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HUDSON — The fourth annual Oakdale Plunge will give everyone a chance to watch their friends jump into cold water, live streaming from the comfort of their home. Registration for Saturday’s event closes 5 p.m. Friday.

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HUDSON — Youth department staff members are receiving restorative justice training to change how they approach conflict resolution and to guide others in the city to do the same.

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ALBANY — State Health Department Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker deflected or would not answer specific questions at a rescheduled legislative budget hearing Thursday about an ongoing federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID-19 nursing home policies and total facility virus deaths the…

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Vaccine availability and rural broadband were among highlights of U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s virtual town hall Wednesday on the latest federal aid package.

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AUSTERLITZ — A police raid Tuesday at a home in Columbia County turned up 59 illegal firearms, drugs, cash and a Capuchin monkey that is illegal to own without a permit, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

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HUDSON — The Hudson Democratic Committee’s fourth resignation became official Tuesday when John Kane, the committee’s former 1st Ward representative, put his decision in writing.

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GERMANTOWN — Fire tore through a garage in Germantown on Tuesday morning and spread to a second structure.

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ROCHESTER – The U.S. Department of Justice will review state Attorney General Letitia James’ report and a grand jury’s decision Tuesday to not criminally charge any city police in the restraining death of Daniel Prude to determine federal action, officials said.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating dipped with New Yorkers in the wake of recent controversy over his administration’s delayed release and initial undercount of COVID-19 deaths in congregate facilities, according to a Marist College poll released Tuesday.

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GHENT — A knock on the door of a Ghent home Sunday morning climaxed a bizarre kidnapping ordeal for a man and a woman that began in Albany and ended in the Ghent Union Cemetery, Lt. John Rivero of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

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HUDSON — As the city faces an expected $1 million loss from 2020, a new economic task force will seek solutions.

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KINDERHOOK — A man from Niverville was taken to Albany Medical Center on Monday afternoon after he was struck by a pickup truck and dragged through a parking lot, Capt. Louis Bray of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

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HUDSON — As the city’s truck study continues, a survey of 329 people shows a majority of respondents believe truck traffic adversely affects the community and others accept trucks as a part of city life.

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ALBANY — Dozens of Senate and Assembly Republicans gathered to rally at the Million Dollar Staircase in the state Capitol on Monday to intensify their push for Democrats in the majority to vote to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s expanded authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALBANY — State senators voted to pass 11 pieces of legislation Monday as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in the wake of outrage over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities.

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COPAKE — Coarc announced Tuesday that its 55-year-old day camp in Columbia County is closed permanently.

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Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Alex Rosenstrach, 37, of Kinderhook, who owns Clublife Health and Fitness, were texting hours before the alleged July 5 assault of Harold Handy Jr. at a Fourth of July party held at Rosenstrach’s home he owns with his wife, Kelly — a sheriff’s deputy.

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HUDSON — The common council will reassess a resolution calling for the police department to provide gender and race data for all stops, this time in conjunction with the department and the public.

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HUDSON — A Hudson woman was taken to Columbia Memorial Health on Saturday night after the car she was riding in flipped over and slid down an embankment near Oakdale Lake, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said Monday.

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STOCKPORT — A Greene County man was taken to the Columbia County Jail after he was charged by state police with rape and stalking in Stockport following a seven-month investigation, state police Troop K Public Information Officer Aaron Hicks said Monday.

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STUYVESANT FALLS — A fire that heavily damaged a Stuyvesant Falls home and left its occupants homeless and killed one of their pets was ruled accidental.

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New cases of more transmissible variants of COVID-19 have not been discovered in the Twin Counties as mutations of the virus continue to spread across the state and the Capital Region, officials said Monday.

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STUYVESANT FALLS — Twelve fire departments from two counties fought a house fire Saturday afternoon in Stuyvesant Falls.

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STOCKPORT — A Coxsackie man has been charged with rape in the alleged sexual assault of a child in Stockport, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K, said Saturday.

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HUDSON — Four of 10 Hudson Democratic committee members have announced their resignations, two of whom also held executive positions.

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COPAKE FALLS — State police are continuing their investigation into a possible hate crime that occurred in November at Taconic State Park in Copake Falls, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

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HUDSON — An alternate side parking ad hoc committee is discussing how parking rules in Hudson could be reimagined.

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GERMANTOWN — A Columbia County man escaped injury after the car he was driving rolled over on Route 9G in Germantown on Thursday afternoon, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

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Police and the state Department of Labor continue to investigate growing numbers of fraudulent unemployment claims as thousands returned to work from home this winter because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said, targeting New Yorkers involved in past data breaches.

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Next week’s federal deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to face additional national delays because of persisting snow storms, ice and frigid temperatures simultaneously impacting several U.S. states, officials said Friday.

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HUDSON — The Common Council voted to reinstate Assistant Treasurer Matthew Parker’s stipend following a notice of legal action from Parker after the council voted to remove his stipend from the 2021 budget, the only change made at the council’s final budget review.

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Amusement parks, indoor family entertainment centers and summer camps, including overnight, will be allowed to reopen for business in the state this spring and summer at limited capacity, officials said.

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ALBANY — About 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines will be distributed per day at four upstate federal mass sites set to open in the coming weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, including Western New York, the Capital Region and the Finger Lakes.

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HUDSON — The auto center turned brewery at 735-737 Columbia Street is no longer in the works, but the Galvan Foundation is planning one across the street, filling the needs of any empty cups in Hudson.

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State lawmakers went behind bars to see first-hand the experience of people serving time in the state correctional system and to advocate for the passage of a package of criminal-justice reforms.

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ALBANY — Assembly Republicans announced plans Thursday to form an impeachment panel to gather evidence about Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s COVID-19 policies and deaths in New York nursing homes as lawmakers in the state Legislature continue to negotiate steps to rescind Cuomo’s emergency…

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HUDSON — Just a couple of weeks after a fiery forum held by 1st Ward Democrats where 1st Ward Supervisor Sarah Sterling was heavily criticized, she announced she won’t be running for re-election this year.

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HUDSON — Peter Spear, of Future Hudson, presented the findings from Shared Streets feedback Monday, which led to a debate about who is targeted by the program.