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For much of the last 40 years, elected officials have been strong supporters of public access to ample, clean water supplies. But little headway has been made to solve the immense problem of fixing a water delivery system that is old and breaking down.

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For more than 25 years, the New York state Sex Offender Registry has kept tabs on sexual predators. Signed into law by former Gov. George Pataki on July 25, 1995, the Registry has recorded names and addresses of convicted sex criminals so neighbors are informed of their presence in the community.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced May 25 that the state is making $800 million available through the Small Business Recovery Grant Program to small businesses interested in applying for pandemic recovery grants. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000. The grants can be used for reimbursab…

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Whether you’re a parent, farmer or otherwise, it’s inarguable that especially here in upstate New York, our society is still a gas-powered one, and will be in many respects for the foreseeable future. Stock car racing is an upstate tradition that continues to bring in spectators young and ol…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the ball rolling with state lottery prize tickets and free passes to New York Yankees baseball games as incentives for unvaccinated New Yorkers to get inoculated against COVID-19.

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Survivors of child-sex abuse who have struggled to get legal representation to sue abusers and who lack money or assets are pushing the state Legislature to fix flaws in the Child Victims Act as lawmakers push to pass similar measures for adult survivors in the next two weeks. But an interes…

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It took just two weeks for the New York Coalition for Open Government to spot a hoodwinking in Columbia County. The Coalition on May 24 condemned the Philmont Village Board’s for its 3-2 decision May 10 to eliminate online access to public meetings.

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Parked cars jammed onto shoulders. Pedestrians walk in the middle of the road. Property owners seething because they can’t get to their own homes. A frail ecosystem in danger. An occasional drowning or fatal fall. There is litter and anger.

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Nursing homes, for some reason, are not mandating their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As it turns out, the people who take care of our loved ones, often at close quarters, don’t seem too keen on doing it voluntarily, either.

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They say the first time you “breeze” a racehorse (that is a term for letting them run as if you were in an actual race) the adrenaline rush is so high that when you get off your legs crumple underneath you.

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After 14 months of working on computers from home and remote learning by computer in place of classroom attendance, the experience has taught us one stern lesson: the need for wider broadband access has never been greater.

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A firestorm of demonstrations swept across the United States — Washington D.C. to Portland, Oregon— in the past year. These events force us to consider the meaning of the First Amendment “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” What divides legitimate gatherings from illegal riots? When …

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Sadly, 11 residents and eight staff members at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell tested positive for the coronavirus last week, the Columbia County Department of Health said Monday. It is the single-largest outbreak in the Twin Counties since late winter.

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We all know that raising the minimum wage — which means paying a living wage — is a focal point of national dialogue right now. To this, I respond by exclaiming: at long last! Given the fact that our federal pay rate has remained flat since 2009, this call to action is more than refreshing t…

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Tuesday, voters in 12 school districts in Columbia and Greene counties will go to the polls to approve or reject budget proposals and elect candidates to their boards of education, all in the shade but not the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The oldest church building in Coxsackie, founded by former enslaved people, is about to receive special recognition for its historic significance in the community. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will be the recipient of a historic marker from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

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Why aren’t U.S. crimes, including war crimes, regarded as crimes? The answer is, because it’s unpatriotic. This bit of shorthand requires explanation. The posed question begins with the assumption that the United States commits crimes. Not everyone would agree with this. Whether or not actio…

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In a peculiar series of decisions and rationalizations, the Philmont village board of trustees voted 3-2 to no longer provide online access to its meetings. This bizarre and unsavory transformation isn’t going to be pretty.

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Sixty years after first opening, the end has come to nuclear power generation at Indian Point. April 30 saw the shutdown of the final operating unit at the Energy Center. The moment is being celebrated as a major victory by long-time opponents, who virtually from the start of its operation c…

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The LafargeHolcim cement plant, about 7 miles from the Greene County line, has for years had an air permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation permitting the company to generate tire-derived fuel to replace up to 20% of its fossil or solid fuel heat used to operate the fa…

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The appearance of a sticker bearing the emblem of the Patriot Front, a known American neo-fascist organization, in Chatham last week has raised concerns and consternation among village leaders. They are right on both counts.

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Many New York businesses and residents are struggling economically and emotionally from the pandemic, and some legislators want to make it worse by advancing legislation under the guise of animal welfare that will irreparably harm neighborhood pet stores and drive people seeking the companio…

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Many New York businesses and residents are struggling economically and emotionally from the pandemic, and some legislators want to make it worse by advancing legislation under the guise of animal welfare that will irreparably harm neighborhood pet stores and drive people seeking the companio…

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Whether you call them examples of free speech or divisive statements, Kinderhook Town Councilwoman Sally Hogan fundamentally crossed the line on her recent social media posts.

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As former Presidents of the CCSD Board of Education, invested parents, and engaged community members, we invite you to join us in support of Chris Spencer and Beth Hover for the positions of Board Members in the Annual Budget Vote on May 18, 2021.

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The people of Valatie will welcome a hometown hero when the remains of Army Cpl. Clifford Stanley Johnson are flown back to the United States for burial May 19 at a military cemetery in Schuylerville.

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It is difficult to hear officials concoct excuses for the reason COVID-19 vaccination demand is dwindling in Greene County and not think this is more complex than it appears on the surface.

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For years, elected officials on both sides of the political aisle and residents have argued that New York’s free spending and...more to the point...wasteful spending, would cost the state. High taxes are driving people out, they contend.

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A city that has experienced urban problems in an essentially rural setting, a city that calls itself “sanctuary” for immigrants, now offers another kind of sanctuary. Hudson and the surrounding region have seen huge growth in real estate as people migrate from New York City to Hudson and its…