Hudson Police Department Must Reform After Mayor’s Order

The Hudson Police Department will undergo limited reforms, including the restricting of “no-knock” police raids after Mayor Kamal Johnson signed an executive order Monday. The order, which Johnson called a “first step,” also creates a “Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission” comprised of residents and police officers to advise the mayor on police actions. This first…

COVID-19 Update – Counties Reject State Virus Tracking System

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties co-produced with The River Newsroom. The following is for Saturday, June 12. LOCAL DIVE By Roger Hannigan Gilson, Lissa Harris, and Phillip Pantuso Contact tracing is not a new or esoteric process: Find a sickened person,…

COVID-19 Update – Are Protests Fueling the Pandemic?

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties co-produced with The River Newsroom. The following is for Thursday, June 11. COMING INTO FOCUS By Lissa Harris Are protests fueling the pandemic? It’s an urgent question, and after two solid weeks of nationwide demonstrations in…

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Black Lives Matter Protests Spread to The Suburbs

The protest in Yorktown started with a Facebook post. Town Supervisor Matt Slater posted a “Public Safety Update” on Yorktown’s official Facebook page last Monday addressing rumors there would be a protest in town that night. “According to the [Yorktown Police Department], which is actively monitoring social media and other intelligence resources, there is no…