Greene County Jail Information Meeting – April 18th – 7-9pm

Audio Recording of the Meeting is Here Thanks to WGXC! 

The 2 audio recordings overlap, part 2 starts at 4:05 on part 1 (which covers 47:00 minutes of the meeting). You can listen to part 2 only, the first 4 minutes were primarily about the difference between a county jail and state prison.
0 – 56:40 – 1st Speaker – Shaun Groden
20:00 – Average stay in jail under 50 days
21ish – Drug treatment and training
30:00 – Greene County gets no money from NY State
33:22 – Shrink size? Cells come in pairs/double bed cells
39:42 – How much cost? Started at 51.3 million, now at 46.7 million more will be cut (this is build cost only, not amortized over 30 years – see chart)
49:00 – Interest rate is locked in – describes how this process works
51:30 – Not able to whittle down price below 38million
56:40 – 2nd Speaker – Lori Torgersen
1:06 – Shaun Groden
1:23 – Solar usage at jail to 1:26
1:26 – Water reservoir used and concerns

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Additional information here: http://greenedems.org/?p=4298
https://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
https://facebook.com/GreeneCountyJailProject
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Greene County Transit

Interested in Greene County Transit?
Info: http://greenegovernment.com/greene-county-transit
Routes: http://greenegovernment.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Route-Guide.pdf

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Latest Greene County Jail Update

Officials defend alternatives to incarceration in some instances as jail vote nears

http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm

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House Republicans pull health care bill

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/house-health-care-vote/

“The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for Trump, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum on Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

It also puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama.

It became clear during a day of intense political intrigue Friday that despite fierce arm-twisting by Trump, Ryan and other leaders that the votes simply were not there to pass the bill and the leadership and the White House were headed for a lopsided defeat.”

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Congratulations Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Village Board Member Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Joe Kozloski! Village of Catskill Final tally, after the counting of the absentee ballots: Joe Kozloski 317, Peter Grasse 264 – Joe by 53 votes.

VILLAGE ELECTIONS – March 21, 2017
Congratulations to all our candidates. All ran hard with a willingness to engage in governing.

We had victories in Catskill with Joe Kozloski. Coxsackie with Donnie Daoust. Tannersville with Lee McGunnigle. Congratulations all as you transition to governing.

To those who campaigned with commitment and effort but fell short, we thank you for the hard work. No one knows how difficult it is running for office until you’ve tried it.

We have 72 positions available throughout our town elections in November. Want to run? We’ll set you up, all you need is heart and a belief that good government requires choice.

Photos are of the swearing in ceremony.

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Village Elections

VILLAGE ELECTIONS
Congratulations to all our candidates. All ran hard with a willingness to engage in governing.

We had victories in Catskill with Joe Kozloski. Coxsackie with Donnie Daoust. Tannersville with Lee McGunnigle. Congratulations as you transition to governing all.

To those who campaigned with commitment and effort but fell short, we thank you for the hard work. No one knows how difficult it is running for office until you’ve tried it.

We have 72 positions available throughout our town elections in November 2017. Want to run? We’ll set you up, all you need is heart and a belief that good government requires choice.

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This Thursday! ~ Meet CD19 Candidate from Greene County, Brian Flynn! March 23rd

Come to the GCDC Meeting this Thursday and meet Congressional District 19 Candidate from Greene County, Brian Flynn
Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00pm ~ Greene County Democratic Committee meeting ~
Get involved in setting the future direction of our local politics and issues.
At this meeting:
  • Village Race Results
  • Finalize FDR  / Summer Picnic / Annual Dinner Event Details and the GCDC Calendar
  • New Committee Members
  • Legislative Update – Jail / Broadband Phase III grants / Rural Transportation Grants / Opioid issue in Columbia and Greene Counties
  • Join Committee and Standing Committees – see http://greenedems.org/?page_id=4008
One of the biggest lessons taken away from the 2016 elections is the gap between the national landscape and local governments.  
Our committee is in need of fresh perspective and participation.  
We invite you to come and listen and determine where you can best participate.  
Thanks in advance for your support.
Meeting Location: Gallagher’s. 513 Main St; Cairo, New York 12413

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Want to donate?  See GreeneDems.org and button in upper right column.

Or contact your town chair listed under Your Town‘ on our website.
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Funding Announced for Rural Transportation Projects

Public Transportation: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_08e63fe6-fd5f-11e6-a4ba-43f2022a4f4d.html?mode=jqm

and a separate option:

Ridesharing – Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, etc in Greene – http://greenegovernment.com/news-press/greene-county-ride-sharing – add your name in support here (scroll down to end): http://www.buyingreene.com/ride-sharing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $32.4 million in funding to support public transportation in rural areas such as Greene and Columbia counties.

Cuomo made the announcement about the funding, which will be provided through the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program, on Feb. 22.

The program will provide selected applicants up to 80 percent of capital and 50 percent of operating project-related costs and the remaining funds will be provided by the state and project sponsors, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office.

The funding is made available through the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, according to the release.

Counties, cities and tribal governments with populations of less than 50,000 that own and operate or directly contract for rural public transportation services, upstate regional transportation authorities, and multi-county intercity bus services sponsored by the Department of Transportation will be eligible to apply, according to the statement.

“Providing efficient and reliable public transportation in rural communities is critical to increasing mobility and accessibility for upstate New Yorkers and to helping ensure future prosperity for their communities,” Cuomo said. “This funding will help strengthen the link between rural areas and smaller cities, supporting regional economic growth and increasing ease of access for residents and visitors to our state.”

The Department of Transportation will give preference to public transportation projects that eliminate transportation barriers, improve mobility opportunities in rural areas, encourage and support increased coordination of public transportation services with other human service agency provided transportation services, and ensure a successful Intercity Bus program, according to the release.

Funding applications will be accepted until April 10.

Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden is unfamiliar with the funding and is unsure if the county would be eligible, but said the county would like to add more routes to its public bus system, the Greene County Transit System.

“Certainly if there’s funds available we would like to expand,” he said. “I don’t know if we would be eligible or not, but we would like to have two more [bus] routes.”

The bus system is operated and managed by the Arc of Ulster-Greene, a private, nonprofit agency that provides public transit services between Catskill and the outer areas of the county.

The county’s partnership with the Arc has been effective since June 1.

The cost of the bus service is shared between the county, Arc and Department of Transportation, Warren Hart, the Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning director, said in January.

The county has a contract with Arc and the organization purchased buses with grants and private funds. Money is set aside in the 2017 county budget to purchase more buses, Hart said in January.

Groden is unsure if the county or Arc would apply for additional funds if the county is interested and deemed eligible.

Although it is unclear if the governor’s recently announced funds could contribute to the bus service, the county would like to add another route from Catskill to Columbia-Greene Community College, Groden said.

“Sometimes our students have a hard time with transportation, so we are very interested in getting a route over to the school,” he said.

Another route could be added from a mountaintop town to Catskill.

Mountaintop residents are pleased with the county’s transit system, Greene County Legislator Lori Torgersen, D-Windham, said.

“I know that everyone on the mountaintop, and everyone in Greene County, has been very enthusiastic about it,” Torgersen said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm about what is possible, and the growth potential.”

Torgersen also noted the importance of a transit system, especially for senior citizens.

“I think for seniors, transportation is critical,” she said. “Greene County is a big county and we have wonderful resources on the mountaintop, but folks need to get down the mountain as well to access services in Catskill, so I think the growth opportunities are important for seniors.”

More information about bus schedules and fares can be found online at greenegovernment.com/greene-county-transit.

To reach reporter Victoria Addison, call (518) 828-1616, ext. 2418, email vaddison@registerstar.com or follow her on Twitter @VAddison_CGM.

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Broadband Grants – Greene County New York

Goal: Total Coverage by the end of 2018

State Program: https://www.ny.gov/programs/broadband-all

Greene County: http://greenegovernment.com/news-press/nys-phase-ii-grants-to-bring-broadband-to-4391-unserved-and-underserved-greene-county-homes-and-businesses

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March 12 ~ Get Out the Vote! Sign up to help…

https://actionnetwork.org/events/resistance-voter-registrationRVR NEW

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Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, speaking in Albany

April 4 (Tuesday): UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY SPEAKERS SERIES
Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Conversation — 6:30 p.m., SEFCU Arena
Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. She is the author of My Beloved World (2012), a memoir that recounts her life’s journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Michiko Kakutani in a New York Times review called the book “compelling and powerfully written…[ with] the power to surprise and move the reader.” Nina Totenberg on NPR called it “a page-turner, beautifully written…with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.”
Sponsored by the University at Albany Student Association, Division of Student Affairs, Alumni Association, and University Auxiliary Services in partnership with the Writers Institute.
To obtain free tickets, please see instructions to be posted closer to the date on the Writers Institute website.

http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/programpages/vws.html

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March at Faso’s Office in Kinderhook ~ February 25th / Town Hall in Kingston ~ February 24th

Friday in Kingston 6pmSaturday at the Kinderhook office at 2pm

On Saturday February 25 at 2:00 there will be another District- wide protest at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office at 2 Hudson Street in Kinderhook, NY.

During the week of February 20-25, all Congressman will be on recess in their home districts. It is the perfect time to hold town hall meetings and to brief constituents on how they are being represented . Unfortunately, Congressman Faso has repeatedly refused to do this.

Consequently, people from the district will be making their concerns about ACA, Planned Parenthood, the environment, immigration and jobs public in front of Faso’s hometown office. These are really non partisan issues and affect everyone in District 19. It’s time for Congressman Faso to do his job.

Please come out and show Congressman Faso that we are watching and will not be silent in fighting Trump and the Republican’s agenda.

Faso Town Hall – Friday night in Kingston at the auditorium at George Washington Elementary School, 67 Wall St, 6pm-8pm.:  http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170222/forum-in-fasos-congressional-district-expected-to-draw-more-than-600-people-but-not-faso

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> “More than 600 people have signed up to attend a town hall-style event Friday at a local elementary school, hoping to hear U.S. Rep. John Faso speak about the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and other current issues.

The only problem? Faso won’t be there.”

Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faso-town-hall-tickets-31939227088

PROTEST 2-25

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March at Faso’s Office in Kinderhook ~ February 25th

PROTEST 2-25

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Greene County Jail – Please contact your legislators

~ Please attend the meeting on February 8th, 6pm at the county building – 411 Main St 4th Floor Conference Room, and please take some time to write your legislator with your thoughts about the project. Contact information is available here ~

Greene County will be paying for the construction of a new jail to replace it’s outdated one.

At the cost of $100 million over a 30-year bond, it is projected to be the most expensive project the county has ever undertaken.

On January 18th, Greene County legislators put a $52 million bond resolution on hold until February 8th, in order to debate the size of the jail.

In light of recent demographic trends predicting declining jail population, we are concerned that the proposed design is too large.

Greene County is having trouble funding its basic obligations. We cannot afford to spend money on an over-sized jail facility if there are other more cost-effective programs that can address our correctional needs.

For example, substance abuse is the largest cost of incarceration. There are treatment programs that are far more effective in addressing this issue than incarceration, but none of the money in the proposal is allocated to that.

Legislators need to find a plan that is realistic, that deals with the overall issues, and includes alternatives to incarceration but does not over extend the taxpayers unnecessarily.

You are welcome to attend the meeting on the 8th, to be held at the county building 411 Main St 4th floor conference room @6pm, and please take some time to write your legislator with your thoughts about the project.

Here is a link where you can find the email and physical addresses of your district legislators and a link that provides a good overview and background on the project:

http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/county-legislature

http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project

Time is of the essence as this project is rapidly becoming a reality.  Take a moment to express your opinion on the largest expenditure in the county’s history.

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Introduction
The existing Greene County Jail is located on Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill behind the Greene County Courthouse. The Jail has 56 beds, but routinely has between 90 and 110 inmates, exceeding its capacity on a regular basis and requiring the boarding of prisoners in surrounding facilities. It costs Greene County $85 per day, per inmate, to board out prisoners, and over the course of a year it costs the County approximately one million dollars.  The oldest part of the Jail is over 100 years old, built in 1905, and is well past it s useful life.  Greene County has been has been dealing with structural, capacity and operational challenges of the Jail for decades.

Greene County is now in the position of having to expand jail capacity through construction of a new facility.

A site has been chosen adjacent to The Greene and Coxsackie State Correctional Facilities on State Route 9W in Coxsackie, NY.  The size of the site is 50 acres, with approximately 32 acres to be utilized for the construction of the Jail. The Sheriff’s Office and a back-up Emergency Response Center will be included in the new Jail Facility. At this time it is estimated that the Jail will account for 68,000 square feet and the Sheriff’s Office an additional 17,000 square feet. The Jail Concept Site Plan is attached to this RFQ solicitation.

The Greene County Legislature has endorsed a target capacity range of 130 beds for a new County Jail (with the ability to gain up to an additional 20% in capacity through future double celling of prisoners).

The Greene County Legislature has selected SMRT Architects and Engineers, P.C., with offices in Latham, NY as the Architectural and Engineering firm for the project. RicciGreene Associates of New York City has provided the Jail Needs Assessment, including population projections and jail bedspace analysis for the facility. Delaware Engineering of Albany NY is providing the civil engineering and related services.

Click the links below for: (additional information available at http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project )

 

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We Are Powerful United

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January 26th, All Democrats and No Party affiliation are Invited to Our Organizational Meeting

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Our thanks to many in the community who have become involved since the madness of November 8, 2016.  After the election a wake up call has sounded across the land.  It is now our responsibility to best channel the action and passion into a plan for Greene County.  I am attaching a guide for your review.  It may serve as a roadmap for our efforts.
On Thursday January 26th at 7:00pm the Greene County Democratic Committee conducts their organizational meeting for 2017.  In previous years this was a pro forma meeting……subcommittees assigned, new town chairs voted in……town committee members identified.  This year there is that and so much more.
We are inviting all Democrats or interested members of ‘no’ party that want to get involved in setting the future direction of our county, state and country.  Some of our goals and objectives:
  • What are our goals as a committee this year?
  • How do we support the groups that have formed in the county or beyond that have similar objectives or those that differ?
  • How do we structure our efforts around 1. Candidates and elections 2. Pressure on incumbent office holders i.e. Faso/Amedore/Lopez to support our view of representative government?
One of the biggest lessons taken away from the 2016 elections is the gap between the national landscape and local governments.  We are ‘hollowed out’ as a party and need to rebuild from the bottom up.
Our committee is in need of fresh perspective and participation.  We invite you to come and listen and determine where you can best participate.  Thanks in advance for your support.
Meeting Location: Gallagher’s. 513 Main St; Cairo, New York 12413
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Holiday PopUp Shop in Catskill!

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Holiday PopUp Shop at 404 Main Street in Catskill!

Stop by Sunday 12/11 from 11-5 to say hello to Cecilia Tkaczyk!

PopUp shop created by Beth Schneck and Nina Sklansky.

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Blue In Greene ~ A Discussion Forum

As the ‘opposition’ begins to gather ourselves, several vehicles are popping up. Blue In Greene is one such source. For those who don’t frequent FB at Pantsuit Nation and other pages, this is another venue.  It is managed by Ron Lipman of Lexington.

http://blueingreene.org/2016/11/30/who-we-are/

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Stand Up America

Sean Eldridge: It’s been several days since the election, and I’m still as angry and concerned as I was on Tuesday night.  I do not buy into the narrative that Trump won’t be as bad as we fear — his first nominations should dispel that hopeful notion.  I believe it will be a rough four years and that the work to resist his hateful and dangerous agenda begins now, which is why I created Stand Up America, a community of activists and concerned Americans who are ready to stand up and fight back.  I’m excited that 25,000 people engaged in our first day. I hope you’ll join us to add your voice, share your ideas, and stay up to date on how to take action to protect our most vulnerable neighbors and reject Trump’s dark vision for America. We’re just getting started and there’s more content and actions to come.  Please message me with any ideas and suggestions!

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ItsTimetoStandUp/?pnref=story

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VOTE ~ And Help GOTV ~ 455 Main Street, Catskill

HELP GET OUT THE VOTE!!!  Polls are open 6AM – 9PM

Monday and Tuesday November 7 and 8 – We Need You!

GOTV office is at 455 Main Street, Catskill

Office opens at 9AM ~ closes at 10pm

Don’t want to talk to voters?  We need people to hang candidate literature on doors, no conversation required.

Phone calls and door to door are needed too!

Phone calls for Zephyr and Sara especially needed Monday Night!

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To our friends and DEMS in Greene County and beyond:

The race for both the 19th Congressional District and the 46th State Senate District are so close that just a few votes can determine the outcome, and we in Greene County could very well make the difference. Your Vote Counts!

This year we have a huge opportunity for us to be successful in electing Zephyr Teachout and Sara Niccoli to congress and the NYS Senate.  We need a ‘huuuuge’ GOTV effort and the Teachout campaign has an office in Greene County.

Our GOTV office is at 455 Main Street, Catskill 

Don’t want to talk to voters?  We need people to hang candidate literature on doors, no conversation required.

Phone calls and door to door are needed too!  It’s easy!  And it makes a difference.

Please come down to 455 Main Street to get more information.  Or call Izzy at (914) 588-3391.

Or contact your town chair to the Greene County Democratic Committee. Find your town chair at GreeneDems.org under “YourTown

Want to make calls from home?

Hillary ~ https://www.hillaryclinton.com/calls/

Zephyr ~ http://www.zephyrteachoutforcongress.com/form/phonebank

Sara ~ https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/content/snphonebank/ • or If you’re closer to the Albany office, reach out to Eric Wilmer at eric@saraniccoli or phone at 917-204-3611. If you’re closer to the Kingston office, then reach out to Amy at amy@saraniccoli.com or 917-660-7620.

Thank You for Your Support!

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