KINGSTON – Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget includes $2 million for the development of a rail trail from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir. The ultimate goal is to connect it to the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said they are working to create “a world class tourism destination” in the county. He said the project has “far reaching regional significance and will positively impact tourism, public health, economic development” and will allow residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy the “pristine beauty” of Ulster County.
POUGHKEEPSIE – Speeches, songs and a march through the City of Poughkeepsie marked the annual Real Moral Majority Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program on Monday. Local community activists spoke about the life and times of the civil rights leader.
Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, who organized the annual rally, addressed a theme that local money should be used for youth programs, not to build a new county jail.
WHITE PLAINS – The chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators is going to enter the race for county executive.
Kenneth Jenkins will become the third Democrat seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Robert Astorino next fall. Legislator William Ryan and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson have also announced their intentions to run.
GOSHEN – The Orange County Legislature may have hired a law firm to consider suing County Executive Edward Diana over the closure of the Valley View nursing home, but Diana continues to place the blame for any potential closure on the lawmakers.
The legislature had two potential buyers for the Goshen facility, but never took action on either. Diana said had they done so, the operation could have been well on the way to a transfer.
ALBANY – Legalized gaming in New York appears to be around the corner with the state legislature to vote approval in the new year followed by the governor’s signature and a vote by the public next November.