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Some readers seem to think we were out of bounds in Wednesday’s The Daily Mail by reporting on former Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley’s association with the Oath Keepers. Others praised the story for detailing what they described as feeble comments from county lawmakers supporting his asso…

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Not long ago, Hunter town officials said enough is enough and responded to a seemingly unstoppable trash problem with a series of dramatic remedies in and around Kaaterskill Clove and other hiking trails.

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As the reality of legalized recreational marijuana sinks into our collective consciousness, it’s easy to believe the state’s troubles disappeared in a haze of smoke. We’re not quite there yet.

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More than a year ago, pressure was placed on the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to legalize recreational marijuana. Then the COVID-19 epidemic reared its terrifying head, and state government had bigger problems to worry about.

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Mayor Kamal Johnson and the Hudson city government will have to choose from among five alternatives to the city’s current truck route. It won’t be an easy call given the public sentiment surrounding this hot-button issue.

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There’s an old adage that goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It suggests a foundation on which to build a healthy life. It means staving off poor health today will keep you free of it tomorrow.

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Everybody knows that local paramedics were likely at the front of the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic over the past year. As of last Friday, they have the training and the weapons to go toe-to-toe with the coronavirus.

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There are several reasons that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under fire from so many quarters, but one stands out among all the others because it ensnared so many New Yorkers — the nursing home scandal. Put simply, thousands of family members are still grieving over the loss of loved ones to COVID-19…

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Over the 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, elected leaders and business officials in Columbia and Greene counties have repeatedly asked us to roll with the punches of an ebb-and-flow local economy that alternately peaked and cratered.

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Imagine if your neighborhood school district drafted its annual proposed budget to offer taxpayers, but did not post all required budget documents online for public viewing. The objective is dealing the public an even hand by disclosing what the spending will buy, how much it will cost and w…

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Back in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when nobody knew it would affect every detail of our lives from going to work to attending school, right down to fixing our car radiators, we slowly came to realize that restaurant dining would be among the coronavirus’ biggest casualties.

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The reopening of professional sports stadiums, arenas, venues and large outdoor performing arts spaces that hold more than 2,500 people statewide at 20% capacity starting next month is good news for fans of live sports and concerts, but the optimism is undermined by the suspicion that COVID-…

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On its surface, the news that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul received Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine early Friday morning, becoming the highest-ranking state official to be vaccinated against COVID-19, seems like a simple photo op sending a message that we, too, should swallow our skepti…

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Early this month, Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans expressed surprise that there would be any contests or campaigning in the 2021 village elections, given the spikes and surges of COVID-19. “I can’t see anyone wanting to go door-to-door in a pandemic,” he said.

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It was a sign of guarded optimism colliding with cold reality when reports the Columbia County Department of Motor Vehicles and County Clerk’s office will remain closed until late next week for most in-person transactions after seven employees tested positive for COVID-19. Seven is about one…

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As state Assembly Republicans drafted a resolution Monday to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the heels of multiple scandalous reports alleging sexual harassment of female employees and accusations that his administration concealed the state’s total number of COVID-…

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It speaks eloquently of the state Legislature’s inability to agree completely on anything when lawmakers diminished Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sweeping authority granted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by passing a bill Friday that, truth be told, satisfied nobody.

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A day after calls grew louder for investigations — one independent and the other by state Attorney General Letitia James — into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the governor held a press conference where he apologized for his alleged comments and announced he would no…

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It’s time to get this bag of snakes straightened out. The metaphor may be a little strong, but it’s good to see the state Legislature moving to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his expanded spending authority and state-of-emergency directive first granted last March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic equipped with 100 doses is planned for Saturday in Hudson, specifically for 2nd Ward residents over 65 years old. Credit Hudson community leader William Hughes for obtaining inoculations for local residents who may have slipped through the health care cracks.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces his own day of reckoning, just as celebrities Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein did a few years ago, as state Democratic leaders last week rightly called for an independent investigation into recent sexual harassment allegations against the governor by a former member o…

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Given that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a sexual harassment claim hanging over his head, we hoped that he would find it within himself to be more helpful with the COVID nursing home investigation to give families some closure. We would be wrong.

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To paraphrase a Dire Straits song, some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. Gov. Andrew Cuomo learned this hard lesson Tuesday when a Marist College poll showed his approval rating dipped with New Yorkers in the wake of recent controversy over his administration’s delayed r…

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As Greene and Columbia counties set records we’d rather not set in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Twin Counties could see about $40 million in federal aid if the American Rescue Plan is approved.

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Here is an example of how life can eerily imitate art, courtesy of Michael Crichton’s novel “The Andromeda Strain” and its subsequent 1971 film adaptation.

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New York is alerting people across the state to beware of unemployment scams emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the avarice of unscrupulous con artists looking to profit from the misery of others.

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If you want to get a COVID-19 vaccination, even if you are in an eligible category, pickings are slim. Vaccinations are scarce and mass vaccination clinics are few and far between.

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As we endure firestorms and snowstorms, political controversies and predatory COVID-19, it’s time for us to take a pause of our own and savor the food gods for bestowing upon us the legend that is the Carnegie Deli.

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State legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate are discussing the potential for an independent probe into the state’s COVID deaths in adult-care facilities after Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted to Democratic lawmakers in a private Zoom call last week that the administ…

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If lawmakers continue to argue over the next steps in the state’s response to release complete data about COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes after the Health Department released additional data late Wednesday, a court order might not be strong enough to force the issue.

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As the state navigates painfully through the mendacious COVID-19 pandemic and all its permutations, New York bars and restaurants must continue to close at 10 p.m. after an appellate judge stayed a lower court’s order Wednesday allowing them to operate beyond the state-mandated closing time.

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When real-estate agents talk about their best selling point, the answer is the same: location, location, location. Transposed to state health experts and their view of the current state of the COVID-19 vaccine, the answer is also given in triplicate: supply, supply, supply.

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As we know all too well, there is no sure thing where COVID-19 is concerned. This is likely to be demonstrated again this weekend when New Yorkers should anticipate state websites to become overwhelmed when 3 million or more additional people with underlying conditions become eligible to mak…

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Some things are unavoidable in the COVID era. One, unfortunately, is the announcement last week that community colleges owned by the State University of New York, including Columbia-Greene Community College, will cut administrative jobs and staff to offset revenue losses caused by the pandem…

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In a sensible decision in favor of transparency and accountability, a state Supreme Court judge Wednesday ordered the state Health Department to make public COVID-19 data reported by New York’s nursing home operators within five business days, siding with a Capital Region senator in a lawsui…