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Phillip Pantuso

Phillip Pantuso is the former managing editor of The River, and has contributed to The Guardian, The New York Times, and Yes! Magazine, among other publications.

Good to Go: The Rise of Travel Nursing

Soaring demand for nurses during the pandemic has changed the front lines of health care. Is it sustainable?


Overwhelmed by Omicron: Stories from the Pandemic’s Third Wave

We talked to people around the Hudson Valley and Catskills about their experiences with the latest COVID-19 surge.


The Costs of Improving Hospital ‘Efficiency’

A trend toward consolidation is hamstringing our local hospitals’ ability to deliver quality, dependable care.


The CDC Is Urging Masks Again. What Does it Mean for New York?

The Delta variant has brought on a new wave of the pandemic, which may force behavioral changes even for the vaccinated.


The Gospel of Ganja: A Q&A with Cannabis Activist Steve DeAngelo

The “father of legal cannabis,” who has been fighting to end prohibition for nearly 50 years, outlines his vision for a more inclusive and radically just industry—and how it might change the world.

Social Justice

Changes on High: What to Know about New York’s Recreational Marijuana Law

The effort ties licenses and revenue to social equity—but it’s good for small farmers, too.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


Coronavirus Roundup: On New York’s COVID Anniversary, Cuomo Dodges the Limelight

Amid allegations of sexual harassment and scrutiny over his handling of the pandemic, the governor has gone quiet. Plus: the FDA approves a third vaccine, Kingston gets a rapid testing site, and county health departments can now vaccinate the elderly.


Coronavirus Roundup: Scrutiny Surrounds Cuomo As Calls to Strip Emergency Powers Grow Louder

Plus: new nursing home visitation rules, an update on child vaccines, a mass vaccination hub is coming to Yonkers, and the US surpasses a half-million confirmed COVID-19 deaths.


Coronavirus Roundup: New York Confirms First South African Variant Case

At least 70 cases of the UK variant have also been found. Plus: new CDC guidance on schools and masks, a non-apology from Cuomo on nursing home data, and vaccination opens to those with comorbidities.


Coronavirus Roundup: Vaccine Eligibility Will Expand Next Week to Include Underlying Conditions

But good luck getting an appointment. Plus: updates on indoor dining, Super Bowl spikes, federal stimulus checks, and more.


Coronavirus Roundup: Cuomo Under Fire For Ignoring Health Officials, Undercounting Nursing Home Deaths

“When I say ‘experts’ in air quotes, it sounds like I’m saying I don’t really trust the experts,” the governor said. “Because I don’t.”


Coronavirus Roundup: Federal Vaccine Allocations Will Rise, With Goal of Inoculating 300 Million Americans By Fall

News and announcements from the federal government, New York State, the Hudson Valley, and the Catskills for Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27.


Coronavirus Roundup: Cuomo Says State Will Ease Shutdown Strategy With Infection Rate Falling

News and announcements from New York State, the Hudson Valley, and the Catskills for Saturday, January 23 through Monday, January 25.

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