Rob Astorino in the Widening Gyre of GOP Politics
The Reaganite Republican finds himself running for governor (again) in a party frothing about COVID, Cuomo, and critical race theory. Can he keep up?
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?
Poughkeepsie High School Refuses to Give Up
High turnover, low funding, and the pandemic have hampered the city’s only public high school. But the narrative is changing.
Assembly Candidate Sarahana Shrestha Is Tired of Waiting
The climate and justice activist believes the time is now for transformative action in Albany.
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?
The Future of Overdose Prevention in New York
The nation’s first supervised injection sites have opened in Manhattan. Could this effective yet controversial solution come upstate?
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.
Anti-Vaxxers Maintain Persistent Presence in the Hudson Valley
The Columbia County group Do We Need This? is waging an aggressive campaign of disinformation, with vaccine uptake stalled and Omicron surging.
From Afghanistan to Albany
Some 650 Afghan refugees are expected to resettle in the Capital District before the end of next year. Will they have the resources they need?
The Costs of Improving Hospital ‘Efficiency’
A trend toward consolidation is hamstringing our local hospitals’ ability to deliver quality, dependable care.
The Long Fight for Justice for Monica Goods
The 11-year-old was killed in a Thruway police crash last December. Following months of calls for justice, the trooper involved was charged with murder this week.
The Backyard Battle for New York’s Climate Future
A proposal to place large solar arrays in bucolic Copake has inflamed passions on both sides—and illuminated a challenge for the state in reaching its energy goals.
COVID-19 Is Not the Only Emerging Disease Worrying Scientists
Amid public health focus on the pandemic, vector-borne disease in the Northeast remains a persistent and evolving threat.
How an Ad Hoc Climate Coalition Is Working to Thwart a Power Plant in Newburgh
Danskammer Energy wants to replace its “peaker” gas-fired power plant with a new facility that will run 24/7. With a decision coming, environmentalists are reminding New York of its green commitments.
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.
Long COVID May Bring a Wave of Nervous System Disorders. Are We Ready?
Cases of debilitating neurological conditions called dysautonomia are showing up in COVID survivors. But patients are still struggling to find proper care.
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.
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.
In Rural New York, Counties Turn a Blind Eye to Policing Problems
Police reforms mandated by Governor Cuomo fell short of addressing systemic issues in Delaware and Sullivan counties, advocates say—in part because local officials don’t see an issue with policing in their communities.
Will This Be the Year New York Passes Universal Health Care?
The New York Health Act would establish a single-payer healthcare system covering every New Yorker. Its proponents say the pandemic has made it more urgent than ever.