Government & Politics

Bard Complains to State Board of Elections, Alleging Intentional Understaffing at the Polls for Upcoming Votes


Eight days ahead of the Aug. 23 special election and primary, Bard College today submitted a letter to the State Board of Elections expressing concerns that its new polling site will be understaffed and underequipped. Such issues could lead to difficulties for voters in the form of voting delays or access to equipment for disabled voters, says the six-page letter […]

Calling All Voters (Dems, Repubs, Independents): Early Voting for Aug. 23 Elections Starts Saturday


Early voting for the two Aug. 23 elections – the primary election for Democrats in the 18th Congressional District and the special election for all voters to fill the 19th District seat vacated by the departure of Antonio Delgado for Albany – begins tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13. Early voting is available for all registered voters of Dutchess County at seven […]

Abortion, Gun Rights and the State of Democracy in America: Molinaro and Ryan Spar In NY-19 Special Election


Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories about the Aug. 23 special election for the seat in Congress’s 19th District formerly held by Democrat Antonio Delgado. This article focuses on the candidates’ positions on key issues. Part One of this package looked at the history of the race, the reasons experts feel it’s important, and a few key […]

Aug. 23 Special Election for Congress’ NY-19 Brings National Attention To Red Hook and Rhinebeck


Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories about the Aug. 23 special election for Congress in the 19th district, formerly held by Democrat Antonio Delgado. This article focuses on the history of the race, the reasons it’s receiving national attention, and a few key details about each candidate’s biography. The second story, to be published tomorrow, will focus […]

Aug. 4 West Market St. accident Linden Avenue

After Another Car Crash, Parents Wonder: Will It Take a Death to Fix the Intersection at West Market and Linden Avenue?


A traffic accident Thursday at Linden Avenue and West Market Street – the second in three months to land a car on a sidewalk – has a group of parents asking: Will it take a death to get better traffic control measures at the intersection? “If we don’t do something about this traffic pattern, either slowing down or stopping traffic, […]

Planning Board Meeting about Verizon Cell Tower Upgrade, Expected to be Perfunctory, Turns Feisty


Verizon customers in Red Hook may soon be able to receive 5G cell service if the phone carrier’s proposed project to upgrade old antennas on the Red Hook cell tower wins Town Planning Board approval. But first, Planning Board member Lew Rose wants Verizon to submit evidence that the project won’t just yield faster cell phone service, but will also […]

Red Hook Resident Michael T. Manetta Killed in Sunday Copake Motorcycle Collision


On Sunday, 54-year-old Red Hook resident Michael T. Manetta died moments after his motorcycle collided with a car in the town of Copake, 25 miles northeast of Red Hook near Taconic State Park, State Police said.  Around 10:50 a.m. Sunday, in response to a 911 call, New York State Police, along with the Copake Fire Company and Rescue Squad, arrived […]

Dutchess County Legislative Maps Redrawn, Slightly Rejiggering Districts for Both Red Hook and Rhinebeck


Some Red Hook and Rhinebeck residents will have new representation in the Dutchess County Legislature under new redistricting maps released last week by the Independent Reapportionment Commission (IRC). A sliver of eastern Red Hook has been cut out of the county’s 20th Legislative District, which is largely Democratic, and into a district represented by Republican Gregg Pulver. Meanwhile, a group of Rhinebeck […]

Red Hook Town Board Seeks Nine Residents for New Committee to Tackle Local Housing Crunch


The Red Hook Town Board will begin accepting applications from residents to serve on the newly created nine-member housing committee that will address the growing middle-class housing crunch.  The so-called Red Hook Housing Committee will be tasked with identifying the housing concerns of local residents, helping shore up the supply of affordable housing units, as well as identifying housing for […]

In New 18th District, Republican Colin Schmitt Bets A Message On Inflation Will Win Him A Seat in Congress


In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, politicians nationwide are honing talking points about abortion, tackling the issue head-on with voters in the run-up to the November election.  Colin Schmitt, who hopes to represent Red Hook and Rhinebeck in New York’s newly drawn – and purple – 18th Congressional District, is taking a […]


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