Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
8:18 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Marlboro High School Students, Parents, Sue Coach, District

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MARLBORO – Several Marlboro High School students, who are or were members of the varsity football team, and their parents, have filed a federal complaint in US District Court calling for the head coach to be fired.

The lawsuit, against coach Richard Ward, School Superintendent Ray Castellani and the Marlboro Central School District, alleges Ward verbally and physically abused the boys on his football team and that Castellani and the school district knew about it and did nothing to stop it.

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Hudson Valley News
8:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Well-Known Orange County Political Leader Dies

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WARWICK – Former Orange County Republican Party chairman John Hicks died Sunday at the age of 70.

Hicks, a well-known attorney also served on the Warwick Town Board in the past.

Current GOP Chairman Robert Krahulik said Hicks had “a passion” for politics.

“Without him, God only knows what state the party would be in today,” Krahulik said.  “A lot of people owe him a great indebtedness for getting them where they are today.”

Current Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton said Hicks was his best friend and mentor.

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Hudson Valley News
8:26 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Feds Approve $1.6 Billion Loan To Build TZ Bridge

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WASHINGTON – The US Department of Transportation has approved a $1.6 billion loan to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.

The funding comes from the DOT’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called the loan “a huge win for New York State.”

The issue of tolls to cross the new twin-span remains up in the air, the governor noted.

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Hudson Valley News
8:21 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Westchester Legislators Approve Funds For Energy Efficiency Projects

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday night authorized the county to reserve 50 percent of the county’s almost $7.9 million federal funds for use by local municipalities for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

Legislature Majority Leader Peter Harkham said the measure, when signed by the county executive, would allow eligible municipalities to submit spending proposals that would use Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to implement Green Community Program projects for properties.

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Hudson Valley News
8:43 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bonacic Touts Job Creation In Casino Gaming Proposal

KINGSTON – Proposal Number One on this year’s ballot pertains to a constitutional amendment that would allow casino gambling in New York State.

State Senator John Bonacic, (R, Mount Hope) as chairman of the Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering is more intimate with the issues than most other officials.  Bonacic outlined the proposed amendment and detailed the ramifications at the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Kingston Thursday morning.

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Middletown Faces Tough Financial Challenges In 2014

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MIDDLETOWN – An increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums and pension costs for city employees will make it tough for Middletown to develop a 2014 budget, Mayor Joseph DeStefano said. But, he is optimistic that he will be able to bring in a spending plan under the state’s 1.66 percent tax cap.

DeStefano put much of the blame on state officials.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Dutchess County Finances Improving, Slightly

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County government’s financial picture is better than last year’s, but not as good as it was prior to the recession in 2007. That word came Thursday from county Budget Director Valerie Sommerville, who briefed the Budget and Finance Committee of the county legislature.

Sommerville told lawmakers the expected economic recovery has not been as rapid as anticipated.

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Hudson Valley News
8:58 am
Tue August 6, 2013

New Dutchess Human Resources Commissioner

POUGHKEEPSIE – Steven Rector, the acting Dutchess County Human Resources commissioner, is County Executive Marcus Molinaro’s choice to be full commissioner.  Rector has been “a trusted adviser for a long time,” the county executive said.

Rector was his legislative director for two years when Molinaro was a state assemblyman.

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Hudson Valley News
8:39 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law

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ALBANY – Legislation that would prohibit smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities has been signed into law by the governor.

The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D, Suffern), prohibits smoking outdoors including within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit or within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds.

At residential health care facilities, patients or guests of patients, will be allowed to smoke outdoors in a designated smoking area.

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Hudson Valley News
8:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Lowey Wants To Know Why Pump Prices Are Rising

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY16) wants to know why gasoline pump prices, which appeared to have stabilized and even dropped slightly earlier this summer, have risen again.

Lowey notes that oil company profits continue to climb at a time when people holding minimum wage jobs cannot afford to drive to work.

The House member said part of a solution is to require higher gas mileage on automobiles.

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