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While farmers throughout the state recently got a breather when it comes to having to pay more overtime to their workers, this issue will hang over them unless authorities come to their senses.

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A researcher at Cornell University in Ithaca believes New York’s drop in population won’t be quite as bad as is being projected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The scenes Wednesday from Washington of right wing belligerents vandalizing our democracy are repulsive but, unfortunately, not at all surprising.

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The initial supply is reserved for high-risk and all health care workers, especially those who directly work with the public according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, but eligibility will expand to vaccinate essential workers and New Yorkers over age 75 in the next ph…

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Paying your doctor for the COVID vaccination? You might as well. State hospitals could be fined up to $100,000 for not administering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible New Yorkers quickly enough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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For the first time in New York history, if not American history, doctors, nurses and health care providers could be stripped of their medical licenses and face fines of up to $1 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared in an executive order Monday, after a downstate provider faces criminal charge…

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The group redrawing the state’s Senate, Assembly and congressional districts will at last receive $1 million lawmakers allocated for the work in previous state budgets, officials said, after potentially unconstitutional funding delays set the commission back several months in completing the …

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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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Just when we hear there is a light, however faint, at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, another peer into the darkness comes. Two international airlines will require passengers from the United Kingdom to show a negative COVID-19 test before flying to New York state, adding the state to a …

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We got some good news when we learned a slowdown in vaccine shipments to some states would not impact New York, and federal officials cleared the state to administer a surprise quantity of additional dosages of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday after medical officials found each vial containe…

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With Columbia and Greene counties seeing an increase in their taxable sales activity for three consecutive months this year, it’s intriguing to think that the local economy is snapping back. Maybe. Maybe not.

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Does going first in what amounts to a global experiment in human health make you a hero? If it weren’t for the previous credentials of a young nurse named Sandra Lindsay, the answer would be an unqualified yes.

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Political talks can open with a flurry of optimism, then enter a period of stolid routine and finally creep into a petrified forest of indecision or outright stonewalling.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulls few punches when he talks on two topics: One is the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state. The other is the economic outlook for New York in 2021.

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Just when we thought it was safe to take stock of all the damage COVID-19 caused in 2020 and look toward all the unknowns we will face in 2021, we are reminded that not all the wreckage of the last nine months is of the human variety.

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Let’s review the last nine months. We’ve suffered through a deadly 100-year pandemic. Nearly 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The national economy is close to ruin. Local economies are in tatters.

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With a pandemic and a season of damaging storms dominating 2020, Greene and Columbia counties got some well-deserved good news. It’s from 2019, but after the beating we’ve taken this year, it’s welcome.

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Dec. 7, 1941. The day that will live in infamy, as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described it in one of his most famous speeches. It is the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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If the state lacks the proper funding and planning to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to all New Yorkers, we’re still batting zero, despite the letter Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent Tuesday to federal leaders demanding they bolster preparations to properly immunize minority and low-income communities.

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Potential U.S. Census Bureau delays may hamper New York’s redistricting process as the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission embarks on a complex procedure to redraw all state Senate and Assembly and U.S. congressional lines.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent Thanksgiving morning laying out the framework of a plan for the state to prepare for the anticipated COVID-19 surge during the coming winter months. They may be bleak.

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When New York’s health experts say the state should prepare for at least a 20% increase in COVID-19 infections, daily hospitalizations and deaths by New Year’s Day, it’s a sobering reminder that the coronavirus is not through with us yet.

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The days between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving present to all us Americans an opportunity to reflect on those who served (and are serving) our country as we prepare to give thanks for our blessings in this part of the world. Frankly, in my mind, the two go hand-in-hand. Veterans Day and Than…

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Medical experts and scientists at SUNY Upstate Medical University are studying transmission patterns of the coronavirus in households. As research projects go, this is one of the most important since the dawn of the pandemic eight months ago.

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When Chief Court of Appeals Judge Janet DiFiore declared Monday that all civil and criminal jury trials across New York are postponed indefinitely as the COVID-19 pandemic surges, an unsettling feeling of deja vu descended over the state.

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Former Greene County Legislature Chairman Frank Stabile Jr. had one big point he repeated time and again: The county would be virtually helpless without the work and time donated by volunteers.

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Between 2010, the year of the last census, and 2017, Greene and Columbia counties lost 2% to 4% of their population, according to a state-by-state report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Three months after New York state eating establishments were allowed to reopen with indoor dining, bars, gyms and restaurants will be restricted by a new curfew and private house parties will be limited to 10 people starting Friday night as COVID-19 cases increase.