News That Matters
Good Wednesday Morning,
In a headlined story at MidHudsonNews, Putnam County Executive Bob Bondi said, when talking about shopping, "We need facilities off the interstate highway system so that our families don’t have long distances to travel and not have to spend hours on the road.” And you know what he's referring to.
Immigration is in the news again with a census report on those of Hispanic origin living in the US today. But before the Assemblyman Who Shall Not Be Named gets all up in arms, and the White Hooded brigades take to the arson of innocent wooden crosses, I thought I might take a look at the numbers over time and see what percentage of the US population was foreign born.
The other day I questioned some numbers put out by candidates for County sheriff that claimed a vast increase in crime, especially that of DWI's. What I wrote was that since it was not a crime normally reported, it was impossible to say whether there were more drunk drivers on the road or if the county's enforcement policies simply showed an increase in arrests. There's an article below that supports my contention.
Lastly, Friday's Things To Do Edition is all but blank! If your group or organization has something planned please let me know.
And now, The News:
PUTNAM COUNTY — Despite a downturn in sales tax revenue for the final quarter of 2008, Putnam County had the distinction of generating the largest year-to-year growth of sales tax receipts in New York, according to the state Comptroller’s Office.
Barbara Livingston Nackman
CARMEL — District Attorney Adam Levy is determined to stem the tide of DWI arrests across Putnam County.
A Town’s construction of a water tank 30 foot-high and 35 feet in diameter on an adjacent parcel does not constitute a private nuisance. A private nuisance is an intentional interference with a person’s right to use and enjoy his or her property that is “substantial in nature” and “unreasonable in character”. Copart Indus v. Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y., 41 N.Y. 2d 564, 570 (1977). Court rejected plaintiff’s allegations that the water tank would substantially interfere with the use and enjoyment of the property because it will be located approximately 60 feet from the property line and clearly visible from all parts of their back yard.
The Court found that “things that are merely disagreeable, which simply displeases the eye no matter how irritating or unpleasant, are not nuisances. The mere fact that the tower will be visible through their home is insufficient to raise an inference of substantial interference no matter how unsightly”. The trial court had earlier dismissed the allegations that the placement of the water tank constituted a taking and that it was a public nuisance.
PATTERSON — Congressman John Hall brought the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act down to the level of 12-year-olds during a visit to the George Fischer Middle School.
By Gus Trompiz
By MICHAEL COOPER