The leaves are changing, boats are being put away for the winter, and the nights are getting longer and colder in Huletts. Things have been quiet on the Huletts Current for a few weeks but I wanted to post some shots of some work going on around the community. Both of the below pictures were taken in the last week.
If you’ve departed for the winter, don’t worry, I will continue to post stories throughout the winter – although with a little less regularity. If you have any ideas for stories or interviews please drop me a note. There are no local town elections to cover this year but life goes on. Wherever this finds you – I hope you and yours are well – until we are all back in Huletts again.
A view from behind “Garden View” cottage as a new roof is being installed.
A view from the second hole of the Huletts Golf course.
“Moral character or character is an evaluation of a particular individual’s stable moral qualities. The concept of character can imply a variety of attributes including the existence or lack of virtues such as empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty, or of good behaviors or habits.”
Definition of Moral character – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George Morris (left) and James W. Wolitarsky (right) recently were appointed to the Board of the Lake George Land Conservancy.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) recently announced the recent addition of two new directors to its Board, George Morris and James W. Wolitarsky.
“We are very excited to have Jim and George join our Board,” said LGLC Executive Director Jamie Brown. “Both bring to the LGLC strong leadership skills, a commitment to our mission, and a rich and deep connection to Lake George. It’s been great getting to know these two new Directors, hearing about their ideas, their stories about time spent on the lake, but mostly their enthusiasm for protecting the land that protects this special place. We extend a warm welcome to our newest Directors and look forward to the impact that they will make on LGLC and the lake.”
George Morris recently finished his 31st year with Oliver Wyman, the international management consulting firm and part of Marsh and McLennan, where he is a Partner in the Financial Services group based in New York City. His consulting career began after graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1985) and an AB from Dartmouth College (1980). In 2016 he co-authored a paper on risk management for non-profits based on financial analysis of charities in New York State. Now, he is semi-retired and leads the firm’s Social Impact initiative out of the New York office and contributes to developing future generations of world-class management advisors.
Mr. Morris resides in Pilot Knob, NY, and is a third generation lover of Lake George. His lake experience began at his parents’ house, also known as “Flower Down”, in the Town of Lake George. Mr. Morris is a hiker and forager, loves sailing, early morning boat rides, and kayaking. He’s a second generation member of the Lake George Club and raced sailboats there for many summers.
James (Jim) W. Wolitarsky is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a major U.S. east coast full-service financial services firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jim joined the company in 1991 as its Chief Financial Officer. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2000 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2001. He also served as Chairman of its Executive Committee.
Jim received a B.A. degree in 1968 from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA and earned a M.B.A. degree in 1973 from New York University. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant from 1968 to 1970 with service in Vietnam and was decorated with a Bronze Star and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Mr. Wolitarsky is currently a board manager of Pennsylvania Hospital, a core member hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; a director of D.A. Davidson Companies, a full-service regional securities broker-dealer doing business in the western United States and a director of Pennsylvania Trust Company. He has served on many boards, including as Vice Chairman and Treasurer for the FUND for Lake George, and has lectured nationally and participated in a wide array of financial conferences and forums.
Mr. Wolitarsky first came to the lake when he was 5 or 6 years old and then spent every subsequent childhood summer for 2 or 3 weeks with his family at a rented lakeside cottage on Black Point Road in Ticonderoga. He and his wife, Nini, bought their current home on the lake in 2006. Jim and Nini live in Villanova, PA, and have four children.
Telephone, Cell Phone Customers To Use 838 Area Code Starting in 3rd Quarter 2017
The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that a new area code number has been assigned for eastern upstate New York. The new 838 area code will provide additional much-needed phone numbers for residents and businesses in the existing 518 area code region. The new area code will be activated by the third quarter of 2017.
The new area code will be overlaid on the existing 518 calling area, which will result in mandatory 10-digit dialing since two area codes will serve the same calling area. Regions served by multiple areas codes must employ 10-digit dialing as required by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandate. It is important to note that all existing telephone users in the region will retain their current phone numbers, including the 518 area code.
Throughout the implementation, the Commission will be conducting outreach to the public to ensure that customers are aware of the area code change and its implementation milestones. The geographic area associated with the new 838 area code is located in all or part of 17 counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.
Frank Kapusinski arguing a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court earlier this year.
Back in April, I reported that my brother, Frank Kapusinski, had argued a case in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He represented Bergen County’s County Executive in the case: Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority v. Kathleen A. Donovan. The case revolved around a County Executive’s veto authority and had implications for the counties in New Jersey that have a County Executive form of government. The case was about a County Executive’s executive power and how that could be asserted over an independent agency.
Recently the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down its decision in this case.
Unlike a sporting event where there is a clear winner and loser, court decisions sometimes reflect the complexities of a case where competing statutes have to be interpreted with decisions that accept some of the arguments from both parties. This was that type of case.
The New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority v. Donovan by giving both parties something. The Court held that the then-Bergen County Executive, Kathleen Donovan, had been within her rights to use her executive veto to cut commissioners’ health benefits that had never been properly authorized. However, the Court held that her firings of the commissioners — when they ignored her vetoes – had not been undertaken consistent with applicable law.
So if you see Frank around the Landing, you can congratulate him for winning some of his arguments!
In 2012, the US Postal Service introduced POSTPlan as a means of keeping Post Offices open by reducing hours. The Huletts Landing Post Office is now only open 4 hours per day. POSTPlan reduced operations at many rural Post Offices to 2, 4 or 6 hours per day in hundreds of Post Offices throughout the country.
Although POSTPlan kept many offices open, they do not have Postmasters and many postmaster jobs were lost. According to rough statistics – there were roughly 32,000 Postmasters a decade ago, while today the number is closer to 14,000. The lowest level of Post Office with full-time Postmasters is known as a Level 18 Post Office and excludes Post Offices that are open 2, 4 or 6 hours per day which resulted from the POSTPlan implementation.
It is believed that the US Postal Service is evaluating the 337 Level 18 Post offices to see if they could be downgraded to 4-hour or 6-hour facilities in the near future. It is also believed that the Postal Service is evaluating the 2,296 4-hour and 6-hour facilities (of which the Huletts Landing Post Office is now included) to see if they could be downgraded to 2-hour and 4-hour facilities.
While little is known about the evaluation process, it does appear that rural America could see further reductions in postal hours at small rural post offices. The best way to see that no further reduction in hours occur at our local Post Office is to buy your stamps and postage in Huletts. One measurement that is used in determining Post Office hours is the amount of postage sold.
I will continue to follow this issue and will update the Huletts Current accordingly.