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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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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…

A Drink with Congressional Candidate Dave Clegg

Dave Clegg, one of six democratic primary candidates competing for a chance to take on Rep. John Faso in next November’s 19th District congressional election, arrived at a meet and greet at Or in Hudson Dec. 12 with his wife and daughter. The family drove from Clegg’s campaign office in Kingston, his daughter, Jennifer, said,…

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Unicycle Hockey with The Hell on Wheels Gang

I first became interested in unicycle hockey because a friend of mine kept breaking his foot while doing it. After the second fracture, my friend tried to ameliorate his temporary handicap by purchasing what was essentially a peg-leg, which he could kind of hop around on, but the inconveniences of having a disabled pirate at…

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Standing in the Cold for a Cause

About five minutes outside Hudson, NY, amongst the garish strip malls of Fairview Avenue, two women and a man stand facing the wailing traffic in a tight row. It is 45 degrees out, but the trio has dressed for the cold. They have been standing here every Wednesday morning for years, arriving in separate cars…

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Choose 1 of 2 for Greenport’s Future

Ed Nabozny and Kathy Eldridge are facing off — for a second time — Nov. 7 to decide who will lead Greenport in the coming two years. The Columbia County town of 4,000 broke away from the city of Hudson in 1837 because residents in the city’s outskirts didn’t want to pay taxes they felt…

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The Beginnings of Spending $10 Million

Hudson received a $10 million grant from New York in August, one of ten cities in the state to receive funds to revitalize their downtowns and spur economic development. But now comes the complicated part — deciding exactly how this chunk of change will be spent. The grant is not a blank check. Projects must…

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Bed Races!

The first thing I saw when I arrived at the Hudson Bed Races was an ambulance conspicuously positioned at the starting line. There was another one parked ominously near the race’s finish a block away. Six teams were vying for the glory that comes with shoving a friend down a steep incline in a wheeled…

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Why I Hate Fall

So, you say you love fall, eh? Well, do me a favor. Go out and stand in it. Yes, stand in the fall. Feeling alright so far? Well, continue to stand in it for the next four-five hours. Feeling a bit…chill? Wanna go inside? I see you are now attempting to AVOID the fall. It…

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Hudson in Fear of Next Shooting

Christina Wolfe-Snyder was with her seven-year-old son in the kitchen of their Prospect Street home when her 13-year-old daughter ran in. “[She] said, ‘Mommy, I think I hear gunshots,’” Christina said a week later. “I’m like, ‘I don’t think so baby,’ and so I walked outside and then we knew it [happened], because we heard…

Who Will Run the New First Ward?

Voting in Hudson will be different this year. A new ward map, passed by a referendum in Nov. 2016, slices Hudson into sections of equal population, and many voters will find themselves voting in different wards than last year. Before the new ward map, the wards had vastly different populations, and therefore alderpeople representing them…

Not In MY Backyard! (N.I.M.B.Y.)

If you have ever had the pleasure of attending a town planning board meeting (and who hasn’t?), you have probably seen the NIMBY-ers — clots of enraged homeowners who surge to their feet with tears of salty conviction in their eyes, planning board documents clutched in their sweaty, quaking fists as they demand why –…