All posts by Geddy Sveikauskas

Van DeWater wins GOP primary for NY-19

Van DeWater wins GOP primary for NY-19

After trailing by 465 votes out of about 10,000 district-wide in the Election Day results for the GOP nomination to oppose first-term Democratic congressman Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck this November, Kyle Van DeWater, an up-and-coming Dutchess County lawyer, a decorated Army veteran and a major in the Army Reserves, reversed the numbers with an overwhelming plurality in the absentee ballots against Ola Hawatmeh from Poughkeepsie.

The calm before the storm?

The calm before the storm?

It’s too soon to know how the pandemic that has particularly ravaged the New York metropolitan area will affect the economic relationship between America’s biggest city and its immediate Upstate neighbors. When things settle down, will there be more home-buying from downstaters seeking refuge?

National debate over public regulation in a pandemic plays out in local actions

National debate over public regulation in a pandemic plays out in local actions

Two local businessowners – a barber and auctioneer – were cited in the last week for operating in violation of the state ban on nonessential businesses. Local observers immediately took to social media to argue the case. Were businessowners like these demonstrating a recklessness that would prolong the outbreak? Or was the time ripe for rebellion against overly restrictive (or paternalistic) state guidelines?

Delays, shifting measurements obscure Covid’s toll in Ulster

Delays, shifting measurements obscure Covid’s toll in Ulster

The exclusion from the county data of a considerable number of nursing-home Covid 19 deaths has been difficult for the public to understand. Perhaps that was one of the reasons that Ulster County government decided to focus its efforts to publicizing not the rising number of positive cases but the falling number of hospital beds occupied by novel coronavirus cases.

Ulster’s curve is flattening

Ulster’s curve is flattening

It’s as plain as the nose on your face. This wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is slowly receding locally. It is no disservice to the cause of public health to say so. The relief we all feel is palpable. But we will soon face equally difficult circumstances on the way down the slippery slope of this pandemic as we have been experiencing on the way up.

Pandemic prospects

Pandemic prospects

The Covid 19 pandemic is putting the Hudson Valley healthcare system under unprecedented pressure. As the number of infected people inevitably rises, more deaths will be reported. More protective masks and a greater supply of protective equipment will help only to a limited degree. It is more than possible that a spike in the number of people requiring machine help in order to breathe will overwhelm the limited capacities of an already strained system.