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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but there were these owners who gathered in New York City (or Albany or Buffalo) calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow them to reopen their businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic even as riskier enterprises were allowed to open.

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If there is one issue in New York at this moment that requires answers, it’s the number of nursing home deaths at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and the reason the state is stonewalling discovery of what happened and why.

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Here are five top state COVID mandates for restaurants: Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees; limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that each table is a minimum of 6 feet away from …

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A July surge in the unemployment statistics in Greene and Columbia counties as the area tries to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic has officials worried about the immediate economic future and puzzled about the reason for the spike.

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Besides the Greene and Columbia county deaths directly traced to the coronavirus pandemic, there is an outbreak of a different kind that cannot be ignored, and that is the opioid epidemic.

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Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the guidance of health experts from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, New York state has emerged from the deadly shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic to record and maintain the lowest infection rate in the nation.

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From the beginning of summer, President Donald Trump has been devising less-than-subtle ways to ensure his reelection in November. And now the manipulator-in-chief is using the U.S. Postal Service as a leverage.

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For Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature, getting better service from New York’s utility companies is a matter of amending the law to increase penalties, including simplifying the process to revoke a franchise, after companies’ failure to restore electric power after Tropical Storm Is…

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Almost exactly five months since millions of New Yorkers hunkered down in quarantine, the state marked a sort of milestone last week: Localities are revamping COVID-19 testing and influenza vaccine strategies as the state’s rate of new COVID-19 infections remained below 1% positive for two c…

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A founding institution of America dating back to 1775, the United States Postal Service is anchored in our nation’s commitment to democracy. Our founders envisioned the agency as one enabling the dissemination of news and information to all Americans, not just a few, in order to create an in…

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As outrage and confusion over mail-in ballots play out across the region and as President Donald Trump seems intent on destroying the U.S. Postal Service to save his own political skin, we must keep in mind New York state is trying to protect its citizens’ right to vote.

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For weeks, we have been recommending an independent investigation to obtain all the facts surrounding more than 6,400 nursing home deaths and the reasons behind them in New York state, including Greene and Columbia counties.

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As of Tuesday, the coronavirus has infected more than 5 million Americans and killed a staggering 170,000 people. The nation is in dire financial straits and the void in leadership is growing wider and darker.

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From the start of the enigmatic assault case at a Fourth of July party at the home of one of his deputies, it has been a long, strange summer for Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett.

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New York’s coronavirus infection rate is the lowest in the nation, but this will be scant comfort to hospitals. Meanwhile, state health officials are being coy about the number of nursing home deaths at the height of the pandemic.

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Last week, state Health Department Commissioner Howard Zucker, testifying before a joint committee of state Assembly members and senators, declined to give the number of New York nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 in state hospitals. Zucker repeatedly declined to offer a number, not…

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Talk around Columbia County (and some places in Greene County) has been about the bizarre saga of an alleged assault at the home of a Columbia County deputy sheriff over Independence Day weekend and the ethics of the investigation.

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Critics of the federal government in general and President Donald Trump specifically, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo numbered among them, say the commander-in-chief puts politics and his own image above all else and lacks empathy.

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When it comes to discussions about how best to get one step ahead of the coronavirus, it’s worth remembering the words made famous by screenwriter William Goldman: “Nobody knows nothin’.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wagged his finger at President Donald Trump and the federal government Monday for not coming clean about their failed COVID-19 response and not telling the truth to the American people about the dramatic spread of the virus.

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If anyone still has to be convinced of the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement across the nation and right here in the Twin Counties, the seriousness of what happened last week at a virtual but public reopening meeting of the Catskill Central School District should drive the point home.

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The news more than a decade ago that the Catskill Community Center temporarily closed due to lack of funding sounds just as bad today as it did then. And now the news is worse as village officials announced the center is on the block and will be sold.

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With words of support three weeks ago for two Black Lives Matter banners in place of a requested Main Street mural, the Catskill Village Board of Trustees reversed its decision Wednesday and said no type of messaging will be allowed on village streets. In politics this is known as lip service.

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If you were walking down the streets of Catskill or Hudson in daylight or nighttime and saw armed men in uniform, lined up on sidewalks or positioned at intersections holding weapons at the ready, would you think you were living in a fictitious police state?

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Unveiling bad news is becoming second nature to government leaders, so it is no surprise to hear that a COVID-19 resurgence in New York is inevitable, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said before expanding the two-week isolation mandate for travelers to 10 additional states, or more than half the nation.

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Add the 12 public school districts across the Twin Counties to the growing list of government entities, departments, agencies, leagues and businesses asked to develop and submit plans for their phase 4 reopening.

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It has a certain Prohibition-era ring to it, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order that alcohol-consuming patrons at restaurant bars must also buy food with their beverages is meant to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus in New York.