The best business deals are those that start out with two parties each needing what the other can offer. Jim Hyland, whose firm The Farm Bridge presently employs about 50 people in the TechCity facility in the Town of Ulster, intends to move soon. He needs about 40,000 square feet of space for his food processing business. Jim Hull, owner of 36 malls in the nation, has that much space — and more — available at the Hudson Valley Mall three minutes away across Route 9W. Will the two get together? They’re working on it.
The median sold price in Kingston in 2019 was $191,750, up almost 20 percent from the previous year’s $161,700. Woodstock’s median sales price was $420,000 in 2019, a modest increase over 2018’s $403,500.
Beginning this year in New York State, bail – or wealth-based detention – can not be required for most crimes. The change in function from a mainly punitive system of law enforcement to a rehabilitative and restorative one is no simple proposition. We are already seeing lurid headlines alleging dangerous criminals being set loose. Expect more.
As the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus put it, “Change is the only constant in life.” We should be careful about what we anticipate. Change always takes unexpected turns.
Tomasine Oliphant is just learning the ropes as the new director of Ulster County’s federally funded office of employment and training.
Confidentiality obviously has its place in economic development, but not at the level of communication, goals and policy.
Implementing single-payer on a state level might result in a better system than nationwide Medicare for All. At least that’s the opinion of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, who has forgotten more about health-care policy than most will ever know.
Like many institutions today, SUNY New Paltz puts a premium on increasing diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, the effectiveness of the college’s ambitions for inclusion will be in the quality of its graduates. What skills will they contribute to a world sadly in need of healing? Will they be able successfully to bring to their careers the civic values they learned in their student days?
Pat Ryan’s let’s-get-on-with-it leadership style exudes restlessness. Ulster County government’s chief executive is impatient with undirected conversation, unclear goal-setting and slow decision-making. He wants to move the county’s economy forward now, he says (among other things). Occasional inevitable policy mistakes, he maintains, are no excuse for inaction. The tone is one of urgency.
Economic trends favor urban centers with a high concentration of talent, like New York City. How can places in their orbit, like the upper Hudson Valley, benefit?