HUNKERING DOWN... What with
the temperarures dropping and the snows starting to fall, there's
nothing like the inside glow from a woodstove to remind us all
what's so special about this time of year...
Wrapping Up Business
Review Consultant Named for Resort
Review, Anti-Casino Resolution Adopted
By Brian Powers
The final town board meeting of the year and the last under the
administration of Supervisor Pete Di Modica turned out to be a
surprisingly restrained one. Di Modica began the meeting by giving
notice at he wouldn't be permitting the kind of open-ended questioning
and back-and-forth between audience members that most have come
to expect of his meetings. Instead he insisted that all comments
be kept brief, on-point, and directed to the board. They were,
and on the few occasions audience members lapsed, they were quickly
redirected by Di Modica.
The Face Of Hunger
All Around The County, People Are
Going Without Food And Shelter
The 500 families that picked up Thanksgiving provisions from People's
Place in Kingston started lining up at 8:30. By 11, most of the
turkeys, bags of fixings, and added food to cover the long, final
week of November were all dispersed. People awaited the county
or city buses out on Broadway, or walked the long blocks back
home in heavy-loaded but contented spurts.
"I got $150 a month left over after rent and utilities, car
payments and all the rest to pay for food for my grandson and
me," said a middle-aged woman in a worn fake-down windbreaker.
"I'm on SSI but it runs out by the end of the month. And
rents - everything - just keeps going up in this county."
DEC Sets Public Comment Period &
Issues Draft Permits To Crossroads
By Brian Powers
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial
Crossroads Ventures Belleayre Resort project taking place in
neighboring Shandaken has finally been deemed "complete"
by the lead agency in the project‚s environmental review,
the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The decision, which comes after nearly two years of study by
the agency, represents a significant move forward for the project.
"Completeness" in SEQRA parlance indicates that questions
raised during the project‚s Scoping process in 2000 have
been adequately addressed for the review to continue to its
next, "public comment" phase.