Will Columbia County’s Mental Health Facility be Privatized?

A Columbia County committee charged with optimizing the county’s health services met May 20th and discussed a controversial topic – whether the county’s Mental Health Clinic, which had been losing money for years, should be privatized to save money. Members of the Human Services Productivity Committee previously discussed offering the clinic to Columbia Memorial Hospital…

Come to The Other Hudson Valley’s Launch Party!

It’s been two-and-a-half years since I quit the newspaper biz to restart The Other Hudson Valley. It’s been a labor of love, because, namely: -I’m ecstatic about independent journalism, the Hudson Valley, and everything involved in this undertaking and: -I actually lose money on The Other Hudson Valley every month …so, as much as I…

Dodging Baseballs While Shrieking – A Day in TOHV

I’ve had a lot of unpleasant experiences with baseball. My parents, as per 90s suburban parenting rules, signed me up for little league at a very young age, an age where motor skills and the ability to understand basic causation is still developing, and it’s unreasonable to expect any sort of logical gameplay. I was…

New Paltz Judge Resigns Amid State Disciplinary Charges

A long-time New Paltz judge resigned last week while under two disciplinary charges by the state for a conflict of interest between his judgeship and his law practice in a criminal case. Judge Jonathan Katz, who has served as a New Paltz Town Justice since 1995, signed the arrest warrant of a man for allegedly…

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The 10 Best Hikes in the Hudson Valley and Catskills

So, I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t hiked every single trail in the Hudson Valley and Catskills (I mean, there’s hundreds), but I have hiked MOST of them, writing about the best. The list below includes hikes from six counties, and all four mountain formations in the region – the Catskills, the Shawangunks,…