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Central Hudson Is Broken. Can New York Fix It?

Legislators are investigating. Advocates want to put utilities in public hands. People behind on their utility bills are in trouble. Regulators have a lot of power to act—if they choose to.

Economy

The Donut Effect: How Remote Work Is Transforming the Hudson Valley

A sea change in how Americans work is affecting how and where they live—and putting intense new pressures on housing and communities. Can the Hudson Valley keep up?

Economy

Federal Funds Will Be Used to Address Housing Crisis in Westchester

The funds will go toward upgrades to affordable units in southwest Yonkers, where two-thirds of residents are unable to afford the cost of living.

Economy

Fatimah Found a Home. What About Her Neighbors?

Uncritical media coverage of patchwork solutions to systemic problems can blind us to more transformative action.

Opinion

The Future of Work Is Green

Climate action and the clean energy transition will bring a wave of new jobs to New York. Is the Hudson Valley workforce ready for them?

Economy

With Mandates Lifted, Small Businesses Face New Challenges

The worst of the pandemic hardships are over. Now what?

Economy

Massive Development in Saugerties Raises Concern Among Locals

A new proposal would build housing, lodging, amusement parks, and a tech park at Winston Farm. The town supervisor appears in favor, but some fear the impacts.

Economy

The Little Schooner That Might

Sail freight is desperately romantic. True believers think it could help solve the climate crisis. Is it a real solution?

Environment

Rethinking How New York Buys Food

Legislation introduced by Senator Michelle Hinchey would allow municipalities to buy from more socially conscious food producers.

Economy

What Happens When Amazon Comes to Town

The country’s largest employer is building two facilities in the Mid-Hudson Valley. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Economy

Yes In My Backyard

How accessory dwelling units could address the affordable housing crisis in New York.

Economy

Upstate Dairy Farms Are Facing an Uncertain Future

As the dairy industry looks west to commercial farms, small-scale farmers in the Northeast are faced with an ultimatum: go big or go home.

Economy

Renters Looking for Relief Have Been Caught in Red Tape

When it comes to distributing federal rental relief funds, New York is playing catch up.

Economy

Industrial Development Agencies Compete to Cut Business Breaks with ‘Legal Corruption’

Critics accuse IDAs throughout New York State of granting businesses competitive tax breaks in exchange for unclear returns.

Economy

Is It a Restaurant Labor Shortage, or a Broken Restaurant Industry?

Amid fears of a labor shortage in restaurants, two narratives have emerged. One blames workers for being lazy; the other highlights low pay, poor treatment, and scant benefits.

Economy

New York Moves to Ban Delta-8 THC, In Blow to CBD Market

Products containing the cannabis compound have become popular in recent years. But a lack of regulation and clear federal standing have caused some states to ban it.

Economy

Nail Salon Workers Are Transforming Their Industry After the Pandemic

Wage theft, long hours, and a lack of personal protective equipment have plagued nail technicians for decades. But there’s a growing worker-led movement for change.

Economy

Public Housing in Hudson Is Falling Apart

Conditions at Bliss Tower and Columbia Apartments are notoriously poor. But an ambitious plan to demolish and replace the buildings is in the works—though there’s a long road ahead.

Economy

The Pandemic Has Intensified the Fight Over Gig Workers

The long struggle to reclassify gig-economy laborers as employees of the companies they work with has taken on new urgency after a year of job losses, poor health outcomes, and overall instability.

Economy

How a Luxury Hotel Gained Control of Access to a State Trail

Emails reveal how Kingston officials ceded control of a gate across North Street to Hutton Brickyards, while activists say the city was dragging its feet on a solution for those facing homelessness.

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