Dem Senate Candidates Pull in Big Bucks as NYC Landlords Help Fund GOP Campaigns

Three women running for state Senate in the Hudson Valley have been outraising their Republican rivals as election day approaches. Democratic Sen. Jen Metzger outraised her republican challenger, Michael Martucci, more than 2-to-1. Michelle Hinchey, who is vying for an open seat against Republican Richard Amedure­­­­, outraised him more than 3-to-1. Karen Smythe, who is…

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A Long-Shot Bid for A Democratic Catskills

Mary “Betsy” Kraat has personally experienced the Hudson Valley’s housing crisis. The Kingston-born Kraat has been evicted twice in her hometown, the second time after refusing to pay rent during a bedbug infestation. Trying to find housing on a limited budget with two children proved impossible in the city. Every rental advertisement received dozens of…

World’s Oldest Forest Discovered in Catskills

Researchers have identified the world’s oldest known forest in the eastern Catskills. The site, located outside Cairo in Greene County, is about 2 million years older than the title’s previous holder, located just miles away in Gilboa. Fossilized remains of three different species move back the date when the ancestors of modern trees developed and…

Exploring Hudson River Islands

There are six notable islands in the Hudson River below Albany, from an unnamed islet north of Saugerties to Rattlesnake Island off of Coxsackie. Accessible only by small boat in the summer, and completely inaccessible in the winter, these islands have dodged civilization – though there are houses, industrial plants, even small cities on either…