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Supporters rally as Poughkeepsie teacher's 'termination' is recommended — The Poughkeepsie City School Board will have an emergency meeting tonight, to discuss the final report of a hearing officer who investigated district disciplinary charges, according to the agenda.
Jan 29, 2015

@PJStrum: 'Termination' of Poughkeepsie teacher recommended, looks to be Ken Barger. @LoHudInsider

Deer cull successfully completed — The Vassar College deer cull was successfully completed this weekend as expected. The cull yielded 40 deer and there weren't any problems getting the job completed. It would be premature to determine how many pounds of venison will be available for distribution because of the wide difference between the smaller and the largest of the animals harvested.

Marist women face balanced MAAC field in pursuit of title — Over the last 11 seasons, the Marist College women's basketball team has won or shared the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title each year. Halfway through their 2014-15 MAAC schedule, however, the Red Foxes find themselves in a second-place tie, with two losses in their first 10 games.

Police: Dispute in cab leads to fight, arrests in Poughkeepsie — An argument that started in a cab ride led to a physical altercation and the arrests of two men, Town of Poughkeepsie police said in a news release. Albert Berishaj, 20, of East Fishkill and Kevin Gerald Lennox, 22, of Brewster in Putnam County, were charged with felony second-degree assault.
Jan 29, 2015

Police: Dispute in cab leads to fight, arrests in Poughkeepsie

Molinaro plans economic development overhaul — Dutchess County's main agency for promoting jobs and investment would become the Industrial Development Agency under a plan unveiled this morning by County Executive Marc Molinaro. He presented it to the entity that has that role currently, the nonprofit Dutchess County Economic Development Corp., or DCEDC, which would downsize to an advisory board under his plan.
Jan 29, 2015

Molinaro plans Dutchess economic development overhaul via @pokjournal

Police: Man stole wallet from customer at Pleasant Valley business — An East Fishkill man stole another person's wallet while they were both customers at a Pleasant Valley business, state police said via news release. Anthony Martinez, 35, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. In early December, state police investigated a report of a larceny that had occurred at a Pleasant Valley business in November.
Jan 29, 2015

An East Fishkill man stole a fellow customer's wallet while at a Pleasant Valley business, state police said.

Want to run for school board? Dutchess trustees budget $900M — Want to run for your local school board? Save the date - April 11 - to attend a free local annual workshop for prospective Board of Education trustees. There are 5,000 school board members in the state - mostly non-paid - and in Dutchess, they help budget $900 million of public money, though many expenses are mandated, according to Journal archives.
Jan 29, 2015

Any takers? Want to run for school board? Dutchess trustees budget $900M. Check out free workshop: @nyschoolboards

DEC chief: State won't revisit fracking ban soon — New York's planned ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing can be revisited by the state at any point, but likely won't be in the near future, the state's top environmental regulator said Wednesday. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens testified before about two dozen state lawmakers for nearly four hours Wednesday, answering questions about the environmental initiatives in Gov.

Poughkeepsie schools on 2-hour-delay — The Poughkeepsie City School District is on a two-hour delay today, Thursday, because of frigid temperatures, according to the district website. The morning Regents Exams, originally scheduled for 8:15 a.m., will now start at 9:30 a.m., said school board President Ralph Coates. The morning session for the Early Learning Center at the W.W.

Wingdale man takes a spin on 'Wheel of Fortune' — A 28-year-old Wingdale man will appear on "Wheel of Fortune." A 28-year-old Wingdale man will appear this evening on "Wheel of Fortune," the popular game show hosted by Pat Sajak. You can tune in to WABC at 7:30 p.m.

Silver steps down; lawmakers must step up — Facing a federal indictment and a massive public and political backlash, Sheldon Silver had little choice but to step down as speaker of the state Assembly. Silver first tried appeasement, a slight concession, but it was not going to be nearly enough. He wanted to temporarily cede power to five lieutenants while he defended himself against corruption charges.

Education groups: Cuomo holding school aid proposals 'hostage' — The state's leading school groups said Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making it impossible for districts to develop their budgets for the fiscal year that starts July 1 because he has refused to release aid projections. In an unprecedented move, Cuomo's office won't provide school-aid runs as part of his 2015-16 proposed budget that was released last Wednesday.

Reports come in: IBM job cuts on — Job cuts are happening in IBM Corp., according to several reports received by the Poughkeepsie Journal. IBM is not commenting specifically on the moves, though it has not denied it and recently pointed out that it conformed there would be what it calls "workforce rebalancing," a term that includes elimination of jobs.
Jan 28, 2015

Reports come in: IBM job cuts are on via @pokjournal

Blood emergency declared by NY Blood Center — The Winter Storm Juno forecast cost the New York Blood Center donations, and a blood emergency has been declared. The organization's blood supplies are low - down more than 3,000 pints of blood from what the supply level should be - because drives were canceled due to Winter Storm Juno's forecast.

Dutchess priest suspended in decades-old sexual abuse allegation — A longtime Dutchess County priest has been suspended by the Archdiocese of New York because of 30-year-old sexual abuse allegations recently brought to authorities, confirmed Joseph Zwilling, the Archdiocese director of communications. But the Rev. Peter Kihm denies the accusations. Kihm was removed as priest at the Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck on Jan.
Jan 29, 2015

Suspended Dutchess priest denies decades-old sexual abuse claims

Jan 28, 2015

RT @PokJournal: Read statements from Archdiocese of New York; Dutchess priest suspended; denies claims of decades-old sex abuse:

Jan 28, 2015

Dutchess priest suspended in decades-old sexual abuse allegation

Poughkeepsie woman charged with 2nd DWI — A driver "traveling at a high rate of speed" in Pleasant Valley was arrested on her second DWI charge, state police said via news release. Danielle Fernandes, 27, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, because of a previous DWI conviction in 2008.
Jan 28, 2015

Poughkeepsie woman charged with 2nd DWI; police say she was driving at 'high rate' of speed; nearly twice legal limit

VIDEO: 'Suspicious' city fire spreads to youth center — A "suspicious" City of Poughkeepsie fire which started in the detached garage of a vacant home spread to two occupied structures, including a youth center, said city fire Chief Mark Johnson. Fires in vacant city homes have "been a continuing problem," Johnson said. "We've been trying to address comes down to legal issues."
Jan 28, 2015

8 children had to be evacuated due to fire near youth center in Poughkeepsie @cityofpok

Jan 28, 2015

VIDEO: 'Suspicious' Poughkeepsie fire started in vacant home's garage, spread to youth center.

Some Dutchess schools on 2-hour delay — Some Dutchess school districts, such as Wappingers and Arlington, are on two-hour-delays today because of icy road conditions, according to district websites. Because of the winter weather forecast this week, the state Department of Education is giving districts until Friday to administer Regents exams students missed due to cancellations.

Democrats: Silver will vacate position Monday — ALBANY - Assembly Democrats announced Tuesday night that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will vacate his position by Monday. Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle will serve as speaker until Feb. 10, when an election would be held to fill the post permanently.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @PokJournal: Democrats say Sheldon Silver will vacate position Monday; Silver says he "won't hinder the process."