Uneven Police Reform Compliance Frustrates Mid-Hudson Communities
In Executive Order 203, Governor Cuomo gave officials a litmus test in community engagement. Their constituents say they’ve got a ways to go.
A Real Estate Developer’s Plot to Sell Newburgh
Seraphim Equities is pushing an arts festival and making appeals to community—while buying up buildings and evicting residents.
Ashokan Power Project Faces Uphill Battle
A surprise proposal from a California energy company to build a pumped storage hydroelectric plant on the Ashokan Reservoir has managed to anger just about everybody.
How the Poughkeepsie Police Union Tried to Defeat Reform
A monthslong dispute between the Common Council and the police department’s labor union spilled out into the public, revealing the tactics cop associations use to bully politicians.
Coronavirus Roundup: Universal Vaccine Eligibility for Adults Is Here in New York
All New Yorkers 16 and up can get a vaccine starting tomorrow. Plus: New travel guidance from the CDC, positive news on child vaccinations, and a note on the future of the roundup.
Mud in the Water: The Fight Over Turbidity in Esopus Creek
NYC regularly discharges turbid water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Esopus before it reaches faucets in the city. Some environmentalists say the practice has negative effects.
Why Don’t More New Yorkers Know What Happened in the Holocaust?
A new study of young adults reveals troubling misbeliefs and knowledge gaps, at a time of rising antisemitism and white nationalism.
Keep Live Animals Out of Easter
The holiday shouldn’t be marred by bunnies, chicks, and other animals who are soon forgotten.
Coronavirus Roundup: All Adults in New York Will Be Eligible for Vaccination Next Week
Surprise! Plus: Cases are rising, a new mass vaccination site is coming to the Hudson Valley, and the CDC has good news on how well the vaccines are working.
‘Swept Downstream’: On a Year of Education During the Pandemic
We all came together around shared experiences early on, but the reality of remote learning—and the isolation, technical difficulties, and frustrations it brings—has made high school much harder.
Need a Vaccine? Meet the Greenburgh COVID Angels
A Westchester County volunteer group has helped more than 2,000 local residents get appointments in less than two months.
New York Expands Vaccine Eligibility, Pharmacy Guidance in Race Against Variants
State confirms first case of P.1 variant, and new cases overall are declining more slowly. Plus: free internet for low-income students and free donuts for any vaccinated person.
How to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis Without Building More
A combination of short-term rental regulations, property tax credits, and zoning changes can stabilize the housing market in a sustainable way.
‘Fighting Upstream Against Capitalism’: A Housing Q&A with Evelyn Wright
We talk to the Ulster County deputy executive about the affordability crisis, community solutions, and the county’s new Housing Action Plan.
SUNY Faculty Urge Pension to Divest from Fossil Fuels
The TIAA Divest campaign builds momentum for pulling funding from polluters and reinvesting in renewable energy companies.
Coronavirus Roundup: Biden Vows Return to Normal by Summer, While Cuomo’s Vaccine Czar Twists Arms
Plus: New York Democrats increase heat on governor, a new law guarantees time for vaccination, and the state’s rapid testing program is expanding.
Food Justice in the Hudson Valley: A Recent History
Food industry workers are among the most highly exploited laborers in the US. But a growing movement is bringing justice into the system.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputy Under Investigation for Social Media Posts
The officer, Ryan Griffin, shared racist, offensive, and untrue material on Facebook, but has not faced disciplinary action.
Coronavirus Roundup: Vaccinated Americans Can Socialize Indoors, CDC Says
A glimpse into the post-pandemic future. Plus: Cuomo stripped of emergency powers, the Senate passes Biden’s stimulus bill, and more vaccine is coming to New York counties.