BREAKING  NEWS

Recognizing that local legislation can influence attitudes - as well as behavior - Hate-Watch Report and other anti-hate organizations have advocated at the local level for the enactment of resolutions and laws against acts of aggression, hostility and violence as a counter to bigotry and extremism.

Columbia County enacts legislation against hate - July 15, 2021

UPON, recommendation of the County Government Committee, at a meeting held on the 17th day of June, 2021; and of the Finance Committee; at a meeting held on the 24th day of June, 2021;

 

WHEREAS, recently as a nation we have witnessed an increase in violence based upon a person's religion, race, gender identities, sexual orientation, nationalities, economic status and political affiliation; and

 

WHEREAS, here in the United States communities that have been built with the guidance, assistance and leadership that is inclusive of peoples of all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic status and political affiliation are more successful; and

 

WHEREAS, the County of Columbia continues to maintain that all people of our community have the right to feel safe and be treated equally and with respect and dignity regardless of their race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status and political affiliation;

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors on behalf of its constituents members, do hereby state that the County reaffirms our commitment to a status of inclusion for all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic statuses and political affiliations; and be it further

 

RESOLVED, that on behalf of all residents of Columbia County we maintain our position that violence of any kind is unacceptable and condemn any act of aggression, hostility or violence against any member of our community based upon race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status or political affiliation.

New Lebanon enacts legislation against hate - May 11, 2021

WHEREAS, recently as a nation we have witnessed record high violence based upon a person’s religion, race, gender identities, sexual orientation, nationalities, economic status and political affiliation; and

 

WHEREAS, here in the United States communities that have been built with the guidance, assistance and leadership that is inclusive of peoples of all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic status and political affiliation are more successful; and

 

WHEREAS, the Town of New Lebanon Town Board continues to maintain that all people of our community have the right to feel safe and be treated equally and with respect and dignity regardless of their race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status and political affiliation.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of New Lebanon, on behalf of our community members, do hereby state that New Lebanon reaffirms our commitment to a status of inclusion for all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic statuses and political affiliations; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that on behalf of all residents of the Town of New Lebanon we maintain our position that violence of any kind is unacceptable and condemn any act of aggression, hostility or violence against any member of our community based upon race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status or political affiliation.

Town of Rosendale (Ulster County) enacts legislation against hate by Francis Marion Platt  -  April 22, 2021

HUDSON VALLEY ONE - The inclusionary action puts the town government officially on record as being unwilling to tolerate harassment of residents based upon their race, religion, nationality, gender identity or sexual orientation.  The resolution declares, “on behalf of all residents of the Town of Rosendale, we maintain our position that violence of any kind is unacceptable and condemn any act of aggression, hostility or violence against any member of our community based upon race, religion, nationality, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Southern Poverty Law Center lists six groups in the Upper Hudson as "extreme anti-government  -  April 27, 2021

Southern Poverty Law Center identified 566 "extreme anti-government" groups that were active in the United States in 2020… six are in the Upper Hudson Valley:

Oath Keepers - Columbia County & Albany County;

Madison’s Militia - New Lebanon (Columbia County);

National Liberty Alliance - Hyde Park (Dutchess County);

New York Militia™ - Albany County;

Three Percenters - Statewide;

Patriot Front - Statewide

  PATRIOT  FRONT

Patriot Front blitz in Columbia County - July & August 2021

TIMES UNION - Stickers promoting a white supremacist group called Patriot Front were found in various public areas in Hudson Tuesday, just four days after stickers from the group were also discovered in Germantown in southern Columbia County.  The discoveries follow at least four other incidents of Patriot Front stickers being found in the county since May.

Patriot Front stickers in Columbia County  -  May 6-12, 2021

REGISTER STAR - Recruiting stickers posted in the Village of Chatham on May 6th and in the Town of Germantown on May 11th.  This follows recruitment stickers being posted in February 2021 in the Village of Chatham and the Village of Philmont.

EDITORIAL: Hate speech spoken here - February 25, 2021

THE COLUMBIA PAPER - What Hate-Watch Report says it needs now is for us to bear witness. The group asks that we not avert our eyes when the threat of hate is embraced as the route to power and fear is used as the tool to maintain it.  Become vigilant.  Remain involved.  -  Parry Teasdale, Editor

Patriot Front graffiti in Warwick  - January 20, 2021

TIMES HAROLD RECORD - Town police are investigating the spray-painting of a white supremacist group's website and slogan on a utility box in downtown Warwick last weekend.

 

Excerpt: Photos posted on Facebook before public works employees painted over the graffiti show that the words "PATRIOT FRONT.US" and "LIFE LIBERTY VICTORY" and an emblem for the group were painted multiple times in blue and red on the metal box.

  EXTREMISM  WITHIN  LAW  ENFORCEMENT

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputy Under Investigation for Social Media Posts by Phillip Pantuso  -  March 9, 2021

THE RIVER (Chronogram) - The Facebook posts came fast and frequently, sometimes as many as a half-dozen per day. They included material that was inflammatory, racist, proudly inciting of violence, and in many cases, untrue. And they were posted to the personal Facebook page of a deputy in the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the president of the department’s Police Benevolent Association, a powerful police union.

  OATH  KEEPERS

Oath Keepers gather in Ghent - January 29, 2013

THE COLUMBIA PAPER - The Hudson Valley Oath Keepers held the group’s first opening meeting at the Whitestone Café Tuesday, January 22, 2013 with over 25 full and associated members in attendance.

Excerpt: The organization’s future plans include talking to and educating emergency service people, police officials, and sheriffs about upholding their oath “to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.” The group also wants to ensure that current and future legislators as well as other elected officials in the county do the same.

Faso speaks to Oath Keepers - June 14, 2016

Former Congressman John Faso of Kinderhook spoke at the New York Oath Keepers awards dinner in Albany.

 

The event was organized by Chatham resident, the late John Wallace (a retired State Trooper, a Birther and Bircher, and at that time, Chair of the Chatham Republican Committee and President of New York Oath Keepers).

 

Also present was Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers.  The Leadership Award went to former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke... an active member of the Constitutional Sheriff movement.

  PATRIOT  MILITIA  GROUPS

New England Minutemen in Troy - June 7, 2020

ALBANY TIMES UNION - Averill Park man who was seen with seven other men in military-style body armor and bullet proof vests making their way through the June 7th Troy Rally for Black Lives was arraigned on 19 weapons counts including two assault-style AR-15 rifles with live ammunition and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his truck.

 

Excerpt: Some of the men, three of whom were from out-of-state, were carrying loaded firearms, two-way radios and batons, officials said. Inside the vehicles loaded firearms, ammunition, a gas mask and fireworks were also recovered.

  BLACK  LIVES  MATTER

Gun Waving in Kinderhook - July 17, 2020

ALBANY TIMES UNION - Charges will not be filed against a Village of Kinderhook couple who waved a gun at a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally walking past their home on July 11, 2020.

Excerpt: ...a couple came out of their Rothermel Lane home and yelled obscenities at the protesters. The man then told the woman to get his gun... she then returned with the gun and waved it at the group.

Back the Blue Rally in Kinderhook - June 18, 2020

The Back the Blue rally was organized by Kinderhook resident and business owner Alex Rosenstrach.

 

The Black Lives Matter counter-rally was spontaneously organized by social justice activists throughout the region.

A couple weeks after the rally, Alex Rosenstrach and Kelly Rosenstrach - a Columbia County Deputy Sheriff - would be involved in a violent physical assault on Harold Handy at a Fourth of July party at their home.  They have both been indicted by a Grand Jury... the criminal trial is still pending.