Hudson Valley News & Politics

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Chronogram publishes sections covering local, national, and environmental news, including columns from Larry Beinhart, Brian Mahoney, and Jason Stern. From the Hudson Valley and beyond, check out our take on news and politics.

Educating for the Clean Energy Transition & the Future of Work

Educating for the Clean Energy Transition & the Future of Work

A wave of green jobs is coming to New York and local educational institutions are meeting the moment.

Tags: In the Classroom

 

Editor's Note: Appetite for Delectation | July 2022

Brian K. Mahoney obsesses about food on our behalf.

Tags: Editor's Note

Winnakee Land Trust: Stewarding Healthy Forests to Fight Climate Change

Dutchess County-based Winnakee Land Trust introduces its Forever Forest program, a nature-based strategy to address our climate crisis by protecting and restoring 10,000 acres of forest in the next 10 years.

Tags: Outdoors

Editor's Note: Letter to an Absent Father | June 2022

Brian K. Mahoney writes his Dad a letter.

Tags: Editor's Note

A Permanent Solution to Homelessness in the Hudson Valley

Supportive Housing Returns Dignity and Autonomy to Those Who Need It Most
Poughkeepsie-based Hudson River Housing provides permanent supportive housing designed to help those most at-risk of homelessness succeed at living independently.

Tags: Social Justice

Editor's Note: The Whole Picture | May 2022

Brian K. Mahoney makes room for the people of Beacon.

Tags: Editor's Note

Beating the Oil Tank Blues

Newburgh’s Optima Environmental Services Helps Homeowners Head Off Oil Tank Disasters
Newburgh-based Optima Environmental Services provides environmental, regulatory, and construction solutions to families and businesses throughout New York State.

Tags: Environment

Good Work Institutes Hosts Rooted Resources Festival Takes Place May 12-15

A Weekend of Programming with a Focus on Democratizing Wealth, Communities, and Work
Since its founding in 2015, the Good Work Institute has facilitated networking and programming to strengthen the local community, economy, and ecosystem. Rooted in principles of social justice, democratization of wealth and power, and diversity, GWI’s work has historically relied on the dynamic and propulsive alchemy of group gatherings to effect change. But amid the early waves of the pandemic, such large-scale face-to-face meet-ups became impossible. The Good Work Institute is finally returning to in-person programming May 12-15, with the Rooted Resources festival. This weekend-long series of educational and exploratory events takes as its focus the behemoth topic of economic inequality and aims to examine the ways that localized spending and circular economies can create pathways to equity and economic resilience in our communities. “This festival represents a radical opportunity to gather citizens and community leaders together, to learn from each other, and inspire a sense of shared purpose as we create community-led solutions for a Just Transition in the Hudson Valley,” says Vonda Brunsting, GWI board member and equitable investment advocate. Just Transition is an economic and social movement that seeks to care for the planet and its residents, prioritizing localized economies and good work prospects as means to a healthy, thriving, and inclusive ecosystem—both natural and social. The Rooted Resources festival’s focus on democratizing wealth, communities, and work will foster a space where participants interact to collaboratively develop ideas and initiatives to shift our collective consciousness toward a group mentality. “We’re energized to be bringing so many different perspectives and projects together under this one umbrella theme,” says Helene Lesterlin, a GWI Worker Trustee. The festival will include informational sessions on cooperative business models, community funds, storytelling for change, dealing with the trauma of money, property as wealth, indigineous land stewardship, cultural practices of sharing resources, and more. The programming will span formats from panel discussions to keynote presentations and interactive workshops. Things kick off Thursday evening, May 12 with a virtual orientation and overview of the schedule. Friday’s programming at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston will feature Omar Freilla, social entrepreneur and movement builder with a passion for building structures for community self-determination; and Betty Francisco, CEO of the Boston Impact Initiative, impact investor, and business executive. Soak up spring on Saturday with a slate of al fresco programming under tents in Midtown Kingston, in the parking lot between Big Bubble Laundromat and the future Kingston Food Co-op. There will also be wellness opportunities, food, art, and music throughout the day, with a closing session at the Greenhouse. Rooted Resources wil; wrap up Sunday morning with an interactive workshop called “Stories of the Future: Envisioning Pathways to Local Economic Power,” designed to help participants reflect on the weekend’s learnings and create action plans for themselves. The Rooted Resources Festival is free to all, but registration is required. ...

Tags: Economy

Editor's Note: Almost Too Pretty | April 2022

Brian K. Mahoney on a certain overlooked photograph by Chronogram contributor David McIntyre.

Tags: Editor's Note

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh and Dutchess County Receive Multimillion Donations From MacKenzie Scott

Habitat Newburgh, Habitat Dutchess, and 83 US Habitat affiliate organizations, along with Habitat for Humanity International, recently received $436 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Tags: Social Justice

Balancing the Short-Term Rentals Market in the Hudson Valley

Over the last few years, the Hudson Valley and Catskills have become increasingly popular short-term rental (STR) markets, and part of the national debate about their merits and shortcomings. While many residents that operate STRs experience financial success and help bring visitors to their area, many others think that STR sites like Airbnb and VRBO are transforming the community for the worse. However, the real impact STRs are having on our region is much less black-and-white, says John C. Cappello, Esq., a partner at the Walden-based law firm Jacobowitz & Gubits.

Tags: Land Use / Development

Editor's Note: A First Time for Everything, Again | March 2022

Brian K. Mahoney is holding out for a hero.

Tags: Editor's Note

Chickens for Change: Rebecca Moore and the Institute for Animal Happiness

Rebecca Moore provides chickens with special care at the Institute for Animal Happiness.

Tags: Community Notebook

Editor's Note: The Long Lost Age of Mechanical Reproduction | February 2022

Brian K. Mahoney finds a trove of old photographs.

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MANITOGA: Design • Art • Nature tours @ MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center

MANITOGA: Design • Art • Nature tours

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Berkshires Arts Festival @ Ski Butternut

Berkshires Arts Festival

July 1-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — The 21st Berkshires Arts Festival July 1-3 at scenic Ski Butternut gathers...

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National News & Politics

Despite being a local publication, Chronogram has four features addressing issues of national importance. In Chronogram’s While You Were Sleeping section, we recap national and international news stories that may have passed you by, focusing on the weird and wacky. Every month we also feature columns from Chronogram publisher Jason Stern, editor Brian Mahoney, and Body Politic columnist Larry Beinhart. Beinhart focuses on hard news, routinely writing left-leaning opinion pieces on the top stories of the month. Mahoney touches on similar issues in his Editor’s Note columns, frequently tying current events to literature and the arts. Stern’s column addresses more philosophical issues, asking questions like, “Does power corrupt?” and “What does it mean to lead a successful life?”

Local News & Politics

Chronogram features extensive coverage of the Hudson Valley’s local news, focusing on the people, stories, and events shaping politics in our area. The Community Notebook section includes event descriptions, investigative pieces, and Local Luminary features. Local Luminary stories contain interviews with major figures in our community, including educators, politicians, and those in the arts.

Environmental Issues

Chronogram has several sections detailing issues involving the Hudson Valley’s ecology. Being at the very center of our valley, the Hudson River has naturally also been the center of our area’s environmental movement. Led by Pete Seeger and the Clearwater organization, there has been great progress in cleaning the river once, and too often still, considered a garbage dump. The debate over whether New York should practice hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has also been a top environmental concern over recent year. As governor Cuomo continues to decide on whether to allow the practice, a recurring segment, Frack Watch, monitors the debate.