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Early Voting Available in Columbia County for 2019 Elections

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Early voting begins this year in Columbia and Greene Counties. Columbia County will have three early voting sites, and Greene County will have one.

Columbia County’s polling sites will be at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office in Hudson; the MH Glynn Municipal Building in Valatie; and Copake Town Hall in Copake. Voters may select any of the three sites to vote at. If you choose to vote early, you will not be eligible to vote on Election Day (Nov 5).

“Voting will be exactly as it always has been on Election Day — on a paper ballot that the voter will vote and then scan into a voting machine,” said Virginia Martin, Democratic commissioner of the Columbia County Board of Elections. “Sign-in will be a little different. To accommodate the flexibility that voters have, we will be signing voters in on new electronic poll books, which are special tablets that have been programmed with the voter rolls.”

Columbia County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Jason Nastke said, “I think this gives voters a greater chance to participate in the democratic process by opening up the amount of hours available to them to cast their vote,” Nastke said. “Last year, 18% of the vote in Columbia County was cast by absentee ballot. I think early voting should cut down on that significantly.”

Early voting will be open to anyone who is registered to vote. Just show up at the location, and then you will follow the same procedures as usual. Absentee voting will still be available.

DATES/TIMES:
For the November election, voting will begin October 26 and will run through November 3. On Monday, Nov. 4, there will be no early voting, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the usual polling sites.

LOCATIONS:
Columbia County Board of Elections Office
401 State St., Hudson, NY 12534

MH Glynn Municipal Building
3211 Church St., Valatie NY 12184

Copake Town Hall
230 Mountain View Rd., Copake NY 12516

In Greene County, there will be one early polling site, at the county building, 411 Main St., Suite 430, Catskill.

 

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Columbia County Historical Society Awarded a Preserve New York Grant

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The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $10,000 will allow the CCHS to work with Walter Wheeler of Hartgen Archaeological Associates to complete a Historic Structure Report (HSR) of the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse in Kinderhook.

The HSR project will assess the current condition of the building, make recommendations for repair and restoration and serve as a guiding document for continued interpretive use and future preservation. The schoolhouse is not currently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the Historical Society hopes that the research provided through the HSR process will create a strong case for a future nomination.

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The Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse was initially constructed in 1850 at the intersection of Route 9H and Fisher Road as the District #6 Schoolhouse for the town of Kinderhook. Although the structure was moved just 200 yards from its original location in 1974, it remains an excellent and intact example of a rural, one-room schoolhouse with a gable roof, clapboard siding, and a single pent-roofed entrance.

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse Interior.jpgThe interior consists of a large classroom with two adjacent cloakrooms – one for boys, and one for girls. The building was never modified to have heat or hot water and still retains its original 1929 wood burning stove, wood flooring, chalkboards, and double-hung sash windows. Several condition issues are present that must be addressed in the near future: the condition of the metal roof and the stability of the structure, as the building still rests on the steel girders that were used to move it in the 1970s.

“We are thrilled the Preservation League of New York has endorsed our commitment to the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse with this grant.” said CCHS Executive Director, Lori Yarotsky, “The iconic literary character is an important part of Columbia County heritage and we want to preserve its namesake schoolhouse–including its architecture–for future generations and visitors. Thanks again to the Preservation League for their recognition and support.”

“NYSCA is proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites, buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.

“Thanks to the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the Preservation League, “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”

The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most competitive in the program’s 26-year history. An independent jury met in June to review over 70 applications. After two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25 counties.
Preserve New York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.

The Preserve New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.

MORE:
www.cchsny.org
facebook.com/cchsny
twitter.com/cchs_ny

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Route 66 Bridge to Re-Opens Today!

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State and Local Officials to Reopen Route 66 Bridge in Time for Columbia County Fair.

State and local officials are scheduled to cut the ribbon to commemorate the official reopening of the Route 66 Bridge over Kline Kill Creek in Ghent, today.  Completion of the project was accomplished ahead of schedule to ensure the bridge was ready for the start of the Columbia County Fair, which attracts thousands of visitors each year and runs from August 28 through Labor Day.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Ghent Town Supervisor Michael Benvenuto, Chatham Deputy Mayor Peter Minahan, Columbia County Fair Manager Angelo Nero, Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez, and Department of Agriculture and Markets Deputy Commissioner David Valesky.

DATE/TIME: Friday, August 23, 2019 / 10:30am

LOCATION:
Route 66 Bridge over Kline Kill Creek
Ghent, NY

Parking for Ribbon Cutting: 2361 Route 66, Ghent, NY

 

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Last Chance to Vote for Best Of Columbia County 2019

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Tomorrow (June 6) is the last day to vote for the annual Best of Columbia County competition! Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Register-Star, and the Chatham Courier, the Best of Columbia County allows residents and visitors to decide the best of the best in a broad field of over 75 categories–including best bar, best fries, best plumber, best florist, and best Real Estate Company. Winners will be announced in June.

You have to vote in at least 10 categories for your ballot to be entered, anything less will be disqualified.

Here’s my shameless plug – Beach & Bartolo Realtors has won Best Realtor for the past three years, and we would love to win again.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE,

or visit https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/bocc?wallit_nosession=1#//

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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

Voting Open for Best Of Columbia County 2019

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Voting is now open for the annual Best of Columbia County competition! Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Register-Star, and the Chatham Courier, the Best of Columbia County allows residents and visitors to decide the best of the best in a broad field of over 75 categories–including best bar, best fries, best plumber, best florist, and best Real Estate Company. Winners will be announced in June.

You have to vote in at least 10 categories for your ballot to be entered, anything less will be disqualified.

Here’s my shameless plug – Beach & Bartolo Realtors has won Best Realtor for the past three years, and we would love to win again.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE,

or visit https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/bocc?wallit_nosession=1#//

For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, and twitter @CoCoCurrent.

Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.