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.
Saugerties Times | Opinion
Locally, it all started with a couple of public officials doing a fist bump instead of a handshake, and before you know it practically every meeting, celebration or parade in Ulster County worth its salt was being postponed or cancelled. Ditto events, conferences and reunions. Young people at every educational level are being sent home from school, allowed to stay at colleges only if they have nowhere else to go.
The letters to the editor from the Mar. 19, 2020 issue of Saugerties Times.
“In the midst of the international emergency created by the threat of a pandemic and the resulting financial crisis, we need leadership we can trust. We must take the threats seriously without going into a panic. We can and must reduce the risks, both personally and nationally.”
At a panel discussion celebrating the opening of its newly renovated 8800-square-foot workspace at The Fuller Building on Pine Grove Avenue in midtown Kingston, Exago CEO Mike Brody said last Friday afternoon that he expected his company to add another 26 jobs this year for a total of 90. In 2021, he said, 50 additional jobs were planned. In 2022, another 35 positions would be added, for a total of 175.
With the walls of opprobrium from governmental agencies at all levels closing in on him, how did Alan Ginsberg, the embattled long-time owner of TechCity, the former IBM site in the Town of Ulster, respond? A four-page December 31 letter from the Albany law firm of Young/Sommer LLC to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional counsel seemed to indicate that the Ginsberg interests were throwing in the towel – but only on their own terms.
Woodstock’s fire department was notified this past Monday morning at 8:44 of a fire in the third-floor fireplace of The Colony on Rock City Road. According to Woodstock fire chief Kevin Peters, it was fortunate that someone was in the building at the time. The fire department was called promptly, and the fire was extinguished without incident. All the Woodstock companies participated, and there was mutual aid from the Centerville and West Hurley departments, plus Olive on standby. Forty or 50 firefighters participated, according to chief Peters. Foul play was not involved.
The letters to the editor from the Mar. 5, 2020 issue of Saugerties Times.
Exago moved last week to The Fuller Building from its office location at the corner of Wall and John streets in Kingston’s Stockade neighborhood. On Monday morning, about 20 people, some sitting and others standing, were working on their large computer screens in the middle of the space. A row of 21 windows on the structure’s parking-lot side flooded the room with light.
The letters to the editor from the Feb. 27, 2020 issue of Saugerties Times.