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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., increased political pressure on congressional leaders Tuesday to include legislation in the next federal COVID-19 package to train a national health force to ensure an approved coronavirus vaccine will be equitably available for all Americans.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the state is preparing for how it will alter its COVID-19 plan during the coming winter months.

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SAUGERTIES — A bicyclist from New York City died last Friday from injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle driven by a Greene County man, according to Saugerties police.

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ROCHESTER — State officials are focused on developing a winter plan to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus to prevent overwhelming statewide hospital systems and the death of thousands of Americans as virus hospitalizations have nearly tripled in parts of the Finger Lakes Region over th…

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Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns New Yorkers of surging coronavirus infections and hospitalizations statewide during a COVID-19 briefing in Manhattan on Monday, pleading with the public to not gather with family and friends over this week’s Thanksgiving holiday.

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SAUGERTIES — A Greene County man was arrested and charged after a one-car accident in Saugerties, Police Chief Joseph A. Sinagra said Tuesday.

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Officials in New York’s Coronavirus Task Force are preparing for at least a 20% increase in COVID-19 infections, daily hospitalizations and deaths by New Year’s, depending on how diligently New Yorkers comply with state virus restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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CATSKILL — The 14th annual Parade of Lights will go on this Friday despite the ongoing pandemic.

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus hospitalizations in New York have more than doubled in the last three weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before he pleaded with New Yorkers to not celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family members or friends outside their home to prevent further spread of the disease.

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CATSKILL — The Greene County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative canceled its fourth and final public meeting Tuesday due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

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HUDSON — Local health departments, school administrators and public officials are urging everyone to stay safe this Thanksgiving amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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SAUGERTIES — A Catskill man was charged by police with driving while intoxicated after a one-car accident in Saugerties, Police Chief Joseph A. Sinagra said Monday.

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CATSKILL — The former Catskill Game Farm, a beloved blast from Catskill’s past that attracted visitors from all over the world, sold last week for just under $2 million.

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Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky joined a group of sheriffs across the state to speak against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-person limit on private gatherings.

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ATHENS — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocated in Greene County on Monday for an extension of federal aid to small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, completing his annual 62-county state tour.

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CATSKILL — The former Catskill Game Farm, a beloved blast from Catskill’s past that attracted visitors from all over the world, sold last week for just under $2 million.

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CATSKILL — Village trustees adopted zoning amendments Wednesday to align the village’s zoning with the new comprehensive plan.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric plans to challenge millions of dollars in fines related to its response to Tropical Storm Isaias this summer, a company spokesman said Friday.

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ALBANY — Members of the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission reconvened for a conversation smattered with logistical disagreements Thursday to appoint a commission leader before the group begins work to redraw state legislative district lines.

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Thousands of State University of New York students received their last SUNY-mandated coronavirus test as they prepare to return home until the spring semester, which is set to begin in February as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to surge through the winter.

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Democrat Michelle Hinchey declared victory Friday afternoon in the 46th Senate District race more than two weeks after Election Day while absentee ballots continue to be finalized for retiring state Sen. George Amedore’s position.

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CATSKILL — Lawmakers adopted a $112.6 million Greene County budget Wednesday, which calls for $2.5 million to be drawn from the county’s reserve fund in 2021, officials said.

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Additional coronavirus microcluster zones expanded downstate Thursday, joining a growing list of areas across the state with stricter COVID-19 regulations to prevent significant community spread of the disease.

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CLAVERACK — The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body that was found floating in a pond in Claverack Thursday afternoon, Lt. John Rivero said.

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CATSKILL — After years of trying to maintain The Historic Catskill Point, Greene County is applying for grant funding to stabilize the shoreline.

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HUNTER — A new radio communications tower proposed for Hunter will improve emergency services on the mountaintop, legislators said.

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Increased coronavirus restrictions imposed in Western New York on Wednesday will aim to combat the region’s growing COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while controversial raises for state elected officials will be temporarily deferred as the pandemic continues.

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ATHENS — A village man was arrested by state police on felony drug charges Thursday, state police Troop F public information officer Steven Nevel said Monday.

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Leading health experts and scientists at SUNY Upstate Medical University continue to study transmission of the novel coronavirus in households and develop antibody, convalescent plasma and various testing and treatment initiatives.

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The COVID-19 pandemic will not get in the way of feeding those in need this Thanksgiving.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Columbia and Greene counties, officials are looking at the best ways to provide testing to residents.

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All civil and criminal jury trials across New York are postponed indefinitely as the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the nation, with increasing cases by the day statewide.