Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Rockland County cash shortfall solutions unveiled

Rockland County faces millions of dollars in cash shortfall, and the Rockland Business Association has taken a detailed look into the causes and potential solutions. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress report unveiled Monday.

The general consensus appears to be that the county executive and county legislature must accept responsibility for the problem, which has worsened over the last six years.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Newburgh mayor calls for government consolidation

Mayor Kennedy

Newburgh, New York Mayor Judy Kennedy has proposed consolidation of three departments and creation of new positions as a means of saving the financially strapped city money and reinventing city government. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more.

Kennedy said the city must be bold and think outside the box.

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Elections
7:33 am
Thu November 8, 2012

GOP Chairman Says Saland is Not Out of the Race Yet

  Dutchess County Republican Chairman Michael McCormick says State Senator Stephen Saland isn’t out of the running just yet even though he lost on Election Day.

Democrat Terry Gipson was the top vote getter in a three way race, but McCormick said on Wednesday that Saland could still win when absentee ballots are counted.

“He’s down about 1,400 votes or so, plus or minus, and there are about 8,000 absentee ballots out there, so that’s considerable and I’m just hopeful that they break the right way for Steve Saland,” McCormick said.

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Elections
7:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

DiCarlo plays spoiler in NY 41st Senate Race

Terry Gipson

Many are crediting Democrat Terry Gipson’s win in New York’s 41st State Senate seat over incumbent Republican Stephen Saland to Conservative Party candidate Neil DiCarlo, who entered the race on the sole issue of Saland’s vote for same-sex marriage. Hudson Valley correspondent Hank Gross reports…

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Elections
6:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Maloney Defeats Hayworth in NY 18th CD

Rep. Nan Hayworth

Republican New York Nan Hayworth is going to be a one term member of the House of Representatives. Democrat challenger Sean Patrick Maloney defeated her if the district that includes portions or all of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange counties.   Hudson Valley correspondent Hank Gross reports...

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Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Orange County Executive Calls for Utility Company Review

  With roughly 15,000 Orange County residents still without power, County Executive Edward Diana has called on the State Public Service Commission to review local utility companies’ performance in response to damage and outages left by the storm.

“It is simply unacceptable that so many Orange County residents remain without power this long after the storm,” Diana said. “The outages threaten the life and safety of our residents, especially our sick and elderly. Many students in the county also remain out of school for the entire week due to the ongoing power outages.”          

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Elections
7:28 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Dutchess Judge Permits Students To Vote

Poughkeepsie area college students, who were denied the ability to vote in the election by Republican Dutchess County Elections Commissioner Erik Haight, may do so after all.

Haight maintained they did not properly list their campus addresses on their voter registration forms. But, US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas ruled late Monday they may, in fact, vote on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Mon November 5, 2012

NY State Officials Call for Roundtable Discussion on Utilities' Preparedness


State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson want to sit down with top officials of the utilities that serve the region to discuss the preparedness of their companies on storm response.

“This is not a witch hunt,” said Gunther. “This is about making sure the communication between the utility companies, the public, and government officials during Hurricane Sandy is greatly improved for any future natural disaster.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:32 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Gas Rationing Hits Orange County

Credit Craig Ruttle / AP

 

   There are four gas stations in the Village of Chester, which is situated along Route 17M, paralleling Route 17. Being in southern Orange County, people from New Jersey have been driving up, filling their vehicles and extra gas cans.

There were many as 50 or 60 vehicles lined up at stations at one time and have been running out of gas until new shipments arrive.

That prompted Mayor Philip Valastro to impose a $50 limit on each motorist’s purchase.

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Gas-Buying Frenzy Hits Northeast

Credit Hank Gross

As the word spread Thursday of the difficulty that oil companies were having in delivering gasoline to service stations, panic set in from New Jersey to New York City and up into the Hudson Valley.

By late afternoon, vehicles were lined up for blocks in the region, waiting to buy the “liquid gold.” Compounding the problem was the continued major power outage with people buying generators in record numbers, adding to the demand at the pumps.

Many stations ran out of gas with people still waiting at the pumps.

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