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ALBANY — While states across the nation are gearing up to make sure all their residents are counted in the 2020 Census, for which representation and billions of federal dollars are at stake, recently released population data from the U.S. Census Bureau has brought projections that New York m…

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HUDSON — A New York City man pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting another guest during a Halloween party in Copake, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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HUDSON — Barry Goldstein, 76, of Stockport, was convicted Wednesday on two of three charges for hiring another Columbia County man to burn down his home to obtain a $1.3 million insurance policy.

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WASHINGTON — Joining the chorus of lawmakers and law enforcement officials voicing concerns over the new bail reform laws in New York, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, took the initiative in Washington to study the results of pre-trial release.

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ALBANY — It was a battle of press conferences at the State Capitol Building Wednesday, as the legislature’s majority and minority parties continued to spar over the criminal justice reforms rolled out two weeks ago.

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HUDSON — Mayor Kamal Johnson has appointed a point person for people with disabilities to lodge complaints and ensure the city’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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HUDSON — The new term of the Common Council got off to a rocky start at its reorganizational meeting Monday when a disagreement erupted over which of its members should serve as minority leader.

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ALBANY — The start of the second year of a Democratic-controlled state Legislature has the majority excited and optimistic about the passage of bills on their agenda, and on Tuesday, some Democratic lawmakers were certain the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill.

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HUDSON — The defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday in Columbia County Court in the trial against Barry Goldstein, who is accused of hiring a Stuyvesant man to burn down his home for insurance money.

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ALBANY — A few days after a Supreme Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, New York legislators gathered with activists, educators and medical providers in Albany to push for the passage of two bills that would effect…

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STUYVESANT — A person was airlifted with injuries after a one-vehicle crash on Route 9 between New Street and Hudson Avenue on Monday, police said.

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ALBANY — As state lawmakers returned to the capitol this week, the bail reform law passed in last year’s historically productive legislative session has carried over into the new year with tension.

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HUDSON — A new literacy campaign launched Tuesday put books in the hands of more than 500 Columbia County children to encourage reading before children reach their first day of school.

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HUDSON — Recordings of police interviews with the Stockport man who allegedly hired another Columbia County man to burn down his home for the insurance were played for the jury Friday.

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HUDSON — William Travis, the alleged accomplice who said he set the fire at Barry Goldstein’s home in the hopes of getting a portion of the insurance money, testified on the fourth day of the arson trial Thursday.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the stage for his 2020 State of the State address Wednesday, highlighting a reel of his administration’s accomplishments over the last decade and introducing dozens of his proposals for the new legislative session.

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Editor’s Note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.

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HUDSON — The trial of two Columbia County men accused of setting fire to a house in October 2017 for $1 million in insurance began Monday in Columbia County Court.

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Board of Elections, Columbia County and Democratic Election Commissioner Virginia Martin face a possible legal challenge from James Dolan, who claims his former employer violated his First Amendment rights and forced him to resign under duress.

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Until about a week ago, there were barely any reported flu cases in the Twin Counties, but those numbers have started to change.

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New York ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2019 for losing population, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The United Methodist Church may split into more than one denomination over same-sex marriage and other issues related to the LGBTQ community, the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church announced Friday.

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ALBANY — With the passage of the Green Light law, criminal justice reforms and the Climate Leadership and Protection Act, this past legislative session was a historically productive one for the Democratic Party — and a sweet taste of life back the majority in the state Senate.

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Weekly wages in some of New York state’s largest counties were well above the national average for the second quarter of 2019, but wages in the Twin Counties fell short of that bar, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Ontario County Sheriff’s Office via The New York TimesIn an undated image provided by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Assemblyman Brian Kolb, the Assembly’s Republican minority leader who represents a district outside Rochester, N.Y. Kolb, 67, was arrested and charged with drinking and …

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FILE — Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, a Democratic candidate for president, speaks in Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 27 2019. Castro, the only Latino in the race, said Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, that he would end his bid for the presidency. (Demetrius Freeman/The New York Times)

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HUDSON — Kamal Johnson made history Wednesday, becoming Hudson’s first African-American mayor, following the city’s first openly gay mayor, Rick Rector, and first elected female mayor, Tiffany Martin.