YIR 2008: Town leaders chart future

Daniel Pickett, a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk social studies teacher, sued three of his colleagues for $11 million, claiming that school officials and a teacher conspired to get him fired and had ruined his reputation.

He was accused at one time of have "an inappropriate relationship with a female student" but was later cleared of any such relationship. The district apologized and reached an undisclosed settlement with Pickett in October.


Local residents and politicians across New York react to the news of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall in a prostitution scandal.

"I think there is a feeling of relief. It was obvious Gov. Spitzer lost the moral high ground, and I think he did the right thing stepping down," said Assemblyman Jack McEneny, D-Albany.

The Bethlehem School District approved its 2008-09 budget for voters in May. School officials said the proposed budget contained a tax rate increase of 4.14 percent in Bethlehem and 5.24 percent in New Scotland.

The board also OK'd a nearly $1.36 million bus proposition to purchase 18 new buses. The previous bus proposition in 2006 was voted down.

The Bethlehem Town Board heard an update on the Vista Technology Park from developers who had revised the original design to include condominiums, as well as plans to reroute road access and decrease the amount of retail space in the park.

Two major tenants were also announced.

A BBL Development Group representative brought the updated proposal before the board at its Wednesday, March 25, meeting. The $200 million, 400-acre technology park proposal calls for 1.4 million square feet of office space, and developers said it could bring up to 5,000 employees to the area.

Bethlehem Central School District announces the appointment of Michael Tebbano, who was the district's assistant superintendent, to replace outgoing Superintendent Les Loomis, who retired after more than 20 years at the head of the school.

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