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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.

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Dispatching an ambulance takes just minutes, but for the Greenport Rescue Squad and other medical emergency crews around the region, that one call may result in hours of COVID-19 work.

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Nearly 1 million New Yorkers are out of work and thousands lucky enough to have jobs are enduring pay cuts because of the shutdowns forced by the COVID-19 crisis.

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As the U.S. coronavirus casualty list stands tops 26,000 nationwide, how many people could have guessed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would tell millions of New Yorkers on Tuesday that he refuses to fight with President Donald Trump after Trump suggested governors were usurping his alleged power to…

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Hope for a jump-start to the economy got a boost Monday when six states, including New York, announced the formation of an 18-member task force to develop a coordinated approach to slowly reopen businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The United States fumbled testing for the coronavirus, that much is clear. New York state is lagging behind in testing, but is making strides to catch up. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting great stock in social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

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From afar, the COVID-19 pandemic is generating news of such terrifying magnitude that it is nearly too overwhelming to comprehend. Millions are suffering and thousands are dying. Economies are collapsing. The world seems out of control.

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Local health officials got a rare piece of good news Wednesday in the maelstrom of the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, they are deciding how best to deploy a shipment of COVID-19 testing kits from the state after weeks of limited public testing.

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Two developments, one over the weekend and another in the works for days, clearly demonstrate the interdependence of people in Greene County and Columbia County in these pernicious times.

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In a perfect world, Columbia-Greene Community College would be getting ready for final exams with students on campus, learning in actual classrooms, and preparing for commencement exercises that are scheduled to take place in about six weeks.

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On Tuesday, an exasperated state Legislature realized that the proposed 2020-21 executive budget would be late after all as lawmakers negotiated just hours before the April 1 budget deadline.

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About two weeks ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump tussled over the commander-in-chief’s groundless wish to “reopen the country” on April 12, Easter Sunday, and start getting people back to work.

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For several days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized federal lawmakers for passing a bipartisan $2 trillion bill to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said the bill will provide insufficient aid to state governments.

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Amid the chaos and panic buying of the coronavirus pandemic, there are the odd gleams of gold, individuals and groups that stand out by showing what Greene and Columbia counties are really made of.

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If these were normal times, we would be talking about spring break, back-to-school, maybe even graduation and the religious holidays Easter and Passover in early April.

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The coronavirus outbreak is so cruel and insidious that it can snuff out even the dimmest light at the end of the tunnel, grind the smallest hope into dust. It happened again Wednesday when health officials said Albany Medical Center could run out of COVID testing kits in the next few days.

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All the things that mattered in the world of sports just 48 hours ago — the national championship in college basketball, Opening Day of baseball, the postseasons of the NBA and the NHL — no longer matter.

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As far as we can see, the school districts in Greene and Columbia counties and Columbia-Greene Community College are taking a proactive approach to the coronavirus threat.

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New Yorkers and perhaps the rest of the world have every right to be shocked by a history-making development in the coronavirus story. National Guard troops will be deployed to monitor a two-week containment zone in Westchester County as COVID-19 continues its relentless march across the sta…

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It’s become a ritual as hardened as the daily press briefings in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Each day for the last two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held a “Red Room”: a news conference to update the public on the seemingly inexorable spread of coronavirus.