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Cuomo’s Vaccine Czar Twists Arms as Biden Vows Normalcy by Summer

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties published March 15 in collaboration with The River. NEW YORK STATE 7-day average positive test rate: 3.2%556 deaths past 7 days4,517 hospitalizations (923 in ICUs)Share of population fully vaccinated: 11.6%Share of population given 1 dose: 22.5%New…

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The Problem with Landlords

There’s a vacant mobile home in my backyard. It’s heavily dented and festooned with mud and black mold and slouches precariously on stacks of cinder blocks. Just to be clear, the single-wide isn’t the problem here – I knew it was there when I rented the place. It serves as a visual and decibel barrier…

Home Prices Rose Up to 36% in the Hudson Valley Last Year

In Brief – The median sales price of a home skyrocketed in the Hudson Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress quantifies how the migration of downstate residents fleeing the contagious confines of New York City has impacted the housing market. Sullivan County saw the median sales price…

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‘Living Room Spread’ – Is It REALLY to Blame for the COVID-19 Surge? – COVID-19 Update

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties for Thursday, December 10 through Saturday, December 12. Published in collaboration with The River Newsroom. NEW YORK STATE10,595 new cases yesterday212,672 tests yesterdayPositive test rate: 4.98%89 deaths yesterday5,321 hospitalizations1,007 ICU admissionsNew York State coronavirus pageNew York…

Just-Released Voter Data Hints at Election Outcomes

In Brief – The New York State Board of Elections released new enrollment data Sunday showing how many people have registered to vote across the state since February and their chosen political party. The regular release shows which party is attracting more voters and depicts the partisan make-up of different parts of the state. Looking…

Climber Dies at Mohonk Preserve

 In Brief – A climber fell to her death Sunday in Ulster County’s Shawangunk Mountains. Lauren Sobel, of Brooklyn, was the lead climber in a trio attempting to scale a rock face at the Mohonk Mountain Preserve in Gardiner, according to state police. The 25-year-old woman was about 70 feet up the palisade and was…