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HILLSDALE — Hecate Energy officials intend to file an application with the state to begin the company’s solar project in Copake but gave a soft date for the filing and said they have been transparent with the community about their plans.

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CATSKILL — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Greene County confirmed its 5,000th positive case this week, a figure that represents 10.5% of the county’s total population.

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NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul will not implement new statewide COVID-19 mandates after health officials Thursday confirmed five New Yorkers have contracted the omicron variant.

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ALBANY — Hundreds of letters were hand-delivered Wednesday to the Executive Chamber to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office from anxious farmers and farm laborers pleading against the state Wage Board’s pending decision to lower the agricultural overtime threshold to 40 hours.

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HUDSON — State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, R-Saugerties, visited Columbia County on Wednesday accompanied by an influential colleague from New York City to discuss the ongoing issues the county has with providing affordable, reliable child care.

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A deer that contracted Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease this summer was killed in November by a hunter in the town of Catskill, New York Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jomo Miller said.

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CATSKILL — The shortage of emergency medical technicians to work on first responder crews has been a lingering issue in Greene County, and the Greene County Legislature was told Wednesday the problem is not going away.

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CATSKILL — Two Greene County businesses and a pair of local community groups were honored with the annual Ellen Rettus Planning Achievement Awards at a Greene County Legislature meeting last month.

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ALBANY — Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin was indicted Wednesday on charges of stealing campaign funds.

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ALBANY — State Education Department leaders struggled to communicate with, or get a response, from former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aides throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they waited on safety guidelines for New York schools, they told legislators during a hearing Tuesday.

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HUDSON — The postal carrier who police said saved the life of a Hudson man received a commendation Monday in a small ceremony at the Hudson Police Station.

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SAUGERTIES — A Greene County man was arrested on multiple charges following a one-car accident on Sunday, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said Tuesday.

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CAIRO — For more than four decades, Robert Hempstead traversed the roads of Greene County and town of Cairo as a beloved member of two highway departments, working for the county agency for 37 years before winning the superintendent post in Cairo.

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ALBANY — Five Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday endorsed Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul for election in 2022 to her first full term as governor, one day after another Democratic challenger entered the race, bolstering her upstate support.

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CATSKILL — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill is poised for a round of substantial renovations after the center received a $360,000 state grant to upgrade its facility.

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HUDSON — Columbia County COVID cases reached another unenviable threshold over the weekend as the 6,000th positive case was reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

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ALBANY — The state has enough resources to reach about half of its legislated climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, energy officials said Monday, as lawmakers pressed them on clean energy’s anticipated cost to taxpayers to address climate change.

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CATSKILL — As three more Greene County residents died from COVID-19 illnesses over the holiday weekend, county officials are keeping an eye on the emerging omicron variant and the resulting state of emergency declared by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday.

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CATSKILL — A Greene County grand jury is scheduled to be empaneled to hear evidence in the murder of a Catskill man, Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione said Tuesday.

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HUDSON — Columbia Memorial Health officials announced Tuesday they have temporarily suspended some visitations due to concerns over resurgent COVID cases and the uncertainty of the omicron variant.

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NEW YORK — Upstate hospitals have suffered a greater reduction in available beds than downstate health facilities as health experts in Albany continue to test for the omicron COVID variant not discovered in New York as of Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said.

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KISKATOM — A fast-moving fire on Sunday afternoon destroyed a popular wedding venue and bed and breakfast in Kiskatom, said Kiskatom Fire Chief Pete Kusminsky.

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TANNERSVILLE — The Village of Tannersville is set to receive a major boost to its downtown Painted Village area after the municipality received a $10 million state grant to revitalize its main thoroughfare.

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KINDERHOOK — A driver from Columbia County was arrested Friday night after his car crashed into Kinderhook Village Hall, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K on Monday.

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MELLENVILLE — A homeowner and his pets are homeless, after fire tore through his Mellenville home Friday night, said Mellenville Second Assistant Fire Chief Chris Bleau.

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CATSKILL — A Greene County woman is in jail after allegedly killing a person in the village around midnight, police said Saturday.

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Advocates and prison staff continue to clash over the catalyst stoking spiking violent assaults in state facilities, increasing pressure on officials to take action after correction department leaders threatened incarcerated New Yorkers with additional consequences this week to curb assaults.

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COVID numbers in the Twin Counties are on the rise again with Greene and Columbia seeing cases this month more than triple the amount for November a year ago.

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LIVINGSTON — Three people were taken to area hospitals following a two-car collision Wednesday afternoon in Livingston, state police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman said.

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ALBANY — The state Health Department can limit non-essential, elective hospital procedures under New York’s new state of emergency that returned Friday as new COVID-19 infections reach transmission levels from the early days of the pandemic and global health officials identified a new highly…

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CLAVERACK — The body of a Columbia County man who had been reported missing since Wednesday was found by authorities on Thursday afternoon, said Lt. John Rivero of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

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HUDSON — A sweet chime greeted runners Thanksgiving morning in the city’s annual holiday race, ringing in the rebirth of a family tradition.

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New York State Forest Rangers were kept busy last weekend, with three separate rescues in Greene County, said Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Lori Severino.

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Three white men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose killing last year helped fuel a national debate on racial profiling and vigilantism.