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   Sunday Freeman (Newspaper) - January 16, 1977, Kingston, New York                               rWorld Brief ,t. 'IT tin l" GOP Honors King, Opposes Amnesty WASHINGTON (UPI) The Re- publican National Committee wound up its first meeting under new chair- man William Brock Saturday by pass- ing resolutions opposing amnesty for draft evaders and honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The committee sidestepped a dis- cussion on the possibility of changing the name of the Republican Party. Brock, defeated last November in his bid for re-election to the Senate from Tennessee, was elected Friday on the third ballot to succeed Mary Lou- ise Smith as chairman of the party. ADA Says House Most Conservative WASHINGTON (UPI) Saying the last Congress gave little hope for independent action, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action reported Saturday the House of Rep- resentatives was more conservative in election-year 1976 than during the previous "year. An ADA survey of voting records on 20 selected issues found that House members took the liberal position 42 per cent of the time last year, when seats were at stake in elections, compared to 49 per cent of the time in 1975. Ford's Weekend Last at Retreat CAMP DAVID, Md. (UPI) Pres- ident Ford and his wife, Betty, spent their final weekend as America's first family Saturday cloistered with friends at the forested retreat that has renewed presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Accompanied by two family dogs, the Fords landed by helicopter at Camp David and walked the quarter mile to Aspen Lodge, a rustic two-story building where they planned to spend the night Roads leading into the remote camp were clear, and the weather was crisp and sunny. Ford's guests for the week- end drove to the camp 65 miles northwest of Washington Hunt Is Getting Parole Hearings MIAMI (UPI) The U.S. Parole Commission will conduct hearings Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 in Washington on the parole application of Water- gate burglar E. Howard Hunt, his attorney announced Saturday. Attorney Ellis Rubin said Hunt would be taken to Washington from the Eglin Air Force Base federal minimum security prison to plead his own case at the'hearings. Pope Warns Against Worldwide Violence VATICAN CITY (UPI) Pope Paul VI said Saturday that violence is smoldering throughout the world "like a partly extinguished fire-ready to flare up again" at the first gust of wind. The pope said the world will never be at peace until men overcome "the often agressive instincts of possessive- ness, power, narrow nationalism, race and sex" and the notion that "evil always means other people." "The world...is a prey to the 79-year-old pontiff said in a French-language address to Holy See ambassadors on the occasion of the New Year. River Tap Plan Demands Local Decisions By 8ID LEAVITT Freeman itaff KINGSTON A draft environmental impact statement on a controversial plan to tap the Hudson River in this vicinity for up to 950 million gallons a day to serve future metropolitan New York water needs has been released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. local officials pressed to come up with their reactions to the draft statement within 45 days is Herbert M. Heckler, Ulster County planning director, who called the water plan a "critical" issue involving "major policy questions" for the county. The latest version of the plan, the result of a year of specific study by the Corps, calls for two alternate locations for withdrawal equipment, one in the Town of Rhinebeck about a mile south of the KingBton-Rhinecliff Bridge or one in the Town of Esopus north of the West Park area. The plan would have at least a double effect on the future of Mid-Hudson Valley water supplies, cutting into the river's potential and perhaps also diminishing the amount by which the region could depend on other supplies now being tapped within it for metropolitan purposes. Also, a 60-mile tunnel would be re- quired to "transport river water from the Mid-Hudson Valley to the Kensico Reser- voir in Westchester County. Of the three proposed alternate routes, two would have the tunnel built on the west side of the river. The project, estimated to take eight years to construct, would re- quire excavation of 11 million cubic yards of rock. Using "high-How the Corps plan would withdraw water from the Hudson at times of "sufficient" flow the spring swell, for example and' use this water as t backup to the current supplies, notably the CaUkill and Dela- ware reservoir systems.'' With the drain on them reduced, the reservoir systems would fill faster or to a greater capacity as a hedge against droughts. However, Hekler was concerned about the effect on Mid-Hudson communities now using the metropolis-bound aqueducts for their own water supplies, should flow in the aqueducts be reduced when the river were being tapped. New Paltz, for example, gets water from the Catakill aqueduct. I Another question is how high-flow skimming will fit in with plans by two utilities, Consolidated Edison and the Power Authority of the State of New York, to build nuclear plants in the same region. While one nuclear plant would draw only a fraction of the high-flow skimmer's maximum capacity, there are plans for as many as five nuclear plants in the region, all with cooling towers to be fed with water. The Hudson also has been viewed by the region as a key to future industrial growth because of its available water. "The queation is, are we jeopardizing our own future potential water source because of the Corps Hekler said. The corps plan also again brings up a decades-old problem of per capita equity in the amount of water regional com- munities would get from the metropolitan system. Ever since the turn of the century when the present Catakill reservoir system was agreed on, the deal has been to give regional communities in the supply area the same per capita amounts of water from the system as New York City enjoys. However, because communities are de- fined on en individual rather than re- (See WATER, page 5) VOL. CVI, No. 76 Sunday, Jan. 16, 1977 15' Sunday Flurries Miri415 Max. 21 Pact for Two Years, Raise City Police Vote 'Yes' on Contract By CHAZY DOWALIBY Freeman staff KINGSTON City Police have agreed to the two-year, contract that Mayor Francis Koenig pro- posed last week. "It didn't lay us in a bed of commented Kingston Patrolmen's As- sociation President James Riggins, "but it's the best possible deal available to us." Riggins would not release the exact count of a membership vote taken on the proposal Friday, but 62 of the 68 eligible officers cast ballots "It wasn't unani- mous, but it was overwhelmingly ac- he said Koenig wasn't overly enthusiastic about the settlement either, saying only that he hoped the Common Council would approve the deal when it meets in regular session, probably on Feb. 1. The hike includes a raise ordered last year by a Public Employee Relations Board arbitrator last year and an additional S200 raise for 1977. The contract will expire at the end of this year Police and city officials have been negotiating since September of 1975 with Koenig continually threatening that any salary boosts would mean layoffs in de- partment staff As it now stands, there are seven vacan- cies in the department due to retired men who have not been replaced. In announcing the contract settlement, Riggins added his hopes that "the mayor will fill those vacancies in 1977. Koenig's reply Saturday was "no chance." The seven empty slots mean about a savings to the city just about the total cost of an increase for the remaining 68 men. The budgetary standoff will mean Koenig saves a line item increase on his new city spending package and the pa- trolmen haven't really had to deal with firings from their ranks. The new yearly raise brings the max- imum patrolmen, sergeants and lieuten- ants can now receive to Only (See CONTRACT, page 5) Total is Most Ever Raised United Way Tops 1976 KINGSTON An all-out, post-holi- day effort by Ulster County United Way succeeded m pushing contributions in the 1977 campaign over the top of last year's donations The amount collected to date totals exceeding the gifted in 1976 by Pleased at having forged ahead of last year's drive, campaign Chairman Richard Wagner said late last week that United Way is still accepting donations from those people who haven't yet contributed to the support of the 17 service agencies involved. Wagner had special thanks to the com- munity for its support. He said continued urgmgs for help had just resulted in a donation of from "The Bald Head Club" social group. "Our personal thanks to Arthur Houghtaling and his fellow members for their he said The campaign chairman also praised volunteer campaign workers for their ef- forts in the United Way drive. "They did a great job in very difficult he said, "and I'm really proud of them. I've never seen a more enthusiastic group of volunteers than'those who participated in this year's campaign." The collected in the drive to date amounts to 94 4 per cent of the 1977 goal of which could still be met if the response continues Committees Assigned as Expected Spotlitc 'Photo-Preservation Page 17 UCAL GirU Cage Preview 1 Page 33 Culhane-McGivern, the 4th Tempo Index Classifieds........................ 39-41 Crossword.............................. T-19 Dear 19 Editorials, Columns.............'..........6 Jeanne Dixon........................ 22 Lite Today........................... 17-26 Obituaries..................................... 5 Social Security and You.............22 Sports.......................... 27-33 -Stock Market............1................. 38 Teen Page................................... 25 T-6 I 2 I KINGSTON Committee assign- ments for the 1977 session of the legisla- ture show very few surprises Key positions in the finance and social services conftnittees have been taken over by new Ernest Gardner-Melvin Mones administration and a new mental health committee has sprung up out of the parent public health group. Republicans Gardner the new chairman and Mones the new majority leader are from Dist 5 and the city, respectively. Republican Daniel Alfonso of Highland will head mental health, a committee which-was formed at the urging of public health chairman Thomas Roach of New Paltz. Former legislature chairman Peter J Savago asked to be left off of the leader- ship roles for the year, and he was. Savago however will keep a seat on the powerful finance committee as well as on the newly reorganized legislative, rules and legal committee. The judicial oversight need will be lost this April when the state takes over court management and funding. Stephen Hyatt. R-Dist. 5, has taken over chairmanship of the audit and insur- ance committee, replacing veteran Lester Elmendorf, R-Dist. 5, who heads the legislative body. Clifford Snyder, R-Dist 3, was dropped from the finance committee to make room for Mories Other key chairmanships which remain unchanged are Philip Davis, R-Dist. 8, bridges and highways, Charles Scala, R- Dist 3, industrial development and pub- licity, Hyatt, community college and Roach, public health. New County Lot Lightly Used i Freeman photo by HII The only partially filled county parking lot KINGSTON Visitors to the coun- ty office building aren't exactly beat- ing down the toll gates to get into the new parking lot. Receipts for the first month of opera- tion show that just about 100 can a day use the newly constructed lot. Revenues average a day, with most of the fees running in the 15- to 30-cent range. Working at optimum capacity the lot could hold about 400 can a day and bring in a revenue close to That allows use of about 75 of the -100 available spaces for an average two- hour period. The lot is open from about 7-30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clifford Bunting, the uptown busi- nessman who is chairman of the county's Parking Lot Committee, says he's aware of the low usage, but that it's "gradually building up." "We had absolutely no way of ing tafffe into the building and since the lot was put there for people using the building we'll just have to let it. keep going as it he Mid. Publicity Director Albert Cawein sees things a little differently. He thinks the committee should., okay some advertising or public to (See PARKING, 5) r-PROTEST- Freeman pholn by Alan Mrs. Luci Nelson and Sean picket McDonald's. Fired Employe's Wife Pickets McDonald's KINGSTON Wife and mother Luci Nelson is waging a baby carriage picketing campaign against McDonald's Restaurant, where her husband, former night manager Jef- frey E Nelson, was fired after a Dec. 30 holdup Owner Edward Garzarelli had "no comment" because of pending court action in the case, but Manager Larry F. Koltz said Nelson was fired for giving false information to police after he was robbed of Mrs Nelson, who started her baby carriage protest in front of the Albany Avenue restaurant Friday, said neither Garzarelli nor Koltz will talk to her. A mother of four, Mrs. Nelson said she will keep up the protest until her husband is rehired or she is officially told why he was fired. "They did it all TO read the sign over the stroller in which Mrs. Nelson pushed five-week-old, son Sean back and forth on the restaurant's front sidewalk Friday and Saturday during the midday rush. "I'm sure we could take this to court, but the courts take forever, and the problem is trying to find out how to pay the bills said Mrs Nelson, who picketed about two hours the first day and another hour the next She said she tried to talk to Gar- zarelli the day she brought her husband's uniforms back and picked up his final check- "I was trying to talk to him across the counter, and he just walked away from me Koltz, she said, told her only that "it wasn't his responsibility." Still pending against Nelson in Kingston City Court are two counts of making a punishable false statement to police. Four other men, including former restaurant employe Mark Turck, 17, have been charged with robbery, grand larceny or conspiracy in the holdup Turck allegedly helped plan the holdup and detained Nelson long enough for it to take place Mrs Nelson said she checked with police before beginning the protest so that she could follow the law. She said her baby is bundled more warmly than herself. Truckers Subpoenaed For Disguised Trash By LYNN MULVANEY Freeman staff PLATTEKILL We've all heard about neatniks who carefully wrap their scraps of garbage in neatly tied paper parcels so even the neighbor's dog wouldn't recognize it for what it is. But when commercial haulers disguise their garbage by wrapping it in paper before delivery to a dump, that gives cause for questioning. Two Ulster County Grand Jury sub- poenas have been issued by the district attorney's office for the appearance of the drivers of Sanitation garbage trucks which have been depositing their loads at the Plattekill landfill last week. It is alleged that "the loads contained garbage, disguised in paper covering. Alert volunteer dump-watchers and members of the state police and Ulster County Sheriffs Department have been keeping an eye on the landfill in hopes of catching the Poughkeepaie-based firm breaking the law which prohibits the importation of more than 60 tons of non- organic material into the county each week. Police have been weighing the company's garbage trucks to keep track ol the garbage intake. (See (JARBAGK, page 5)   

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