Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent
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The New York State Department of Public Service will investigate disruptions in the 911 emergency telephone systems that affected more than 400,000 Verizon and Frontier Communications customers in portions of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

Area public officials Friday evening expressed their sympathy and support for the people of France following the terror attacks there.

A 16-year-old City of Poughkeepsie youth has been arrested for sending two threatening tweets to Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie over a seven-hour period threatening to commit an offense that created fear resulting in the college cancelling classes and telling students to stay in your dormitories.

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A vote by property owners in the 164-acre section of the Town of Monroe to annex their land into the Village of Kiryas Joel may have passed earlier this week, but no transfer can take place until a State Supreme Court judge rules on the challenges to the environmental review.

Demolition of section two of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen began Friday morning with a giant crane ripping down chunks of the building.

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The Kiryas Joel School Board has created an advisory committee to study the impact of annexation and the alteration of school district boundaries.

 

The state Department of Health has approved the certificate of need for Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie to construct its new patient pavilion.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s proposed 2016 county budget carries a 1.1 percent property tax cut, cuts county spending by $4.5 million over last year and includes no reduction in services or layoffs.

Ulster County Legislator Christopher Allen was arrested on Friday on an assault charge in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Friday, September 18.

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The Town of Chester has joined with eight other towns and villages and the County of Orange to explore suing the Village of Kiryas Joel and Town of Monroe over the approved annexation of land from the town into the village.

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The U.S. Department of Justice approved a $625,000, three-year grant to fund five more police officers for the Poughkeepsie Police Department.

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Democratic Newburgh mayoral candidate Omari Shakur announced Saturday that he will join forces with incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy in an effort to get her reelected.

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A rally in uptown Kingston marked the launch of a national movement, which organizers hope will transform American politics and stop a potential World War III.

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Vietnam veterans who died in the years subsequent to the war of Agent Orange and PTSD were remembered at a ceremony at the Kingston Armory on Sunday. A new memorial plaque was unveiled at the county Vietnam War monument.

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Village officials in Kiryas Joel on Friday said the decision by the Orange County Legislature to spend $200,000 to fight the annexation issue in court is “an irresponsible waste of taxpayer money and a cynical maneuver in direct opposition to the lawful and legal action by two democratically elected boards.”

A federal court has ruled that a man, who used profanities on his speeding ticket payment form and was arrested as a result, had his First Amendment rights violated.

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The former IBM property in the Town of East Fishkill, which has been off the tax rolls for years, will now be placed back on.

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Six companies have submitted proposals to develop a large solar farm on top of the former Beacon city landfill.

Mayor Randy Casale said each offer is under review with two ways to move forward with the project.

The four-way Poughkeepsie mayoral race for the Democratic line in the November general election has the top two candidates two votes apart.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo won’t appear on the November ballot. The one-term mayor whose administration is marked by reform, revitalization, and controversy, ended Thursday night when upstart candidate Steve Noble took the party line by a wide margin, along with most of his supporters in the ward races.

Mayor Judy Kennedy lost the Democratic Primary election Thursday to challenger Jonathan Jacobson, but she is not giving up the fight of Newburgh, New York.

Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy lost the Republican primary election Thursday to Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy.

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Residents and businesses in Beacon may avail themselves of discounted energy costs and reducing the carbon footprint by joining the new Solarize Beacon Plus program.

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A plan to require apartment buildings in Poughkeepsie, New York with nine or more units to have live-in superintendents isn’t going over well with building owners. 

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The Monroe Town Board Tuesday night approved the annexation of 164 acres of land to the Village of Kiryas Joel. Members opted for the smaller number of acres when faced with the option of approving a 507-acre parcel.

 

A dramatic new treatment for persons with post-traumatic stress syndrome received a significant boost to continue research with an $800,000 grant from State Senators William Larkin and John Bonacic, both from Orange County.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie heads back to Albany with some verbal and visual input on issues of concern in the 99th Assembly District, represented by fellow Democrat James Skoufis.

 

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the think-tank organization, issued a “wakeup call” to public schools in the region to develop different ways of better preparing graduates for college.

 

Narcotics overdoses are becoming an increasing factor in brain injury cases nationwide, according to a fact-finding tour made by Ulster County legislators Monday night in Lake Katrine.

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As college classes are set to begin across the Hudson Valley, students got settled in over the weekend.

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