Officer Sisco, On Leave for Controversial Rap, Defends Himself

New Paltz Police Officer Robert Sisco defended his career and social media postings in an exclusive interview with The Other Hudson Valley, saying his postings were being misinterpreted and he was being unfairly judged by parts of the community. Last month, Sisco posted an Instagram video of himself performing a politically conservative freestyle rap while…

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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…

Hudson Police Department Must Reform After Mayor’s Order

The Hudson Police Department will undergo limited reforms, including the restricting of “no-knock” police raids after Mayor Kamal Johnson signed an executive order Monday. The order, which Johnson called a “first step,” also creates a “Police Reconciliation & Advisory Commission” comprised of residents and police officers to advise the mayor on police actions. This first…

COVID-19 Update – Counties Reject State Virus Tracking System

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties co-produced with The River Newsroom. The following is for Saturday, June 12. LOCAL DIVE By Roger Hannigan Gilson, Lissa Harris, and Phillip Pantuso Contact tracing is not a new or esoteric process: Find a sickened person,…

COVID-19 Update – Are Protests Fueling the Pandemic?

This is a roundup of coronavirus news and announcements from New York State and Hudson Valley and Catskills counties co-produced with The River Newsroom. The following is for Thursday, June 11. COMING INTO FOCUS By Lissa Harris Are protests fueling the pandemic? It’s an urgent question, and after two solid weeks of nationwide demonstrations in…