Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NYSDOT Unveils Concepts for Future of Route 17

Credit Hank GrossBernie Klaus, an engineer with the transportation consulting firm HDR/WSP SELLS, explains the HOV conceptEdit | Remove

  The State Department of Transportation announced their ideas for improving Route17, the future I-86, which include a possible general purpose third lane or a high occupancy lane. The addition would begin at exit 120 in Middletown and end at exit 131 in the Monroe area.

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Hudson Valley News
7:51 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Forum Explores Leadership Challenges for Women in Business

  Only 18 percent of leadership positions in business are held by women. That statistic and other gender gap issues were explored Wednesday when the Rockland Business Association Women’s Forum hosted a special presentation by National Council for Research on Women Chairwoman Lucie Lapovsky.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Executive Diana on Liver Transplant Waitlist

Orange County Executive Edward Diana is on the waitlist for a liver transplant
Credit Hank Gross

Saying he “feels great,” Orange County Executive Edward Diana spent Wednesday morning telling his staff, the county legislature, and then reporters, that he is in need of a new liver.  He is on a transplant waitlist, with no clear indication when a suitable donor will be available.

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Hudson Valley News
7:32 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Goshen, Chester Residents Sue Towns Over Irene Flooding

Credit Spencer Ainsley / AP

Seven residents of the Town of Goshen and 14 residents of the Town of Chester have filed verified complaints in State Supreme Court alleging their properties were flooded during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August of last year because of their inaction.

The Goshen residents, who all live in the New Hampton area, have filed against the town, Orange County and the State Department of Environmental Conservation claiming they did not clear tree growth and other obstructions from the Wallkill River, which resulted in the flooding of their homes.

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Middletown School is a Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / AP

  The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that the Middletown City School District is among 61 applications selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top-District competition.

The program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Katz Calls on Democrats to Replace Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker

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  State Assemblyman Stephen Katz (R-Yorktown) has written to his colleagues in the house urging them to replace Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with a new leader.

Silver presides over the heavy Democrat majority in the Assembly and has come under criticism in recent months by members of both his own party and the Republicans for what Katz called his actions “in covering the sexual improprieties of Assemblyman Vito Lopez with taxpayer dollars by means of the ‘Miscellaneous Contractual Services’ account.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:21 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Gillibrand Pushes for More Stewart Airline Service

Credit Hank Gross

  US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says despite the economy negatively impacting small airports, she continues to lobby for additional airline service at Stewart Airport near Newburgh.

Gillibrand said the issue of expanding service goes beyond just the Hudson Valley airport.

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Hudson Valley News
7:17 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Mohonk Awarded Greenway Grant

Credit Courtesy: MohonkPreserve.org

  Mohonk Preserve has received a $5,000 Greenway Conservancy small grant for its Foothills Trail Connectivity Planning Project.

The grant is part of a larger effort to enhance connectivity between the Shawangunk Ridge, Wallkill Valley Rail Trail,Scenic Byway, and carriage roads and is designed to expand public access to the Mohonk Preserve Foothills.

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Hudson Valley News
12:14 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

UCAT Bus Extending Service for Holiday Season

Ulster County public transportation users will be getting their Christmas wish early this year. For the first time, the UCAT bus loop through area malls will be extending service to weekends from November 24 to December 30 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The loop is normally available only on weekdays, but the additional weekend service is expected to ease vehicle congestion along Ulster Avenue, notorious for holiday shopping traffic jams.

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Hudson Valley News
10:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Orange County Firefighters Volunteer on Long Island

West York, PA Fire Department Capt. Stu Frey collects donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy
Credit Courtesy of York Dispatch

Several members of the 17 fire departments in Orange County, New York that sent volunteers to Long Island to assist after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation recently spoke of their experiences.

Several members of the 17 fire departments in Orange County that sent volunteers to Long Island to assist after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, Tuesday talked of their experiences while lending a helping hand.

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