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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


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


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


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


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


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

O’Connor Hospital & Rural Health Alliance of Delaware County Partner To Support Walkable Community Initiatives

O’Connor Hospital, part of Bassett Healthcare Network, has granted $1,600 through its Complete Streets Committee to the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) to help create walkable communities. The … more

A Time To Honor Our Veterans

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans. Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well … more

Hang Up On Unwanted Phone Calls

My office receives numerous complaints regarding unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers. I have fought to end this annoying practice for some time with a degree of success, but the battle … more

Move Over, Save A Life

Emergency workers, police, and highway crew members put themselves in harm’s way every time they respond to a roadside accident. Oftentimes, these hardworking individuals are attending to … more
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