Catskill, New York
3 October 2020 08:19PM


Failure by Local Governments to Adhere to Order and Enforce Public Health Regulations Can Result in Penalties of up to $10,000 per Day

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Commissioner of Health will send an order to COVID-19 hot spot local governments today establishing a framework for reporting their enforcement activities and setting specific consequences for failure to enforce the State Department of Health Emergency Regulations and the Governor’s Executive Orders related to social distancing, mask compliance, and capacity limitations. If local governments do not enforce these legally binding requirements, they will be in violation of the order and can be subject to fines.

“The Commissioner of Health will issue a Section 16 order to the local governments advising them that they have to step up the compliance, that it is the law and if the local governments don’t step up the compliance, they will actually be in violation of the law and they can be fined. I have asked the local governments many times to actually do the compliance,” Governor Cuomo said. “Compliance is not public education—it is enforcement. People know what the rules are and they’ve heard them every day. Local governments have to do enforcement. Whether or not it fits with their political agenda really is pointless. It’s the law and their job is to enforce the law.”

Failure to adhere to the order can result in penalties of up to $10,000 per day, pursuant to Section 12-b of the state Public Health Law.

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Catskill, New York
28 September 2020 09:14PM


1.5 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

10 ZIP Codes in NYS – Where 3 Percent of NYS Population Resides – Accounted for 27 Percent of Positive Tests

State Deploying Up to 200 Rapid Result Testing Machines and Kits to ZIP Codes with Upticks in Cases

Hospitalizations and Intubations Remain Flat; Number of ICU Patients Down
SLA and State Police Task Force Visits 988 Establishments; Observes 5 Establishments Not in Compliance

834 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 456,460; New Cases in 42 Counties


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor detailed the uptick in cases and test positivity in select ZIP codes in New York State, where 27% of positive tests reported on Sunday came from ten ZIP codes where just 3% of the state’s population resides, and 37% of positive cases came from 20 ZIP codes where just 6% of the state’s population resides. The Governor also noted that while the state’s overall positivity rate for Sunday’s tests is 1.5%, the positivity rate outside of the top 20 ZIP codes for new cases was just 1%.

New York will deploy 200 rapid testing machines to the sites of several upticks in specific counties and zip codes throughout the state. The areas are Brooklyn, Orange County, Rockland County and the Southern Tier. New York State can provide Department of Health staff and rapid testing machines to zip codes and local governments that need them. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“We’re coming into the fall and all the health experts say you have to be careful about the fall. People go indoors, colleges open, and it’s flu season. We have spikes in other states and we have a global spike,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re also seeing in these numbers significant increases in localized clusters from Brooklyn, Orange and Rockland counties and the Southern Tier. This is the point of the testing we’re doing, to be able to pinpoint and identify the clusters to find where the cases are coming from. We have specific zip codes in Brooklyn that we’re going to be looking at because it’s very localized and our health officials are going to be reaching out to those Brooklyn communities, and in Orange and Rockland communities today to do additional testing and compliance measures in those areas.”

Areas that had high positivity rates and that will be subject of focused testing efforts including access to rapid testing machines are as follows, and will be updated as daily test results come in:

New York’s slight uptick in statewide positive test results comes amid number of spikes in countries such as France, Spain and Israel and other states in the U.S.:
Wisconsin: 18.5% positivity rate
Iowa: 16.4% positivity rate
Utah: 12.9% positivity rate
Missouri: 12.3% positivity rate
Florida: 10.8% positivity rate
Arizona: 5.1% positivity rate

Patient Hospitalization – 543 (+2)
Patients Newly Admitted – 63
Hospital Counties – 33
Number ICU – 135 (-20)
Number ICU with Intubation – 57 (-2)
Total Discharges – 76,649 (+54)
Deaths – 11
Total Deaths – 25,468

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Catskill, New York
21 August 2020 07:46PM
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Catskill, New York
28 July 2020 07:47PM

July 28, 2020.

Dear New York,

We have exciting news today. The Eastman Kodak Company, a storied New York manufacturer based in Rochester, was awarded a $765 million federal loan under the Defense Production Act. This loan will allow Kodak to create a new business unit, Kodak Pharmaceuticals, dedicated to producing pharmaceutical ingredients that are essential for vital medications. New York’s long-term support for Eastman Business Park helped allow the company to take advantage of this opportunity. Today’s announcement means 300 direct jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs for New Yorkers. More importantly, it will help ensure that America can provide for our own needs in a pandemic like this one. Never again do we want to rely on shipments from China or elsewhere in order to get lifesaving medical supplies. It is not just a public health issue—it’s a national security issue. This is a great step forward and a great business opportunity for New York.

Chart of the Day: Our total number of COVID hospitalizations continues to remain low.

Here’s what else you need to know tonight:

1. Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have been added to the state’s travel advisory list. Individuals traveling from these areas, and other states with high infection rates, must quarantine for 14 days. The advisory now applies to 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

2. The state has suspended liquor licenses for 12 New York City bars after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders. Over the weekend, the state task force, led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority, conducted over 1,300 compliance checks, documenting violations at 132 establishments.

3. The number of total hospitalizations remains low. Yesterday, there were 648 total hospitalizations. The State conducted 57,397 tests, of which 534, or 0.93%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 9 New Yorkers to the virus.

4. Major League Baseball teams are welcome to play in New York if they are experiencing difficulties in their home states. New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S. We have a full Department of Health protocol system in place. My offer to the MLB: If you are having problems playing in other states, come play in the Empire State.

5. Reminder to stay cool and stay safe. If you go to a cooling center, beach or pool to escape the extreme heat, remember to socially distance and wear a mask. Learn how to identify the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including heat strokes.

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Every year, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy hosts an annual Hike-A-Thon. This year, the organization turned it into a fairytale-inspired scavenger hunt. The MHLC preserves were scattered with wooden gnomes that hikers could pose with for photos.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Catskill, New York
26 July 2020 04:25PM



State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force Issued 105 Violations to Downstate Establishments Friday and Saturday

Hospitalizations Drop Again—Down to 637—A New Low Since March 18

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

One Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

Confirms 536 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 411,736; New Cases in 50 Counties


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on Republican members of New York’s Congressional Delegation to fight for state and local aid in the federal stimulus package, which is expected to be announced this week:

G “I call on all Republicans elected in this state to stand united with the people of the state, encouraging support for New York State. We have about a $14 billion loss of revenue. We have about a $5 billion cost of this COVID virus. We know that we’d have to have drastic budget cuts if we don’t get aid. So I’d ask the Republican congresspeople, put your politics aside. Stand up, call on your colleagues to actually do the right thing and represent the people of the state rather than your political party, and do it as loudly as you play politics for your party. Because if we don’t get state aid from Washington it’s going to be a very bad situation for this state and the people in this state.”

The Governor also provided an update on the recently formed multi-agency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants. The State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force issued 105 violations to establishments downstate on Friday and Saturday. Businesses found in violation of social distancing regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of their liquor license.

“We have the compliance challenge, especially for young people, especially around bars. I once again ask local governments to do their job. State government has gotten more aggressive. We’ve put together a task force of the State Liquor Authority and the State Police. Over Friday and Saturday night, they did 105 violations. They’ve been focusing on the downstate area, but the 105 are across downstate. They’re Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk. So literally in every county in downstate New York City down. They have had violations. They’re going to be doing additional suspensions that they will do tomorrow.”

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Catskill, New York
25 July 2020 10:04PM


New York’s Numbers Continue to Remain Low and Steady

Hospitalizations Drop Again—Down to 646—A New Low Since March 18

Lowest Number of ICU Patients—149—Since March 16

1.05% of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“New York State’s numbers continue to show progress in the midst of alarming increases in COVID-19 cases throughout the country and a renewed need to ensure compliance with state guidance here at home,” Governor Cuomo said. “Yesterday’s numbers show New York’s hospitalizations continue to decrease and its rate of positive tests remains low, but it’s essential that we stay vigilant by social distancing, wearing masks and washing our hands as this pandemic is far from over. I urge everyone to stay New York Tough and New York Smart.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

Patient Hospitalization – 646 (-4)
Patients Newly Admitted – 91 (+34)
Hospital Counties – 30
Number ICU – 149 (-7)
Number ICU with Intubation – 94 (+1)
Total Discharges – 72,632 (+80)
Deaths – 10
Total Deaths – 25,103

Of the 71,466 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 750, or 1.05 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:


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Catskill, New York
19 November 2019 03:57PM
David Smith

Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano (Dorinda)

Concerts in the Village continues its 10th Anniversary Season on Sunday November 24th when six singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program join the Broad Street Orchestra to offer Handel’s Acis and Galatea. This compact “semi-opera” was with good reason Handel’s most frequently performed work during his lifetime, and among his dramatic works the only one to remain continuously in the repertoire over more than three centuries. Under the direction of Artistic Director David Smith, CITV’s performance is believed to be a regional premiere.

The young lovers Acis and Galatea will be sung by tenor Maximillian Jansen and soprano Chelsea Fingal DeSouza. This will be Jansen’s second CITV appearance, following his enthusiastically received solo performance in CITV’s offering of Bach’s Mass in B Minor this past July at PS21 in Chatham. From Cincinnati, Jansen’s opera experience has included Così fan tutte (Mozart), Albert Herring (Britten) and The Magic Flute (Mozart). Chelsea Fingal DeSouza, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, has had extensive experience in art song, as well as contemporary and Baroque music. Her concert appearances have included the requiems of Faure and Mozart, as well as the Stabat Mater of Poulenc. Her dramatic roles have included that of Atalanta in Handel’s Serse.

The comically terrifying role of Polypheme the one-eyed giant will be sung by baritone Wayne Arthur Paul, who in 2018 was soloist in CITV’s performance of the Mozart Requiem. Also a graduate of the New England Conservatory, this season Paul is singing at the Metropolitan Opera, making his ensemble debut in a critically acclaimed new production of Porgy & Bess. Dramatic and concert opportunities have taken him to Boston and Los Angeles, among other destinations. Countertenor Chuanyuan Liu, who assumes the role of Damon in Acis and Galatea, began singing less than three years ago, but quickly found his artistic voice as a countertenor. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he recently made his debut with Chicago Summer Opera. His dramatic roles have included works of Handel, Monteverdi, and others.

Chinese-American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce, in the role of Dorinda, will be making her third CITV appearance, including a warmly received performance of excerpts from Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été this past February. Recent appearances have included Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and the role of Olivia in the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain. In addition to winning the Marilyn Horne Song Competition at the Music Academy of the West, Ms. Pierce was a Semi-Finalist in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. Baritone CodyRay Caho was an undergraduate in vocal performance at the State University of New York at Fredonia, also holding a graduate degree from Arizona State University. The organizations with which he has performed include Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera, American Lyric Theater, and the Aspen Music Festival.

CITV Artistic Director David Smith observes, “For our offering of the very entertaining Acis and Galatea I can hardly imagine a more talented ensemble of singers. Our listeners are certainly in for a very special treat, one perfectly scaled to the ideal acoustics of Kinderhook’s Van Buren Hall. And to this we add the region’s premiere chamber orchestra, CITV’s own Broad Street Orchestra. What more could a listener ask for?”

3:00pm, Sunday, November 24th. Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook, NY 12106. Reception follows. Contribution $20. Students and children free. Lift to second floor. For further information and reservations: http://www.concertsinthevillage.org, or 518-758-6869.

This concert is underwritten by the CITV Emerging Singer Fund.

CITV concerts are made possible by the generous support of many individual, institutional and business supporters, including the T. Backer Fund, CITV Emerging Singer Fund, The Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Price Chopper Golub Foundation, and Stewart’s Shops. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.

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Catskill, New York
14 August 2019 05:18PM
DeeAnn Veeder

John Davis Gallery will be exhibiting new paintings by Lois Dickson August 17th through September 8th.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 17th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Memory and invention have led me to landscape. I was thinking specifically about grottoes and caves, some half way around the world and others just down the road. Sunken limestone towers in the ancient caves at Halong Bay demand high key color and aggressive brushwork, while the gentle entry of Stone Church/Dover asks for a muted palette and more meditative approach. I hope these paintings are true to the memory of place, of the caverns’ natural beauty, folklore, storied dwellers, and metamorphic past.” ~ Lois Dickson

Channeling Orange, 2019, oil on linen, 5 x 4 feet
Kaaterskill Falls, 2019, oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches
Going Out, 2019, oil on linen, 20 x 28 inches
Tiet 4.7.95, 2019, oil on linen, 4 x 5 feet

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Catskill, New York
29 January 2019 05:01PM
Arielle Herman


Come, rest and rejuvenate in the void of the moon with Gong and Crystal Singing Bowls as your guide.

Monday, February 4, 2019
6:30 – 7:30pm
$15 pre-registration (ends 2/4 8am) or $20 at the door http://www.rivertideaikikai.org/new-moon-sound-healing-2-4-19/
Hosted by Kundalini Yogini
at Rivertide Aikikai
3198 Old Kings Rd.
Catskill, NY 12414

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Catskill, New York
1 October 2018 09:58PM
Betsy Miller


Thanks to all the ticket buyers who made GRANT & TWAIN, the premiere production in PS 21′s black box theater, a huge success.

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Catskill, New York
6 December 2016 08:31AM
Aaron Clause

For her 11th birthday party, Braeden Van Wie asked attendees to bring an item for CGHS/SPCA instead of a gift for herself. Pictured in front of a carload of food, toys, and cleaning items for the animals at the shelter are CGHS/SPCA President/CEO Ron Perez, Braeden, and Dr. Jerry Bilinski of Chathams Small Animal Hospital and Medical Director of CGHS/SPCA.

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Catskill, New York
15 March 2014 03:32PM
Michael Singer

Besides all the pointed and fair criticisms to New Lebanon Supervisor Mike Benson’s last-minute proposals for the Columbia County Airport, there was an elephant, ie a question left unanswered, in the room.

Why did Benson demand quick action on an early airport proposal months ago, then disappear for ten meetings, and reappear on the eve of a vote on a proposal everyone else has worked so hard on, and offer two new proposals?

He was in a big hurry then; now he wants to slow everything down. What’s the difference? The proposal he wanted voted on in a hurry months ago was in his interest; the proposal he wants to gum up now is not.

So what’s his interest?

We know this much: Benson is in the construction business and he publicly claims to work very closely with C&S Consultants on various jobs, a company that has provided false projections and incorrect information to the County in its planning documents over the years, wasting tens of thousands of County money on the airport alone. In fact, their airport planning has been proven to be more fantasy than fact.

Obviously, if Benson and/or C&S get more money from the County in contracts
or fees involving the airport or anything else, it helps them both.If somehow Benson’s plan gets approved, won’t C&S be needed for more work? Will Benson’s company bid the job? Maybe it can’t, but C&S might get more work and they will owe Benson a favor, to collect down the road. So
it goes in Columbia County.

Who benefits from this circus?

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