Gentrification. For some, it’s a word that suggests progress. For others, concern.
For decades, the Hudson Valley’s urban areas didn’t get the attention they deserved.
In recent years, with an improving economy, more efforts are focused on revitalization. Mayors who want nothing but the best for residents and businesses keep close tabs on it.
While each of Orange […]
September 4, 2016
It was a long road back, but an analysis of New York State employment data for the seven-county Hudson Valley region shows that we have just about returned to the 1.1 million people employed that we had when the bottom fell out in 2007.
Yet, changes have come as well. In the past 10 […]
May 18. 2016
Infrastructure — not the most exciting thing that government does, but when it fails, boy are citizens upset.
It is national Infrastructure Week. Events are taking place all over the country to try to bring attention to an expenditure that typically draws the response, “Why pay for it today when we can put it off until […]
March 29, 2016
No question, politics at any level is all about it. The state budget process is […]
By Jonathan Drapkin
Posted Jan. 3, 2016
Lofty resolutions are a tradition at the start of a new year. But a few resolutions must be well-grounded in reality – such as those that come along with a new resort casino.
For decades, Sullivan County pursued a dream to have a full-fledged, casino-style gaming facility. Last month, that dream […]
By Barbara Gref, Vice President for Education Research at Pattern for Progress
Special to the Times Herald-Record
The Times Herald-Record’s article of Sept. 5 is heartening: In three city school districts, graduation rates have gone up. This is good news for Monticello, Kingston and Port Jervis. The article also points to some good news statewide, from 2005 […]
Since the Great Recession, economic development has dominated statewide priorities. Now, it is education’s turn. What a great opportunity. Yet, while improving education seems like something everyone can get behind, the issue is as divisive as ever.
No matter how the statistics are framed, there are […]
December 2014 For the Times Herald-Record
In government, you seldom get to make a real wish list.
Yet New York state right now is contemplating what to do with a multi-billion-dollar surplus. So far, Governor Cuomo has made it clear that it should be spent on a one-time cost, so that the establishment of a new […]
November 6, 2014
By Jonathan Drapkin / For the Times Herald-Record
When you think of work force development, you probably wouldn’t think of 9th-graders. But you should.
The Pattern staff recently had an opportunity to visit the inaugural class of the P-Tech program at Newburgh Free Academy. If you want hope for the City of Newburgh, the Hudson […]