(News Briefs March
The race for seats on the Coalition of Watershed Towns hit
Ulster County last week where a write-in name on the ballot
has made the otherwise pro forma election process an actual
Last month the Coalition’s executive committee sent
a list of nominees to all the Ulster County towns that sit
within the New York City Watershed. All except the town of
Hardenburgh, that is, which dropped out of the Coalition last
year when town officials took issue with what they see as
the Coalition Executive Committee’s taking of sides
with the developer in the controversy surrounding the proposed
Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park.
Last month the rest of the towns -Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock,
Denning, Hurley, Kingston, Marbletown, Rochester and Wawarsing
- received this list of nominees. On that list, according
to, Coalition Attorney Jeff baker, were only five names.
Shandaken Supervisor Robert Cross Jr. was one and so was Olive
councilman Bruce LaMonda. Both are already on the Coalition
board and hope to be reelected. A third nomination was for
Hurley Supervisor Mike Shultis, but Baker said Shultis has
openly announced that he is not interested in the position.
The other two names were for alternates to the committee,
Olive boardmembers Linda Burkhardt and Henry Rank.
With Cross and LaMonda’s seats up and one alternate
seat available, the towns have a simple task. Chose two of
the three nominees for the executive committee and chose one
name as an alternate.
It turns out there is now a surprise a write in candidate
added to the list. And not just for an Executive Committee
seat but an alternate as well. Last week the Shandaken Town
Board quietly added the name of Woodstock Supervisor Jeremy
Wilber for Executive Committee and Shandaken Councilman Peter
DiSclafani as an alternate.
“That is their right to do,” Baker said.
LaMonda was shocked to learn that he was in a race all of
a sudden. He suspects Wilbur’s name was thrown in by
Cross, who was on the losing end of a battle with LaMonda
last year when LaMonda asked the Coalition to support Olive’s
efforts to get the controversial large parcel bill shot down
in the Onteora school district. Wilbur, who supported the
bill along with Cross, made a few appearance’s at Coalition
meetings in Margaretville to try and sway the board, but did
The ballots are to be returned to Baker by March 16. He will
tally the votes and announce the results at the March 19th
meeting of the executive Board, held at 6pm in the headquarters
of the Catskill Watershed Corporation on Main Street in Margaretville.
The Town of Olive may be getting its very own New York City-style
bus stop shelter, according to Cynthia J. Ruiz, Director of
Ulster County Area Transit.
In an e-mail, Ruiz said that a new round of such bus shelters
are being delivered in the early spring, and that –
if the town board is amenable – one of them will be
placed along the UCAT bus route in Olive.
Ruiz continued by reporting that the Pine Hill route, which
includes the Town of Olive, is one of UCAT’s busiest.
Referring to UCAT’s “system-wide demographics”,
Ruiz stated that 45 percent of the riders coming from and
returning to the direction of Pine Hill are students, 35 percent
are people with disabilities, and 20 percent are shoppers.
UCAT will be assessing all of their schedules in the spring,
Ruiz said. Interested citizens have until March 24 to fill
out UCAT’s online survey, which can be found at http://www.co.ulster.ny.us/ucat/2007ucat.html.
Governor Eliot Spitzer reached an agreement with the St. Regis
Mohawk Tribe to build a casino in the Catskills within the
last news cycle, amending an existing gaming compact with
the Mohawks that grants the tribe authority to build and operate
a gaming facility at Monticello Raceway in Sullivan County.
Under the compact, the state will receive 20 percent of revenues
from slot machines for the first two years, 23 percent for
the next two years, and 25 percent thereafter. In addition,
the Mohawks have agreed to comply with applicable tax, labor,
and health laws, as those laws relate to the Monticello casino
project. In conjunction with signing the agreement, Spitzer
sent a “concurrence letter,” as required by federal
law, to U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne indicating
that use of the property for casino purposes is in the best
interest of the tribe and surrounding community. The Governor
and the tribal chiefs urged the Department of the Interior
to move quickly to take the raceway into trust in order that
the gaming facility be built and operated in compliance with
the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The proposed $600 million
Monticello casino project is expected to create more than
3,000 full-time jobs.
Meanwhile, the Arkville-based Catskill Center for Conservation
and Development has joined the Natural Resources Defense League
and other co-plaintiffs to file a federal lawsuit contending
the Bureau of Indian Affairs should have conducted a full
environmental review of the Monticello project, instead of
a lesser study, hoping to force the greater study –
and mitigation – before the feds approve the $600 million
complex. And a number of anti-smoking organizations have fired
off a letter to Governor Spitzer urging him to reconsider
the compact and ensure the banning of smoking in all public
places there. The current compact states the Mohawks will
maintain smoke-free environments within the facility, but
it does not specify the number, locale, size and configurations,
the letter states.
Also, state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston has gone
on the record to say that he wants to ensure no further casinos
for Ulster County even though the original state legislation
creating casino availabilities allowed for three in Sullivan
and two in Ulster. He added that he plans to reintroduce legislation
to have Ulster County taken off the list of areas where casinos
may be developed… even though his proposal hasn’t
gotten much support from the two state senators who represent
The senators say the change isn’t necessary because
there doesn’t appear to be local support for casinos
“Because Ulster County has not gone on record of supporting
a casino, one would not be located there,” said Bonacic,
R-Mount Hope. “We’ve always listened to what people
have said. Not one town has stepped up and said they wanted
it. So it’s a non-starter.” Bonacic’s peer,
State Senator Bill Larkin, has said Senate Majority Leader
Joe Bruno’s has stated he will not support a casino
where the local government doesn’t support it.
Ulster County Legislature Chairman David Donaldson noted that
the Legislature voted in 2005, at the urging of the then-Democratic
minority, to only support a casino if it has support from
the municipality where it would be located. The 2005 vote
was the result of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma proposing
to build a casino on the Winston Farm in Saugerties - a plan
that was opposed by both the town and village boards.
The joint lawsuit against the current proposal, which asks
that a judge stop development plans from moving forward until
full measure can be taken of the impact on nearby communities
and the environment, will be litigated by Whiteman, Osterman
& Hannah, LLP and NRDC.
Plans for the half-billion-dollar facility, to be built by
Empire Resorts, Inc. and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, include
766,000 square feet of floor area – equivalent to roughly
13 football fields — 4,200 casino gambling positions,
a 600-seat theater, and a parking lot for 4,800 cars and buses.
The Jail Opens!
Who’d have thought the opening of a new county jail
would make for good news? But now that the first inmates have
been transferred from the old to the new county jail, three
years late, everyone’s singing hosannas… excepting
the inmates. The actual move occurred on Saturday, February
In the works since early 2000, the new jail was supposed to
open in April 2004, but construction delays pushed the project
back again and again and drove the price to nearly double
its original predictions. The new Law Enforcement Center initially
was expected to cost about $53 million. That amount grew to
$71.8 million once all the construction bids were approved.
Delays in getting the job done have driven the cost to more
than $87 million, andwell outstanding claims that contractors
have filed are expected to push the final tally past $100
“The worst nightmare in Ulster County history has ended
on a good note,” said County Legislative Chairman David
The new jail can hold 402 inmates, far more than the old jail’s
capacity of 280. The extra space means the county won’t
need to “board out” excess inmates to other counties
and, instead, will be able to accept overflow inmates from
elsewhere. Counties pay $110 per day per person to house their
overflow inmates in other locations, so what has been a hefty
expense for Ulster County has the potential to become substantial
As for the old jail’s future, the county is entertaining
several options ranging from selling or leasing the building
to a federal agency to tearing it down. In the near term,
he said, some space in the building may be used to house Kingston’s
Meanwhile, the Ulster County Legislature was set to vote this
week to settle most of the major claims filed by contractors
over the problem-plagued Law Enforcement Center project. Details
of the settlement won’t be known until after the legislature
votes this Thursday night.
The pending settlement is with Christa Construction, the project’s
main contractor, Rotondo Weirich Enterprises, which provided
the jail cells, and several other contractors which were involved
in various components of the project.
Richard Parete, chairman of the special Law Enforcement Center
Committee, says settling with the major contractors will help
the county with its own claims against the architect and project
“By settling with them, they become our allies. They
turn over all their information. That’s part of the
agreement. They will work with us in court to expose everything
the architect and construction manager, their deficiencies.”
Parete concedes Ulster County itself is far from blameless,
but they believe a big portion of the responsibility for what
went wrong also lies with the architect, Krandell Associates,
and the project manager, Bovis Lend Lease.
City Fine Oked
The US Supreme Court has denied New York Citys petition to
allow it to continue to discharge hundreds of millions of
gallons per day of sediment-laden waters from its Schoharie
Reservoir through the Shandaken Tunnel into the Esopus Creek.
The action effectively upholds a June 2006 Federal Court decision
which compels the City both to remediate the problem and to
pay the federal Treasury a $5,225,000 fine for violating the
Clean Water Act.
The Court’s decision not to review the case appears
a final affirmation of victory for a coalition of fishing
and environmental groups which in March 2000 filed suit against
the City’s Department of Environmental Protection to
stop discharging its silt-polluted water into the Esopus.
According to Pace University’s Daniel Estrin, supervising
attorney for the groups challenging the City, Monday’s
action makes binding last June’s unanimous Court of
Appeals decision that “any transfer of pollutants between
distinct and unconnected water bodies is illegal without a
permit.” Estrin also indicated the City has now exhausted
its legal appeals and will have to both pay the fine and move
“Not only is this a victory for the Esopus Creek and
the wild rainbow trout,” said Trout Unlimited’s
Bert Darrow, “but it is also a much bigger victory for
the Clean Water Act.”
In addition to TU, the group includes the Theodore Gordon
Flyfishers, the Federated Sportsman’s Clubs of Ulster
County, the Catskill-Delaware Natural Water Alliance and Riverkeeper.
DEP Spokesman Ian Michaels responded to the decision only
by saying, “We have been complying with the (state-issued)
SPDES permit and we will continue to do so.”
“We think that permit is illegal in that it allows them
to continue violating state water quality statues. In any
event,” Estrin added. “They were seeking both
to overrule the laws that required them to get a permit in
the first place and to avoid the penalty for violating the
Clean Water Act and they failed to do both those things.”
Ulster County lawmakers are considering whether to opt into
state bills that would offer revised tax assessments to landowners
significantly impacted by flooding in June 2006. An Assembly
bill under consideration in Albany would allow any landowner
whose property value was diminished by at least 50 percent
because of flood damage to have the property reassessed and
receive a tax refund. The March deadline for local participation
in the bill is being pushed back to May.
Christy Calicchia, a public information officer for the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, said 130 Ulster County residents
applied for individual assistance as a result of the June
flooding. Calicchia did not know how many of those people
would be eligible for relief under the 50 percent rule.
The Esopus Creek which flooded in both April 2005 and June
2006. The 2005 flooding was catastrophic and destroyed dozens
of homes along the creek. The 2006 flooding along the Esopus
was not nearly as bad.
Art Snyder, Ulster County’s director of emergency management,
agreed the 2006 assessment relief will not help, but he said
that “even if only a few residents could take advantage
of it, it’s certainly a positive thing.”
State Sen. John Bonacic is co-sponsoring a flood assessment
relief bill in the Senate that mandates only a 20 percent
reduction in value because of flooding.
Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Washington,
D.C. legislatures have started debating whether to lengthen
the school day or year. In addition, individual districts
such as Miami-Dade in Florida are experimenting with added
hours in some schools.
On average, U.S. students go to school 6.5 hours a day, 180
days a year, fewer than in many other industrialized countries,
according to a report by the Education Sector, a Washington-based
One model that traditional public schools are looking to is
the Knowledge is Power Program, which oversees public charter
schools nationwide. Those schools typically serve low-income
middle-school students, and their test scores show success.
Students generally go from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the
week and for a few hours every other Saturday. They also go
to school for several weeks in the summer. That amounts to
at least 50 percent more instructional time for students in
such programs than in traditional public schools, according
to the report.
The extended-day schedule costs on average about $1,200 extra
per student, with most of the extra cost going into added
pay for teachers.
The National Education Association, the largest teacher’s
union, has no official opinion on extending the school day.
But its president, Reg Weaver, said teachers probably would
support the idea if, like in Massachusetts, they could choose
whether to work the longer hours.
An important impetus for the debate around extending school
hours is the federal No Child Left Behind law. U.S. Sen. Democrat
Edward Kennedy, chairman of the Senate committee overseeing
education, is considering allowing schools that fail to meet
annual progress goals to extend their day as a possible solution
and also looking into putting AmeriCorps volunteers - recent
college graduates who can help teach - into schools that adopt
a longer day.
The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of
policies designed to wean poor people from public aid. The
number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has
plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the
payments a decade ago. But other programs for the poor, including
Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits, are bursting
with new enrollees.The result, according to new analysis:
Nearly one in six people rely on some form of public assistance,
a larger share than at any time since the government started
measuring two decades ago.
Critics of the welfare overhaul say the numbers offer fresh
evidence that few former recipients have become self-sufficient,
even though millions have moved from welfare to work. They
say the vast majority have been forced into low-paying jobs
without benefits and few opportunities to advance.
“If the goal of welfare reform was to get people off
the welfare rolls, bravo,” said Vivyan Adair, a former
welfare recipient who is now an assistant professor of women’s
studies at Hamilton College in upstate New York. “If
the goal was to reduce poverty and give people economic and
job stability, it was not a success.”
Proponents of the changes in welfare say programs that once
discouraged work now offer support to people in low-paying
jobs. They point to expanded eligibility rules for food stamps
and Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, that
enable people to keep getting benefits even after they start
Major changes in welfare were enacted in 1996, requiring most
recipients to work but allowing them to continue some benefits
after they started jobs. The law imposed a five-year limit
on cash payments for most people in the Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families program, or TANF. Some states have shorter
About 44 million people - nearly one in six in the country
- relied on government services for the poor in 2003, according
to the most recent statistics compiled by the Census Bureau.
That compares with about 39 million in 1996. Also, the number
of people getting government aid continues to increase, according
to more recent enrollment figures from individual programs.
Medicaid rolls alone topped 45 million people in 2005, pushed
up in part by rising health care costs and fewer employers
offering benefits. Nearly 26 million people a month received
food stamps that year. And those figures don’t even
start to take in Disability payments, which average between
20 to 40 percent of our Upstate rural population’s income.
Cash welfare recipients, by comparison, peaked at 14.2 million
people in 1994.
Slope of Fame?
Belleayre Mountain has announced the names of the first inductees
to its newly formed Belleayre Mountain Hall of Fame. The five
chosen will be honored at the Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards
Ceremony at Belleayre Mountain’s Overlook Lodge on Friday,
March 30, 2007.
The class of 2007 includes: Art Draper, the first Superintendent
of Belleayre Mountain; Dot Nebel, the first Ski School Director
and designer of Belleayre’s original ski trails; Vincent
Quinn, the owner of the first ski shop at Belleayre Mountain;
Joe Kelly, the Chairman of the Board of the Belleayre Music
Conservatory and founding member of the Coalition to Save
Belleayre; Ralph Combe, Assistant Ski School Director at Belleayre
Mountain for decades; and Robert & Valerie Konefal, owners
of the Pine Hill Arms and founders of the of the Pine Hill
Arms Triathlon and Midweek Race Series.
For more information about the Hall of Fame Dinner and all
of the upcoming events at Belleayre Mountain, visit their
website at www.belleayre.com.
An employee at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort was killed when
his clothes got caught and he was pulled into the moving blades
of a six-foot wide snow blower. The accident occurred on Monday,
February 19 at about 8:30 p.m. when Greene County 911 received
a call of a fatal industrial accident at the ski resort. Police
said that Walter Rion, 63, an employee of the resort, was
attempting to close the overhead garage door while standing
between the door and the running snow blower. His clothes
became caught in the moving blades and he was pulled into
the machine. Rion lived in Prattsville and had worked at the
ski center for over 20 years..
A list of 11 potential candidates to fill the vacancy created
when Justice Vincent Bradley, of the Third Judicial District,
died last Nov. 24 is currently making the rounds, with county
Democratic chairman John Parete hoping to discuss the pending
appointment with Governor Eliot Spitzer in the coming month.
Spitzer’s appointee will serve until the end of this
year. The 14-year position then will be on the November ballot.
Bradley’s death, coupled with the promotion in November
of state Supreme Court Justice Michael Kavanagh to the court’s
Appellate Division, has left Ulster County with no Supreme
Court justices, resulting in a bottlenecking of court cases.
Parete hopes the governor will chose an Ulster County resident
to fill the vacancy, but the new judge could come from any
county in the Third Judicial District, which also includes
Greene, Columbia, Albany, Rensselaer, Schoharie and Sullivan
The Ulster County Democratic Committee solicited applications
for the position earlier this year. A 10-person screening
committee, headed by County Attorney Joshua Koplovitz, vetted
the applicants. Koplovitz said the committee consisted of
five attorneys, including himself, and five members of the
The names submitted include Ulster County Family Court support
magistrate John Beisel, Gardiner town justice Bruce Blatchly,
Christopher Cahill, former law clerk to state Supreme Court
Justice Vincent Bradley, Kingston attorney William Cloonan,
Marbletown town justice Claudia Davenport, Kingston attorney
Rod Futerfas, Kingston city judge James Gilpatric, New Paltz
town justice Jonathan Katz, Kingston attorney Philip Kirschner,
former Shawangunk town justice James McCarl, and Rochester
town justice Deborah Schneer.
The Ulster County Republican Committee is not submitting a
list of nominees because the party does not expect Spitzer
to select someone from his opposing party..
A government office forbidden by law from disseminating information
domestically, the State Department’s USINFO Counter-Disinformation/Misinformation
Team, was the mouthpiece of choice for the administration
to deny rumors that the Bush family purchased thousands of
acres in a remote portion of northern Paraguay.
Specifically, the agency has said that it is untrue that,
“Former President George H.W. Bush owns 70,000 hectares
(173,000 acres) in the Chaco region of Paraguay;” that
“Current President George W. Bush owns 40,000 hectares
(98,842 acres) in the same region, or “Timothy Towell,
former U.S. ambassador to Paraguay from 1988 to 1991, administers
the 70,000 hectare ranch on behalf of former President Bush.”
Meanwhile, the vice president of the Republic of Paraguay,
Luis Castiglioni, admitted indirectly that an agreement with
Washington had already been reached, and that the arrangements
had been confirmed during last year’s visit to the country
by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “We have
showed our firm intention to make the region much safer, much
more stable, and much stronger democratically,” he said.
“They [Washington] have made the decision to fortify
relations with us because they say this government could be
a good example of stability, development and prosperity for
Paraguay became known in the latter half of the 20th century
as one of South America’s worst dictatorships, as well
as a home to top Nazi generals who had fled Europe following
World War II looking for asylum.
A massive international effort led by Canadian scientists
has homed in on the genes behind autism - a breakthrough that
could revolutionize how the mysterious and surprisingly common
condition is both detected and treated. Touting it as the
most significant advance in the field in 30 years, researchers
say the landmark project has put within reach a DNA test to
identify children with autism early enough to counter the
condition’s worst effects.
Doctors currently rely on psychological tests to diagnose
autism spectrum disorders in children at age 2 or 3. But a
DNA test could identify those affected as babies, or perhaps
even before they are born. The findings, based on the largest
autism DNA collection ever assembled, could also allow parents
who have children with autism to learn through genetic screening
their chances of having another affected child.
Using new genome scanning tools, researchers have found that
several different autism-related genes can play a role in
different families. This helps to explain why no two children
- not even identical twins - have identical symptoms. The
researchers have pinpointed at least five areas of the genome
that harbor genes linked to autism susceptibility, including
those crucial for brain function. They have also found a genetic
mutation tied to the disorder in girls - who are four times
less likely than boys to develop autism disorders. The work
has also highlighted how autism can spring from genetic quirks
not seen in either parent - suggesting that a genetic glitch
has randomly emerged in the sperm or egg cells of the father
or mother prior to conception.
Autism disorders have only recently been recognized as the
most common serious developmental condition of childhood,
affecting roughly one in 165 children. Experts refer to it
as a spectrum because the complex neurological condition can
range so widely in severity. Some suffer severe cognitive
impairment, others are savants. Many battle gastrointestinal
problems and show a strong preference for strict routines
and repetitive behaviors. But social deficits are its hallmark,
impaired language, communication and the ability to interact
with others. A;lso, although once considered rare, autism
disorders seem to have risen dramatically over the last two
decades. But experts believe the increase can largely be explained
by greater awareness, different diagnostic criteria and the
specialized resources often made available to those with an
ASD compared with another form of developmental condition.
Despite the growing awareness, autism’s causes have
stumped experts. Many suspect environmental triggers - prenatal
hormones, toxins, food allergies and infections. But experts
have long known genes play a major role. Autism disorders
tend to run in families; if one identical twin has an ASD,
there is a 65- to 92-per-cent chance the other will also develop
the disorder. Doctors also see subtle forms of autism in parents
that may not have been diagnosed.
Locally, families impacted by autism have turned to several
resources. Originally founded over 30 years ago by two teachers
from Woodstock, Susan Buckler and Jamey Wolff, The Children’s
Annex (with its main site in Kingston, NY and a satellite
program in Ellenville, NY) has evolved into the premier center
in the Hudson Valley region for children with autism. With
its goal of transitioning its students back into the regular
school districts, and helping them meet their greatest developmental
potential, The Children’s Annex has served as a model
program and has been recognized as such. A similar program
at Onteora, ASPIE, lost its local funding several years ago.
Because of the influx of students in need of its services,
The Children’s Annex has been engaging in a “30th
Anniversary Campaign” to raise $1 million for a major
capital improvement project. At the core of the expansion
will be a new “Autism Support Center” that will
house a new diagnostic and consultation program that was created
in response to a need for evaluations to be performed by trained
clinical psychologists using the most current diagnostic measures.
The Children’s Annex accepts referrals from all public
schools and counties in the Hudson Valley. To obtain more
information on programs and services at The Children’s
Annex, or to make a gift to the 30th Anniversary Campaign,
please call 845.336.2616 or e-mail: email@example.com.
New At UCCC
A celebration to mark the grand re-opening of the newly renovated
John C. Quimby Theater will take place on Saturday, March
10, at 8:00 p.m. on the Stone Ridge campus of SUNY Ulster,
the county community college. The program will feature a performance
by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet and will
include a welcome by college president Donald C. Katt and
a dedication of the new stage to Marti and Jack Lawson, long-time
directors of college theater productions. The theater re-opening
will be followed by a reception in the Vanderlyn Hall Student
Lounge, which has also been refurbished.
Quimby Theater has been a busy performance space since it
was built in the 1960s. It was named after John C. Quimby,
chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ulster County Community
College from 1966-1969 and former supervisor of the town of
Marlboro. For nearly 30 years, faculty member Jack Lawson
and his wife and assistant, Marti Lawson, produced over 100
shows with student and community casts. Funding for the update
was obtained from the Ulster County and New York State legislatures
in March 2006, with construction beginning in late May and
completed in February 2007.
To attend the Quimby Theater Re-opening Celebration and Concert,
reservations must be made by calling (845) 687-5262.
"DEP Respects the will of the electorate" says the
agency, in a February 16 letter from Community Planning Manager
Jeffrey Graf to Shandaken Supervisor Bob Cross Jr, following
the failed sewer district referendum. "A time for healing
and respite is desirable in Phoenicia before alternatives
are concretely considered anew... At a mutually agreeable
time in the future, in coordination with appropriate stakeholders,
DEP will regroup with town representatives to discuss viable
alternatives." Graf's letter also confirms that no additional
funds are authorized for the Phoenicia New Infrastructure
project, and asks the town to retain ownership of the property
acquired for the once-proposed treatment plant "until
such time that we reach concensus on how to proceed or otherwise
Governor Eliot Spitzer has signed an executive order creating
an Executive Leadership Council and Corporate Roundtable to
promote opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business
Enterprises. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson will chair
both the Council and the Roundtable. The MWBE Executive Leadership
Council will seek to improve the participation of MWBE businesses
in the state’s procurement process through recommendations
made by executives in state agencies and public authorities
that award business contracts to the private sector. The MWBE
Corporate Roundtable will seek to do the same through recommendations
made by corporate executives in the private sector.
The Ulster County District Attorney’s Office has received
a $50,000 state grant from the state Division of Criminal
Justice Services to be used to buy equipment to video record
the interrogation of certain defendants charged with serious
crimes. The equipment, which will be installed in up to seven
police departments in the county, will allow investigators
to video record suspects of violent crimes, as well as certain
targeted felonies, such as domestic violence, child abuse,
sexual offenses and gang related crimes.
The DA’s Office will help fund the initiative through
its Operation Impact.
Generals To Quit
Some of America’s most senior military commanders are
prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike
against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence
sources. Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that
an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President
George Bush leaves office. Up to five generals and admirals
are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider
would be a reckless attack.
“There are four or five generals and admirals we know
of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,”
a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There
is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of
people question whether such an attack would be effective
or even possible.”