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In New York counties, early voting’s trial run

When November’s general election gave New Yorkers their first-ever chance to cast ballots in advance of Election Day, the share of voters taking advantage of this new right varied widely across the region. Columbia County posted the highest rate of early voting in the state, with more than 16 percent of voters who cast ballots opting to do so at one of the county’s new early voting sites. But in Washington County, just 2.9 percent of voters in the 2019 election did so by voting early, giving the county one of the lowest rates in the state. The wide variation partly reflects the differing approaches each county’s leaders took in deciding how many early voting sites to set up and where to put them.
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From her point of view

Ventfort Hall series explores history of women filmmakers
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Bakery, cafe unite in urban retrofit

On a frigid Wednesday morning in January, Matt Funiciello finally realized a dream nearly 30 years in the making: uniting his artisan bread bakery and a cafe under one roof. Since the early 1990s, Funiciello has been baking loaves of sourdough, rye and more than a dozen other varieties of European-style bread at Rock Hill Bakehouse, which until now was based in a strip mall in the suburban town of Moreau. He also ran a cafe in downtown Glens Falls for 15 years -- until it shut down a year ago.

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Crossing barriers through art

Mass MoCA is reaching across boundaries this year. As winter turns to spring, the museum will gather the works of 10 artists in “Kissing through a Curtain,” a new show that explores the idea of translation -- across cultures and artistic disciplines.
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