Category: News

Copake Town Board to Host Informational ZOOM Meeting Update on Hecate Energy’s Proposed 500-acre Solar Installation

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM, the Copake Town Board will host a special, informational ZOOM meeting to update residents on Hecate Energy’s proposed 500-acre, 60 MW solar installation planned for Craryville and Copake, NY. During the online forum, Copake officials will brief residents about Hecate Energy’s proposed solar project, its potential impacts on our community, Copake’s existing laws pertaining to the siting of solar energy systems, and the New York State-mandated process for reviewing and approving Hecate Energy’s proposed solar installation.

Concerned citizens in Columbia County, NY have formed the Sensible Solar for Rural New York coalition in opposition to the Shepherd’s Run Solar Installation – a proposed 500-acre, 60-megawatt solar installation to be sited near New York State Route 23, Route 7 and Route 11A in Craryville — a hamlet in Copake, New York and adjacent to the Taconic Hills Central School and Copake Lake community and recreational area.

While Sensible Solar for Rural New York supports renewable energy, the homeowners, farmers, small businesses, non-governmental organizations and community leaders represented stand united in that the scale and siting of Hecate Energy’s proposed 500-acre solar installation is not right for our rural community or the Hudson Valley region.

“We believe the magnitude of Hecate Energy’s proposed solar installation will be detrimental to our area and will have a long-term, negative impact on existing waterways and displace native and endangered wildlife and birds – the proposed site of solar installation is in close proximity to Hillsdale’s Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary,” said Darin Johnson, Director of Sensible Solar for New York.  “In addition, the solar utility-scale installation will remove hundreds of acres of prime farmland from use, which is in direct conflict with Copake and Columbia County’s Farmland Protection Plans,” continued Johnson.

To learn more about Sensible Solar for Rural New York, please visit www.sensiblesolarny.org.

To join the town meeting on Wednesday via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88910737960
Meeting ID: 889 1073 7960

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

For comparison, here is last Sunday’s update:

For more info, visit columbiacountynyhealth.com

 

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

For comparison, here is last Sunday’s update:

For more info, visit columbiacountynyhealth.com

 

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department, Oct 12

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

For comparison, here is last Sunday’s update:

For more info, visit columbiacountynyhealth.com

 

 

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Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote in New York is October 9th. New York offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in New York by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

If you need to check to see if you are already registered, you can do that at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov.

Early Voting in New York State will begin prior to the November 3rd General Election and will be from Saturday, October 24th through Sunday November 1st.

Columbia County Early Voting Hours:

Sat Oct 24: 9a-2p
Sun Oct 25: 9a-2p
Mon Oct 26: noon-8p
Tues Oct 27: 9a-5p
Wed Oct 28: Noon-8p
Thurs Oct 29: 9a-5p
Fri Oct 30: 9a-5p
Sat Oct 31: 9a-2p
Sun Nov 1: 9a-2p

Columbia County registered voters can vote at the early voting site located at 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534, no matter where in the county they reside. Voting during early voting is the same as voting on Election Day. When you get to the early voting site, you will check in to vote, receive your ballot, and vote as any other election.

MORE:
https://sites.google.com/a/columbiacountyny.com/elections/

 

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