All posts by Geddy Sveikauskas

Ulster County’s tech rainmakers

Ulster County’s tech rainmakers

Ulster County may be an inflection point in terms of its economic relationship with New York City. Will it continue to be a nice place for city people to spend a restful weekend or a tourist’s visit? Or will it finally develop a sustainable economic base so that people with skills, locals and visitors alike, can earn a decent living here?

Catskill culture

Catskill culture

The elegant one-room show entitled “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance,” on display in the New Studio at the Thomas Cole historic site in Catskill from now through November 4, breaks new ground.

Habits of the heart

Habits of the heart

In his remarkable Democracy in America, published in an English translation in 1840, Alexis de Tocqueville famously wrote about the importance of popular participation in private associations and local authorities in encouraging “habits of the heart” through performing civic tasks such as serving on school boards. These intermediary institutions between a central government and its citizens, he wrote, were essential to maintaining individual liberty.

A stepping stone

A stepping stone

What’s the ticket to upward mobility for America’s lowest-paid workers without much of an education? Economists have compiled a list of “opportunity occupations” that are attainable to persons without a college degree. Most of the upward moves are modest.

Republican Chris Tague leading in special election for 102nd Assembly District

Republican Chris Tague leading in special election for 102nd Assembly District

Schoharie Republican leader Chris Tague appears to have scored a narrow victory over Greene County Democratic legislator Aidan O’Connor, Jr. in the April 24 special election to choose a successor to former assemblyman Pete Lopez, now an EPA regional administrator. According to the state elections board website, Tague had 8547 votes, or 45.9% to O’Connor’s 8259, or 44.3%, a thin margin of 288 votes. A third candidate Wesley Laraway tallied 1809 votes, or 9.7%. The unofficial results included totals for all 126 election districts.

Journeyman blues

Journeyman blues

Even as their businesses are benefitting from a solid economy, Hudson Valley manufacturers have been having a hard time recruiting talent, especially young talent. Young people growing up in a gig economy don’t take easily to long training periods for what they perceive as repetitive and unchallenging work.

The painted village

The painted village

In case you didn’t know it, Tannersville on Greene County’s Mountaintop region now calls itself The Painted Village in the Sky. The transformation from an all-cash business locale which left Main Street a wreck every Sunday morning to a place where family businesses served the whole community was neither fast nor easy. It’s still not complete. But many locals, some of whom were once skeptical, are convinced the achievement is now within grasp.