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MLB owners to approve NY Mets sale to Steve Cohen on Friday

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball owners will vote Friday to approve the sale of the New York Mets to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because details of the ongoing process had not been announced.

The proposed purchase of 95% of the Mets by an entity of Cohen was already approved by MLB’s ownership committee. Cohen needs approval from 23 of the 30 club owners for the deal to be finalized. The sale values the franchise at $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion.

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What’s open, what’s closed in the Mid-Hudson Valley as of Oct. 28, 2020

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The Fall for Art fundraiser is taking place online at fallforart.org through 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Registration is ongoing for Thanksgiving, Project Santa and Bag Holiday Hunger programs at the People’s Place, 17 St. James St., Kingston. Thanksgiving giveaway registration closes on Nov. 18, with distribution on Nov. 23; Project Santa and Bag Holiday Hunger registration ends on Dec. 7 and distribution begins Dec. 10. Visit peoplesplaceuc.org for details.

The People’s Place Food Pantry and Thrift Store are open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17 St. James St. Kingston. (845) 338-4030

The People’s Place Community Café at 779 Broadway, Kingston, is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for breakfast and lunch. It is open to all.

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State to Spend $58M on Roads in Hudson Valley

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New York State on Oct. 23 said it would spend $58 million to renew 167 lane miles in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

In Dutchess, the spending includes $6.8 million to resurface Route 52 in Fishkill and East Fishkill from Merritt Boulevard to Fishkill Hook Road and Old State Road to the Putnam County line.

In Putnam, it includes $6.9 million to resurface the Taconic State Parkway from Pudding Street to Hortontown Hill Road in Putnam Valley and Kent.

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Hudson Valley Movie Theaters Preparing To Reopen

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HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Following the news that movie theaters in New York can now reopen with restrictions, several theaters in the Hudson Valley are preparing to open their doors to the public once again.

On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a briefing that theaters across the state, excluding those in New York City, can reopen starting Friday.

The order allows movie theaters to open at 25 percent capacity and carries with it mandatory guidelines, social distancing requirements and other precautions such as:

  • Movie theaters will only be allowed to reopen if the county of locations has an average positive coronavirus testing rate of less than 2 percent in a 14-day period.
  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated, eating or drinking.

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Local unemployment rates sharply lower in September than August

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County unemployment rates in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills fell dramatically from August to September, according to data provided by the state Department of Labor.

The rates remain high due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now have fallen in two consecutive months and are inching slowly downward toward pre-COVID levels.

The September unemployment rate in Ulster County was 5.6%, down from 9.3% in August and well below the April peak of 14.6%, according to the labor . . .

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Area movie theaters reopen Friday

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TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — Warm up the popcorn and turn down the lights. After more than seven months, some movie theaters in Ulster and Dutchess counties will be reopening Friday, with restrictions.

The NCG Theater in the Hudson Valley Mall and the chain of theaters that include the Lyceum Cinemas in Red Hook, the New Paltz Cinemas and the Roosevelt Theater in Hyde Park have all announced reopenings for Friday.

As of Wednesday, Upstate Films in Woodstock and Rhinebeck and the Rosendale Theatre have not indicated they will be open.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last weekend the lifting of the ban on movie houses, but with capacity at 25% for each auditorium and maximum audiences of 50 people. The state ordered theaters closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16.

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Gap Hiring At Local Fulfillment Center, Bringing 1,400 Jobs To Fishkill

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Gap is looking to hire 1,400 “flex” employees, who can choose which hours during the week and weekends that they’d prefer to work, at its Dutchess County packaging and assembly center in Fishkill for the holiday season.

Flex employees can work hours during the day, at night and on weekends; they are also permitted to pick up extra hours.

The starting rate for full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, said the company, went up by one dollar on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Sloop Brewing’s New Diversity And Inclusion Initiative Has An Internship Program

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A brewery in Dutchess County is starting a paid internship program to promote diversity and inclusion in the craft beverage industry.

Sloop Brewing Company in East Fishkill is launching “Open Waters,” a part-time internship program intended to fill what are anemic ranks when it comes to women and non-white hires and owners. The internship idea sprung from conversations over the summer about whether to participate in the “Black is Beautiful” initiative — a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. There is a basic stout recipe upon which breweries could build to make the beer their own, and donate 100 percent of the beer’s proceeds to local foundations that support police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged. Mariquita Reese is a Sloop brewer and chairwoman of Sloop’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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Verizon Sues New York Town for Failing to Timely Approve Plans to Install Cellular Tower

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San Francisco, USA - May 29, 2014: A Verizon Wireless store in San Francisco. Verizon Wireless is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, a telecommunications provider with over $100 Billion in revenues.

Verizon Wireless of the East LP, doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon) and Tarpon Towers II, LLC, brought a civil complaint against the Town of Wappinger, and its planning and zoning boards for the delay of and failure to approve the plaintiffs’ application to erect a cellular tower or monopole in a town area with poor cell reception. In so doing, the plaintiffs contend, the town violated Section 332 of the Communications Act of 1934. For the town’s “unjustifiable” delay, the plaintiffs seek an order permitting them to install the monopole.

Tarpon is a Florida-based company that “owns and operates personal wireless service facilities across the country.” The town is located in Duchess County, New York.

The plaintiffs explained that under Section 332, it is unlawful “for a municipality to fail to act on or fail to approve applications to install infrastructure to support wireless services within a certain time period or absent a recognized justification.” They contend that the town violated this provision “through its continuing and unjustifiable failure to act on Plaintiff’s application to  install a wireless communications facility—a 150 foot tall monopole on an approximately 48 acre horse farm—to address what the Town’s own wireless consultant confirmed is an area of deficient wireless service for residents and visitors in the Town and neighboring Fishkill.”

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Columbus Day 2020: What’s Open And What’s Closed in Hudson Valley

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Do we get mail on Monday? Columbus Day is usually a confusing day to figure out what businesses are open or closed, and that’s especially so this year since COVID-10 has put everything on a different schedule.

Because it’s not one of the major holidays, many people are unaware of what may be open or closed on Columbus day. The holiday falls on Monday, October 12 this year and many local businesses will remain open. Several government offices and services, however, will be shut down.

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