Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
9:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beacon mayor worried about proposal to close local state prison

Credit Elizabeth Anderson

BEACON – If the state shuts down Beacon Correctional Facility, city Mayor Randy Casale wants questions answered before he would support it.

He wants to know how the employees would be protected and how and if the city would be made whole since it sells services to the state facility.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Governor’s state budget includes $2 million to major extension of rail trail

Credit Kingston Daily Freeman

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Updated Tappan Zee Bridge plans presented at Valhalla public forum

Tappan Zee Bridge
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr

VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Unemployment up slightly in the Hudson Valley

Credit Burt Lum

WHITE PLAINS – Unemployment in all counties in the region rose in December 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011, but, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

State Labor Department officials said more people have entered or re-entered the workforce, but there are not enough jobs for all of them and that has resulted in the rise in the rate of joblessness.

Analyst James Brown said the situation will likely get better as the new year progresses.

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New York News
7:29 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Annual MLK march, service in Poughkeepsie

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.

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WAMC News
8:22 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Kingston comprehensive plan gets closer look

Mayor Shayne Gallo

KINGSTON – It has been decades since the City of Kingston’s comprehensive plan was drafted. It is up for review and modernizing given the changing landscape of the region and the rest of the world.

Mayor Shayne Gallo embarked on a “new citywide revitalization campaign” when he took office one year ago.

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WAMC News
8:18 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Bernardo wants all levels of government on same budget timetable

KINGSTON – Ulster County Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo does not necessarily believe the state’s two percent tax cap is bad for local governments.

What is impeding them is the fact that not all governments are on the same budget clock, and that should be changed in the new year, Bernardo said.

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WAMC News
8:14 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Jenkins to run for Westchester executive

Ken Jenkins
Credit jenkinsforwestchester.com

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.

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WAMC News
8:09 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Diana continuing with his plans for future of Valley View

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.

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WAMC News
6:59 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Bonacic believes Native American gaming off the table

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.

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