Hiking Brace Mountain in the South Taconics

I was driving down a stretch of road in Columbia County when I went into Hudson Valley tour guide mode and decided to point out to my down-state passenger the Catskill Mountains to our west and the Taconic Mountains to our east. “Taconic Mountains?” the other passenger in the car snootily quipped, “…more like hills.”…

Freak Flags Fly at the Hudson Valley Comicon

BEFORE I could enter the bathroom, a teen with chemical-green hair and cadaver-white facepaint swung the door ajar holding a pistol. The pistol was pointed at the ceiling, as though he wanted to avoid discharging it into someone’s stomach, but the orange tip showed the only thing it would be shooting was airsoft pellets. I…

Congressional Straw Poll Hints at Who’s Ahead in NY-19

A straw poll surveying an online group of activists and political junkies shows Gareth Rhodes leading the seven democratic primary candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District, with Dave Clegg taking second. The poll was open to the members of the Facebook Group “Listen to us, John Faso,” a community board that has become a…

Who Has Served? Pt. 1- Clegg, Flynn, Rhodes

A friend of mine was mid-way through a rant about President Trump when he brought up an interesting point. “You have to wonder about the motivations of someone who has never held political office before, or done anything for the country, when they suddenly decide to jump into the political ring when they’re like, 70,”…

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House Candidate’s Financial Reporting Appears to Contain Multiple Errors

An analysis of congressional candidate Jeff Beals’ campaign finance reports shows potential errors involving contributions through the fundraising site ActBlue. Beals, one of seven democrats looking to unseat Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th District, has received most of his contributions though ActBlue, a website allowing democrats from across the U.S. to easily…

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Voices From The March For Our Lives

A crowd of more than 8,000 tramped across the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie Saturday to protest American gun violence in the wake of last month’s Parkland High School shooting. The cross-generational crowd hoisted acerbic protest signs slamming the NRA and pro-gun politicians for what was seen as their complicity in the attack, and…

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.…