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  • Comment on Firm Hopes to Build Newburgh Power Plant by Santosh Nandabalan April 19, 2019
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo should see through the Danskammer developer’s deceptive claims that New York needs a new fracked gas power plant in Newburgh. The city of Beacon, an environmental justice community that has waterfronts vulnerable to sea-level rise, also should not be fooled. If the proposed expansion is accepted, more fracked gas will be burned, the communi […]
  • Comment on Cold Spring Resident Says He Foiled Robbery by Cindy Trimble April 19, 2019
    This event occurred less than a year after the Philipstown Town Board passed a law mandating “safe storage” of firearms. The original draft would have required gun owners to keep their firearms secured in a safe or with a trigger lock at all times in the home. The proposal violated the Second Amendment, in addition to common sense, and in its final form, the […]
  • Comment on Researcher Says Resolution Twisted Her Findings by Jordan Bailey-Hoover April 19, 2019
    The resolution by the Putnam County Legislature calling for the state Reproductive Health Act to be overturned appears to have been drafted without consultation from county health officials, doctors or anyone with expertise, and without regard for facts or scientific research. Research by Diane Greene Foster, whose study is cited and misrepresented in the re […]
  • Comment on Desmond-Fish to Ask for Tax Increase by Elizabeth Anderson April 19, 2019
    As a trustee of the Desmond-Fish Public Library in Garrison, I’d like to thank The Highlands Current for its coverage of the May 21 referendum. As the article noted, the library will be asking for an overall increase in taxpayer support from $75,000 per year to $300,000 per year. Some context might be helpful. Most libraries in New York receive 80 percent or […]
  • Comment on Driver Killed in Route 9 Crash (Updated) by Frank Haggerty April 15, 2019
    Alas yet another tragic motor vehicle accident, and nearby. There was a different report of a different serious accident on Route 9, north of Fishkill Road, just last Tuesday. It is a bit north of Fishkill Road, around the first right turn, is where I have seen evidence of a few accidents, and near accidents, recently. When congested, two-lane roads with lim […]
  • Comment on Cold Spring Resident Says He Foiled Robbery by Cindy Trimble April 15, 2019
    Thanks for doing this story!
  • Comment on Beacon Council Member Calls for Zoning Review by Site Editor April 12, 2019
    In November 2016, the Beacon Planning Board voted to amend the 249 Main St. project’s architectural approval. According to Planning Board meeting minutes, the board agreed to allow project officials to add balconies with black wrought iron rails on the front residential units and flush Juliet balconies on the rear elevation of the building.
  • Comment on Beacon Council Member Calls for Zoning Review by Frank Haggerty April 12, 2019
    The apartment building under construction at 249 Main St. in Beacon appears to have balconies for the upper-floor residences which will overhang the sidewalk. Does this mean that planters, containers of alcohol and the like will be falling onto the sidewalk from these upper levels? In wind will these objects fall onto parked or moving vehicles? Is this the a […]
  • Comment on Gwen Nerrie (1919-2019) by Joan Martorano April 11, 2019
    I'd just like to respectfully add that the drawing of Ms. Nerrie is an illustration or a portrait, not a comic.
  • Comment on Your Open Government by Phyllis Keaton April 10, 2019
    The next time you update this list, you might want to include the Howland Public Library District in Beacon. Public library districts are subject to many of the same laws as other districts.
  • Comment on All the Right Moves by Brent Harrington April 10, 2019
    So glad to hear that Haldane's chess program is continuing to grow and flourish. I'm so proud of these students for their commitment and success. Abby and Alanna are truly fabulous. I hope to see many of my former students at Pocantico's chess tournament on May 19.
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Wade Hathaway April 10, 2019
    In my 50s and still find myself perplexed at those willing to allow government involvement in what is a deeply personal decision. Reproductive choice is an essential and fundamental component of modern human rights.
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Caroline Jensen April 8, 2019
    I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion re: abortion rights or the RHA. Most people are pretty uncompromising and intractable on this issue. What I will say is that taxpayer dollars were *definitely* spent on this resolution, the public hearings, etc. This is time that could’ve been spent focusing on infrastructure and other areas where local governments a […]
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Joanne Iovine April 8, 2019
    I applaud all those who took the time to stand up for the rights of babies. I loathe the lies of the savage, barbaric lovers of murderers of these precious innocents' souls. Abortion is big money. There is never ever a need to kill a baby. Never. I have been on both sides and am convinced if the rightness of the pro-life position.
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Eileen McDermott April 7, 2019
    Thank you for reporting on this. I would like to clarify that there was no “prolonged debate” -- there was no debate at all, in fact. These legislators introduced a deeply flawed resolution on March 18, with barely any notice to the public beyond those who actively check the legislature’s website, and approved it two weeks later despite much opposition, incl […]
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Gregory Bochow April 7, 2019
    I have no idea what planet the people behind the anti-abortion resolution are from, nor what era in time, but clearly it is from a place and time totally unrecognizable to me! When a legislative act involves itself in personal choice, the personal lives of women, clearly that Legislature has overstepped its bounds. When any person is denied the right to make […]
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Annie Chesnut April 6, 2019
    What took more guts than anything else was for Legislator Montgomery to stand up for all women's rights to control their own bodies and their own lives.
  • Comment on Desmond-Fish to Ask for Tax Increase by Joseph Mahon April 6, 2019
    Libraries are the backbone of our democracy!
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Lillian Rosengarten April 6, 2019
    This is really offensive and disgraceful. With the exception of Nancy Montgomery, these legislators who oppose a woman's right to choose are narrow minded, ignorant and, in my view, untrustworthy.
  • Comment on Putnam Approves Anti-Abortion Resolution by Emily Lansbury April 5, 2019
    Thank you Nancy Montgomery and others from our community for standing up for a woman’s right to choose.
  • Comment on Family Trails: Land Records and Brick Walls by Thomas Cerchiara April 4, 2019
    Searching land records back to the early 1800s was also the daily job of many land surveyors. When we re-trace property lines (especially in rural areas) we often have to trace chains of title back over 200 years. Finding old names, following family relationship trails, utilizing old atlases, researching at New York State Archives, historical societies and m […]
  • Comment on Family Trails: Land Records and Brick Walls by Site Editor April 3, 2019
    Not necessarily, says Valerie. In Dutchess County, there are records of at least a few black former slaves who owned land in the early 1800s. Chip Rowe Managing Editor
  • Comment on Family Trails: Land Records and Brick Walls by Aaron Wolfe April 3, 2019
    I think you mean "white male population" here: "But keep in mind that, before 1850, some 90 percent of the male population owned land, making this an excellent way to learn about your ancestors."
  • Comment on Letter: Welcome to Beacon by Jodi McCredo April 2, 2019
    I don't know the author of this letter so I will say first that I am disheartened by the publication of a private post from my personal Facebook page without my consent. That disappointment is greatly overshadowed, however, by the author's attempt to equate members of a community concerned about their schools, infrastructure, and their ability to r […]
  • Comment on Letter: Welcome to Beacon by Caroline Jensen April 2, 2019
    The average starting salary for a new college graduate is $45,094 in the greater New York City area. The average student loan debt for a graduate (according to 2017 data) is $34,144. The cost of a new rental unit in Beacon (with one bedroom) is $1,800/month or more. These are simply not affordable units. All of these are facts backed by studies and data. Dog […]