News That Matters
Good Tuesday Morning,
This morning's JN carries an article about how yet another Putnam politicians (Dwight Yee) is considering a run for Sheriff. By my count come election day, so many people will have their names on the ballot there won't be anyone left to vote. It seems like the pool is open so let's all get in there and run for Sheriff! Last one in gets to be Coroner!
The Tilly Foster contract remains in negotiations this morning as the County Law Department has taken over control. I don't know if this is good news or bad news but all we can hope for is that in the end everyone is made happy and The Farm has a long and healthful life. I really do have to thank you, my readers, for being vocal on this. There was an overwhelming view from residents of this county that, while the contract with Preserve Putnam is a good thing, you also wanted proper oversight and accountability. There were only a few voices who thought the original contract was a good one and I'm hoping they've finally come over to the side of fiscal and governmental responsibility.
While we're talking about Southeast, the Brewster School District is being honored by the State Department of Environmental Conservation for its Environmental Education and Sustainable Practices Project. See the story below.
If you're looking for something to do come inauguration night and those tickets from Washington are not yours for the taking, there are several events planned here in the county. One, reported on last Friday, is in Putnam Valley. But Patterson is also planning a party, a spaghetti dinner, at the Rec Center. Admission is a $9 donation. The event runs from 6-8:30PM. For more info or to RSVP, call 845-878-6169 or 878-4352.
Across the ocean, Israel and Hamas are still slugging it out and no one is going to come out of this one a winner. It's a mess, there's no doubt about that. The death toll mounts, homes and lives are being destroyed, and a kindergarten was blown up in Israel yesterday. Perhaps we should send them some of our candidates for Sheriff to see if those guys can sort that mess out?
Oh, and I'm still waiting for Governor Paterson to call me. I mean, really! I'm packed and ready to head to DC to take my place in the US Senate and the phone has yet to ring. It's been since December 18th when I decided I'd be the right dude to represent NY but damn, if money and fame don't trump effort and hard work! Maybe Caroline will hire me?
And now, the News:
More than 40 candidates from industry, local governments, advocacy groups, educational institutions and the hospitality sector submitted applications for the 2008 Environmental Excellence Awards. A committee of 20 representatives from the public and private sectors selected the winning submissions. Summaries of this year's winners are below.
Brewster School District, Putnam County
Stores over a certain size will have to provide bins for plastic bags and recycle the returned bags.
Species depend on different parts of Hudson estuary
By ABBY GRUEN
It’s time to eradicate those unruly invasives from your garden and add some new choices to your plant inventory. Famous for stepping beyond garden boundaries, invasive exotics wreak havoc on natural areas. We’ve all seen how English ivy smothers wildflowers and topples shade trees or how Japanese honeysuckle literally strangles shrubs and small trees. Leaving old garden standards behind is difficult but necessary if our natural parks, forests, and fields are to have a future.
IPC has developed an Early Detection list for each of the eight PRISM regions in the state (see PRISM map at bottom of page). Each of the plants listed below is on the Early Detection List for one or more PRISMs.
Business is picking up in Greene County
Some of the goals of the plan include the development of programs capable of assisting the growth of businesses in the county, enhancement of programs geared toward enhancing local quality of life, support of telecommunications and other business-oriented infrastructure, and identification of projects and programs that warrant federal, state, and local investments that would lead to better employment opportunities, especially for young people. In short, Greene County has adopted a long-term plan designed to keep its towns and villages bustling, beautiful, and open for business.
By PHILLIP LUTZ