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…

Rapping Cop’s Fate to Be Discussed Wednesday

In Brief – The New Paltz Town Board will discuss the fate of a police officer who filmed himself performing an anti-transgender freestyle at a special meeting Wednesday. Officer Robert Sisco also states Hillary Clinton should be “hanged for treason” in the video, which he posted publicly on Instagram but has since removed. A copy…

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…

Delgado Awarded for Working with Republicans

In Brief – Hudson Valley Representative Antonio Delgado was honored Tuesday for working with Republicans as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. Delgado and 19 other representatives were awarded the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The accolade recognizes representatives who reach across the aisle, with the honor going…

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Black Lives Matter Protests Spread to The Suburbs

The protest in Yorktown started with a Facebook post. Town Supervisor Matt Slater posted a “Public Safety Update” on Yorktown’s official Facebook page last Monday addressing rumors there would be a protest in town that night. “According to the [Yorktown Police Department], which is actively monitoring social media and other intelligence resources, there is no…