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Chatham man sentenced in auto repair scam

HUDSON — A Chatham man was sentenced Friday for stealing from customers who paid for auto repairs that were not performed, according to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.


High taxes blamed for declining Twin Counties population

Population in the Twin Counties is on the decline, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The annual census data factors in birth, death, immigration and emigration rates from 2010 to 2018. Columbia and Greene counties ranked 14th and 31st in the state, respectively. Greene decr


4 charged with Canaan home break-in

Four people were arrested Friday for allegedly breaking into a home in the town of Canaan and assaulting a victim, State Police said. Zilla M. Kelly, 21, of New Lebanon; Elizabeth M. Jennings, 19, of Stuyvesant; Tomas N. Simpson, 22, of Chatham and Jaquan A. Hamilton, 24, of East Greenbush, were cha


Four charged in Columbia County home invasion

CANAAN - State Police from the New Lebanon barracks and Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Zilla Kelly, 21, of New Lebanon, Elizabeth Jennings, 19, of Stuyvesant, Tomas Simpson, 22, of Chatham and Jaquan Hamilton, 24, of East Greenbush, for felony burglary.


State Officials Issue Reminder About Intoxicate Driving Ahead of 4/20

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first "4/20" day with open recreational marijuana dispensaries has prompted a warning from the state Cannabis Control Commission to relax, take it easy, man.


Ralph Gardner Jr: Earth Day 2019

I use Earth Day – this year it’s Monday, April 22nd – as an excuse to clean up the garbage that’s accumulated along our road over the previous twelve months. Actually, it’s not an excuse. That’s the point of Earth Day at least as I understand it, to respect and repair the planet.


HIRING 716: Governor Cuomo creates task force to train for jobs in auto industry

Hiring 716 is WKBW's new initiative committed to highlighting job opportunities, challenges and success stories in Western New York. Learn more at Hiring716.com. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the creation of the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force, which will develop progr


Andrew Cuomo arrives at the New York International Auto Show in style

Even the governor has given up on the subways. Gov. Cuomo rolled up to the annual New York International Auto Show Saturday morning in a Roush Mustang, flanked by comic actor Tracy Morgan.


Where will Lenox voters fall on recreational pot when smoke clears?

Lenox voters will confront decisions on whether, or where, to allow adult-use recreational marijuana businesses in the town. Here are the options on the table for the annual town meeting at 7 p.m. May 2 in Lenox Memorial Middle and High School's Duffin Theater.


Report: NY state agencies overtime pay highest in a decade

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state agencies paid nearly $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to a new report released Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.


New York state tax revenues plummet by $3.7 billion

New York state tax revenues fell by $3.7 billion, or 4.7 percent, last year — the largest collapse since the 9/11 attacks — but officials downplayed the significance. Trying to find a bright side, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said things could have been worse since a surge in collections last m


Rain makes for messy annual cleanup at Springside Park in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Pro tip: Bags of garbage are even heavier when wet. Dozens of Berkshire residents learned that lesson Saturday as they slogged through a muddied Springside Park picking up all sorts of rubbish in a near-torrential downpour.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Developers want to bring grocery store, new housing to former Price Chopper site

LEE — A Berkshire-based developer wants a shot at putting dozens of market-rate apartments and a community market on the site of the former Price Chopper. Michael Charles and Brian Cohan, principals of Benchmark Development in Great Barrington, have unveiled conceptual plans for a 60-unit, four-stor


14 Pittsfield projects seek Community Preservation Act money

PITTSFIELD — Monday is your chance to comment publicly on how up to $600,000 in Community Preservation Act money gets spent this year. More than a dozen community projects are reaching for Community Preservation Act support during the city's second funding cycle.


Police: Man arrested after shoving, running from trooper during traffic stop

PITTSFIELD — A city man accused of shoving a state trooper after a traffic stop Wednesday is also facing drug charges. James W. Pierson 24, is being held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing next week on charges including cocaine trafficking, and assault and battery on a police officer.


N.J. drivers could get a break on N.Y.'s congestion pricing, but state won’t get any cash

NJ Transit and PATH may not get a piece of New York City’s congestion pricing pie, said toll experts debating that plan on Friday, because they believe not many Jersey drivers will ditch their cars and get on a crowded train or bus.


Lee Pitches Wahconah Past Mohawk Trail

DALTON, Mass. -- Kyle Lee got the final out looking at a called third strike with the tying run on base Friday as the Wahconah baseball team blanked Mohawk Trail, 2-0. The high pressure situation was the kind of spot Lee found himself in all game long, and he came through every time to win his first


Metro-North Fare Hikes Set To Take Effect

Some Metro-North riders will see their trips becoming more expensive as an announced MTA toll and fare increase takes effect on Sunday. A near 4 percent fare hike was approved by MTA officials earlier this year, though it won’t impact rides west of the Hudson on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis li


Where to Find Peeps Coffee in the Hudson Valley

I talked about this a few weeks ago and how much I love it but for awhile now, it has been hard to find....until now. Stewart's Shops has the creamer in some locations, so if you are unsure, give it a try there first so you won't waste the $3.89 in stores. Dunkin' has the Peeps coffee and I haven't