Rep., senators announce $640K+ for rural broadband

WASHINGTON, DC—There is $640,296 in funding for rural broadband deployment in Columbia and Greene counties, according to separate press releases, from Representative Antonio Delgado (D-19), and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) awarded Mid-Hudson Data Corp. as part of the 12th wave of funding from the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction.

Mid-Hudson Data Corp. will provide high speed broadband service to 459 locations in three counties in upstate New York, two of which are Columbia and Greene. Mid-Hudson Data Corp. will receive the funding later this month.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the existing digital divide that leaves so many of our upstate businesses, students and seniors without access to affordable or reliable broadband internet. With many families spending more time at home and small businesses moving online, it is unacceptable that so many upstate communities are disadvantaged in this way. We have much more work to do to make sure our communities are able to be connected and ensure these technological investments are built to last,” Rep. Delgado said in a press release. Read more…

HEALTH: HHS distributes funding for nursing homes

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it has begun distributing funding for Skilled Nursing Facilities across the country, following the urging of Congressman Antonio Delgado (D-19th) and 18 other members of Congress.

According to the announcement, Skilled Nursing Facilities will receive $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed. All certified nursing homes with six or more certified beds are eligible for this targeted distribution. These funds had been appropriated by Congress through the CARES Act and supplemental emergency relief legislation signed into law last month. Read more…

Hudson Bonds now available to help small businesses

HUDSON – The Hudson Business Coalition (HBCi) has announced the launch of Hudson Bonds, a way to support the city’s shops, restaurants, galleries, entertainment venues and more. Most have been shuttered or heavily affected by the Covid-19 shutdown, are struggling to survive until the PAUSE is lifted, and are then expected to confront new challenges.

Hudson Bonds support local small businesses in two ways. They provide much-needed grants to help businesses make ends meet during the shutdown and create a base of sales for the businesses once it is safe to resume.

A donor purchases a Bond for two times the face amount. Half of the purchase is a tax-deductible contribution to the Hudson Business Coalition’s Small Business Relief Fund. The other half (in the form of a Hudson Bond) is theirs to spend at participating businesses. This helps to create a base of sales as businesses find their footing again. Read more…

HEALTH: How about some dust with that burger?

The New York State Department of Transportation decided to scrub the highway and kicked up a bunch of dust and dirt along Fairview Avenue (State Route 9) in Greenport May 14 just in time for the lunch crowd at Burger King and McDonald’s. At least one passerby found the timing unappetizing. Photo by Chip Moon