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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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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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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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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 — 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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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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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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Federal and state leaders praised President Joe Biden’s decision Tuesday to tap millions of gallons of fuel from the national reserve to lower energy prices as the leading Republican nominee in the 2022 gubernatorial race started a lengthy tour demanding the governor take action to further r…

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GHENT — A woman was taken to Albany Medical Center on Monday following a two-car accident in Ghent, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

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HUDSON — The man who was saved by an alert postal carrier and Hudson police officers has died, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore confirmed.

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ALBANY — An attorneys’ report released Monday revealed new evidence that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly groped a staffer’s breast in the Executive Mansion last year, and confirms he misrepresented COVID-19 nursing home death data and used state resources to help publish his pandemic memo…

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GALLATIN — Two people will be staying with family members after fire destroyed their home Saturday, Taghkanic Fire Chief Bill Hilscher said.

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Columbia County lost more than 1,500 residents over the last decade, the city of Hudson alone lost more than 800, or a 12.2% decrease.

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HUDSON — Columbia County is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 numbers it has not seen since last January.

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HUDSON — After public advocate Jumaane Williams announced his run for governor Tuesday, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson and Common Council Majority Leader Tiffany Garriga declared their endorsement Friday.

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Central Hudson customers should anticipate an increase in their monthly utility bills after state officials adopted a three-year rate agreement for the Hudson Valley utility company Thursday afternoon.

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Some residents of Greene and Columbia counties have been getting phone calls in which the caller is claiming to be a state trooper, said Steven Nevel, public information officer for state police Troop F, said Friday.

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HUDSON — Deb Maher does not like the word “hero.” But the community hailed her as one after she noticed a man on her postal route had not collected his mail in a few days and called for a welfare check.

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HUDSON — The pocketbook factory project was approved by the Hudson Planning Board on Thursday with just one vote against the project after a dispute over enforcing public access to the project’s proposed green space.

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Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attorney demanded state Attorney General Letitia James recuse herself from future decisions related to the former governor’s sexual harassment investigation and related evidence on the heels of the release of the transcripts of witness interviews last week and Jame…

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New York will receive at least $27 billion to resuscitate its aging infrastructure, and millions of dollars to bridge the digital divide plaguing upstate, rural communities and low-income New Yorkers as part of the federal infrastructure package signed into law this week, officials said Wednesday.