//Columns & Op-Ed Articles

Jonathan Drapkin & Joe Czajka – My view: Gentrification – A delicate balance

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 […]

Jonathan Drapkin-It’s Time to Plan for Coming Growth

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 […]

Jonathan Drapkin: All Roads Lead to Need for Better Infrastructure

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 […]

May 19th, 2016|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|

Jonathan Drapkin: Don’t Just Gripe about Taxes; Get Informed

March 29, 2016 

No question, politics at any level is all about it. The state budget process is […]

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|

Managing Casino Expectations

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 […]

January 4th, 2016|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles, News|Tags: , , , |

Education Economics 101: Fair Shake for All

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 […]

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|

In Albany, Smart Dialogue Trumps Reckless War

February 2015

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 […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|Tags: , |

NY Surplus Could Fuel Jobs, Infrastructure

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 […]

P-Tech Program Shows Best of Students, School and Industry

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 […]

Difficult Changes Required to Meet Healthcare Needs

September 15, 2014 

By Jonathan Drapkin  / For The Times Herald-Record

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress recently completed an eight-month study on the region’s aging population and the readiness of the region’s health-care institutions and stakeholders to address it.

We were aided by an incredible group of committed health-care professionals who helped shape the focus of the study.

Observations […]