A Very Obscene Circus

You usually don’t hear a lot of obscenities called out from circus rings, which is odd, because most circuses are pretty obscene. I went to the Ringling Bros. Circus while I was a child, and remembered two things: -Everyone was covered with mud And -There were crying elephants You could ride the crying elephants, which…

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Chief Moore: Policing Hudson for 30K a Year

Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore made only $30,000 last year as Hudson’s top cop, and is set to make the same amount in 2018. Moore served in the New York State Police for 32 years and retired in 2013 with a hefty pension. State law forbids New Yorkers under 65 receiving public pensions to make…

Tracking the Money in the Race for Congress

Six democratic candidates are competing to see who will run against Republican John Faso in the mid-term elections in New York’s 19th district, which encompasses the northern half of the Hudson Valley. Candidates running for the House of Representatives must file reports on the money their campaigns raise every three months. The Federal Election Commission…

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‘The Resistance’ Converges at Faso Friday

Faso Friday, a cacophonous weekly protest in front of Republican Congressman John Faso’s office in Kingston, started right on time. At 11:56 a.m., there were only a handful of protestors chatting and erecting signs in a snowbank bordering the parking lot of Faso’s office, but a few minutes later, the crowd had grown to 60.…

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A Week in Columbia County Court

John Hillman stands to his full height before Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek and tries to explain why his client, who is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 1 p.m., is nowhere to be found. The last time he actually talked to Luis Flores* was three weeks ago, Hillman says as Koweek stares flatly down…

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Faso Talks Tax Bill & Debt; Opponents in Audience Fire Back

John Faso triumphed part of the Republican Tax Bill while warning of increasing federal debt during a breakfast with the Ulster County Chamber of Congress Thursday. The freshman republican congressman also spoke about efforts to come to an compromise on immigration and the “regulatory excesses” of Dodd-Frank, the post-Great Recession bank regulatory bill, during opening…

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The Most Hated Man at The Women’s March

Protestors hoisted a cornucopia of signs at the Hudson Women’s March Saturday, most referencing women’s rights in one way or another, but the most common theme was not what the signs were for, but against. Trump. “Dump Trump” “Super-Callous -Fascist-Racist-Braggadocios” (photo of Trump included) “Voting Is My Superpower” “Trump Be Gone” “Fight like a Nasty…

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Inside Jeff Beals’ Insurgent Campaign for Congress

“Everything today is really tight.” Iyla Shornstein, Beals’ 29-year-old chief of staff, swipes through the day’s schedule as Beals loads a giant poster board displaying a map of New York’s 19th Congressional District into the campaign’s SUV. The truck has about 14,500 miles on it and was only purchased in late summer, which speaks to…

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North Point: The Catskills in the Quiet Months

The North-South Lake area in the eastern Catskills is packed with gawkers in the summer months. The road leading to Kaaterskill Falls, the jewel of the area (and by ‘jewel,’ I mean ‘most easily accessible’) is crammed with pedestrians giving motorists heart attacks as they wander along the twisting mountain lane from their cars to…