The project with the questionable goal of turning Route 66 in Greenport into Route 9 south of Poughkeepsie took an important step forward yesterday. Harbalwant Singh, with a bevy of town and county officials declaring that Greenport and Columbia County are "open for business," broke ground on his Greenport Crossings project. Gas station, convenience store, A&W restaurant come first; enhanced bowling alley and chain hotel to follow. Audra Jornov has the story in the Register-Star: "18.5 mil project has groundbreaking."
By contrast, W. T. Eckert has the story of how Scenic Hudson partnered with the Dutchess Land Conservancy and the U. S. Department of Agriculture to preserve ten farms in Dutchess and Columbia counties: "$3.6 million in easements preserves 10 farms."