UPDATE: The Boil Water Advisory is now lifted, per Village officials.
Statement from the Village of Philmont:
All areas below Prospect Street on Village municipal water are on a boil water advisory until further notice due to a water main break. [This includes Prospect Street itself.]
For additional information, contact the Philmont Village Office or check the Village of Philmont website: www.philmont.org.
A meeting of citizens concerned about the expansion of power lines through Claverack was held on Saturday (Jan 25) at the Churchtown firehouse. Area politicians and concerned citizens expressed their opposition to the plan. The project, part of Governor Cuomo's proposed Energy Highway, is a kick in the shins to Claverack and surrounding towns. There are better ways to deliver more energy to New York City without taking people's land and causing irreparable harm to local farmers, property values, and historic homes.
The Claverack Town Board recently passed a resolution expressing our opposition to this project. We believe that there are better options for the expansion of power lines, such as burying them underground, instead of new above ground lines that require additional lands. We are supportive of the efforts of Farmers and Families for Claverack and I want to thank them for their ongoing efforts to get information out to the public on this issue. As a town board we are 100% behind their efforts. We need to continue to work together to make sure the State knows that this is not just one town or a group of landowners that are concerned, but that this project is about the entire Hudson Valley. I look forward to working with my colleagues in other towns and the county to make sure our voices are heard. I encourage all Claverack residents to write letters to the Public Service Commission and get your neighbors, friends, and families to do the same. I encourage all of you to contact me, or any town board member, about this project. We are fighting a Goliath on this project, but there are a hell of a lot of David’s in this town working with us to oppose it.
A community meeting to discuss Governor Cuomo's high voltage power line project has been scheduled for Saturday January 25th, 11:00 AM, at the Churchtown firehouse. The meeting has been organized by the grassroots group Farmers and Families for Claverack.
For those not familiar with this project, at least one of the proposals being considered would stretch new high voltage power lines right down the west side of our town, transecting the hamlet. The project would seize property by eminent domain, negatively affect homes and businesses, destroy rich farmland, and negatively affect property values. The energy these lines would carry will not serve Claverack, or Columbia County for that matter, in any way. The intent is to deliver more electricity to New York City.
There are better ways to accomplish this project's stated purpose, than that which has been proposed. We shouldn't be asked to pay for someone else's energy. The Town of Claverack has already passed a resolution opposing this project, as have many other municipalities. Please make your voice heard on this important issue and ask Governor Cuomo to find a less invasive and less destructive way of accomplishing his energy highway.
In an effort to make your town government more open and accessible, the Town Board will begin holding regular "office hours". Each Saturday, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, a member of the board will be available at the town hall to meet and greet residents and discuss any matters of concern.
Your input, opinions, and ideas are important to us. Stop by and say hello, have a cup of coffee, stay as long as you'd like. We look forward to seeing you!
I'm very happy to announce that long-time resident Bill Gerlach was appointed last night to fill the vacant seat on the Town Board. We have a specific set of goals we want to focus on to make Claverack thrive again and Bill's experience and background will go a long way toward helping us achieve those goals. He's a go-getter. His reputation in the banking and business community is one of achievement and excellence. Bill will bring that work ethic to the town board and we'll put his talent to good use on our economic development and small business initiatives.
Bill is a graduate of Hudson High School and Marist College, where he majored in Business Administration. He's spent much of his professional life in small business and banking. He served for many years as sales manager of Kd Office Works, an office supply store in Hudson that he was part-owner of. After selling the office supply store, he entered the banking industry. Bill is currently employed by the Kinderhook Bank as Vice-President of Commercial Lending. He resides in Claverack with his wife Mary, and has two stepchildren – Colin and Patrick Cranna. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and the Home for the Aged, and has previously served on the boards of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Columbia-Greene United Way, and the Columbia County Golf and Country Club. He and his wife Mary are long time chairpersons of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation's annual golf tournament.
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Claverack's own Amara Steenburn was recently profiled on CBS6-Albany's "Personal Best" series, a series that celebrates local youth that give their personal best to sports and academics. Amara, a Senior at the Albany Academy of Girls, has been snowshoe racing since sixth grade. Her hard work and determination paid off big last year at the Empire State Games in Lake Placid, where she took home gold medals in the 100 meter and 400 meter races!
Amara lives here in Claverack with her proud parents Gary and Shanda.
On behalf of a proud community, I congratulate you, Amara, on your many successes and wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You are an example of all that is possible when our youth, guided by the firm hands of good parents, put their minds and energy into something positive. - Kippy
Power has been restored and the warming shelter at the AB Shaw Firehouse is now closed. My thanks to the gang at AB Shaw Fire Company, the linemen from National Grid who had to work in the bitter cold to restore service, and to all the Columbia County public safety agencies who helped us.
We've been monitoring the power outage with National Grid and Columbia County 911 and Emergency Management. National Grid had hoped to have power restored by 7:00 pm, but that has been pushed back to 10:00 pm (and still subject to change). In response to this, we've asked that the A.B. Shaw Firehouse be opened to act as a "warming station" for anyone without power that needs a warm place to go. Spread the word, please! -Kippy
The Town Organizational meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to the storm and rescheduled for next Thursday, January 9, 6:30 pm.
As you can probably tell by simply looking out your window, we're in the midst of a snowstorm. Nothing unusual about that here in the great northeast. However, this storm is forecast to pack an extra punch of snow, cold, and wind. We expect 8" to 10" of snow here in Claverack before the storm pulls away tomorrow morning. More concerning, is the bitter cold and wind. The National Weather Service expects winds 10-15 mph overnight into the day tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold through Saturday, with wind chills below zero.
PLEASE, should a power outage occur, check on your elderly family, friends, and neighbors. If an emergency develops, dial "911" for emergency assistance. We will be monitoring conditions throughout the storm. Our town Highway Superintendent and his fantastic crew will be working around the clock to keep roads open.
We will update you again as needed.