Noah Zweifel

The new redistricting plan will follow the Albany County Legislature’s recommendation that the county concentrate minority voting power in five dense majority-minority districts rather than up to seven, which is what the original plan, rejected by the legislature, would have done. 

Berne is the only one of the four Hilltowns whose tax rate was unchanged, with the others increasing between 1 and 2 percent, but not always for all residents.

As the town awaits the delivery of two dumpsters it needs to create an ad hoc transfer station while the old one gets torn down and replaced, service is expected to continue uninterrupted, Knox Supervisor Russ Pokorny told The Enterprise this week. 

Muriel Frasher was first appointed town justice in Rensselaerville in 2018 to fill a vacancy left by Dwight Cook, and, though she was unsure at the time whether she’d stay in that position, she was re-elected this November. 

At a town board meeting, Berne Supervisor Dennis Palow defended the state of the town’s finances, which was called into question by outstanding electric bills and a preliminary budget whose numbers didn’t add up. 

The Enterprise spoke with Cornell researcher David Kay, who is currently studying this very topic, and Knox resident David Whipple, who lives on a farm that became home to the Hilltowns’ first commercial solar array, for their perspectives on the relationship between farmers, agriculture, and solar companies.

Berne Planning Board Chairman Joe Martin has been working with the Hilltown Riders to bring his idea of a more ATV-friendly town into reality. 

Neil D. Breslin

Democratic State Senator Neil D. Breslin will return to office next year, this time in the 46th Senate District, which was transformed through this year’s redistricting process. Breslin, who currently represents the 44th Senate District, beat Conservative Richard M. Amedure Jr. to replace Democrat Michelle Hinchey, who won re-election in another district that includes her hometown in Ulster County. 

Assemblyman Christopher Tague, a Republican, was challenged unsuccessfully for his seat by Democrat Nicholas S. Chase, a young teacher who was making his first run for office.

The antiques boutique is the first shop business at the old resort property, which owner John Dolce hopes to turn into a commercial hub.

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