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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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‘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.

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Taxing New Homeowners to Preserve Local Character? New Paltz Will Try It

A real estate transfer tax targeting wealthy new arrivals takes effect during the unprecedented migration of New York City residents to the region.

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New York Banned Evictions. The Housing Crisis Got Worse.

Landlords have found ways to oust renters with the market surging in the Hudson Valley. What will happen when the moratorium ends?

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Have Tourists Helped Keep the Hudson Valley Economy Afloat (For Now)?

Across the region, spending by newcomers has kept sales tax revenues from declining much less than predicted at the start of the lockdown.

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Urban Removal: Kingston’s Housing Crisis

A pandemic-fueled exodus from NYC has turbocharged the housing market in the Ulster County seat. Will its less-affluent residents be left behind?

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The Challenge of Affordable Housing in the Hudson Valley

Three recent reports show that home values are on the rise, and the affordability gap is growing wider.

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Follow the River, Follow the Money: On Development in Yonkers

Arts and environmental initiatives have driven a campaign to attract wealthier residents to the riverfront city. It could be a sign of things to come in the Hudson Valley.

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Basic Income Guarantee: A Pilot in Hudson

This September, the small community on the east bank of the Hudson River is set to join several other American cities that are home to a UBI program.

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PPP: Lifesaver with a Lot of Headaches

The Paycheck Protection Program offered immediate help to small businesses affected by COVID-19. But three months into the crisis, the value of that assistance is being questioned, and it’s not clear where the next round of money will come from.

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Hudson Valley Restaurant and Bar Workers Share Their Experiences of the Pandemic

As restaurants across the Hudson Valley contend with a harsh new reality, industry workers are left in a precarious position.

Coronavirus

Death of a Newspaper

The closure of the Catskill Mountain News is the latest blow to local journalism in rural New York.

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