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  • Poverty in Upstate Metropolitan Areas: Myths and Realities - We live in an era in which long-held attitudes about race have been heightened by political campaigns that attempt to mobilize fears among white voters about minority group members and immigrants.  These appeals have ranged from claims that President Obama is a Muslim who was born in Kenya and claims…
  • New York’s Explosion of COVID Cases and a Flawed Vaccine Roll-Out - When Covid-19 first appeared in New York in March of this year, the state, like other locations, faced a novel disease against which there were few defenses. New York faced a dire situation in March - hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area were overwhelmed.  With cases and hospitalizations skyrocketing,…
  • COVID-19: The Harsh Tradeoffs - COVID-19 created a series of dilemmas for policymakers at the state and federal levels.  Actions that would reduce the frequency of infection involved measures that would limit personal interactions, causing the loss of jobs, while reopening the economy proved to result in higher levels of infection, hospitalizations and deaths. But,…
  • Commentary: Emphasis on Polling Hurts Public Confidence in Process - Opinion piece in Albany Times-Union, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Commentary-Emphasis-on-polling-hurts-public-15734913.php
  • Persistent Errors by Pollsters Favored Democrats in the 2020 Election - Pollsters consistently overestimated the share of votes for President-Elect Joe Biden and Democratic Senatorial candidates in the 2020 election.  While polls correctly predicted Biden's victory, polling averages overestimated his margins in states he won and underestimated Donald Trump's margins in states that Trump won. The errors were not the result…
  • Positive COVID Tests and Hospitalizations More than Doubled In New York After September 1st - The number of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations in New York State has sharply increased since September 1st.  The number of daily positive tests identified on October 28th was 1,739, compared with 677 on September 1st - an increase of 157%.  Current hospitalizations increased from 457 to 1,042 during the…
  • New York State Gave $2.6 Million to Build a Food Greenhouse that Pays One Dollar Above the Minimum Wage - In April of this year, Green Empire Farms in the central New York city of Oneida became notorious as the location of more than 170 Covid-19 cases.  The facility is a massive 2.8 million square foot greenhouse where vegetables and fruit, including strawberries and cucumbers, are produced.  County health officials…
  • Covid-19 Cases Increase Unevenly in New York - Through this Summer, Covid-19 case numbers remained low in New York State.  Though the numbers remain far below the levels of March and April, the rate of infection statewide is increasing.  In July and August, the state averaged between three and four cases per 100,000 residents per day.  By October…
  • President Trump’s Economic Renaissance – Fact or Fiction? - During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump claimed that his policies would "Make America Great Again," creating jobs by redressing trade imbalances.  He argued that “We will make America the best place in the world to start a business, hire workers, and open a factory,”   Trump claimed that he would change…
  • Don’t Make Poor Districts Shoulder the Burden - An opinion piece written for the Albany Times-Union:  https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Viewpoint-Don-t-make-poor-districts-shoulder-the-15573324.php
  • Covid-19: The Cost in Lost Jobs - With more than 190,000 lives lost and millions infected, Covid-19 has imposed a tragic toll on residents of the United States.  New York State was hit hard early on, and has lost 32,600 residents to the disease as of early September  But strong controls that shut down much of the…
  • New York’s School Aid Cuts Will Disproportionately Harm Poor Districts - A recent Albany Times-Union report "recently warned officials they should expect state aid payments to be reduced by 20 percent."  The source of the report was the Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services State Aid and Financial Planning.  The Times-Union article went on to report that "Freeman Klopott, a…
  • Covid-19 Cases Reach New Highs: What Have We Learned? - As I write in late July, Covid-19 cases continue to reach new highs at the national level.  The number of new cases reached more than 66,000 a day in the week ending July 18th, using a seven day rolling average.  That number is about two and one half times the…
  • Covid-19: Rapid Growth in Cases Exposes Vulnerabilities - Although the Northeast, particularly New York State, was the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in March and April,  states like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts imposed stringent measures that limited personal interactions, such as closing all non-essential worksites, limiting gatherings to groups of 10 or less, and requiring people…
  • Despite Agitation to Reopen Businesses, Upstate Covid-19 Cases Are Not Declining - Upstate areas are seeing increasing pressure to reopen currently closed businesses as the economic damage from Covid-19 restrictions increases.  With millions of New Yorkers unemployed and businesses facing the prospect of permanent closure, there is real need for relief.  But reopening should take place in a way that does not…