When I was growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s, it was popular to think of America at large, and New York City in particular, as a melting pot. In fact, that is what I was taught in school. Read more

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The village of Tannersville is in the north-central part of the town of Hunter on Route 23A. The population was 539 at the 2010 census, up from 448 in 2000. It is situated in the Catskill Mountains at an elevation of 1,900 feet and covers an area of 1.197 square miles. In these parts, it is …

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Some, including Darlene McDay, say officers goad incarcerated men into fights and then use this as an excuse to physically and mentally punish them.

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Food is on the minds of most everyone this time of the year. It’s certainly on the mind of U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who is hoping to make it easier for low-income families to put meals on their tables.

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A winter of discontent is about to begin for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He will be left to ruminate on his actions set forth in a damning report released this week by the state Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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If you’re looking for some good news to take into the Thanksgiving holiday, nearly 100 school district employees lined up to get their COVID-19 vaccination booster shot at Catskill High School on Friday.

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If you’re looking for some good news to take into the Thanksgiving holiday, nearly 100 school district employees lined up to get their COVID-19 vaccination booster shot at Catskill High School on Friday.

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Over the last 40 years, much of my work has focused on women’s reproductive health and reducing maternal mortality worldwide. However, during that time I’ve followed with great interest public health developments, including those related to vaccination, in New York state and here in Columbia…

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As we take the time this month to honor the more than 892,000 veterans who live in New York state, it is important to remember that we owe America’s veterans far more than words of gratitude. They have earned the best, most timely healthcare — without long waits and red tape — through the Ve…

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For the last 20 years, we sent brave service members on tours of duty and exposed them to dangerous conditions on the battlefield – and off. We asked them to live on bases and in places around the world where burn pits were used to destroy everything from plastics and electronics to human wa…

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Anyone who has been following developments in the COVID-19 public health crisis for the last 20 months will certainly confirm that there are times when the coronavirus is as polarizing as it is infectious, and that has led to a battle over vaccinations, especially vaccinations for children.

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Maybe the saddest aspect of the harm done to nursing homes by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent damage caused by the scandal over preventable resident deaths during the Cuomo administration is that the story is not over yet.

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Consider this a Halloween nightmare: Jason Jones, 29, a former basketball star at Catskill High School walks into the Catskill police station at 422 Main St. at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 30, seemingly intoxicated. He allegedly pours hand sanitizer on himself and becomes confrontational with the o…

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Top corrections officers and their union were hopeful a new law signed last week that prohibits double-bunked housing in state prisons would help reduce record-high violent attacks on staff and slow the closing of facilities, but the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision …

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Remember when you were a child and your parents warned if you wore your rubbers in the house, something awful would happen to you? Conversely, think of the times your parents said you would be healthy and strong if you washed your hands and cleaned your dinner plate.

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New York state’s paid family leave program was expanded Monday to care for a sibling with a serious health condition as lawmakers in Washington cut paid family and sick leave from a $1.85 trillion federal spending bill.

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Many contests from Election Day wait be finalized and certified, but that doesn’t have to stop us from making a few observations. Tuesday’s credo might well be “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Living in the topsy-turvy, rollercoaster world of COVID-19, we have learned to expect the unexpected. The latest example is a report from the Columbia County Department of Health stating that the county has the lowest COVID positivity rating in the Capital Region.

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There are still many residents of Columbia and Greene counties who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, with many citing extensive misinformation found on social media as the basis for refusing the vaccine. The massive volume of misinformation found online can be very confusing. The key…

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The every-day news is appalling. I’m not talking about how and which side is slanting it. I’m talking about the basic and obvious events in the United States and abroad. My message here is about how Americans, especially American veterans, remain committed to deal with all of this on behalf …

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If the Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, (fill in the blank) Uniteds and Working Families — to say nothing of the declared write-ins and the self-named parties (truly parties of one) — occupying the 2021 ballot lines were laid end on end, they would reach the moon.

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Each new technological advance has brought along its own set of fresh challenges. The internet is one such advance, a marvelous, near-instantaneous linking of all the world’s brains, and, with it, a free speech problem concerning the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation.

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As we remember all too well, COVID-19 vaccinations were few and far between early in the pandemic. Vaccinations were phased in slowly starting with the old at home and in managed care facilities, then sifting down to health care workers and others on the front lines, then to young adults and…

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If we allowed good-government groups and the media to ensure government entities held nothing but open meetings, we would have the most transparent government in the world. Of course, that isn’t how the real world works.

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Someone should shake the hands of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency, Greene County Legislature and Columbia Memorial Health executives for hatching a plan for a desolate property next to Exit 21 of the New York State Thruway.

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Few things have been quite as annoying as fumbling for change while waiting in lines at toll plazas on the New York State Thruway and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Waiting in lines while drivers ahead of you fumbled for change was even more annoying.

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Columbia and Greene counties are marshalling their health care forces to administer COVID-19 booster shots. We hope there is a flood of demand for them and not the trickle that concluded the first and second round of vaccinations.

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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. This is a small but important victory for champions of unfettered publ…

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Like most workplaces from airports to post offices and restaurants, the state Office of Parks and Recreation and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are at a low ebb when it comes to staffing. This is especially true of forest rangers and environmental officers.

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In February 2013, the administration of President Barack Obama appointed Denis McDonough to serve as White House Chief of Staff, a post he held until January 2017. Now, he is President Joe Biden’s U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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You go to a legislative hearing about gun safety proposals in New York state expecting to learn facts and opinions about the proliferation of weapons in our society, the ease with which guns can be purchased despite toughest-in-the-nation gun laws and how firearms kill untold numbers of inno…

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On the day Gov. Kathy Hochul and top state officials considered adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s list of required inoculations for students attending New York schools, Kinderhook Councilwoman Sally Hogan urged Ichabod Crane parents to pull their children out of school and teach the…

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New York legislation passed this year requires an application or a request for an absentee ballot to be received by local boards of elections at least 15 days prior to the general election Nov. 2. Having lived through the unpleasant COVID-19 experience in 2020 and again so far in 2021, we ha…

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The Galvan Initiatives Foundation is hoping to get the thumbs up this month from the Hudson Planning Board for their proposed two apartment buildings on N. 7th Street that will include 134 total units and no additional off street parking for their tenants at the site. Galvan and their traffi…

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Uncovered faces could become the latest casualty of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s sweeping program to combat a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of her biggest decisions since taking office, Hochul is hinting at reinstating universal statewide mask mandates for New Yorkers to wear in public,…

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It’s difficult to believe that even the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed about 200 people in Greene and Columbia counties, has a rival potentially more lethal still. The encroachment of counterfeit prescription pills consisting of, and maybe composed of, fentanyl is sending shivers down t…

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The damage breast cancer inflicts on women in New York state and the nation is immeasurable. It is the second-most common cancer among women in the United States. Black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than white women.