Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to legalize and regulate adult marijuana use will predictably lead to a confrontation with the state Legislature. In his State of the State and budget addresses, Cuomo vowed this would be the year the state would pass the legislation. Read more

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For the last five years, elected officials at all levels in New York state have pleaded their case that rural areas have little or no access to broadband on which internet users depend. Today the officials are responding to another slap in the face from the federal government, and their mess…

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The objective of the looming U.S. Census is to count every man, woman and child in the nation. That is an undeniably lofty goal but here are the treasures waiting at the end of the quest: Congressional representation and billions of federal dollars. Now here is the challenge confronting us: …

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The anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., like previous observances, will be used as both measuring stick and lightning rod. How far has America come since King’s life was snuffed out by an assassin? How far must the country still go to realize his vision of justice and equality?

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Emotions over the state’s new bail reform laws simmered to a boil Wednesday as the Legislature’s Republicans and Democrats squared off in a duel of press conferences at the state Capitol. Until something is done to reconcile the two sides, this battle is likely to be a long one.

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With the second year of a Democratic-controlled state Legislature underway, it’s understandable that the majority is optimistic about the prospects for passing the bills on its agenda, and some Democratic lawmakers Tuesday were confident the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill.

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The internet and the popularity of audiobooks have given rise to a new slogan: Listening is the new reading. That kind of thinking is short on imagination and long on the promise of an illiterate future that suggests Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”

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Greene County Legislator William B. Lawrence, R-Cairo, is calling for a countywide ban on polystyrene, the ubiquitous, near-indestructible plastic foam used in drinking cups, food trays and many, many other things. At the same time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a statewide ban on the landf…

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In the early evening Monday, the Greene County Legislature took a quick vote that, in the overall scheme of things, would likely not mean much to our readers, but it was by no means trivial. That vote was a short, sharp blow to transparency in county government.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked a lot about destiny and hope, tempests and superstorms in his 10th State of the State Address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday. He also called for unity and equality in New York state in 2020.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed bail reform legislation into law in 2019, but did he leave enough time for police, judges and district attorneys to acclimate themselves?

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New data out Friday show that New York state has the dubious distinction of ranking first in the nation in population decline, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The news is alarming as state residents, including those in Greene and Columbia counties, prepare for the 2020 Census.

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New York’s Senate will look different after the next election. Several incumbent Republicans are stepping down and at least one other is on the fence.

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A line of dialogue from a legendary film (we’ll leave it to you to guess which one) said more about the new year than any literary work: “Headaches are like resolutions. You forget them as soon as they stop hurting.”

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H.G. Wells plotted one of his most famous novels around it. Geoffrey Chaucer spoke eloquently about it. It is articulated in one of 2019’s finest movies, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

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Now that Greene County’s nepotism policy will stand in the wake of Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley’s hiring of his son, lawmakers are discussing how the county should address such situations in the future. The answer is this: Had the Legislature followed its own policy, the situation would…

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As lawmakers from Greene and other counties join with police officers to take a stand against bail reforms coming Jan. 1, this may be a good time to pump the brakes and look at the bigger picture.

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As the clock ticks toward 2020, the Green Light Law rolled out into reality last week. The Columbia County Department of Motor Vehicles and most other DMVs across the state deserve a big congratulations.

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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part …

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When President Richard M. Nixon defeated his Democratic challenger, liberal senator George McGovern, in a landslide victory in 1972, receiving almost 20 million more popular votes and winning the Electoral College vote 520-17, according to information from the website Biography.com, the comm…

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Had it not been for a cold and messy post-snowstorm evening Tuesday, between 300 and 500 protesters might have participated in one of more than 600 nationwide rallies themed “Nobody is Above the Law,” a cry from Indivisible Columbia NY-19 to impeach President Donald J. Trump.

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The Capital Region including the Twin Counties has turned itself into a leader in the fight against child pornography and child sexual abuse but this evolution has come about through events we can’t bring ourselves to think about.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to immediately ban aerial applications of chlorpyrifos and eventually institute a complete ban of the pesticide. That’s a good thing, because in case no one noticed, agriculture is trending toward natural and s…

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In a season of generosity and placing others above ourselves, an unnamed person this week gave the gift of life. A good Samaritan found a puppy hobbled by a broken leg and called authorities who brought the injured animal to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society.

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The governments of Columbia and Greene counties are long known for fighting tooth and nail against the opioid epidemic, taking a stand by any means necessary: education, awareness, law enforcement.

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The Twin Counties have worked hard to deal with a health crisis. But this one is not the opioid epidemic. It is the Lyme disease epidemic.

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The crooning of a saxophone in the streets of Hudson could be heard as mothers, fathers and their children weaved in and out of the little shops and restaurants Saturday. It was Winter Walk 2019, and the sax, played by Santa Claus (who else?) got visitors in the right mood.

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Louise McRoberts of Windham is a World War II veteran. Life changed for McRoberts and the nation after the events of Dec. 7, 1941. Japan’s sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, resulted in the deaths of 2,403 Americans, 68 of whom were civilians. The surprise strike by the …

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Holding a lantern festival in Greene County is a stellar idea, but the Friar Tuck Inn in Kiskatom, as it stands, is not the place to have it.

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A nationwide survey recently found the New York State Police are one of the few large-scale city and state police agencies across the U.S. that do not use body-worn cameras. Now, the legitimate question must be asked: Should the state contribute funding for body cameras?

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In a recent statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that counting every New Yorker in the 2020 Census is critical to ensuring we are accurately represented in Congress and receive the federal funding we deserve.

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Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 this year, is a day to support the little guys. They are the merchants who own and operate the modest shops along Main Street in almost every town in America and especially here in the Twin Counties.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In this age of anxiety and alienation, rudeness and senseless violence, Thanksgiving offers a warm embrace, a feeling of serenity in the company of family and friends. Thanksgiving, unceremoniously set on the calendar between Halloween (not a true holiday but cl…

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Greene County lawmakers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto the Preserving Family Bonds Act, which will allow parents whose parental rights have been terminated due to proven abuse, permanent neglect or abandonment of their children to obtain court-ordered visitation or other contact with t…

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As you plan to take your children and your neighbors’ children trick-or-treating today, we want to offer an extensive list of Halloween safety tips to help you prepare to have a scary good time.

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As many area farms teeter on a precipice, farmers and other interested spectators are getting a look at how different elected officials are tackling this complex but elusive problem.

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“Affordable broadband access is critical for rural families, farms and businesses across the country,” U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, warned in a bipartisan letter to congressional leaders last week. “It allows small businesses to thrive, farmers to use precision agriculture technology, st…

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When a governing body doesn’t know what to do, it forms a committee. And when the governing body really doesn’t know what to do, it appoints a subcommittee.

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Robert Owen loved to draw and play the guitar. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. Robert Owen also put a human face on the area’s opioid crisis.

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If the Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, True Choicers, Your Voice Hearders and Working Families — to say nothing of the colossal voting blocs of police, firefighters, first responders and seniors — have their way, Tuesday will be the most democratic election ever held in the Twin Counties.

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Much as I like Thanksgiving (and I do like it), I find it an ironic celebration. In the mythology of our country, the Thanksgiving I learned about as a child in elementary school, the Pilgrims, newly arrived in the New World, shared a meal in 1621 with their neighbors, the Wampanoag Indians,…

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A bipartisan bill introduced in the House last week could give long struggling immigrant farm workers, including those in the dairy industry, access to work visas and green cards and complete another road to citizenship.

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We lose lives when products that are supposed to be safe turn out defective and deadly. When we lose infants who have barely tasted life to defective or unsuitable products, the grief is multiplied many times.

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The first grades are in on the 2019 early-voting experiment in New York state and the average scores range from poor to passable in Greene and Columbia counties: Too much money and effort spent on too little return, too few new voters were enticed to come to the polls, a case of the staffing…

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What began six months ago at caucuses and conventions ended Tuesday with voters getting the final word. Election Day 2019 is over but the story isn’t, and it won’t be until all the results are signed, sealed and certified by the boards of elections in Greene and Columbia counties.