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CATSKILL — A local animal rescue group has increased the reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly abandoning a dog in Cairo last fall.

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NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday to expand transparency in government and ensure an open process at the state and local levels, including a significant amendment to the state’s Open Meetings Law.

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HUNTER — Five forest rangers rescued a dog from Sullivan County from the bottom of a large cistern in Hunter over the weekend, state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jeff Wernick said Wednesday.

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PALENVILLE — Two state senators toured a popular trail in the Catskill Mountains on Tuesday with union representatives and discussed how to bolster recruitment of state forest rangers and environmental officers as their low staffing numbers struggle to keep up with increasing visitors since …

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COXSACKIE — The final environmental and financing details are being ironed out and construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2022 on the Flint Mine Solar project.

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Phone customers who live in the 845 and 914 area codes will have to dial ten digits to make a local phone call starting this weekend.

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Officials are split on three of five special statewide propositions on the ballot this Election Day as advocates start to urge New Yorkers to approve proposals to remove voter registration deadlines, allow no-excuse absentee ballots and alter the state’s process to redraw election districts.

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, stopped in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region on Monday to strengthen services and address issues burdening U.S. servicemembers and reacted to the death of Gen. Colin Powell.

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Greene County could receive up to $1.2 million by entering into a settlement agreement with opioid manufacturers regarding the opioid crisis.

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HUDSON — A Columbia County man was arrested for allegedly assaulting several emergency department nurses early Saturday morning at Columbia Memorial Health, according to Hudson police.

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A tax incentive package for a $177 million energy project is expected to be passed at the Greene County Industrial Development Agency’s next meeting Oct. 21.

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ALBANY — Law enforcement leaders and state litigators challenged lawmakers Thursday about the state’s bail and discovery laws during an Assembly hearing about gun violence and a stalled ammunition sales database legislated in 2013.

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ANCRAM — Three candidates will be on the ballot in Ancram in the November election vying for two seats on the town council.

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CATSKILL — Greene County plans to purchase land adjacent to the New York State Thruway with the goal of growing economic development in the area.

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CATSKILL — The Catskill Democratic Committee wrote an open letter to the Greene County Board of Elections asking for closer scrutiny of the absentee voting process known as “ballot harvesting” after July’s special village election.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state attorney general’s office will appeal Tuesday’s decision by a federal judge allowing religious exemptions to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers, blowing holes in Hochul’s confidence the mandate would be upheld in court and raising question…

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COXSACKIE — The sale of Confederate flags by a vendor at a firefighters’ parade this weekend has ignited a furor on social media and led to threats against an event organizer.

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COXSACKIE — Eight corrections officers at Greene Correctional Facility were injured in two separate inmate attacks, James Miller, director of public relations at New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association said Wednesday.

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COXSACKIE — Fire companies from three counties were in Coxsackie on Saturday, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the D.M. Hamilton Steamer Company No. 2.

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ATTICA — An Attica Correctional Facility corrections officer was hospitalized Friday after a man serving a life sentence for murder repeatedly stabbed him in the chest, union officials said Monday.

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CATSKILL — Greene County’s mobile COVID testing unit concluded its inaugural week in Catskill with nearly 240 tests, according to Greene County Public Health.

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CATSKILL — Mail delivery slower than the 2020 pandemic year could have a direct impact on distribution of absentee ballots this year, county election officials said Tuesday.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is ahead of potential opponents and leads with support from New Yorkers after 50 days in office, according to a new Marist poll released Tuesday, as potential Democratic challengers consider throwing their hat in the political ring for the 2022 gubernatorial race.

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ATHENS — The village has acquired the number of registrations for a community solar campaign needed to be eligible for a state grant.

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COXSACKIE — With much fanfare, the Coxsackie-Athens school district unveiled its new mascot — the team is now called the Riverhawks.

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CATSKILL — A Greene County man was arrested on child pornography charges Friday for the second time in a year, police said Monday.

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COEYMANS — Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin announced Friday afternoon the largest offshore wind supply chain contract award in the state’s history.

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CATSKILL — Cash tolls on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge will be going away in the next few weeks, said Chris Steber, public information officer for the New York State Bridge Authority on Friday.