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FCC: ‘Drop Dead’

Two of our area’s newly elected representatives - Congressman Antonio Delgado and State Senator Jen Metzger - campaigned hard in 2018 on the issue of expanding broadband access to underserved … more

The Ugly, Hidden Truth

Fifty years ago I fought the Vietnam War on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS America operating in the Tonkin Gulf in 1968. I was an Aviation Electronics Petty Officer. I lost most of … more

State Budget Work Begins

A number of important issues will be front and center in Albany this year, starting with the state budget. The budget is due by April 1, and I will be working to meet that deadline. Timeliness is … more

Turn Down the Music

I recently attended a girls basketball game at Delaware Academy in Delhi. During half times and time outs very loud music was played. With the gym setting the noise echoes and is even louder. … more

Governor’s State Of State Misses The Mark 

The 2020 New York State legislative session got its official start a few days ago with the governor’s State of the State address. While the governor mentioned a few ideas I can back, for the … more

Delaware County Board Of Supervisors

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors have proven themselves as of late to be a completely incompetent ruling body, devoid of any common sense or scruples. I site two recent examples of their … more

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone…”

When someone works above and beyond the requirements of their job, you get accustomed to that level of devotion. Suddenly, although the work ethic is there and the job is competently performed, all … more

New Year Starts With Costly New State Laws

At this time of year, I normally review positive policies and new laws that have been adopted in Albany.  Unfortunately, there was more bad news than good coming from the state Capitol during … more

Be Prepared For Winter Weather

Here in upstate New York we pride ourselves on our ability to battle (and overcome) winter weather.  Even with our well-honed skills at the ready, a quick refresher on a few life-saving tips and … more

Floodplain Label Shouldn’t Disqualify Location

If the existing location would be the best choice for the new Delaware County DPW site were it not in a floodplain, then it probably is the best choice. The potential for reducing floodwater … more

Ask; Research; Vote

This year Delaware County will have a unique opportunity to effect real change in our government by simply getting out there to vote in the primary elections and in November. It has been easy for … more

Faso Says Gillibrand Release is Misleading

In a recent article, The Reporter mis-characterized the House farm bill as something that would limit the ability of low-income Americans to access SNAP benefits. This couldn’t be further from … more

We Stand By Our Reporters

At the Dec. 11 Delaware County Board of Supervisors Meeting Chairperson of the Board Tina Molé read a public statement following the vote to fire Delaware County Department of Social Services … more

COMMENTARY

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and we are being hit from all sides with a seemingly endless barrage of commercials and promotions. While there are a number of factors shoppers use to … more

The Do’s & Don’ts Of Charitable Giving

Americans are very compassionate – donating over $420 billion to charities last year. When someone is in need, it is in our nature to reach out and help. Thoughtful contributors deserve to know … more

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Christmas Blessings As coordinator of the Colchester Community Food Bank, I struggle every year at holiday time wondering how I can make our bags/boxes more gracious for our clients. Every year I … more

Bail Reform Laws Will Put Public At Risk

As we approach the start of 2020, there are a number of new laws that will take effect in New York State. Among them are provisions I am deeply concerned about that will put public safety at risk. … more

COMMENTARY

While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws to help improve lives, this week I wanted to … more

COMMENTARY

The holiday season is approaching and it is always a great time to get together with family and friends, share stories, and catch up with loved ones. It is also an opportunity to discuss important … more

COMMENTARY

Even though winter is still a few weeks away, the first chilly signs are being felt and the first dusting of snow has hit our region. Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice fishing and other winter … more
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