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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.…

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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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Faso Talks Tax Bill & Debt; Opponents in Audience Fire Back

John Faso triumphed part of the Republican Tax Bill while warning of increasing federal debt during a breakfast with the Ulster County Chamber of Congress Thursday. The freshman republican congressman also spoke about efforts to come to an compromise on immigration and the “regulatory excesses” of Dodd-Frank, the post-Great Recession bank regulatory bill, during opening…

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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…

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Inside Jeff Beals’ Insurgent Campaign for Congress

“Everything today is really tight.” Iyla Shornstein, Beals’ 29-year-old chief of staff, swipes through the day’s schedule as Beals loads a giant poster board displaying a map of New York’s 19th Congressional District into the campaign’s SUV. The truck has about 14,500 miles on it and was only purchased in late summer, which speaks to…

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North Point: The Catskills in the Quiet Months

The North-South Lake area in the eastern Catskills is packed with gawkers in the summer months. The road leading to Kaaterskill Falls, the jewel of the area (and by ‘jewel,’ I mean ‘most easily accessible’) is crammed with pedestrians giving motorists heart attacks as they wander along the twisting mountain lane from their cars to…

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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Hiking Bonticou Crag in the Winter

As soon as I exited my car by the Spring Farm Trailhead in Mohonk Preserve, I grabbed the back of my car and began slowly lowering my body towards it while keeping my feet flat to stretch out my calves. I was finally able to touch my forehead to the trunk a few times, and…

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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…