Hudson Valley News & Politics

News & Politics

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.


Hudson Valley Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Try to Adapt to the New Normal

How COVID-19 is affecting the death care industry and how we grieve
Funeral homes and cemeteries in the Hudson have been hit hard by the pandemic as more and more victims are sent up state from New York City to be buried or cremated. Strict guidelines involving funerals and ceremonies has also had its impact on people who have lost loved ones to the virus.

Tags: General News & Politics

Hudson Valley College Town Economies Struggle to Adapt During Students’ Absence

Hudson Valley college towns are reeling without students' spending power since the advent of distance learning. As they struggle to rely on local residents, counties await Governor Andrew Cuomo's directives to slowly reopen their economies and save struggling small businesses.

Tags: General News & Politics

Resilience: Ulster County Pays Local Restaurants to Provide Meals for Those in Need

Project Resilience is a community fund and local food distribution effort to assist residents as well as give support to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. What started with a dozen restaurants now boasts a roster of almost 130 local businesses providing meals to their communities. Ulster residents requesting assistance are given three meals a week for as long as they need meal assistance during the pandemic.

Tags: General News & Politics

Editor's Note: Quaranta | May 2020

Chronogram's editorial director Brian K Mahoney makes comparisons to past pandemics and discovers little difference between now and then.

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Hudson Valley Food Pantries Feed Growing Need

Demand for Food Assistance Programs Continues to Rise as COVID-19 Tightens its Stronghold on America
Food banks across the country are experiencing an unprecedented surge in those seeking food assistance amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. With a skyrocketing demand for food assistance, food banks operating with limited staff, budget, and resources have had to scramble to continue to serve their communities.

Tags: General News & Politics

HV Jails, Correctional Facilities Implement COVID-19 Plans Amid Growing Concerns for Inmates

Public officials across the country have stressed the importance of social distancing and hygiene to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. This is nearly impossible for inmates in jails, prisons, and correctional facilities who are the mercy of how correctional officials decide to protect them against the virus. Read what Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Westchester Count Jails and state-run correctional facilities' action plans for the pandemic.

Tags: General News & Politics

SUNY New Paltz Uses 3D Printers to Produce Face Shields for Medical Workers

HVAMC Pitches in to Aid in the Production of PPE
SUNY New Paltz’s HVAMC becomes the latest to aid in the production of supplies for medical professionals on the front lines battling the coronavirus.

Tags: General News & Politics

Editor's Note: Day of the Hug | April 2020

Chronogram's editorial director Brian K Mahoney calls for more physical interaction in a post-coronavirus world.

Tags: Editor's Note

COVID-19 and its Effect on Upcoming New York State Elections

As the virus continues to disrupt daily life in New York and across the globe, uncertainty forces lawmakers to come up with an alternative voting plan for upcoming elections in April, June, and possibly November.

Tags: General News & Politics

Coronavirus: A Nearly Perfect Weapon Against Local Media

The coronavirus is the biggest story many publications will ever cover. And for many local publications, it may also be the last.

Tags: General News & Politics

How to Help Local Animal Shelters During the COVID-19 Outbreak

In times of crisis like this COVID-19 outbreak, animal shelters are put under extra pressure and donations decrease and animal surrenders in crease. We spoke with the executive director of the Ulster County SPCA to find out some of the ways we can help both sheltered animals and our own pets during this pandemic.

Tags: Community Notebook

Repairs in Kerhonkson Highlight Water Infrastructure Problems

While not as bad as other rural water districts across America, some of the region’s local water systems are degrading.
A multimillion-dollar repair project in the Ulster County hamlet of Kerhonkson, NY spotlights the quiet water infrastructure crisis that upstate New York, and much of the country, is headed toward.

Tags: Environment

How the US-China Trade War Affected Hudson Valley Farmers

Farmers in New York were better positioned than many farmers elsewhere in the country after President Trump’s tariffs on China.
We take a look at how the months-long trade standoff between the US and China has affected and will continue to affect small farms in upstate New York.

Tags: General News & Politics

Editor's Note: The New Neighbors | March 2020

Chronogram's editorial director Brian K Mahoney introduces us to his new neighbor, Johnny.

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The Equitable Internet Initiative Comes to Kingston

Radio Kingston and Community Tech NY Team Up to Bring Low-Cost Internet to the City
In 2014, the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) pioneered a new telecom-independent internet model, running its own infrastructure to provide low-cost internet in urban Detroit neighborhoods. The movement that grew out of this, the Equitable Internet Initiative, now comes to Kingston, where local philanthropic station Radio Kingston and Community Tech NY team up to provide an affordable alternative to Spectrum broadband.

Tags: Community Notebook

How the Hudson Valley Is Fighting to Protect its Immigrants

There are at least 100,000 immigrants in the Hudson Valley already. Here’s how some Americans are choosing to help them.

Tags: General News & Politics

Examining the Economic Cost of Immigrant Crackdowns in the Hudson Valley

What do the recent attacks on immigration mean for the Hudson Valley population, tax base and local economy?

Tags: General News & Politics

How Tourists Can Protect Endangered Species in the Hudson Valley

Whether you’re hiking, fishing or just driving through our lush region, these are some simple things you can do to protect the plants and animals of the Hudson Valley during your visit.

Tags: Environment

How Homeowners Can Protect Endangered Species in the Hudson Valley

For Hudson Valley residents, making your backyard more wild and taking other simple actions can protect our birds, bees, bats and trees.

Tags: Environment

Hudson Valley: A 2020 Battleground for Climate Action

Will New York be at the forefront of sustainable energy? Or will the state preach sustainability while strengthening its reliance on fossil fuels behind the scenes? All eyes are on the new natural-gas-burning Cricket Valley Energy Center.

Tags: Environment

Tusten Takes a Big Step to Lower Its Carbon Footprint

A Sullivan County Town Leads the Way Toward Greener Farming
The tiny town in Sullivan County will be the first municipality in the United States with a solar-powered process to convert plant and animal waste into energy.

Tags: Environment

Editor's Note: That Cursed Thing | February 2020

Chronogram's editorial director Brian K Mahoney tries to avoid the impeachment trials only to find himself obsessing about them.

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Ukraine in the Membrane

Arts Editor Peter Aaron Recalls His Band The Chrome Cranks's Trip to Post-Soviet Ukraine
Arts editor Peter Aaron reminisces about the time his punk-blues band, the Chrome Cranks, traveled east to perform in a freshly post-Soviet Ukraine.

Tags: General News & Politics

Editor's Note: Content Never Sleeps | January 2020

Chronogram's editorial director Brian K Mahoney revisits his favorite articles published in 2019.

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Food for Thought: The Future of Free Lunch in Hudson Valley Schools

As planned cuts to the national social safety net threaten the USDA’s universal free cafeteria meal program, we look at how this might affect Hudson Valley school districts.

Tags: National

Editor's Note: Holiday Orphans | December 2019

Our editor Brian Mahoney shares several stories of Thanksgivings and Christmases celebrated with family and strangers.

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The Good Fighter: Malcolm Nance on the Heels of His Latest Book

Twenty-year Navy veteran, counterterrorism expert, and Columbia County resident Malcolm Nance releases his latest book, The Plot to Betray America.

Tags: Books & Authors


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