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Participants in the first-time summer internship program, a collaboration between the Columbia County District Attorney and Columbia-Greene Community College. Photo contributed

HUDSON—The Columbia County District Attorney and Columbia-Greene Community College (CGCC) collaborated for the first time this summer to create an internship program for three local students interested in law and public service, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Kyle Patzwahl, who oversaw the District Attorney’s internship program this year, worked with Joan Koweek, executive director of CGCC Foundation, and Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation to secure $15,000 in funding for the program, which will last for a term of eight weeks from June to August.

“Internships are so beneficial to career development, and these summer interns will have gained important experience relevant to each of their career fields. These types of employer partnerships add so much value to the community college experience,” Kelly Ann Radzik, director of Career Success and Experiential Learning, CGCC, said in the press release.

“Under ADA Patzwahl’s leadership, our interns have assisted our attorneys in court, learned the ins and outs of the criminal justice process, from arrest until trial, and, most recently, took a tour of the Columbia County Jail. They have also become an integral part of the DA’s Office, helping with the day-to-day operation of the office,” Deputy Chief ADA Ryan Carty said in the release.

Mr. Patzwahl is a graduate of CGCC. He received his BA from George Washington University and his JD and MBA from Boston College. He became an assistant district attorney in 2022.

“The internship program was also a great opportunity to give back to the school that kick started my lifelong pursuit of education. I am very grateful for my time at Columbia-Greene and the opportunities community colleges in general provide for students. I also know that Paul is very proud of having played in the orchestra in the 1971 Columbia-Greene production of ‘The Music Man,’” ADA Patzwahl said.

The 2023 DA’s summer interns are:

•Molly Delaney of Hudson, is in her first year attending CGCC. She is studying business, and will be graduating this spring with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

•Kiara Perkins of Hudson, is in her first year at CGCC and is majoring in criminal justice. She ultimately plans to go to a four-year school and attend law school.

•Kevin Cantelmo of Palenville, is a history major in his second year at CGCC. He plans to work in public service and become a history teacher.

Bower powerlifts for new world record

By DIANE VALDEN

FAIR HAVEN, VT—Hudson Police Commissioner Shane Bower set a world record bench press in his division, August 5 at the 2023 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Green Mountain Summer Classic Push-Pull at Fair Haven Fitness, Fair Haven, VT.

In a Facebook post, Commissioner Bower’s wife Miranda Lynn Bower said she was “incredibly proud” of her husband who set a “world record bench for his age group at 367.5 lbs,” then broke his own record at 375 lbs.

According to the City of Hudson website (www.cityofhudson.org) Mr. Bower was appointed police commissioner in 2022. He served in the Hudson Police Department from 2001 to 2019, then retired as sergeant. He held the positions of school resource officer and juvenile aid officer.

Police Commissioner Bower pictured at the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate Summer Classic, August 5. Facebook photos

He was also a certified field training officer, a fire and accident reconstruction investigator, and was a part of the law enforcement bike patrol. He is a certified motor vehicle investigator, a highway-rail grade crossing collision investigator as well as being part of FEMA’s Incident Command. Prior to working at the HPD, he worked at the Ulster and Chatham police departments. He has been a volunteer firefighter since 2002 and is a certified diver for the Rescue Dive Team and an NYS Level I fire investigator.

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