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Just four months ago, few, if anyone, recognized that the greatest threat to American freedom in more than a century was at our doorstep.

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In an emphatic illustration that the pandemic is far from over, the state Department of Health is investigating COVID-19 exposure in four virus clusters after officials traced multiple new infections to a student who recently traveled to Florida and attended a downstate graduation ceremony.

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Wednesday’s decision by state health officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to have travelers self-quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in New York from zones with high coronavirus transmission and positive testing rates is a win for the Empire State.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday ended a remarkable streak of 111 days briefing New Yorkers and, if the numbers are true, a good part of the nation, about the COVID-19 pandemic and how we were coping with it.

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Affirmation that New York continues to have the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate in the U.S. at 0.77% is encouraging at a time when 22 states in the South and West are hitting the pause button on reopening their economies.

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Amid weeks of nationwide civil unrest over police brutality since the death of George Floyd, New York state lawmakers completed passage of 10 pieces of legislation in three days to reform the way police do business.

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As the Twin Counties revive the area’s economy with restaurants offering patio dining and businesses ranging from hair salons to auto dealerships awakening from their three-month slumber, we can grumble about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s meticulous reopening phases or we can put things in perspective…

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In the midst of the George Floyd killing and its nationwide convulsions comes an astonishing local story from Ravena where black contractors working at the Lafarge cement plant modernization site in 2016 allegedly were subjected to discrimination and harassment by the industrial contractor C…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and city police officers to task Tuesday for rejecting state National Guard assistance to control vandalism and citywide looting following last week’s death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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Behind the anger and frustration fired up by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, there are people who still believe in the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To prepare a rally fueled not by hatred or violence but by peace and ideas was an excellent strategy.

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The coronavirus is using our nursing homes as an arena for what we hope is its third and final act. Area nursing homes and adult-care centers began testing their employees twice for coronavirus this week. Yet there are warnings that the state’s testing mandate is not sustainable.

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As we enter the reopening phase of our war with the coronavirus, other stories forgotten over the last three months are emerging from the shadows of the pandemic.

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Coronavirus transmission may be primarily airborne, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. That’s not exactly breaking news, but it goes to the heart of public safety, protecting our health and plain old thoughtfulness for your fellow man.

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As people in Columbia and Greene counties continue to work and learn from home because of COVID-19 restrictions, the strain placed on limited broadband access threatens to clog and slow down the internet.

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Two months after the lockdown of New York state, we’re learning that a large percentage of positive coronavirus tests and deaths blamed on COVID-19 were spiking in nursing homes statewide and in Greene and Columbia counties.

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On cue, officials in Greene and Columbia counties are weighing options to ease the pain of the potentially crushing deficits our area is likely to face in the shadow of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Nursing homes in the area reeling from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are being asked to ramp up testing on their employees. All nursing homes are responsible for conducting twice-weekly COVID-19 testing on their workers beginning next week, according to an executive order signed Ma…

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For the second time in the weeks we have spent under COVID-19 lockdown, a majority of elected officials statewide are hearing from constituents saying more government transparency is needed during this public-health crisis, according to a state organization’s report released Tuesday.

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Reopening days are here. The state is slowly, painfully dragging businesses out of their long slumber. We are looking through the tunnel and see light. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the state, many New Yorkers who rent were gradually unable to make their monthly payments as they were furloughed from their jobs and left out of work for what is now two months.

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Ten days ago, the state Board of Elections canceled the New York Democratic presidential primary. Bringing voters out to polling places where social distancing might prove difficult or even impossible wasn’t worth risking lives when presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was…

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Even as the state prepares for the complex task of restarting a virus-ridden economy, we are weighing the cost to keep nonessential businesses closed and the cost of human lives if reopening unfolds too quickly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

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Nobody would believe three months ago that restaurant workers in May would be on the frontline, masked and gloved, risking their lives serving food in take-out lines as a pandemic raged around them.

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Nobody would believe three months ago that restaurant workers in May would be on the frontline, masked and gloved, risking their lives serving food in take-out lines as a pandemic raged around them.