Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Hudson Valley Unemployment Rises in October

All Hudson Valley and Catskill area counties in New York saw unemployment rise in October when compared to the same month last year. It dropped slightly in October when compared to September. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Poughkeepsie Officials Discuss Future of Sales Tax Revenue

 The City of Poughkeepsie will lose $2 million in Dutchess County sales tax revenue in 2013, but that was not the topic when County Executive Marcus Molinaro sat down with Mayor John Tkazyik and Common Council Chairwoman Gwen Johnson on Tuesday.

The discussion looked beyond next year and into the future, said Tkazyik.

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Rockland County CSEA Calls for Legislature to Reconsider Cutbacks

Yesterday's meeting was well-attended
Credit Hank Gross

  The Rockland County government public employees represented by the CSEA are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs and layoffs in the 2013 county budget.  The proposed spending plan was the topic of a public hearing in New City Tuesday night.

The budget, which includes the elimination of 70 positions and cuts to public health programs such as mosquito control and the county’s breastfeeding initiative for new mothers, was presented in late October and has been going through detailed review in the legislature.

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Hudson Valley News
7:43 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Middle East Unrest Catches Attention of Hudson Valley Law Enforcement

Credit Doug Kerr

  Rocket attacks by militant Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza on Israel have prompted area police agencies to keep an extra sharp eye out.

Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois wanted to be sure the unrest in the Middle East doesn’t spill over to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Poughkeepsie Residents Urge No Layoffs in 2013

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  All five people who spoke during a public hearing on Poughkeepsie’s proposed 2013 budget urged city officials not to lay off any sanitation workers or firefighters.

Mayor John Tkazyik’s budget would stay within the state two percent tax cap, but would lay off 18 city workers.  The $68.6 million spending plan would essentially privatize garbage collection, something that city resident Frank Clark told officials, in his mind, will go the way of other failed concepts.

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Hudson Valley News
7:56 am
Mon November 19, 2012

FBI Considers Moving Goshen Office to Crime-Stricken Newburgh

  The recent crime wave in Newburgh is all the more reason for the FBI to move its Goshen office to the city, Police Chief Michael Ferrara says.

In recent weeks, there have been two killings as well as shootings and stabbings.

Ferrara said a greater federal law enforcement presence would be helpful to the crime fighting efforts in the cash strapped city.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri November 16, 2012

New jobs tick up in Hudson Valley

The New York State Labor Department says number of new jobs created in the Hudson Valley during the 12-month period ending in October rose by 9,400, or 1.3 percent. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

The largest job grow was seen in the Ulster County metropolitan statistical area with a 2.6 percent increase. Of the 14 SMAs in New York, Ulster ranked third in job growth behind New York City and the Ithaca area.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro area had 1.7 percent growth and the Dutchess-Orange SMA ranked 10th with no job growth.

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Hudson Valley News
7:31 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Faith leaders call for fracking ban

A group of Hudson Valley faith leaders gathered in New Paltz Wednesday at an event called A Spiritual Call to Ban Fracking. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

Fracking is a “crime,” according to Tom Caplan, a member of the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, who expressed his own feeling about the process.

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Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Zimpher eyes SUNY, manufacturing link

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants the Hudson Valley manufacturing industry and the college system to get on the same page when it comes to preparing students for jobs in their industry. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on Zimpher’s address to the Council of Industry on Tuesday. 

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Hudson Valley News
9:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Residents of four more Hudson Valley counties eligible for disaster aid

Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.

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