations in ten words or less. We’ll never forget “eaten bread is soon forgotten”, “put a beggar on horseback and

they’ll ride to hell”, and “here she comes, one arm as long as the other”. All subtle lessons that were taught to us through her keen sense of fairness and equity. Mary was a volunteer, a woman who saw her service as a gift of her faith and a love of her community. She tried to provide to others the opportunities that she had earned through hard work and perseverance. Mary drew strength from raising a large family and from her unbending faith and dedication to Christian service. You, Mary Cranna taught us that “God fits the back to bear the burden he gives you. Not one inch too long, not one ounce too heavy”. So Ma, thanks to you, we know that “curses don’t fall on stones”, and “it’s a great life if you don’t weaken”, and if you can’t find something, get a hold of St. Anthony. Relatives and friends may call at the Bates & Anderson Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home on Thursday January 16, from 4:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:30am from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish Hudson, NY. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the dedicated nurses and staff at Whittier Nursing Home, .along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Mary will especially miss her fellow “Golden Girls” Lisa and Sally who looked out for our mother and helped make her stay at Whittier a pleasant one. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Catholic Charities.

Anthony H. Fontana Gallatin, NY – Anthony H. Fontana, 60, formerly of Yonkers, NY passed away at home on January 14, 2020. He was born on June 3, 1959 in Yonkers, NY the son of Harry and the late Grace (DE Michaels) Fontana. Anthony was a Master Plumber and owner of Tana Temperature Control Company in Yonkers. He worked alongside his father for over forty years. He loved the outdoors and spent many summers working on a family horse ranch in Tupper Lake, NY. Anthony was an avid hiker and ice climber. He and his wife, Nora had a home built in the mountains of Gallatin where he was living the dream. He was the eternal optimist and always happy. On February 22, 2003 he married Nora (Lipari) Fontana in Hopewell Junction, NY. She survives him at home. In addi-

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Lev Parnas reveals essentially a new Ukraine quid pro quo By Aaron Blake (c) 2020,The Washington Post ·

From the start of the Ukraine scandal, Marie Yovanovitch has been something of a tangent. She was related to the whole thing in that she was removed as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine while all of this was going on. The manner of her ouster was particularly ugly, with witnesses describing it as a “smear campaign.” The easy theory — and one espoused by Democrats at impeachment hearings — was that it was all because she was an obstacle to the Trump team’s efforts to secure politically helpful investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. New documents from Lev Parnas, though, suggest something more specific afoot: an effort to remove Yovanovitch as a favor to Ukraine in exchange for information on the Bidens — essentially, another quid pro quo. The documents were given to House investigators by Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who has been indicted and has since revealed key information about the Ukraine scandal. The most-cited takeaway is that Yovanovitch may have been under some kind of surveillance. That would explain why she was told to leave Ukraine in the middle of the night. Yovanovitch has testified that she was told when she was recalled that “this is about your security. You need to come home immediately.” But however unsavory that is, the bigger immediate news in the impeachment of Trump is the horse-trading that went on around the ambassador. It all suggests the Ukrainians were perhaps more interested in ousting Yovanovitch than were even Giuliani and company. The most potentially troubling revelation is a reference to some kind of “price” regarding Yovanovitch. In text messages with Parnas, Robert Hyde - a Republican lobbyist, congressional candidate and big Trump supporter — talks about Yovanovitch’s movements

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Associates of President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman were arrested Oct. 9, 2019, on campaign finance charges

and cellphone and computer usage. Then he adds, perhaps ominously, “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.” He says in the next text, “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money . . . what I was told.” It is not clear exactly what the “price” referred to, but the next text suggested it was something potentially nefarious. It is also not clear who “they” is, but it seems to be someone in the coterie of Trump-adjacent operatives. Perhaps the clearer evidence, though, comes in text messages in Russian between then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko and Parnas. In them, Lutsenko repeatedly alludes to an exchange involving Yovanovitch’s ouster and the Bidens: Lutsenko tells Parnas, “It’s just that if you don’t make a decision about Madam - you are calling into question all my declarations. Including about B.” (“Madam” rather clearly a reference to Yovanovitch, and “B” is apparently a reference to Hunter Biden or Burisma Holdings, the company that employed Hunter Biden, based on later texts.) Lutsenko says there is “testimony about transfers to B” and then adds, “And here you can’t get rid of one fool :(“ Parnas responds, “She’s not a simple fool[,] trust me.” And then: “But she’s not getting away.” After Parnas tells Lutsenko “soon everything will turn around and we’ll be on the right course,” Lutsenko responds by

saying he had copies of payments Burisma made to the investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden. All of these texts are from late March. Yovanovitch was removed the next month. The text messages hark back to other texts between Andriy Yermak, a top aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, and top Trump administration officials. In those later texts, the announcement of investigations is repeatedly tied to a White House meeting for Zelensky. In these, the ouster of Yovanovitch is repeatedly tied to potentially damaging information about the Bidens. In both, the exchange is similar: An official U.S. government favor for Ukraine in exchange for something personally beneficial to Trump. The idea that Lutsenko was interested in Yovanovitch’s ouster is not novel. The New Yorker’s Adam Entous interviewed him at length and revealed Lutsenko’s longstanding beef with Yovanovitch — and perhaps his motivation to cut some deals with Giuliani (and by extension, the U.S. government) over it: As he alternated beverages — double Scotch, Coke, double Scotch, beer — he railed against his treatment by American diplomats, including Yovanovitch, who, he believed, had unjustly favored his rival, the head of a new anti-corruption bureau in Ukraine, and the cadre of young activists who scrutinized his every move. “I asked Masha” — Yovanovitch

When even Target misses, it’s time to worry Andrea Felsted Bloomberg

There’s an old saying in retail that despite all the bluster, not much really changes over the holiday shopping season: Those store groups that have been winning keep on doing so, while the losers continue to suffer. Target Corp. just became the exception to this rule. The big-box retailer has been a consistently strong performer over the past couple of years, but in the latest holiday season it stumbled badly. Same store sales in November and December rose by just 1.4 % - significantly below expectations. The shares fell more than 6 percent in morning trading. Target seems to be suffering from issues across the market. But if the company - one of the more resilient of the bunch - is feeling the pinch, that bodes ill for weaker store chains, or those that have been less proactive in adapting to changing consumer tastes. The slip also suggests there may be limits to how much more its turnaround efforts can achieve. Same-store sales in electronics fell by more than 6%. This wasn’t helped by an uninspiring technology lineup - there was no one big standout game or gadget. Toys was also a difficult area, and there have been signs in Europe that

demand is moving away from traditional playthings to tech. But Target has made a big bet on toys, in order to capture the customers who would previously have shopped at Toys R Us. Although it said it gained share over the holidays, if demand is permanently shifting away from this category, this looks like a rare misstep. Moreover, given that Target has invested heavily - it pledged in 2017 to spend $7 billion over three years on in its stores, products and online offerings - it should be outperforming even in these more challenging categories. The one silver lining is that both toys and electronics are low margin segments. So although Target cut its forecast of same store sales growth in the fourth quarter to 1.4%, from its previous expectations of as much as 4%, it maintained its profit guidance for the final quarter and the full year. What’s troubling about Target’s performance is that while it could have made some changes in the runup to the holiday - given the highly competitive landscape and Black Friday falling later - it is generally doing the right things. It’s one of the few retailers investing in giving consumers the products they actually want to buy. In areas such as clothing, beauty and food, where it has been

revitalizing its exclusive brands and overhauling departments, same-store sales rose. Target, as mentioned, has also been spending on revamping its stores. That might be counterintuitive, but it is sensible. When consumers do want to go to a physical outlet, they want that to be a pleasant experience. And it hasn’t neglected its digital offerings, particularly in areas such as click and collect, where customers order online but pick up their purchases at a store. While the digital performance was disappointing - up just 19% in November and December - same-day delivery options were up 50%. Even before the holiday miss, Target was facing a challenge to maintain momentum. It is entering the final year of its big store refurbishments, and it will be coming up against difficult sales comparisons going forward. But a kneejerk reaction, say curbing investment in stores, products, and digital, would be a mistake. It probably has more to go for in food, and can capture more sales from department stores and midmarket clothing brands. Andrea Felsted is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the consumer and retail industries. She previously worked at the Financial Times.

— “why me, who was in prison, who was a street commander in two revolutions?” he said. “I’m the bad guy and they are the brave soldiers?” During the past two years, Lutsenko, seeking to bolster his reputation and suspecting that Yovanovitch was attempting to undermine him, was eager to arrange high-profile meetings for himself in Washington, starting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. When he heard rumors that Yovanovitch and other U.S. officials were blocking the meetings, he grew increasingly resentful. Lutsenko was also the source of the claim that Yovanovitch had provided him a list of Americans whom Ukraine could not charge — a “do not prosecute” list. The claim came in an interview with The Hill newspaper’s John Solomon, but Lutsenko later recanted it. It is important to note Parnas is not a Trump administration official or in Trump’s employ, and it is theoretically possible he was freelancing here. But he had long been a conduit between Trump’s personal lawyer and top Ukrainians and can speak Russian. He also was talking about something only the U.S. government could provide: the removal of Yovanovitch. And he appeared to be well aware of the goal here; another handwritten note, apparently from Parnas, says, “Get Zalensky [sic] to Annouce [sic] that the Biden case will be Investigated.” So here we have another quid pro quo that can very logically be connected to the Trump team. And we are learning about it as the impeachment trial is set to begin in the Senate. Aaron Blake is senior political reporter, writing for The Fix. A Minnesota native, he has also written about politics for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Hill newspaper.

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Prattsville Hose Company elects 2020 officers By Abby and Gabby For Columbia-Greene Media

PRATTSVILLE – Kudos to Kathy Sherman, Anita Creazzo and Debbie Wandursky. These ladies have had some health issues during the holiday season and before and after, but they all have a good attitude for brighter days. Debbie is working and her beautiful smiles are just as wide as before. Kathy has returned to her purse making and is ready for a return to her usual busy schedule. Her family does wish she would take it easy. She is adding daily exercise. Anita is not quite up to par but is determined to be ready for spring activities. The latter

part of December was a crisis for Anita. She got the urgent care she needed from the Prattsville firemen and Heather and Bill of Ashland Rescue Squad. In talking with her she stressed the high esteem in which she holds them. She sends her sincere gratitude to them all. She did have a setback but will follow doctor’s orders and be out and about soon. Salon 255 Ltd., 255 Mansion St., Coxsackie, presents their first Cancer Patient Aid CUTA-THON, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 8, 518-731-2559. Cuts $25. Every cut benefits Greene County Women’s League Cancer Patient Aid. Make a difference with one hair cut. Raffles and

50/50. Great cause. Pass the word. The American Legion Greenville Post 291, 54 Maple Ave., Greenville is serving a community breakfast 8 a.m.noon Jan. 19. “Open to Everyone.” All you can eat. Come help support local veterans. Suggested donations: Adults, $10; children, $5. Heard from Linda and Glen Bellomy and got a phone call from Lunetta (Linda’s mom) Hill in sunny Florida. Please note that the Bellomy’s home address has changed. They moved last spring and have a very nice two-bedroom house lakeside. Linda still struggles with her leg aching from her breaking it two summers ago,

otherwise all are doing well here. Lunetta had a very busy holiday period. She spent Christmas Day with about 90 of us at our clubhouse potluck lunch and didn’t get home until almost 9 p.m.! Then Lunetta and friend Carol held a two-room New Year’s party at the Grand Villa. They chose to do it in their rooms rather than the activity room. They had 15 seniors partying until after 1 a.m. and didn’t get to bed until 3 a.m. That’s a real accomplishment for that senior crowd! Lunetta wants all her Prattsville acquaintances to know she sends them New Year’s greetings and would love to hear from them.

The Prattsville Hose Company had its annual meeting and elections on Jan. 6. Members elected are chief, Jim Dymond; 1st assistant, Tom Olson; 2nd assistant, Steve Haight; 3rd assistant, Ted Weingate; president, Dave Rikard; vice president, Eric Dymond; secretary, Ray Bracaliello; treasurer, Deb Dymond; safety officer, the Rev. Elliot Oaks. Congratulations all! Claudia Bracaliello is another local lady on the go. In addition to providing the music for two local churches, she does numerous free concerts at Proctor’s in Schenectady, sometimes performing on “Goldie.” Her next free concert will be at noon Feb.11, at

Proctor’s. She invites all to attend. Happy birthday to Derek Briggs on Jan. 18. Happy birthday to Phyllis Raeder and Benny Benjamin on Jan. 19. Marianne Krauss and Theresa Speenburgh are wished happy birthday on Jan. 20. January 21 we wish Sandi Grant Rion and Freda Fancher a happy birthday. On Jan. 22 it is happy birthday to Nancy O’Hara. Valeria Rikard is sent happy birthday wishes on Jan. 23. To get your news in, call 518-2993219 or

How about that weather? Eagles along the Schoharie Wow! What weather this past week! It proves the saying about weather in the Catskills: If you don’t like it, wait an hour and it will be different. The big problem is one doesn’t know how to dress. What do I wear today? Long sleeves, short sleeves, sweats, shorts? What do I wear when I leave the house? Sweater, jacket, winter coat, long johns? What will I need when I come home? I really long for a good old-fashioned winter when you knew you had to dress in layers just to keep warm, when you had your boots by the door, or fire, drying, to slip on when you went out. I can’t keep track of my different shoes this year. What decisions. Along with the ever-changing weather is sickness. Do you know anyone who hasn’t been sick this year? Temperatures in the 60s, falling to the low 40s don’t help in killing germs. Sorry, we need the cold, frigid weather to kill off viruses. At least we could open our windows to blow out some of the germs. Thanks to all who called about the paper. I was not ill, but decided to take a two-week break. With the holidays being in the middle of the week, I didn’t have much time to get myself together to write. A new year, and back on schedule. Deacon Peter is looking for a church to sponsor the Ecumenical Stations of the Cross this spring. I have volunteered to do it at Ashland Church, but we need readers of the individual stations. Please consider volunteering. It’s a very moving service, and it calls to mind the meaning of Holy Week. WAJPL Seniors met last Monday for their January meeting. I want to thank all who voted for me as president. I will do my best to keep the club moving forward. We are in the midst of planning our events calendar. Our picnic date has been set, but we are still hammering out date and details of our Chinese auction. Mary Louise has a wonderful trip planned to Williamsburg, details to follow. We hope to get our crafts up and running by May. Our February meeting



ANDERSON will be on Feb. 3. The WAJPL Golden Age Club is hosting a five day, four night May 11-15 trip to Williamsburg and Charlottesville with Berkeley Plantation and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The package includes four breakfasts, buffet lunch at a historic tavern and three dinners, plus guided tours. Price is $689 per person double occupancy. For information, call MaryLouise 518-622-3397 or Vicky at 518-734-4164.

CARES AND PRAYERS Happy 102 birthday to Alvena Hitchcock. If in Catskill, stop in at The Pines and say hello. Healing prayers and get-well wishes to Fran Williams, Irene Wilcox and Pat Sasso Egan, who are in the hospital. Continued prayers for Ted Heissinger. Sympathy and condolences to the Crystal Holdridge family. Crystal was the daughter of David and granddaughter of Beverly Berber.

COMING EVENTS So far, nothing is planned. We are waiting on dates for the Ashland Church breakfasts, the VFW breakfast, Chinese auctions, and rummage sales. Stay tuned. If you have an event that you would like publicized, call me at 518-7345360 or

AS I REMEMBER IT While sitting around the round table at Nana Gails, the subject came up of antique glassware. I have my milk glass, hob nail and “Depression Glass,” which came in pink, yellow and green. The yellow was rare, but I do have a pitcher in that shade. We were talking about how we collected it, how the original owners got theirs.

For those who don’t know: Back in the days of the Depression, people couldn’t afford to buy a set of dishes, but they collected them, one plate at a time, in various ways. Buy gas, get a glass; buy soap powder, find a plate inside. Salesmen came door to door selling tea, cookies, dishes, pots and pans. Housewives could save their pennies for months to get a set of dishes. Always one at a time. There were many different designs available. Now it can be found in flea markets, antique stores and rummage sales. Coming home from this lunch, my mind wandered to the days of World War II and how we were forced to save. We bought War Bonds in school and from local organizations to support the men overseas. We did without: women no longer used metal stays in their corsets because each stay could make a bullet. We had ration books. Going through my treasures I came across one of my father’s. The inside was Certificate of Registrar: It had his name, address and all pertinent information, height, weight, hair and eye color, and age. This one was issued on Sept. 8, 1943, by Charles S. Greenleaf. Both of my parents signed for it, so mother could use it to shop. It was a generic booklet, just individual stamps to be torn out when used. I have seen some that were strictly for sugar, butter and gas. I don’t know what this particular one was used for, but there were coupons left. I can’t imagine the people of today being forced to ration supplies. We live in such an era of waste. We sit down to a dinner table loaded down with meats, starches and vegetables. We go to restaurants and order so much food that we don’t eat. Portions are so out of control, we take them home and have enough for two more meals. I have seen teenagers order meals and leave them behind to be thrown out. At least take the leftovers home and give them to the wildlife. I’m glad we don’t have to ration our food, but, at times, wish we could teach our young people to care more.

Mountain Top Progressives hosting candidates forum TANNERSVILLE — Mountain Top Progressives will host a Meet the Candidates forum at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Villa Vosilla, 6302 Main St., Tannersville. All three Democratic candidates — Michelle Hinchey of Saugerties; Gary Greenberg of New Baltimore; and Jeff Stark of Amsterdam — have been

invited. The purpose of the event is to introduce the Democratic candidates to the community and to introduce the community to the candidates who are seeking nomination for the state Senate seat, which is being vacated by George Amedore, R-46.

The Greene County community will be given the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. There will also be a before forum dinner at Villa Vosilla before the forum with a $15 prix fixe menu. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested.



By Christine Dwon For Columbia-Greene Media

Carol Constable and I were driving on Route 23A and we counted five eagles in basically the same spot along the Schoharie. Later I was speaking to Bette Knapp and she couldn’t wait to tell me she saw seven eagles and it was the same area where Carol and I saw them. Mary and Steve Palazzolo’s daughter, Carly, came from Long Island to spend the weekend. It was Mary’s birthday on Jan. 12, so they all went out for a delicious dinner Saturday night at the Millrock in Windham. Happy birthday to Lois Jenkins on Jan. 19. Also celebrating a birthday on Jan. 19 is Esther Shakun. Jan. 21 is Kaitlyn Knapp’s birthday. Helen Kerr celebrates her birthday Jan. 22. Best wishes to all. The Lexington non-partisan meeting is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Lexington/West Kill UM Church hall in Lexington. Join us when we vote on projects to pursue, listen to Liza and Paul Dwon talk about Lexington’s emergency services, get an update on the status of the comprehensive plan, find out about the progress on the reshaping of the website and discuss town current events. Greene County Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week of Jan. 20 – Jan. 24 is as follows: Monday—Martin Luther King Day—Main office and all nutrition sites closed; Tuesday—Baked chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, tropical mixed fruit; Wednesday— National Blondie Day— Sweet and sour pork, rice broccoli, Blondie; Thursday—Cranberry chicken salad plate, fresh greens and cucumbers, potato salad, yogurt parfait; Friday—Salmon with dill sauce, coleslaw, baked potato, California mixed vegetables and lemon

mousse. All persons over 60 and spouses are invited to attend. Meals served at noon for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Please call at least a day in advance to reserve your meal. Mountain Top Senior Service Center is located in the Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, 518263-4392. Deadline for entries for nominations for 2020 Greene County Senior Citizen Awards is Jan. 31. The two awards, presented annually, are the Senior Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of senior citizens who have volunteered their time and energy to help other people, their communities and/or special projects. The dedication of these volunteers help to make Greene County a better place for all of us. The individuals chosen on the county level will then represent Greene County for recognition for New York State awards. Any Greene County resident, age 60 or older, can be nominated for these awards. Achievements must be voluntary in nature, performed in Greene County and not part of paid employment. Past award winners may be nominated only if seven or more years have passed since last recognized. If you know someone who deserves this recognition, contact the Greene County Department of Human Services at 518-719-3555 for an official nomination form. Incomplete forms will not be considered as eligible. Any inquiries for further information may also be directed to the department. The annual TGIF Brooks Chicken BBQ at the Lexington/West Kill UMC in Lexington, will be held Feb. 14 (yes, that’s Valentine’s Day). So bring your Sweetie for

a delicious chicken dinner with cupcakes for dessert. Take outs will be available or enjoy fellowship in the dining hall. An adult dinner is only $12; children 5–10 are $5; and under 5 years are free; chicken halves, $7. The 2020 annual Children’s Ice Fishing Derby sponsored by The Catskill Mountain Fish & Game Club and The Stoney Clove Rod & Gun Club will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Rip Van Winkle/Tannersville Lake. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Prizes awarded for the largest fish and the most fish, in both the junior and senior division. Open to children up to 16 years old. Children 16 years of age must have a valid fishing license. You may fish with up to three tip ups or hand lines, and use single hooks only. Live bait and some tip-ups will be available for use. For more information, call Bob Monteleone at 518-488-0240. Continue to pray for Australia, Pastor Bob and Kate Barnum, Ellouise Cole, Marilyn and Nancy Dippold, Donna Falke, John Grinnell, Betty Hapeman, Martha Hartman, Sally Hildebrand, Dale Klein, Bill Klein, Barbara and Bill Mead, Jannel Mellott, Pastor Bob and Diane Nash, Ellis and Betty Potter, Stephanie Pushman, Joan Rappleyea, Ann Robinson, Art and Joyce Rood, Ann Shoemaker, Anna Simpfenderfer, Clarence and Jeanne Soule, Tom Soule, Don and Diane Strausser, Dr. Dan Sullivan, Albert Van Etten, Gladys Van Valkenburgh, Annette Waller, Debbie Wandursky, Mary and Ron Westman, Mickie Winters, our country, our government, our military and their families and all others in need of prayer. Did you enjoy the hint of spring we had over the weekend? Until next week take care, be thankful, be humble and please be kind to one and all.


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Catskill Mountain Foundation welcomes ZVIDANCE, in a performance of ‘Maim’ HUNTER — The Catskill Mountain Foundation is beginning the year on a high note with a performance of “Maim” by ZviDance at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ZviDance brings its audiences a passionate vision of community in a modern age. A collaborative alliance among artists, the company’s stirring work celebrates diversity by melding movement genres into the distinct dance vocabulary constantly evolving and refusing to succumb to dialectics of the medium. The company is shaped by a collaborative model of creation, involving the ensemble and designers from the initial research phase, so as to constantly push the methodology and ethics of a creation process within an inter-disciplinary format. MAIM’s creative process began during a three-week residency (supported by NYSCA’s Long-Term Residency


Grant) in Catskill, hosted and commissioned by Lumberyard in January 2019. “Maim” seeks to raise awareness of the world’s diminishing water resources due to global warming. Israeli Zvi Gotheiner grew up in Kibbutz Messilot on the slopes of Mount Gilboa, where King David cursed the land with no rain or dew in his biblical mourning elegy to his beloved Jonathan. The renowned creative

team includes composers Scott Killian, media designer Joshua Higgason, lighting designer Mark London and ZviDance’s athletic and expressive dancers Alison Clancy, Doron Perk, Eila Valls, Jessica Smith, Michael Wang, Nathaniel Hunt and Zachary Gonder. In the last 25 years, ZviDance has received critical praise and stable funding for its artistic projects, a work that fearlessly refuses to be

bounded to specific thematic or aesthetic dogma. The company performs frequently at home in such New York venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts and Lincoln Center Outof-Doors. ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival. The group has also performed widely abroad in places as diverse as Germany, Poland, Russia, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan. Tickets purchased ahead are: $25, $20 seniors, and $7 for children/students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 seniors and $7 for children/students. Visit or call 518 263 2063 for more information.

‘BUILT: Architecture in Art & Design’ KINGSTON — The Lockwood Gallery, in association with Lockwood Architecture PLLC, is eager to announce “BUILT: Architecture in Art & Design.” This exhibition of nine artists challenges and evokes the designed space, featuring works by Tom Fruin, Andrew Lyght, David Provan, Susan Spencer Crowe, Jeanette Fintz, Richard Scherr, Kurt Steger, Mitchell Rasor and Geoff Ross. “BUILT” exhibits a collection of interdisciplinary work, ranging from sculpture, painting, drawing to photography, all of which aims to test, question, deconstruct and reconstruct the boundaries governing the intersections of art, architecture, and design. At the heart of “BUILT” lie our deepest questions and preoccupations with the spaces we inhabit: questions of function and ornament, access and exclusion, impulse and restraint, play and severity. The opening recenption for “BUILT” Architecture In Art & Design will be held Jan. 18, from 6 – 9 p.m. The exhibit runs from Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, at The Lockwood Gallery, located at 747 Route 28, Kingston. For further inquiries:, or call

845-532-4936. The Artists Tom Fruin, originally from Los Angeles, is a New York City based artist whose work with plexiglass, steel, plastic, and scrap material takes on recognizably urban objects (houses, billboards, flags and the like), and elevates their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Andrew Lyght is a Guyanaborn artist based in Kingston. With over 50 years of exhibiting work, Lyght continues to draw inspiration from the found world around him, his upbringing in Guyana, and the limits of pictorial space. Susan Spencer Crowe has exhibited widely in the Hudson Valley region and in New York City where she lived for 38 years before moving to Kingston in 2005. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich

University, a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Arts Department at Queens College in New York City. Jeanette Fintz is an abstract painter who resides and paints in Hudson, New York in the upper Hudson River Valley. She is also an arts writer and independent curator. The intermix of being a native New Yorker and now a resident of the Hudson River Valley is evident in her work, combining an urban edginess with the lyrical influences of her natural surroundings. David Provan -”In my early 20’s I worked as a novice carpenter building and renovating traditional houses in Tokyo. That was my first hands-on involvement with architecture and that experience was instrumental to my eventually studying architecture (along with painting) at Yale a few years later.

Richard Scherr is an architect, an instructor of architectural design for over four decades, an author on design theory, and currently practices as a sculptor in upstate Hudson Valley. Scherr has been awarded an Eidlitz Fellowship, and elected to the International Committee of Architectural Critics. Mitchell Rasor has over twenty years of experience with all aspects of landscape architecture and urban design, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the BFA and MFA Programs at the Maine College of Art. Rasor was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Maine Research Computing Group and has been a critic and speaker at such institutions as Bowdoin College, Bates College, the University of Virginia, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Up, up and away in enjoyable ‘Aeronauts’ By Raymond Pignone Columbia-Greene Media

James Glaisher is a shy, uptight scientist. Amelia Rennes is a flamboyant daredevil aviatrix. Together, they inhabit the basket of a hot air balloon at an altitude of about 40,000 feet. It’s unbearably cold and terrifyingly dangerous. “The Aeronauts” is set in the 19th century, but it refreshes and repackages tired romantic adventure tropes. This crisply made movie reunites “The Theory of Everything” co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in another buttoneddown, stiff-upper-lip factbased story with an likeable feminist angle. The movie covers a subject unfamiliar to most people, so its celebration of discovery feels vivid and new. It also suggests a blend of those old Technicolor Hollywood adventure films and the golden age of British-style documentary realism. Because so much of “The Aeronauts” avoids the details of actual historical events, it’s more concerned with fantasy than fact. Jack Thorne’s script is loosely based on the feats of

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in a scene from “The Aeronauts”.

Glaisher and the balloon’s real pilot, Henry Coxwell, who, in 1862 in the name of meteorological research, soared higher into the stratosphere than anyone had done before. As Glaisher, Redmayne is a man driven by logic and the demands of his work. But Coxwell has been discarded and replaced by Amelia (Jones), who not only shares a name with an actual female aerial explorer, but embodies several pioneering female balloonists of the era. As played by Jones, Amelia is the movie’s lifeforce, a natural showwoman who rolls up to the

launch site in a jeweled horsedrawn coach dressed like a circus queen in white. Director Tom Harper, who made last year’s boisterous country-star crowd-pleaser “Wild Rose,” shares with “The Aeronauts” that movie’s energy and an engrossing central female character. Shot by ace cinematographer George Steel, “The Aeronauts” has a delicate and beautiful visual style. When the balloonists collide with a powerful upperatmosphere thunderstorm, the scene is black, tumultuous and dizzying, and when they are sailing over bright white clouds

against a crystal-blue sky, the camera takes in the distance and emphasizes the peaceful silence. Harper never allows Jones’ performance to slide into parody, even when she delivers some laugh-baiting dialogue in a few tough spots. Redmayne has moments when he becomes more than the studious nerd. He’s effective in scenes where he plays off Amelia’s command of the skies. Had the action been restricted entirely within its basket’s wicker borders, “The Aeronauts” would have been a masterful essay in confined tension, but the movie crashes to Earth now and then for some dull, perfunctory expository flashbacks that fill in the backstory. These are the clumsiest scenes in the movie; it’s as if Harper couldn’t wait to get them over with and return to the clouds. “Some reach for the stars, some push others toward them,” one character says. At its dreamiest moments, “The Aeronauts” reaches the heavens, but its weaknesses too often weigh it down.


ningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944 -1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The documentary weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-beforeseen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. 2019. 1h33m. n Ága — In a yurt on the snowcovered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes, and the ice has been melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world and to their daughter, Ága, who left the tundra long ago due to a family feud. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to embark on a long journey to find Ága. In Yakut with subtitles. 2017. 1h36m. n Judy — Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? 2019. 1h58m. n Edward II (1991) — In this new restoration of the iconic New Queer Cinema classic, Derek Jarman offers a postmodern take on Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan drama. Pleasureseeking King Edward II sets the stage for a palace revolt by taking as a lover the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed to wield political influence, sending the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. This landmark of gay cinema features an incredible performance from Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton as Edward’s spurned Queen Isabella and a rare film appearance by singer Annie Lennox. 1991. 1h30m. n A German Youth — This documentary on the political radicalization of German youth in the late 1960s that gave birth to the Red Army Faction (RAF), a German revolutionary terrorist group founded by Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof. The film is entirely produced by editing preexisting visual and sound archives and leads the viewer to question the significance of this revolutionary movement during its time, as well as its resonance for today’s society. In German and French with subtitles. 2015. 1h32m. n Stage Russia: The Brothers Karamazov — A dance-theater production from Stage Russia HD, recorded live at the Eifman Ballet in St. Petersburg and based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece. World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman presents a dramatic interpretation of the novel, using body language to explore the moral devastation of the Karamazovs. He investigates, through choreographic art, what Dostoyevsky so masterfully portrayed in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity. Regular movie ticket prices apply. In Russian with subtitles. 2019. 1h26m. n Fantastic Fungi — When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration, and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. A consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence, and solu-

tions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. 2019. 1h21m. n Redoubt — The new film by acclaimed artist and director Matthew Barney, creator of The Crewmaster Cycle, Drawing Restraint 9, and the film opera River of Fundament, unfolds as a series of hunts in the wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. The characters communicate a mythological narrative through dance, letting movement replace language, as they pursue each other and their prey. 2019. 2h14m. TIME & SPACE LIMITED 434 COLUMBIA STREET, HUDSON, NY | (518) 822-8100 | FYI@TIMEANDSPACE.ORG

JANUARY 16 Open Figure Drawing for Adults Thursday, January 16, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gather in the Newmark Gallery on Thursday evenings to sketch, draw, and render from a live male or female nude model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16 +, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice. We supply drawing boards, paper, and basic drawing pencils. Participants are encouraged to bring preferred tools and materials. $8/class drop-in (pay at the door); ages 16 and up. Model Schedule: Jan 16 – male model $8, Thursday, January 16, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., events/749731722191488 Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, 518-392-4747 Birthday Tribute to ‘The King’ Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. Elvis Presley’s impact on all music that came after him is impossible to tally. Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2 – they’re all impossible to imagine without Elvis having paved the way. (For proof look no further than U2’s song, “Elvis Ate America.”) For several decades, the Capital Districtbased Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region and across the U.S. and around the world. They bring an immediacy to the joyful music with a dark underbelly that has compelled performers like Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, as well as Bill Kirchen, Eddie Angel and Robert Gordon, to draft them into the service of rock ‘n’ roll revivalism. But the Lustre Kings aren’t only about Elvis Presley. Pointing out how they contextualize the music, capturing an entire era in protorock ‘n’ roll, local music critic Seth Rogovoy wrote, “The Lustre Kings dig deep into early rock and related styles, steering away from a greatest-hits oldies approach, preferring to connect the dots among such unlikely musical bedfellows as Conway Twitty, Peanuts Wilson, Link Wray and Duke Ellington (they even render a surf-guitar version of the Duke’s “Caravan”). For the Elvis Birthday Bash at Helsinki Hudson, the Lustre Kings are expected to be joined by other members of the region’s talented rock ‘n’ roll revival scene. $20 – $25, Friday, January 17, 9:00 pm, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, 518-828-4800

JANUARY 18 Northern Pike Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, January 18, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ice conditions permitting, we will hold a Northern Pike Ice Fishing Contest. The contest is free and open to the public. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. we will be accepting Northern Pike for disposal in the large metal building at 9 Old West Shore Drive in Valatie. Only fish caught within the legal size and bag limit per person will be accepted. KLC merchandise prizes will be awarded to those individuals with the longest fish and most fish. Again, this contest is open to the public and no entry fee is required. Check our website for a full description of the event – Free, Saturday, January 18, 7 a.m. 2 p.m., http://kinderhooklakecorp. org/ Kinderlake Lake, Boat Launch Site, County Route 28 & Church St, Niverville



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Stefanik calls for bail reform study By Massarah Mikati Johnson Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Joining the chorus of lawmakers and law enforcement officials voicing concerns over the new bail reform laws in New York, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, took the initiative in Washington to study the results of pretrial release. Stefanik announced Monday she was co-sponsoring legislation called Bill’s Promise Act, which would have the Government Accountability Office study how people released from jail pre-trial are supervised. “I am proud to co-sponsor this bill to address dangerous bail-reform policies that continue to put our communities at risk,” Stefanik said in a statement. “This legislation will require an assessment of

failed bail reform laws exactly like the one that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has implemented in New York, which has had significant impacts in the North Country and put many communities at risk.” Stefanik’s bill, she said, was drafted in collaboration with law enforcement and members of anti-violence advocacy groups. The new law, which was enacted at the start of the year, allows individuals charged with most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies to be released from custody without bail. Proponents of the law, including most Democratic legislators, have said bail reform is an essential step to level the playing field for lower-income communities and communities of color, saying it is unfair to criminalize poverty. But Republican lawmakers


Rep. Elise Stefanik is calling for a statewide study of New York’s new bail reform laws and how they affect pre-trial supervision of defendants.

have sounded public safety alarms over the new laws, and kicked off the first week of the legislative session with an amendment that would repeal the historic criminal justice

reforms passed last year, including bail reform. Some Democratic legislators have proposed amendments to the law, or at least expressed openness to exploring

tweaks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed the legislation in his 2019 agenda, called the reforms a “work in progress” in a speech last week, and said there were “consequences that we have to adjust for.” During his opening address, newly elected Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, R-120, urged his fellow legislators to take another look at the laws, saying he’s “not trying to grind the political ax” but rather protect public safety and listen to local law enforcement officials, judges and district attorneys who have expressed concerns about repercussions of the new laws. While some Democratic legislators have proposed their own amendments to the law, including inviting back in judicial discretion for certain crimes, most are standing firm.

One of those is Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-83, who said the reforms were about making sure defendants get treated equally, and urged people to have more patience and let the law take effect. “Judicial discretion invites back in bias,” he recently told reporters. “When two people who are charged with the same crime end up with different bails, that gives me pause on judicial discretion. Right now the way the law is written, it is based on the crime you are accused of, whether you should be released.” Massarah Mikati covers the New York State Legislature and immigration for Johnson Newspaper Corp. Email her at, or find her on Twitter @massarahmikati.

Avenatti arrested by IRS agents for allegedly violating bail terms Timothy Bella and Matt Zapotosky The Washington Post

Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rose to prominence as the legal counsel for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during her lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a hushmoney deal, was rearrested by IRS agents Tuesday evening after prosecutors alleged he continued to commit financial crimes while out on bail - including mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, court records show. Avenatti - who is accused of extorting athletic apparel maker Nike for up to $25 million and stealing millions of dollars from those he once represented, including Daniels - was arrested while appearing before the State Bar Court in Los Angeles, in the middle of a disciplinary hearing alleging he stole about $840,000 from a former client. Prosecutors alleged in court filings made public Wednesday that Avenatti had “brazenly attempted” to hide his money and defraud people and entities to whom he was millions of dollars in debt - including a

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this isn’t a rush of judgment. These are the facts,” Barclay said. Gesturing toward the victims’ families, he said they had both experienced “a system of justice tilted heavily toward the accused while ignoring the victim.” He and his colleagues said the reforms are creating a public safety threat and overburdening local law enforcement. Following the lead of their fellow Republicans in the

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immigration courts, the people should have the right to counsel,” said state Bar Association President Hank

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World War II memorial, the Hendrick Hudson Daughters of the American Revolution, the New York State Cleaner Hudson Committee, the village’s Park Commission, and as village historian, among others. Mayor Mark Evans remembers Chaloner from his youth, when they were lived near each other. “We were backyard neighbors and I knew her as a young boy growing up,” Evans said. “Her husband was Dr. Bob Chaloner — he was kind of everyone’s doctor in

former law partner he owed $5 million, a former client he owed $2.2 million, and an ex-wife he owed $2.5 million in spousal and child support. “The fact that defendant continued to engage in criminal conduct after he had been indicted in this case and while on bond demonstrates that defendant remains a substantial economic danger to the community,” prosecutors wrote. Avenatti is facing federal charges on both coasts in connection with myriad fraud allegations, though he had been allowed to remain free on bond. Prospective jurors in the first of his scheduled trials, having to do with the Nike allegations, were scheduled to show up at federal court in New York on Tuesday to begin the process of seeing who could serve on his case. But Judge Paul Gardephe summoned prosecutors and defense attorneys to a phone conference Wednesday and said Avenatti’s arrest “has essentially thrown the trial into chaos.” A federal judge in California

later ordered that Avenatti remain in federal custody, though he is expected to be transported by Friday to New York for proceedings there. Gardephe ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to call in to another conference later on Wednesday afternoon to determine if Avenatti’s New York trial would have to be postponed. “There are certainly questions in my mind about why it was necessary to raise allegations about bail violations so close to the trial,” Gardephe said. The Daily Beast reported Avenatti was taken into custody during a break in testimony at the State Bar Court, where officials were considering professional discipline against the controversial attorney. Gardephe ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys to call in to another conference later on Wednesday afternoon to determine if Avenatti’s New York trial would have to be postponed. “There are certainly questions in my mind about why it was necessary to raise

allegations about bail violations so close to the trial,” Gardephe said. The Daily Beast reported Avenatti was taken into custody during a break in testimony at the State Bar Court, where officials were considering professional discipline against the controversial attorney. Walking out of the courthouse on Tuesday at around 6 p.m., the attorney, known for his antagonism toward the president, only had a couple words to offer, the Daily Beast reported. “Completely innocent,” Avenatti said. Steven Bledsoe, a Los Angeles lawyer representing Gregory Barela, the man who claims Avenatti stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his lawsuit settlement, told The Post that Avenatti was “digging himself an even bigger hole on the witness stand” in the State Bar proceeding before his sudden arrest. “It is unfortunate that Mr. Avenatti’s arrest will delay the State Bar disciplinary proceedings, but it appears that losing

his law license will be among the least of his worries,” Bledsoe said. In court documents made public Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles alleged that Avenatti gave money to an associate, who later gave a portion back, and arranged for an ex-wife to buy a MercedesBenz that he used, so he could avoid having to pay back debts he owed. Prosecutors also alleged Avenatti drained his bank accounts of money by putting the funds into cashier’s checks, which he would briefly redeposit to access funds before draining the accounts again. “By doing so, defendant was clearly attempting to limit his creditors’ ability to levy his accounts and recover the debts defendant owed to his creditors,” prosecutors wrote. Prosecutors also accused Avenatti of a crime known as “structuring” - withdrawing money from a bank in increments less than $10,000 to avoid the transactions being reported to the government. They said his misdeeds continued from April 2019 to October

- long after he was first indicted in California. Messages left for Avenatti’s attorneys and prosecutors in California and New York were not immediately returned. But on the conference call with the judge Wednesday, Scott Screbnick, one of Avenatti’s representatives, said he was now unsure whether Avenatti’s defense team could make any financial commitments related to the upcoming trial, such as paying for witness travel of hired experts. “I have no funds in my trust account for payment of any of those expenses, and neither does anyone else on the defense team,” Screbnick said, adding that he would not advise Avenatti to spend any more money, in light of the new allegation. Avenatti’s financial condition, including his expensive spending habits, has become a point of contention in his coming federal trial. His lawyers dispute the government’s claim that his debt reached more than $15 million, while prosecutors say his financial woes were the catalyst for him allegedly threatening Nike when he did.

Senate, the Assembly GOP called for a full repeal of the reforms, but Barclay showed some moderation. “Although we want a full repeal, one of the first things I can say we agree on is giving discretion back to the judges,” he said. Multiple Democratic legislators, most recently including Sen. Jen Metzger, D-42, have supported a bill introduced by Sen. Monica Martinez, D-3, that would allow for judicial discretion. Barclay said his conference would be “happy to work in a bipartisan manner” to reinstate judicial discretion, but

other Democratic lawmakers — including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-83 — and activists have sounded alarms over whether judicial discretion would invite racial bias and discrimination, thus continuing to disproportionately impact communities of color. Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-148, criticized the mention of race during the press conference. “Minorities are victims, too, here,” he said, gesturing to one of the victim’s family members, a black woman. “This isn’t purely a racial issue and if you try to make it that, that’s when you start losing

the conversation.” But over in the state Capitol, there was a resounding disagreement with Giglio’s statement, as Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-55, and state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, D-36, started their speeches at a rally drawing back to slavery and the Jim Crow era. Like many scholars, Walker said that mass incarceration and the disproportionate impact and representation of communities of color in the criminal justice system is a continuation of a form of slavery.

“We have seen this story before,” Walker said, her voice echoing across the Million Dollar Staircase. “We recognize that the Constitution declared when slavery was going to be abolished and it said that it was abolished except in the case of criminal punishment.” Data has shown although they make up the minority of the U.S. population, black and Hispanic people make up the majority of the U.S. prison population despite committing crimes at the same rates as their white counterparts. Studies have also found

communities of color are policed and punished more aggressively than their white counterparts for the same alleged crimes. “Things are very difficult for many people,” Bailey told the large crowd at the rally. “But you have to think about the people who we fought for.”

Greenberg. “If they can’t afford it, there should be a means to provide them with that counsel.” The legislation was drafted in collaboration with NYSBA and the New York Immigration Coalition. If enacted, New York would be the first state to

establish such a law.

Coxsackie, so everyone knew him. She was a great lady and had a great personality. When I came back home and bought my mom’s house, I would see her often. She loved Coxsackie.” Wanda Dorpfeld, who is Coxsackie’s first town justice and was appointed to the village’s zoning board by Chaloner, remembers the late mayor as a trail-blazer. “We had a nice, friendly relationship. I really admired her diligence and her professionalism,” Dorpfeld said. “She was a really lovely lady — very forward thinking. She was ahead of her time in thinking about women in government and changing things, and progressive ideas. I just admired her for that.”

Chaloner also served as the village’s historian for many years, and a couple of years ago helped the village when it was working on its 150th anniversary, Greene County Historian David Dorpfeld said. “She was on the committee when the village had its 150th anniversary of the village of Coxsackie in 2018 and we did a commemorative booklet,” said Dorpfeld, who writes a history column for The Daily Mail. “She wrote the introduction for that and was very helpful.” He recalled Chaloner’s love for the village of Coxsackie. “She was a very warm and very caring person,” David Dorpfeld said. “And she cared a great deal about this village.”

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

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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Trostle’s 30 lead Greenville to victory By Tim Martin Columbia-Greene Media



Ichabod Crane girls basketball coach Adam Vooris talks with his team prior to the start of Tuesday’s Colonial Council game against Watervliet.

By Matt Fortunato Columbia-Greene Media

VALATIE — Tuesday’s Colonial Council match-up featured the Watervliet Lady Cannoneers playing away against the Lady Riders of Ichabod Crane. The Riders came out on top, 4133. The game was dominated by tough defense from the opening tip, and both teams maintained pressure on their opponents for the duration. These defensive skillsets were displayed greatly in the first quarter and was a one point game halfway through. The Cannoneers failed to convert on a number of free throw attempts in the period, which prevented them for having a potential lead after one. Instead, Ichabod Crane was up 8-5 going into quarter number two. In the second period, both teams were still being stingy on the defensive side of the ball, and there was only a combined 18 points scored in the quarter. Midway through, the offenses traded three point shots on consecutive possessions, two separate


Ichabod Crane’s Abigail Dolge brings the ball up the floor during Tuesday’s Colonial Council game against Watervliet.

times, and the crowd was hot. On their final possession of the half,

Watervliet threw up a half-court shot far too early, sending the ball

out of bounds with two full seconds left on the clock. This did not result in any points for Ichabod Crane however, and the Riders were only up by five, 18-13 at the half. The Riders’ defense stymied any offense the Cannoneers could muster in the third period, and they held Watervliet to six total points in the quarter. Ichabod Crane put up another nine points on offense, and built a ten point lead as they reached the fourth quarter. In the fourth Watervliet revved up their defense again, and they were only down by six with 1:34 left in regulation. But though the Lady Cannoneers frequently got open shots, the ball would rim out, hit the glass at the wrong angle, or be blocked, and it was crushing Watervliet. With 42 seconds to go, Ichabod Crane hit a final jumper inside the arc for emphasis, and to go up by eight points for good. After trying the fouling strategy, time had finally run out for the Cannoneers, and they lost this one to the Riders.

Red Sox and Alex Cora ‘part ways’ in the wake of MLB electronic sign-stealing scandal Dave Sheinin and Des Bieler The Washington Post

In Monday’s nine-page investigative report by Major League Baseball into electronic sign-stealing by the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, which has

tainted that title and led to major penalties for the organization and its former brain trust, only one person was called out by name as an “active participant” in the scheme - a person who happened to be, as of Monday,

the manager of the Boston Red Sox. But by Tuesday evening, Alex Cora held that title no longer. The Red Sox dismissed their popular, congenial manager - a news release from the team said

the sides “mutually agreed to part ways” - for his role in the scheme with the 2017 Astros, for whom Cora served as bench coach, as well as an alleged similar scheme perpetrated by Cora’s 2018 Red Sox squad, which, like the 2017

Astros, won the World Series. “We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,” Cora said in Boston’s statement. “I do not want to be

GREENVILLE — Bella Trostle dropped 30 points to spark Greenville to a 59-49 victory over Rensselaer in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball game. The Spartans led 13-9 after one quarter, 25-20 at halftime and 43-33 through three quarters. Natalie Krasney had 15 points for the Spartans. Jasmine Allert topped Rensselaer with 17 points. Mechelle Cancer added 15. RENSSELAER (49): Cancer 2-11-15, Van Wie 3-1-7, Allert 7-3-17, Brown 3-1-7, Mann 0-1-1, Jones 0-2-2. Totals 15-19-49. GREENVILLE (59): Haller 1-1-4, Misuraca 1-02, Krasney 7-1-15, Trostle 13-0-30, Duncan 1-1-4, SanEmeterio 1-0-2, Petit 1-0-2. Totals 25-3-59. 3-pointers: Trostle 4, Haller, Duncan. Hudson 67, Taconic Hills 19 HUDSON — Ten players reached the scoring column for Hudson in a 67-19 Patroon Conference girls basketball victory over Taconic Hills on Tuesday. Deja Beauford led the Bluehawks with 18 points. Jada Alert and Danaya Oliver-Ragland each had nine. Marleah Perry was Taconic Hills’ top scorer with nine points. TACONIC HILLS (19): Beck 1-0-2, Hughes 2-0-4, Mottoshiski 0-1-1, Perry 3-0-9, Shumsky 1-0-3. Totals 7-1-19. 3-pointers: Perry 3, Shumsky. HUDSON (67): Alert 4-19, Beauford 9-0-18, Coppersmith 3-0-6, Dandridge 0-22, K. Jepsen 1-4-6, Johnson 1-0-2, Jones 2-0-4, Krager 1-2-4, McDonald 3-0-7, Oliver-Ragland 3-0-9. Totals 27-9-67. 3-pointers: Oliver-Ragland 3, McDonald. Maple Hill 48, Chatham 27 CHATHAM — Natasha Strock scored 16 points to highlight unbeaten Maple Hill’s 48-27 victory over Chatham in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball game. The Wildcats built quarterly leads of 13-3, 24-13 and 29-16. Hannah Taylor’s 11 points led Chatham. See ROUNDUP B6

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Can anyone replicate LSU’s run in 2020? J. Brady McCollough Los Angeles Times

NEW ORLEANS — Nick Saban looked miserable on the Superdome sideline after smiling through a pregame national TV appearance that kept his Alabama program front and center even as the Crimson Tide spent their New Year’s Day in Central Florida. Understandably, Dabo Swinney just seemed sad Monday night as Clemson lost its first game in two years to Ed Orgeron’s freshly crowned national champion Louisiana State Tigers, who steamrolled their path to 15-0 by knocking out a record seven top-10 teams. After watching Alabama

and Clemson split the last four College Football Playoff titles and compete against each other in three of the last four championship bouts, a nation of passionate observers began the season with a simple request — could someone, anyone, please beat these guys? LSU began the season ranked No. 6 with a returning starter at quarterback who completed 58% of his passes and threw just 16 touchdowns. Joe Burrow was an afterthought, but everybody knew that Orgeron had recruited talent up and down the roster, so the preseason billing felt about right. Those who were paying attention in Baton Rouge could


LSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates a college football nationship with a victory cigar.

see what the hire of Joe Brady to coordinate LSU’s passing

game was going to do to unlock Burrow’s potential, but

not even the most purple-andgold-tinted glasses could have predicted that this was the team that was going to humble the sport’s superpowers. On the one hand, LSU’s thrill ride to the top should give hope to a number of traditional powers across the nation that feel stuck in their place in the pecking order. On the other hand, the fact that it took one of the best seasons for a team and a quarterback in college football history — plus a home-field advantage in the championship game — to unseat Alabama and Clemson could make on-the-cusp programs feel slightly discouraged. If there’s one thing everyone

has learned from LSU’s mentality under Orgeron, it’s that all teams who consider themselves national contenders should shut their mouths and get to work starting ... right now. College football’s confetti season is over, and Swinney didn’t waste any time moving his focus forward. After a Trevor Lawrence fumble put to rest any chance of a Clemson comeback, Swinney found his sophomore quarterback, who lost for the first time as a college player, and began to build him back up. “I told him I loved him and that, hey, listen, this is a great See LSU B6



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NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic W L Pct Boston 27 11 .711 Toronto 25 14 .641 Philadelphia 25 16 .610 Brooklyn 18 21 .462 New York 11 30 .268 Central W L Pct Milwaukee 36 6 .857 Indiana 25 15 .625 Chicago 14 27 .341 Detroit 14 27 .341 Cleveland 12 28 .300 Southeast W L Pct Miami 27 12 .692 Orlando 19 21 .475 Charlotte 15 28 .349 Washington 13 26 .333 Atlanta 9 32 .220 Western Conference Northwest W L Pct Utah 28 12 .700 Denver 27 12 .692 Oklahoma City 23 17 .575 Portland 17 24 .415 Minnesota 15 24 .385 Pacific W L Pct L.A. Lakers 33 7 .825 L.A. Clippers 27 13 .675 Phoenix 16 24 .400 Sacramento 15 25 .375 Golden State 9 32 .220 Southwest W L Pct Houston 26 13 .667 Dallas 24 15 .615 Memphis 19 22 .463 San Antonio 17 21 .447 New Orleans 15 26 .366 Monday’s games New Orleans 117, Detroit 110, OT Indiana 101, Philadelphia 95 Boston 113, Chicago 101 Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 104 Portland 115, Charlotte 112 Orlando 114, Sacramento 112 L.A. Lakers 128, Cleveland 99 Tuesday’s games Atlanta 123, Phoenix 110 Utah 118, Brooklyn 107 Memphis 121, Houston 110 Milwaukee 128, New York 102 Dallas at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s games Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8 p.m. Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Denver, 9 p.m. Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Orlando at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s games Phoenix at New York, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Orlando at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

GB — 2.5 3.5 9.5 17.5 GB — 10.0 21.5 21.5 23.0 GB — 8.5 14.0 14.0 19.0

GB — .5 5.0 11.5 12.5 GB — 6.0 17.0 18.0 24.5 GB — 2.0 8.0 8.5 12.0

College basketball WOMEN’S COACHES POLL Record Pts Prv 1. Baylor (16) 13-1 774 6 2. South Carolina (12) 16-1 760 5 3. Stanford (2) 15-1 725 4 4. Louisville (1) 16-1 670 7 5. Connecticut (0) 13-1 665 1 6. Oregon (0) 13-2 631 2 7. Oregon St. (1) 15-1 627 3 8. UCLA (0) 16-0 624 9 9. Mississippi State (0) 15-2 504 12 10. NC State (0) 15-1 487 8 11. Kentucky (0) 14-2 464 14 12. Texas A&M (0) 14-2 408 10 13. Gonzaga (0) 16-1 396 15 13. Florida State (0) 15-2 396 11 15. DePaul (0) 15-2 367 17 16. Indiana (0) 14-3 280 13 17. Missouri St. (0) 14-2 270 18 18. West Virginia (0) 13-1 269 20 19. Arizona State (0) 13-4 218 NR 20. Maryland (0) 12-4 188 16 21. South Dakota (0) 15-2 119 22 22. Arizona (0) 13-3 118 19 23. Arkansas (0) 14-3 96 21 24. Iowa (0) 13-3 94 NR 25. Tennessee (0) 13-3 83 24 Others receiving votes: Princeton 80, Florida Gulf Coast 47, Northwestern 23, Georgia Tech 9, Rutgers 5, Creighton 2, Stony Brook 1.

Nelson’s two goals help Islanders hammer Red Wings Field Level Media

Brock Nelson scored twice, and host New York racked up a season-high goal total while cruising over hapless Detroit, 8-2, on Tuesday night. Jordan Eberle reached the 500-career-point mark with a goal and an assist as the Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak. The eight goals were the most in a game for the Islanders in nearly four years, since an 8-1 victory over Edmonton on Feb. 7, 2016. Detroit’s starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard, was pulled after giving up three goals in the first eight minutes. Givani Smith posted his first NHL goal, and Filip Hronek also scored for the Red Wings, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games. Penguins 7, Wild 3 BRAD PENNER/USA TODAY Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had a goal and three New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) scores a goal against Detroit Red Wings goalie Calvin assists in his return from inju- Pickard (31) during Tuesday’s game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ry, and Evgeni Malkin added Alexander W e n n b e r g to a victory over visiting Vehad won nine of 11 entertwo goals and an assist Tuesing this contest but haven’t scored his second goal in as gas. day as the Penguins trounced defeated Winnipeg since a many contests, and Kevin Sam Reinhart had a goal the visiting Minnesota Wild 4-1 home victory on Dec. 20, Stenlund and Riley Nash also and two assists, and Kyle Ok7-3. 2016. Vancouver, trying for tallied for the Blue Jackets, poso and Curtis Lazar also Crosby, who had sports a third straight road victory, who improved to 12-2-4 in scored goals for the Sabres, hernia surgery, missed the has also lost nine in a row at their past 18 games. who improved to 14-6-3 at previous 28 games. Jared Winnipeg since last winning Jaroslav Halak made 24 home. Linus Ullmark finished McCann, Bryan Rust and there in March 2014. saves in relief of an injured with 24 saves. Dominik Simon each added Tuukka Rask for the Bruins, Coyotes 6, Sharks 3 Reilly Smith and Tomas a goal and an assist, and Alex Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall who fell to 3-2-3 in their past Nosek scored goals for the Galchenyuk also scored for each had two goals and an eight games. Rask was injured Golden Knights, who lost Pittsburgh, which won its assist, and Arizona took sole 1:12 into the game after he their fourth straight game. fourth straight. possession of first place in the was hit in the head by the left Marc-Andre Fleury had 22 Penguins g o a l t e n d e r Pacific Division with a win glove of Emil Bemstrom, who saves while taking his third Tristan Jarry made 26 saves. over San Jose in Glendale, was being pushed from be- consecutive loss. Shea TheoZach Parise scored twice Ariz. hind by Boston defenseman dore notched two assists. and Marcus Foligno once for Arizona goaltender Adin Brandon Carlo. Maple Leafs 7, Devils 4 the Wild, who lost their fourth Hill, making his fourth start in Stars 3, Avalanche 2 (OT) Auston Matthews recorded straight. Devan Dubnyk made the past five games, stopped Esa Lindell scored at 1:54 of his second career hat trick, 22 saves in defeat. 25 shots. The Coyotes ended overtime, and Dallas rallied John Tavares had a goal and Jets 4, Canucks 0 a three-game losing streak (0- to beat Colorado in Denver. two assists, and Toronto endKyle Connor had two goals 2-1) while improving to 4-0-1 Denis Gurianov and Jason ed a three-game losing streak and an assist, and Connor in their past five home games. Dickinson had goals while by defeating visiting New JerHellebuyck made 41 saves for Conor Garland had an Ben Bishop stopped 41 shots sey. his club-record 18th career empty-net goal and two as- for the Stars, who swept the William Nylander and Zach shutout as Winnipeg snapped sists, and Lawson Crouse four games against Colorado Hyman each added a goal and a six-game home skid with its scored a goal and added an this season. an assist for the Maple Leafs, 10th straight win over Van- assist for Arizona. Derek SteNikita Zadorov and Ga- and Frederik Gauthier scored couver. pan posted three assists. Kev- briel Landeskog scored, Na- a goal. Mitchell Marner and Jack Roslovic and Blake in Labanc and Evander Kane than MacKinnon had two as- Rasmus Sandin each added Wheeler also scored for the posted a goal and an assist sists, and Philipp Grubauer two assists. Jets, who snapped an 0-5-1 apiece for the Sharks, and Ti- made 27 saves for the AvaBlake Coleman had three home slide. Hellebuyck, who mo Meier had the other goal. lanche. Colorado has lost four goals for his first career hat posted his fourth shutout and Aaron Dell stopped 34 shots. straight, the last two in over- trick for the Devils, and P.K. 21st win this season, was solid Subban also scored. Will Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 0 time. all night while thwarting VanRookie Elvis Merzlikins Sabres 4, Golden Knights 2 Butcher had two assists. couver, which had totaled 10 made 34 saves to record his Oilers 4, Predators 2 Jack Eichel scored the goals while winning its previ- second shutout in as many game-winning goal in the Josh Archibald’s goal midous two games. games as host Columbus third period and had an assist way through the second peJacob Markstrom made 21 handed Boston its first blank- to extend his point streak to riod broke the deadlock and eight games, leading Buffalo held up as the game-winner saves for the Canucks, who ing of the season.

as host Edmonton beat Nashville. Leon Draisaitl netted two goals and one assist while Connor McDavid collected three assists and goaltender Mike Smith made 30 saves for the Oilers, who sport a 5-1-1 mark in their past seven games. McDavid (74 points) and Draisaitl (73) sit first and second in the league’s scoring race. Filip Forsberg scored a lacrosse-style goal for the Predators, and Colin Blackwell also found the net for the visitors. Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots. Lightning 4, Kings 3 (SO) Steven Stamkos scored in regulation and added the deciding goal in a shootout to carry Tampa Bay to a win over visiting Los Angeles. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov knotted the game at 3 with 1:15 remaining when his high shot found the net with the Lightning goalie pulled and an extra skater on. Alex Killorn had a goal, Anthony Cirelli assisted on two goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 38 saves for the Lightning, who have won seven straight over Los Angeles. Kyle Clifford and Jeff Carter each recorded a goal and an assist for the Kings, Dustin Brown scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots. Blackhawks 3, Senators 2 (OT) Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime, and Chicago rallied to beat host Ottawa for the sixth straight time. Dominik Kubalik added two goals for the Blackhawks, continuing a torrid stretch in which he has scored in five consecutive games. Toews and Patrick Kane each recorded two assists for the Blackhawks. Robin Lehner made 20 saves to earn the victory. Connor Brown had a goal and an assist, and Chris Tierney also scored for Ottawa, whose winless streak reached eight games (0-4-4). Each of the Senators’ past three losses have come in overtime or a shootout round. Marcus Hogberg turned aside 27 shots but fell to 1-2-5 on the season.

Pro hockey Eastern Conference Atlantic Division GP W L OT SO Pts Boston 48 27 9 5 7 66 Tampa Bay 46 28 14 4 0 60 Toronto 47 25 16 3 3 56 Florida 45 24 16 2 3 53 Buffalo 47 21 19 6 1 49 Montreal 47 20 20 6 1 47 Ottawa 46 16 22 5 3 40 Detroit 47 12 32 2 1 27 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT SO Pts Washington 47 31 11 3 2 67 Pittsburgh 46 29 12 5 0 63 NY Islanders 45 28 13 3 1 60 Carolina 46 27 17 2 0 56 Philadelphia 46 24 16 1 5 54 Columbus 47 23 16 6 2 54 NY Rangers 45 22 19 2 2 48 New Jersey 46 17 22 3 4 41 Western Conference Central Division GP W L OT SO Pts St. Louis 47 30 10 4 3 67 Dallas 46 27 15 2 2 58 Colorado 46 25 15 5 1 56 Winnipeg 47 25 18 3 1 54 Nashville 45 21 17 4 3 49 Chicago 47 21 20 2 4 48 Minnesota 46 20 20 4 2 46 Pacific Division GP W L OT SO Pts Arizona 49 26 18 2 3 57 Edmonton 48 25 18 4 1 55 Calgary 48 25 18 5 0 55 Vancouver 47 25 18 3 1 54 Vegas 49 24 19 6 0 54 San Jose 48 21 23 3 1 46 Los Angeles 48 18 25 3 2 41 Anaheim 46 17 24 4 1 39 Monday’s games Montreal 2, Calgary 0 NY Rangers 6, NY Islanders 2 Philadelphia 6, Boston 5, SO Washington 2, Carolina 0 St. Louis 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday’s games Buffalo 4, Vegas 2 Toronto 7, New Jersey 4 Tampa Bay 4, Los Angeles 3, SO NY Islanders 8, Detroit 2 Pittsburgh 7, Minnesota 3 Columbus 3, Boston 0 Chicago 3, Ottawa 2, OT Winnipeg 4, Vancouver 0 Dallas 3, Colorado 2, OT Edmonton 4, Nashville 2 Arizona 6, San Jose 3 Wednesday’s games Chicago at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Thursday’s games Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. Calgary at Toronto, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Florida, 7 p.m. NY Rangers at NY Islanders, 7 p.m. Montreal at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. Carolina at Columbus, 7 p.m. Vegas at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Buffalo at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Colorado, 9 p.m. Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

NBA ROUNDUP: GF GA 159 128 166 133 173 157 166 152 140 149 145 148 123 157 102 183 GF GA 166 138 161 125 132 119 150 125 146 142 124 124 152 151 124 163

GF GA 152 125 124 109 164 137 145 140 152 149 137 152 138 157 GF GA 142 128 148 150 131 141 155 147 151 149 129 159 121 150 116 147

Giannis, Bucks crush Knicks for third time Field Level Media

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points in just 21 minutes Tuesday night for the host Milwaukee Bucks, who concluded their season-long dominance of the New York Knicks by cruising to a 128-102 victory. The Bucks swept the three-game season series from the Knicks and never trailed in outscoring New York by total of 91 points (383-292). The Bucks have won four in a row overall and nine of 10 while the Knicks have lost six of seven. Antetokounmpo, who also had nine rebounds and four assists, is just the second player this season to score at least 30 points while playing fewer than 22 minutes. Paul George had 37 points in 20 minutes for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 16. Khris Middleton scored 17 points while Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points off the bench for the Bucks. Julius Randle (25 points, 15 rebounds) had a double-double for the Knicks. RJ Barrett scored 22 points, and Bobby Portis had 20 points. Clippers 128, Cavaliers 103 Kawhi Leonard scored a seasonhigh 43 points, and Los Angeles pounded visiting Cleveland. Clippers forward Paul George missed his third consecutive game due to a strained left hamstring, but Leonard more than made up for his absence. Leonard connected on 14 of 22 shots from the floor and 6 of 10 3-point tries in 29 minutes. Lou Williams had 24 points on 10of-13 shooting, and Ivica Zubac added 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Los Angeles. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 25 points, and Cedi Osman scored 21.


Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket between New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) and forward Kevin Knox II (20) on Tuesday at Fiserv Forum.

Jazz 118, Nets 107 Joe Ingles tied a career-high with 27 points as Utah pushed its winning streak to a season-high 10 games in a victory over Brooklyn in New York. Ingles hit 10 of 14 shots and made 6 of 8 3-point attempts. He tied a career high for field goals and nearly matched a career best for 3-pointers. Donovan Mitchell scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter after sitting out Sunday’s game in Washington due to an illness. Mitchell shot 8-for-19 and scored 14 of Utah’s final 16 points.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting while handing out 11 assists, but the Nets were unable to win a third straight game despite shooting 50 percent. Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 points for Brooklyn. Grizzlies 121, Rockets 110 Ja Morant paired 26 points with eight assists and took over down the stretch as host Memphis extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over Houston. Dillon Brooks added 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting from 3-point range,

while Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 19 and 15 points, respectively. James Harden scored a game-high 41 points but shot just 13 of 37 overall and missed 14 of 19 3-point attempts. Houston played without guard Russell Westbrook (rest), with his replacement, Ben McLemore, producing 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Mavericks 124, Warriors 97 Stanford product Dwight Powell celebrated his Bay Area homecoming with a game-high 21 points in San Francisco, leading Dallas to a third straight blowout of Golden State. Luka Doncic totaled 20 points in just 27 minutes for the Mavericks, who were able to spread out the minutes among 13 players on the first night of a back-to-back set. Dallas, which has won two in a row, visits Sacramento on Wednesday night. Rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall had 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Golden State, which lost its fourth straight at home and ninth straight overall. Hawks 123, Suns 110 Trae Young scored 36 points and Kevin Huerter flirted with a tripledouble as Atlanta ended its four-game losing streak with a double-digit victory over visiting Phoenix. Young scored 23 in the second half and posted his 20th game with at least 30 points this season. Huerter was 8-for-14 from the floor and scored 23 points. He set career highs with 15 rebounds and eight assists. Phoenix was led by Devin Booker, who scored 39 points – the eighth time in the last 10 game he’s scored 30-plus – and grabbed seven rebounds. But Booker was ejected with 1:35 remaining after a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct.


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Panthers’ Luke Kuechly announces he’s retiring from the NFL Alaina Getzenberg The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the best players in Panthers history has played his last game. Linebacker Luke Kuechly announced Tuesday night that he is retiring from the NFL. He shared the news in a video posted to the Panthers’ Twitter feed. Kuechly did not state a specific reason for his retirement, but said that he wasn’t able to play the game to the level he wanted to. “For me, now is the right opportunity to move in a different direction,” Kuechly said. “There’s only one way to play this game since I was a little kid — to play fast, to play physical and to play strong, and at this point, I don’t know if I’m able to do that anymore and that’s the part that is the most difficult.” Kuechly is 28-years old and has played in the NFL for eight seasons, all with the Panthers after they drafted him ninth overall in the 2012 draft out of Boston College. Kuechly was given a fiveyear contract extension in 2015 that went through the 2021 season. He was scheduled to have a cap hit of $15.5 million in 2020 and $14.7 million in 2021. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and was named First-Team All-Pro five times in his career. In every season of his career, he totaled more than 100 tackles. This year, he became just the fifth player in NFL history to record 100-plus tackles in eight


Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) watches from the sidelines against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on November 17.

straight seasons. Kuechly had 1,092 tackles in his career, the most in the league since he entered the league. He also had 18 interceptions in his career, most by a linebacker since 2012 as well. He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the Defensive Player of the Year

in 2013. Kuechly filmed his goodbye video in the Panthers’ linebacker room where he spent so many hours of his career. He was visibly emotional and had to take multiple pauses before continuing to reflect on his career and what had made the

decision so difficult for him. “It’s a tough decision, I’ve thought about it a lot. I think now is the right chance for me to move on,” Kuechly said. “It makes me sad, because I love playing this game. I’ve played it since I was a little kid, it’s my favorite thing in the world to do. The memories that I have from this place and this organization, playing on the field with these guys will never go away.” In his career, Kuechly has missed just 10 games and none since the 2017 season. The linebacker has a history of concussions, with at least three reported cases from 2015-17. He became the face behind concussion protocol when he was carted off the field sobbing in 2016. His most games missed in a single season came in 2016 when he cleared concussion protocol after three games, but with just three games remaining in the season and the team out of playoff contention, the Panthers elected to keep him off the field, a decision he did not agree with at the time. Players retiring in their prime as become more of a common theme in the NFL as of late. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is the most recent example as he made the decision to retire just prior to the 2019 season after dealing with several injuries over his career. Kuechly was consistently regarded as one of the best linebackers in the NFL, known for his study of the game, and is almost certainly a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Alcott & Bain, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/31/2019. Office location: Columbia County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 2751 County Route 9, East Chatham, NY 12060. Any lawful purpose. ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DD GRYPHON, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC�). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY�) on 12/30/2019. 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 to the LLC to Kristal Heinz, ESQ., P.O. Box 1331, Hudson, NY 12534. Purpose: To engage in any lawful activity.

Attention Germantown Central School District Residents: It is now time to register your child for PreKindergarten & Kindergarten for the 2020/21 school year. Kindergarten: Residents of the Germantown Central School District who have a child who will turn five (5) by December 1, 2020, should register their child for Kindergarten as soon as possible. Pre-Kindergarten: Residents of the Germantown Central School District who have a child who will turn four (4) by December 1, 2020, should register their child for Pre-Kindergarten as soon as possible. Please call or visit Germantown Central School and pre-register your child(ren). We are located at 123 Main Street in Germantown and may be reached at (518) 5376281. Parking is available on the Main Street side of the school. Please inquire within the Elementary School Office. CAMP NOW DISTRIBUTIONS, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/16/19. Office: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC for service of process. SSNY to mail copy to Daniel A. Benoit, Esq., 126 Orchard Dr. Leeds, NY 12451. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF NEW YORK LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY 1. The name of the limited liability company is Ferguson Resources, LLC. 2. The Articles of Organization creating the CAUCUS NOTICE limited liability compa- The Town of Coxsackny were filed in the Of- ie Republican Commitfice of the Secretary of tee will hold a Caucus State on November 22, on January 27, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the Village 2019. 3. The principal office Building, 119 Mansion Coxsackie, of the limited liability Street, company is in Colum- New York, for the purpose of nominating bia County. 4. The Secretary of candidates for two VilState is designated as lage Trustee positions the agent of the limited for the Village of Coxliability company upon sackie elections to be whom process against held on March 18, it may be served and 2020, and for any oththe post office address er business that may to which the Secretary properly come before of State shall mail any this meeting. copy of process By order of against it is: 60 June Brent E. Bogardus Town Street, Valatie, New Republican Chairman York 12184. 5. The limited liability company is formed for Caucus Notice the purpose of engag- The Village of Athens ing in any business Republicans Will hold purposes permitted by a caucus on Monday, January 27, 2020 At law. The Town Board of the Town of New Baltimore will hold a Public Hearing on January 27, 2020 at 6:45 PM at the Town Hall, 3809 County Route 51, Hannacroix, New York to hear those members of the public who wish to be heard regarding proposed Local Law 1 of 2020, a Local Law to establish a new schedule of real property tax exemptions for persons sixty-five (65) years of age or over and persons with disabilities and limited incomes. PROPOSED LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2020 A LOCAL LAW TO ESTABLISH A NEW SCHEDULE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR PERSONS SIXTY-FIVE (65) YEARS OF AGE OR OVER AND PESONS WITH DISABILITIES AND LIMITED INCOMES BE IT ENACTED by the Town Board of the Town of New Baltimore, as follows: SECTION 1. This Local Law is adopted pursuant to the authority of Real Property Tax §459Š and §467. All definitions, terms and conditions of such statute shall apply to this Local Law and are incorporated herein. SECTION 2. Local Law #1 of 2019 is HEREBY REPEALED. SECTION 3. The Town Board of the Town of New Baltimore does hereby establish the following sliding scale of property tax exemptions for real property owned by persons sixty-five (65) years of age or over and for real property owned by a person with a disability whose income is limited by such disability, and used as the legal residence of such person, based on the income limits set forth below: Maximum Income Limit PropertyTax Exemption $29,000.00 50% $29,000.01-$29,999.99 45% $30,000.00-$30,999.99 40% $31,000.00-$31,999.99 35% $32,000.00-$32,899.99 30% $32,900.00-$33,799.99 25% $33,800.00-$34,699.99 20% $34,700.00-$35,599.99 15% $35,600.00-$36,499.99 10% $36,500.00-$37,399.99 5% SECTION 4. Any person who qualifies for a property tax exemption as a person with a disability shall not be eligible for a property tax exemption as a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or over. SECTION 5. The maximum income limit set forth in Section 3 above shall be offset by medical and prescription drug expenses actually paid which are not reimbursed or paid for by insurance. SECTION 6. This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon its filing in the Office of the Secretary of State. By Order of the Town Board Barbara M. Finke Town Clerk

7:00pm at the American Legion Hall, 94 Second Street, Athens, New York 12015. For the purpose of nominating candidates For two ( 2 ) Trustee positions For the Village of Athens Elections to be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2020, and any other business that may properly come before this meeting, all are invited to attend, but only Village registered residents are eligible to vote. By order of John P. Farrell, Jr. Committee Chairman NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FIRST RESPONDERS FIRST, LLC FIRST: The name of the Limited Liability Company is FIRST RESPONDERS FIRST, LLC (hereinafter referred to as the “Company�) SECOND: The Articles of Organization of the Company were filed with the Secretary of State on January 14, 2020. THIRD: The County within the State of New York in which the office of the Company is located is Columbia. FOURTH: The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process against the Company may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is Justin Frankian, 441 East Allen Street, Hudson, New York 12534. FIFTH: The Company is organized for all lawful purposes, and to do any and all things necessary, convenient, or incidental to that purpose. Dated: January 14, 2020 FREEMAN HOWARD, P.C. 441 East Allen Street P.O. Box 1328 Hudson, New York 12534 Notice of Qualification of Old Mill Road Solar A, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/30/19. Office location: Columbia County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/27/19. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 28 Liberty St, NY, NY 10005. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.


it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o B. Victor Williams, 340 East 93rd Street, #28G, New York, NY 10128. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. JM OBJECTIVE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/19/19. 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, 969 Park Avenue, Apartment 2F, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Moons Of Aphrodite LLC. Filed with SSNY on 12/16/2019. Office: Columbia County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 52 Corporate Circle Ste 207 Albany NY 12203. Purpose: any lawful NOTICE OF FILING OF ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION IN NEW YORK BY A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Name: Hudson Orthodontics, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with sec. of state of NY(SOS) on 12/10/19. Office location: Columbia County. SOS is designated as agent of LLC for service of process. SOS shall mail copy of process to 149 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of DEERWOOD 65, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/16/19. Office location: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sissel Cooper Bos, 65 Howard Road, Tannersville, NY 12485. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of the Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The name of the LLC is: Demitasse, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary off State of New York (SSNY) office on: November 14, 2019. The county in which the office is to be located: Columbia. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is: DEMITASSE, LLC 65 County Route 8 Ancramdale, NY 12503 Purpose:any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Henderson Rentals LLC A DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York on January 14, 2020. New York Office Location Greene County. Secretary of State of the State of New York is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State of the State of New York shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her at: c/o LLC, 149 Bethel Ridge Road, Catskill, NY 12414. PURPOSE: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of SANOFIELD, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on November 22, 2019. Office location: Windham, Greene County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Burke & Casserly, PC, 255 Washington Ave Ext, Suite 104, Albany, NY 12205. The purpose is to perform any lawful act or activity. The Tavern At Central House LLC. Filed with SSNY on 12/4/2019. Office: Columbia County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 220 Main Street Germantown NY 12526. Purpose: any lawful Notice of Qualification of Old Mill Road Solar B, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/30/19. Office location: Colum-

bia County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/27/19. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 28 Liberty St, NY, NY 10005. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be received by the Department of Public Works, City of Hudson, New York, until 10:00 E.S.T. on Friday, January 31, 2020 for refuse bags to be sold by the Department of Public Works for the period of January 31, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Bidder shall guarantee to make deliveries within 30 days of the quantities ordered to the point specified. Bidder must be prepared to furnish any or all of the items specified. Bid must be enclosed in a plain, sealed envelope bearing the following, and no other markings: “BID FOR REFUSE BAGS�. The Department of Public Works reserves the right to reject any or all bids. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Robert W. Perry, Jr. Superintendent of Public Works NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COLUMBIA COUNTY KEYBANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff against

HAROLD G. WEAVER, III A/K/A HAROLD G. WEAVER A/K/A GEORGE WEAVER, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP, 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered December 13, 2019, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at Columbia County Courthouse, 401 Union Street, Hudson, NY 12534 on February 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM. Premises known as Old Rt. 82 & Water Street, Livingston, NY 12451. Sec 161. Block 1 Lot 6.111 f/k/a 6.113. All that parcel of land in Town of Livingston, Columbia County, State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $307,863.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 8599-2015. Ralph C. Lewis, Esq., Referee FKNC2929 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF GREENE THE MONEY SOURCE INC, Plaintiff AGAINST DAVID ROBINSON, ET AL., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 1, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Lobby of the Greene County Courthouse, 320 Main Street, Village of Catskill, on February 3, 2020 at 2:00PM, prem-


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ises known as 838 COUNTY ROUTE 31, PURLING, NY 12470. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Cairo, County of Greene and State of New York, SECTION 99.00, BLOCK 2, LOT 43. Approximate amount of judgment $146,878.74 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 2019-384. MICHAEL C. HOWARD, ESQ., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF GREENE NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff AGAINST STEVEN D. HOROWITZ, PATRICIA A. CAMERON, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 29, 2007 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Lobby of the Greene County Courthouse, 320 Main Street, City of Catskill in the County of Greene, State of New York, on February 05, 2020 at 10:00AM, premises known as 8 BARTELS LANE, CATSKILL, NY 12414. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Catskill, County of Greene and State of New York, SECTION 138.01, BLOCK 2, LOT 18.1. Approximate amount of judgment $228,034.75 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 1187/07. JAMES E. GROSS, ESQ., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 NOTICE The Town Board of the Town of Cairo will hold their monthly Board meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and for any other business that may come before the Board. Meetings will be held at the Town Hall, Main Street, Cairo, New York The monthly meeting dates are as follows:

January 6, 2020 February 3, 2020 March 2, 2020 April 6, 2020 May 4, 2020 June 1, 2020 July 6, 2020 August 3, 2020 September 14, 2020 October 5, 2020 November 2, 2020 December 7, 2020 Kayla L. Warner Cairo Town Clerk NOTICE The Town Planning Board of the Town of Cairo will hold their monthly Board meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and for any other business that may come before the Board. Meetings will be held at the Town Hall, Main Street, Cairo, New York The monthly meeting dates are as follows: January 9, 2020 February 6, 2020 March 5, 2020 April 2, 2020 May 7, 2020 June 4, 2020 July 2, 2020 August 6, 2020 September 3, 2020 October 1, 2020 November 5, 2020 December 3, 2020 Kayla L. Warner Cairo Town Clerk 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. Supplemental Summons and Notice of Object of Action Supreme Court Of The State Of New York County Of Columbia Action to Foreclose a Mortgage The INDEX #: 15016-19 Mortgaged Premises: 21 Richard Lane Niverville, NY 12130 SBL #: 23.16 - 3 - 45

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Plaintiff, vs Public Administrator Of Columbia County, As Administrator Of The Estate Of Anita M. George, Who Was Surviving Spouse Of Leroy K. George, Kristina M. George, Leroy George, Jr. As Heir To The EsM. tate Of Anita George, Who Was Surviving Spouse Of Leroy K. George, Vincent George As Heir To The Estate Of Anita M. George, Who Was Surviving Spouse Of Leroy K. George, Sharon George-Dupra As Heir To The Estate Of Anita M. George, Who Was Surviving Spouse Of Leroy K. George, Unknown Heirs Of Leroy K. George, If Living, And If He/She Be Dead, Any And All Persons Unknown To Plaintiff, Claiming, Or Who May Claim To Have An Interest In, Or General Or Specific Lien Upon The Real Property Described In This Action; Such Unknown Persons Being Herein Generally Described And Intended To Be Included In Wife, Widow, Husband, Widower, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assignees Of Such Deceased, Any And All Persons Deriving Interest In Or Lien Upon, Or Title To Said Real Property By, Through Or Under Them, Or Either Of Them, And Their Respective Wives, Widows, Husbands, Widowers, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assigns, All Of Whom And Whose Names, Except As Stated, Are Unknown To Plaintiff, People Of The State Of New York, United States Of America Acting Through The IRS, Columbia County Clerk John Doe (Those Unknown Tenants, Occupants, Persons Or Corporations Or Their Heirs, Distributees, Executors, Administrators, Trustees, Guardians, Assignees, Creditors Or Successors Claiming An Interest In Mortgaged Premises.) Defendant(S). To the Above named Defendant: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Supplemental Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Supplemental Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment

will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Columbia. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. TO Unknown Heirs Defendant In this Action. The foregoing Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. Richard M. Koweek, AJSC of the Supreme Court Of The State Of New York, dated the Twenty-Sixth day of December, 2019 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Columbia, in the City of Hudson. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, dated April 22, 2003, executed by Anita M. George (who died on April 27, 2012, a resident of the county of Columbia, State of New York) to secure the sum of $80,000.00. The Mortgage was recorded at Book 449, Page 668 in the Office of the Columbia County Clerk on May 12, 2003. The property in question is described as follows: 21 RICHARD LANE, NIVERVILLE, NY 12130 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: January 8, 2020 Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s) 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 The law firm of Gross Polowy, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. Town of Livingston Notice of receipt of Tax Roll and Warrant PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: that I, Tammy Molinski, the undersigned Tax Collector for the Town of Living-

ston, County of Columbia and State of New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Livingston for the year 2020 and that tax bills may be paid at the Bank of Greene County, 4266 State Route 9G ,Germantown, NY 12526 during normal business hours or by mail to the Bank of Greene County, PO Box 247, Germantown, NY 12526 for the purpose of receiving the taxes listed on the said roll. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that taxes may be paid on or before January 31, 2020 without charge or interest. On all taxes received after such date, there shall be added interest of 1% if paid on or before February 29, 2020, and an additional 1% for each additional month or fraction thereof thereafter until such taxes are paid or until the return of unpaid taxes to the county treasurer pursuant to law. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that pursuant to the provisions of law, the tax rolls of the town of Livingston, will be returned to the County Treasurer of the County of Columbia on the 1st day of June, 2020 Dated: January 2, 2020 Tammy Molinski Collector of Taxes Town of Livingston

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Days after winning NFL MVP award, Mahomes hatched a plan to get better Adam Kilgore The Washington Post

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Within three days of the Super Bowl last February, Patrick Mahomes returned home to Tyler, Texas, and met with Bobby Stroupe, a confidant who had served as his personal trainer since fourth grade. Mahomes had been traveling the banquet circuit, accepting his Most Valuable Player Award at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and completing all the gladhanding obligations that came with it. Once home, Mahomes deemed the celebration over. At Stroupe’s Athlete Performance Enhancement Center, Mahomes did not discuss his MVP, never mentioned his 50 touchdown passes or 5,000 yards. He only talked about what came next. He wanted to design an offseason plan spun from a simple objective. “There’s only one goal,” Mahomes told Stroupe. “And it’s the Super Bowl.” “He was p----- about losing to the Patriots, period,” Stroupe said this week in a telephone interview. “That was it. We didn’t hold some special

dinner. It was work, man. He’s got a goal. He feels like they got what it takes. He feels like they shouldn’t have lost last year.” Mahomes has returned to this season’s AFC championship game without the gaudy statistics or accolades of 2018, his first season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback. He watched the NFL’s attention shift elsewhere this fall. A dislocated kneecap sidelined him for two games. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson replaced him as a talisman of the NFL’s future and will almost certainly snatch his MVP. But Mahomes may use these playoffs as a reminder of who the league belongs to. Sunday afternoon, after his team bumbled through the first 20 minutes, he took the field down 24-0 to the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes proceeded to lead seven consecutive touchdown drives, five of them capped with touchdown passes. By game’s end, Mahomes had thrown for 321 yards and the Chiefs won, 51-31, which advanced them to a showdown at home this Sunday against the

Tennessee Titans for a trip to the Super Bowl. “He knows exactly who he is,” Chiefs backup quarterback Matt Moore said. “He’s a unique guy. It’s not by chance. He works at it. He is who he is for a reason. It’s just how he’s programmed, man.” Mahomes’ offseason work means that Mahomes is not just the same quarterback he was last season, not just the best player in the league. This week could provide a showcase for the blueprint he hatched 11 months ago at the outset of the offseason, when he began reviewing one of the most statistically astounding years in NFL history and hunting for inefficiencies and imperfections. In the months after Mahomes won the MVP and his team came within an offsides penalty of the Super Bowl, he remade his body for reasons few people knew and bought into the reorientation of how his team played. The result, as summarized succinctly by Kansas City offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, has been clear. “He’s definitely better,” Schwartz said.

Mahomes approached his offseason improvement along two tracks. The first was refining his body to make himself both lighter and more durable, a response to the latter portion of his 2018 season. Teams never totally solved Mahomes, but the strategy most defenses landed on was to press his receivers in man-to-man coverage and punish him with as many hits as possible. “With the contacts in the league that we might have, and just seeing what happened in the playoffs, we kind of knew what we needed to get ready for,” Stroupe said. “The obvious things were this: His body’s got to be in better condition to move in the playoffs.” The hits Mahomes took late last year affected him - and, subsequently, his weight - in the postseason. Mahomes dealt with ailments in his legs that limited his conditioning during the week. Listed at 225 pounds entering the league, Mahomes weighed in the mid230s by the time the Chiefs played the Patriots, making him less mobile than at the outset of the season. “What can happen in the

winter if you’re in Kansas City and you can’t move, and you’re practicing, but you’re not doing the things you normally do, you can gain some weight,” Stroupe said. “In the playoffs last year, he was heavier than when he came in. I think we recognized that when they start pressing [his receivers] and he can’t move, it makes it harder.” As Mahomes shed pounds this offseason, he also sought enhanced durability. With Stroupe, Mahomes had always trained to make himself flexible and stable in unorthodox positions, to emphasize his natural athletic talent. It gave him more options to beat a defense, but as he wore down and gained weight, he lost some of those. “We wanted to preserve his creativity,” Stroupe said. Stroupe bases many of his workouts on the concept of proprioception, which is what allows a person to instinctively understand how their body is moving through an environment. When you walk on a beach, you don’t concentrate on the difference in navigating a concrete sidewalk and soft sand; your body just makes all

those calculations on its own and reacts the right way. Stroupe wants his clients, Mahomes included, to achieve advanced proprioception. He wants Mahomes’ body to make dodging a linebacker while winging a sidearm pass feel as natural to his body’s underlying systems as, say, stepping from a train platform onto a subway. Mahomes can only be so aware of his surroundings because all of his focus is on the field, not on what he is asking his body to do. When Mahomes performed squats this offseason, he did it from nine different positions. He heaved a medicine ball against a wall in 36 different ways. He trained to make his body comfortable in uncomfortable positions. “The more attuned you are to being in different positions, and being subjected to different stimulus, the more likely you are to be resilient and also to perform better in those situations,” Stroupe said. “. . . It is unique. It is a little different than what most people would see at a training facility for a football player, especially a quarterback.”



B6 Thursday, January 16, 2020

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MAPLE HILL (48): Berger 1-0-3, Brewer 2-0-5, Chevrier 1-1-3, Eckel 2-0-4, Haller 2-04, Smith 3-0-6, Strock 7-2-16, Tacy 1-2-4, Tedford 1-0-3. Totals 20-5-48. 3-pointers: Berger, Brewer, Tedford. CHATHAM (27): Eaton 2-15, Engel 3-0-6, Kelly 1-0-2, Morse 1-0-3, H. Taylor 3-3-11. Totals 10-4-27. 3-pointers: H. Taylor 2, Morse.

BOYS BASKETBALL PATROON Greenville 57, Rensselaer 54 GREENVILLE — Greenville outscored Rensselaer 16-10 over the final eight minutes of play to post a 57-54 victory in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game. The Spartans (6-2, 8-3) led 17-15 after one quarter and 34-32 at halftime, but Rensselaer surged ahead 44-41 by the end of the third stanza. Joe Nicosia topped Greenville with 15 points. James Mitchell chipped in with 12. The Rams’ Ramell Johnson led all scorers with 19 points. Samir Lockhart contributed 11. RENSSELAER (54):

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opportunity to lead and to respond,” Swinney said. Lawrence put the loss on his shoulders, saying it wasn’t his night and that he was not accurate enough. He knew he had been outclassed by Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy for a reason. He was a cut above all season. Lawrence will return for his junior year with all the motivation needed to reach a new level. That, plus Clemson having 80 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s team, is why the Tigers have already been named the favorites to win the 2020 title. Alabama, even without Tua

pinned Ryan Slingerland, :44; 138 — James Colvin (MH) won by major decision over Jose Padilla, 14-0; 145 — Ba Soe (Rensselaer) decisoned Cody Chicoine, 13-10; 152 — Ethan Maier (MH) won by forfeit; 160 — Reese Steele (MH) pinned Nicholas Pershyn, 1:13; 170 — Brandon Selmer (MH) won by forfeit; 182 — Adrian Delfavero (MH) decisioned Angel Garcia, 6-5; 195 — Nicholas Roy (MH) won by forfeit; 220 — Anthony Sturgis (MH) won by forfeit; 285 — Tyler Goettinger (MH) won by forfeit.

Coxsackie-Athens 63, Catskill 19 CATSKILL — CoxsackieAthens handed Catskill a 6319 loss in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference wrestling match. Gage Decker (106), Aidan Scarpinati (113), Logan Campbell (120), Kyle Greene (126), Noah Bartels (132), Schyler Caringi (138), Colby Lord (178), Nate Van Valkenburg (195) and Seth Dillworth (285) all had victories by pin for the Indians. Jesse Davies (145), Daniel Forbes (152) and Rickey Edwards recorded victories by pin for the Cats. Results 99 — Neil Murphy (CA) won by forfeit; 106 — Gage Decker (CA) pinned Chase Allen, 3:45; 113 — Aidan Scarpinati (CA) pinned Seth Marquart, 4:40; 120 — Logan Campbell (CA) pinned Dan Smith, :57; 126

— Kyle Green (CA) pinned Scott Baker, :34; 132 — Noah Bartels (CA) pinned Marco Dodig, 2:00; 138 — Schyler Caringi (CA) pinned Diego Dodig, 5:42; 145 — Jesse Davies (Cats) pinned Julian Cruz, 1:15; 152 — Daniel Forbes (Cats) pinned Joseph Martinez, :42; 160 — Colin Riley (CA) decisioned Logan Denniston, 12-8; 170 — Stephen Forbes (Cats) won by major decision over Andrew Riley, 14-3; 182 — Colby Lord (CA) pinned Justin Uvino, 3:48; 195 — Nate Van Valkenburg (CA) pinned Jerome Van Alstyne, 3:38; 220 — Ricky Edwards (Cats) pinned Zarib Alam, 1:25; 285 — Seth Dillworth (CA) pinned Will Rogers (Catskill) 2:52. Maple Hill 73, Rensselaer 3 CASTLETON — Maple Hill earned six victories by pin in a 73-3 triumph over Renssleaer in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference wrestling match. Vincet Colvin (99), Thomas Merhige (106), Javier Ayarza (120), Caleb Svingala (126), Anthony Ortiz (132) and Reese Steele all pined their opponents to spark the Wildcats. Results 99 — Vincent Colvin (MH) pinned Eh Doh, 1:09; 106 — Thomas Merhige (MH) won by forfeit; 113 — No Match; 120 —Javier Ayarza (MH) pinned Devin Krause, 1:44; 126 — Caleb Svingala (MH) pinned Damien Schaus, :45; 132 — Anthony Ortiz (MH)

Tagovailoa, is rightfully at No. 2. The Crimson Tide will surround whoever wins the quarterback job — Mac Jones, freshman Bryce Young of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High or Tagovailoa’s little brother, Taulia — with sublime skillposition talent in receivers Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. So, Clemson and Alabama will be targets again. Thanks to LSU, the rest of the nation can more realistically say: So what? LSU and Ohio State, which was a few plays away against Clemson from taking on LSU on Monday night and returns star quarterback Justin Fields, should be major factors again. For LSU, there is no replacing Burrow, but that effort and how close it can get will decide everything. Myles Brennan is

the assumed successor, but he’s an unknown. It’s possible LSU will look for another graduate transfer. Houston’s D’Eriq King just hit the transfer portal, and Stanford’s K.J. Costello is also looking for a new home. The Tigers will now also have to look for a replacement for Brady, who accepted the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator position Tuesday, according to reports. Let’s assume Georgia, which just added graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman from Wake Forest to replace Jake Fromm, will round out the preseason top five. Using LSU’s formula — an elite quarterback with room to grow plus a scheme change plus a cultural foundation — which teams could put

together a special season from outside the top five? Penn State returns quarterback Sean Clifford, a slough of talented backs, All-America tight end Pat Freiermuth and four offensive line starters. James Franklin hired away Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca last month. The Nittany Lions have early road games against Virginia Tech and Michigan to prove themselves before a colossal home game with Ohio State. Oregon will find out how good highly recruited quarterback Tyler Shough is, and its season will proceed from there. Reports indicate that former Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead is expected to be its new offensive coordinator. The Ducks have momentum after winning the

Lockhart 4-2-11, Wright 3-0-7, Nixon 2-0-5, Johnson 8-2-19, Sullivan 4-0-9, Baker 1-1-3. Totals 22-5-54. 3-pointers: Lockhart, Wright, Johnson, Sullivan, GREENVILLE (57): Fiducia 3-1-7, Nicosia 5-5-15, Mitchell 5-0-12, Makely 1-0-2, Biernacki 3-1-8, Lewis 2-2-6, O’Connor 2-1-7. Totals 21-1057. 3-pointers: Mitchell 2, O’Connor 2, Biernacki.


SWIMMING GIRLS Taconic Hills 87, Taconic High 48 PITTSFIELD — Clare Howard won two individual events and was a part of two winning relay teams to spark Taconic Hills to an 87-48 victory over Taconic Hills in Monday’s swim meet. Howard won the 50 freestyle in :32.57, the 100 frestyle in 1:15.38 and helped the the Titans’ medley (Daisy Plaza, Lauren Madsen, Katelyn Hotaling) and 200 free relay (Maya Manan-Singh, Lily Russo, Emma Avenia) teams to victory in 2:36.66 and 2:19.91, respectively. Lauren Madsen won the 200 intermeidate in 3:13.39, the 100 fly in 1:33.57 ane helped the medley relay team to victory.

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a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward.” Cora thanked the organization for the “best years of my life,” but he did not apologize. “Given the findings of the Commissioner’s ruling,” the team said, “we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward.” Cora, whose ascension to Boston’s managing job in November 2017 was due in no small part to his success with the Astros that season, was named 11 times in Monday’s report issued by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Cora, according to Manfred, “was involved in developing” the scheme - in which Astros personnel used a center field camera and a video monitor to steal opposing catchers’ signs, then transmit them to hitters, primarily by banging on a trash can - and actively “participated” in it. And so, Cora, 44, met the same fate as his bosses with the 2017 Astros, former manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were suspended for one year each by Manfred, then subsequently fired by Astros owner


Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, middle, makes a pitching change during Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston on October 6, 2018.

Jim Crane. The Astros were also fined $5 million and forfeited their top two draft picks in 2020 and 2021. Luhnow, in a statement released through a Houston law firm Monday, placed blame for the scandal on Cora, saying, “[T]he video decoding of signs originated and was

executed with lower-level employees working with the bench coach.” Although Manfred did not discipline Cora directly, it was understood that a heavy penalty would be coming once MLB completes its investigation of Boston’s actions in 2018. That penalty - which,

given Cora’s possible involvement in both schemes, is expected to exceed the one-year suspensions given to Hinch and Luhnow - is still pending in the coming weeks, though the Red Sox preemptively took their own action. In some ways, Cora’s downfall was even swifter and more

BOYS Taconic Hills 75, Taconic High 22 PITTSFIELD — Dylan Foutch was a par of four wins to highlight Taconic Hills’ 7522 victory over Taconic High in Monday’s boys swim meet. Foutch claimed the 500 free in :29.44, the 100 free in 1:13.84 and helped the Titans’ 200 free (Logan Fink, Josh Sena, Aaron Bonci) and 400 free (Aaron Bonci, Chris Russell, Jasper Jarzombek) teams to victory in 2:!8.77 and 6:27.59, respectively. Russell won the 200 free in 3:01.26 and Jarzombek captured the 500 free in 9:16.11 for Taconic Hills. The Titans medley relay team of Russell, Jarzombek, Fink and Sena took first place in 3:02.94.

BOWLING PATROON Chatham 4, Hudson 1 CATSKILL — LJ Morse rolled a 240-599 to spark Chatham to a 4-1 victory over Hudson in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference bowling match. Chatham had games of 860, 931 and 909 for a total pinfall of 2,700, while Hudson’s 2,577 total came on games of 831, 824 and 922. Matt Bowes led Hudson with a 234-558. Catskill 5, Rensselaer 0 CATSKILL — Catskill remained unbeaten in Patroon

Conference bowling with a 5-0 shutout of Rensselaer on Tuesday. Catskill (9-0, 45-0 points) had a total pinfall of 3,018. Rensselare had 2,111. Michael Jubie set the pace for the Cats with a 199-550. Nick Place had a 187-527 and David Whitaker added a 203518. Tim Foust’s 480 triple led the rams. Vaida Hempstead and Dylan Jones each rolled a 368. Cairo-Durham 5, Taconic Hills 0 CATSKILL — Cairo-Durham posted a 5-0 victory over Taconic Hills in Tuesday’s Patroon Conference bowling match. Phil Decker led the Mustangs with a 261-631. Adam Henry added a 169-474. Taylor Shackleton’s 143-406 set the pace for Taconic Hills.

GIRLS COLONIAL Schalmont 25.5, Maple Hill 6.5 SCHENECTADY — Isabella Mastriani rolled a 556 triple to lead Schalmont past Maple Hill, 25.5-6.5 in Colonial Council girls bowling action on Tuesday. Marissa Phillips had the the high single for the Sabres with a 193.

Rose Bowl and get Ohio State in Eugene on Sept. 12 to keep building. Auburn quarterback Bo Nix was thrown into the fire as a freshman and will have a full offseason to improve under new offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Plus, it’s always a good bet that a national champion will come from the SEC West. It’s been all good news this offseason at Oklahoma State, where star running back Chuba Hubbard and wide receiver Tylan Wallace both decided to return to school. Quarterback Spencer Sanders has the potential to excel, and new offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn, the Cowboys’ longtime wide receivers coach, will have to bring it out of him. This wouldn’t be a proper list of breakthrough

candidates without Texas. Sam Ehlinger returns for his senior season with a new offensive coordinator, Chris Yurcich, who was Ohio State’s passing-game coordinator. Tom Herman also hired former Rutgers coach Chris Ash to lead his defense. The bigger question with Herman and Texas, of course, is the strength of the culture. In 2019, Ed Orgeron showed just how important that is. “The leadership, the character, the grit,” Orgeron said. “They believed in our coaching staff. They believed in the work ethic. We started last Jan. 17th. We were working for a year. A lot of things had to fall into place.”

stunning than those of Hinch and Luhnow. In a little more than two years, he has gone from a rising star of a manager who led the Red Sox to 108 regular season wins and a World Series title in his rookie season on the bench to the caretaker of an 84-78 underachiever in 2019 that prompted a firm change in direction for the Red Sox, and now to a disgraced and unemployed symbol of one of the biggest cheating scandals in the game’s history. Despite finding the Astros’ scheme was almost entirely “player-driven,” Manfred did not penalize any of those players, saying such discipline would be “difficult and impractical,” in part because many of those players now play for other teams. That includes former Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltrán, who retired after the 2017 season and was named the manager of the New York Mets this winter. Beltrán was the only player from the 2017 Astros cited by name in the report, which said he “discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.” Beltrán will not be disciplined by MLB for his role. Had MLB’s investigation been limited to the 2017 Astros, Cora may have been able

to avoid serious punishment as well, with the Red Sox making the argument that, if players were not penalized in part because some had moved to other teams, Cora, having moved to the Red Sox, should be treated the same way. The 2020 Red Sox, in other words, should not be penalized for something perpetrated by the 2017 Astros. But the existence of the 2018 Red Sox scheme, especially if Cora discovered to have been actively involved, makes it easier for Manfred to justify a penalty for Cora at least as stiff as the one imposed on Hinch and Luhnow, if not more so. (Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the 2018 Red Sox, was fired by the team in September and is not currently working in the game.) Meanwhile, the Red Sox appear very much like a franchise in transition. Having already hired a new GM, Chaim Bloom, and begun executing a plan to trim payroll, they, like the Astros, suddenly find themselves without a manager at an unusually late point in the baseball offseason. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona and Florida in less than a month.




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Disabled man still angry by parents’ inaction Dear Abby, When I was a junior in high school, I sustained a neck injury (at school) that damaged my spinal cord. I recovered mostly from that, but I have residual weakness in my right side and severe neck pain. I was able to work until, DEAR ABBY at 57, I had to go on disability. Because of that, my financial situation is difficult, increasingly so now that my wife will be retiring. At the time of my injury, my parents didn’t sue the school, although clearly the school was responsible. I was too young and certainly in no shape to address the situation. A lawyer approached my parents at the time, and my physician stated my injuries would limit my long-term work abilities and drastically affect my life. My parents were aware that I would have limited work years, thus affecting my financial situation. I feel anger toward them because of their inaction regarding my injury and not suing the school. I see them once or twice a week, and I’m wondering if I should bring this up to them now. They’re in their mid-80s but are quite lively and take care of themselves. It consumes my thoughts each time I visit them, but I’ve said nothing. Do you think I should bring this up to them?


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Injured In Tennessee Yes, I do. You deserve to know why they were so apathetic in taking care of your welfare — and they should be made aware of the impact it has had on your life. It may be too late to sue the school for what happened to you, but at least you will have some answers. Dear Abby, I recently attended a wedding and was videotaped while I was dancing. I was shown the tape later at a family gathering. I’m not a great dancer, and I looked silly, so I asked that the video be deleted. Instead, it was passed around and everyone laughed and made fun of me. It was embarrassing and hurtful. My husband says I’m overreacting. Am I? I said nothing and don’t intend to, but I can’t get it out of my mind. Dancing Fool In Ohio Your feelings are your feelings. Nobody wants to be made fun of. But you have two choices: The first is to continue to stew about it. The second is to join in the laughter, admit you don’t dance like a gazelle — few people do — and let it go. If you downplay it, it will go away.

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Drained hydrocele is refilling days after procedure Three weeks ago, I had to have removal of fluid that had collected around my testicles. Nearly half a liter was removed. Five days later, fluid started TO YOUR to build up again, and now it GOOD HEALTH has filled back up. I have been checked for cancer and infection, and have neither. What is happening? What can be done now?


It sounds like you have a large hydrocele, a collection of fluid around the testicle, surrounding the testis and spermatic cord. Normally these are small, but in some men they can become very large, holding up to several liters, but I have never seen one that’s even as large as you are describing. These are treated by urologists. I am not sure what your urologist did to drain the fluid. A simple drainage procedure is often complicated by recurrence of the fluid, and perhaps that is what happened. The standard surgical approach is to surgically remove the entire sac of the hydrocele. An evaluation for testicular cancer is absolutely indicated. Ultrasound is usually the appropriate test. Infection in this area is uncommon, potentially very dangerous and not subtle. You need to get back to your urologist to ensure the correct diagnosis and possibly schedule definitive surgery. I am a 66-year-old male. I had my mitral valve replaced almost nine years ago with bovine tissue. While waiting for my surgery, I had an episode of atrial fibrillation, which was corrected with amiodarone. I continued the drug for three years until a new cardiologist took me off it. A year and half ago, I went into A-fib again and got electrical cardioversion. It returned a month later and the process was repeated. At that time, I went back on 200 mg of amiodarone a day, and have been fine for over a year now. I was put on

warfarin and then Eliquis to prevent clots. I asked my doctor why I need blood thinners if my heart is in sinus rhythm, and she said it is because I could have A-fib episodes without outward symptoms. Aside from cost ($100 a month), my main complaint is this: I also have back and knee problems, and NSAIDs, which I cannot take on the blood thinner, offer the best relief. Acetaminophen is useless, and even tramadol isn’t as effective.

Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that dramatically raises the risk of blood clot and stroke. Most people with A-fib need treatment Hagar the Horrible to reduce the likelihood of stroke. Whether and when to stop anticoagulation after the atrial fibrillation is resolved is an unanswered question. If your doctor were 100% sure you haven’t gone back into atrial fibrillation in the past year, then it would be appropriate to stop the Eliquis anticoagulation, since there is a small increased risk of abnormal bleeding on Eliquis or any other anticoagulant. That risk is increased with chronic use of an NSAID, such as ibuprofen. However, you have been in A-fib three times now, and many cardiologists feel the risk of stroke if you go back into A-fib is greater than the bleeding risk of continuing the Eliquis, and I suspect that’s why Zits she made her recommendation. She could decide to use a heart monitor to examine your heart rhythm for a period of time. At least 48 hours is the norm, but the longer you are tested, the more certain the results. One smartwatch has a feature to look for atrial fibrillation, and a recent study suggested that it is pretty accurate. If you have no episodes of atrial fibrillation, the medicine could be stopped. However, there is still a small risk of stroke due to unrecognized atrial fibrillation.

Horoscope By Stella Wilder Born today, you are perhaps the most multifaceted and capable individual born under your sign. You are also the kind of person who other people think they know after only a brief acquaintance, for you are open and honest and warm and welcoming – – but to know you truly takes a long, long time, for there is much about yourself that you do not put on regular display for the rest of the world to see, assess and judge. You work hard for advancement and financial reward – – but pride and personal contentment are also essential components of what you call “success.” Still, those very components depend in large part on the others – – and vice versa. You will never consider yourself truly successful until you have gained all these things, and you are always on the lookout for opportunities to do just that. Also born on this date are: Albert Pujols, baseball player; Aaliyah, singer; Sade, singer; Debbie Allen, actress, dancer, choreographer; Dizzy Dean, baseball player; Ethel Merman, singer, actress, entertainer; Max Joseph, filmmaker and television host. 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. FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – – You’re going to need a little help today, that’s all but certain – – but who you get to help you will make all the difference. Choose wisely! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) – – Throughout the day you’ll want to check in on those who have been assigned to assist you. Their contributions may well prove pivotal to you.


Baby Blues PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) – – You may discover that someone has been working behind the scenes in support of your efforts. Is that really what you want right now? ARIES (March 21-April 19) – – Questions are asked and answered at a rapid-fire pace throughout the day. Keeping up requires more than being there; you must pay attention! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – – You may be put in contact with someone in charge of a project you are eager to join. You must present yourself in the best possible light. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – – A recent decision may be holding you back – – but are you able to change your mind? It may be too late for that, but you can make adjustments. CANCER (June 21-July 22) – – Someone comes to you with more than one request that you are simply unable to honor. Your reasons are valid, but they may not be understood. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – – Where one is sufficient, won’t two be better – – or three the best? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, and you must devise another plan. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – – You can apply your native creativity to a rather unorthodox problem today – – and come out on top. Someone in charge is impressed by your daring! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) – – You receive a warning that stops you in your tracks today, but after some careful thought, you’ll be able to proceed with caution. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) – – The pace picks up toward midday. You must be willing to focus exclusively on the task at hand if you want to keep up with the competition. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) – – A question is asked that you are not able to answer – – at first. After some study, you should be able to offer a valuable reply. COPYRIGHT 2020 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.

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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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

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Oscar-winning songs Level 1



Name the film that featured the Oscar-winning song. The year is provided. (e.g., “Shallow” (2018) Answer: “A Star Is Born.”) Freshman level 1. “Over the Rainbow” (1939) 2. “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940) 3. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (1969) Graduate level 4. “White Christmas” (1942) 5. “Up Where We Belong” (1982) 6. “My Heart Will Go On” (1997) PH.D. level 7. “The Morning After” (1972) 8. “City of Stars” (2016) 9. “If I Didn’t Have You” (2001)


Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

Ans. here: Yesterday’s

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: DITTO GIZMO OFFEND LESSON Answer: She finally reached the par 5 in two shots after she — LONGED TO DO IT


Solution to Wednesday’s puzzle

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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SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. “The Wizard of Oz.” 2. “Pinocchio.” 3. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” 4. “Holiday Inn.” 5. “An Officer and a Gentleman.” 6. “Titanic.” 7. “The Poseidon Adventure.” 8. “La La Land.” 9. “Monsters, Inc.” 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?



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Crossword Puzzle Mother Goose & Grimm ACROSS 1 Walk around sad-faced 5 Arrange 10 Gillette razor 14 Deserve 15 Puppy love 16 London slammer 17 Taylor or Fillmore 18 Disloyal 20 Source of heat & light 21 __ of habeas corpus 22 Despises 23 Piece of garlic 25 Guitarist __ Paul 26 Impudent 28 Door 31 Place of refuge 32 USNA newcomer 34 Prune stone 36 Use foul language 37 Lay __ to; attack militarily 38 Mongolian desert 39 Had lunch 40 Leaves suddenly 41 Bundled hay 42 Flee 44 Orange-andblack bird 45 Hardwood tree 46 Beekeeper’s danger 47 Begin 50 Destiny 51 Leprechaun’s cousin 54 Paint thinner 57 Night twinkler 58 “__ upon a time…” 59 Edmonton hockey player 60 Toy that can fly 61 One of three tenses 62 Swerves 63 Like petits fours

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6 Orange Muppet 7 Clump of feathers 8 Canada’s neighbor: abbr. 9 Greek letter 10 Greatly dismayed 11 Heaviest U.S. president 12 Corrupt man 13 “__ well that ends well!” 19 “__ is a tavern in the town…” 21 Stir-fry pans 24 Flowery rings 25 Part of the ear 26 __-Cola 27 __ cuisine; fancy dishes 28 Cribbage markers DOWN 29 Contrite 1 Cat’s cries 30 Defamation in 2 Hawaiian island print 3 Eugenie, Beatrice 32 __ up; amass & Charlotte 33 “__ It Be”; 4 Jamaica’s official Beatles hit lang. 35 Laundry soap 5 Result of a lack of 37 Next year’s Jr. vitamin C now


Wednesday’s Puzzle Solved

Non Sequitur

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38 Put on weight 40 Sew lightly 41 Cheese with a whitish rind 43 Floor covering 44 Furry swimmers 46 Not as crazy 47 Halt 48 Bluefin or albacore


49 Bands of sparks 50 Rank’s partner, in phrase 52 Tardy 53 Mertz or Flintstone 55 Oct.’s follower 56 Neckwear 57 __ lift; ride up a snowy slope


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