Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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WAMC News
11:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Maloney named to House committee on transportation

An incoming New York congressman has already received one assignment. WAMC's Hank Gross reports.

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WAMC News
8:33 am
Mon December 24, 2012

DEP transfers over 800 acres to state for recreational use

New York City is going to turn over title to 815 acres of land it owns in the Greene County, New York Town of Windham as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's watershed for recreational use. WAMC's Hank Gross reports.

WINDHAM – New York City will turn over title to 815 acres of land it owns in the Greene County Town of Windham as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's watershed for recreational use.

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Orange County Legislature Votes Against Retention of Valley View

Credit Hank Gross

  The Orange County Legislature has voted against a proposal for the retention of the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center as a county owned and operated facility for the next two years. It would have included the hiring of a nursing home administrator to run it.

“The people in Orange County want this facility kept for the county,” said Republican County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis. The legislature deliberated for almost an hour on the nursing home’s future.

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Hudson Valley News
7:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Flooding Task Force Holds Kingston Waterfront Conference

Credit Hank Gross

  It's a modern day version of Noah and the Ark, of sorts. Kingston took its first step Thursday afternoon in preparing for coastal flooding with part one in a series of public forums to discuss the historic Rondout waterfront.

The task force is a group comprised of government, nonprofit and business community volunteers. They plan to deliver a formal approach to address long-term climate change, with respect to rising storm surges, later this spring.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Statewide Bus Rally Lobbies for More School Aid

The rally in Kingston, before heading up to Albany
Credit Hank Gross

  There was a rally on Long Island, and then the bus departed for the Hudson Valley for a stop in Kingston before calling it a day in Albany.

The message was clear. New York State's schools are hurting and a lack of funding is making it difficult to educate our children.

“We are maintaining. We should be in good shape for the next couple of years,” said Maureen Bowers, a Kingston school board member, as she spoke in front the Educate NY Now Express bus that was making the run to Albany. 

 

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Hudson Valley News
8:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Legislators Criticize Albany For Unfunded Mandates

Michael Kaplowitz (D-4)
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  Westchester County legislators blasted elected officials in Albany for their continued imposition of mandates without financial relief. Hand in hand with that is the state imposed two percent tax cap.

Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-4) said Albany is “a mess.”

Fellow Democrat lawmaker William Ryan (D-5) was highly critical of state legislators.

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Hudson Valley News
7:42 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Westchester Legislators Restore 126 Jobs for 2013 Budget

  A total of 126 Westchester County employees who were slated to be laid off in County Executive Robert Astorino’s proposed $1.7 billion, 2013 budget will be saved.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the Board of Legislators voted on Monday to restore the jobs with money from the county’s fund balance. Legislature Chairman Kenneth Jenkins said there will be no borrowing to retain the positions.

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Hudson Valley News
7:42 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Cahill Calls Dynegy and IBEW Officials Back to the Table

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
Credit Courtesy of NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

The chairman of the State Assembly Energy Committee has asked both Dynegy executives and the leadership of IBEW Local 320 to resume negotiations and enter into at least a temporary agreement to return workers to the job at the Danskammer and Roseton electric generating plants in the Town of Newburgh.

“At this critical time for energy in our state, we need to be able to count on these important assets,” Cahill said. He urged both sides to resume negotiations to resolve the argument “quickly and fairly for the sake of safety, reliability, and economic stability in the region.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Manufacturing Becomes More High-Tech in the Region

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  There is a trend to on-shoring of jobs in manufacturing industry, but while it may not be overwhelming, it is signally somewhat of a reversal of the off-shoring of jobs. That assessment comes from Harold King, director of the Council of Industry, which represents manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.

King said while companies have gone out of business because of foreign competition and jobs have gone overseas, it has paved the way for high-tech manufacturing in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Newburgh Gun Buyback Plan Pushed Back

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  The planned gun buyback program in the City of Newburgh has been pushed back from the original December timeframe because participation is being expanded.

City Councilman Curlie Dillard said Orange County is becoming involved so the program will be held in January.

“We invited the county to partner with us and they have so graciously accepted, so we are working out details presently and the Greater Newburgh Partnership will also partner with us,” Dillard said.

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