Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Groups Petition EPA for Public Reporting of Chemical Releases from Fracking

The Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other organizations have petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to require the oil and gas extraction industry, including those companies engaged in hydrofracking, to report a list of the chemicals they use to extract natural gas.

The issue has become a regional hot potato since fracking in the Marcellus shale and Utica shale areas has been placed on the table.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Peekskill Seeks New Group to Operate Paramount

The City of Peekskill will issue a request for proposals for a new operator to run its Paramount Theatre, which was closed recently by the current non-profit organization, the Paramount Center for the Arts.

“The city is being very aggressive in protecting this vital community asset while we seek out a viable proposal to turn this theater into the economic juggernaut it really should be,” said Mayor Mary Foster.

She said whoever takes over the operation, would be required to offer a wide array of entertainment.

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Hudson Valley News
7:25 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NY State Senate Candidates Debate in Kingston

L-R: Seward, Amedore, Tkaczyk, Larkin, Eachus
Hank Gross

Candidates for the New York State Senate got a chance to meet Ulster County business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce debate held in Kingston Tuesday morning.

Little disagreement was heard from the speakers on topics including casino gambling, mandate reform, and property tax relief. Each expressed support for small businesses, and promised bipartisan cooperation in the state legislature

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

New Ulster Law Requires Itemized Property Tax Bill

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein introduces Taxpayer Relief Insert
Hank Gross

When the property tax bill comes next year, Ulster County residents won't be spared any pain. But under a new law, the government will be required to tell you where it hurts.

The Taxpayer Relief Insert, announced by county officials Tuesday afternoon, contains an itemized receipt of sorts – as opposed to a mere I.O.U.

The information is designed to show a breakdown of the property tax levy, particularly in terms of unfunded mandates such as Safety Net (welfare) costs, pensions, and related issues beyond local control.

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Tappan Zee Bridge Update Presented

Special Advisor to the Governor on the Tappan Zee Bridge Project Brian Conybeare and Civic Engineer Mark Roche provided an update on the status of a new Tappan Zee Bridge at a session in Sleepy Hollow Monday evening.

“Most people just want information,” Conybeare said.   “They want to be able to ask questions and learn about the project. We’re here to give out the latest updated information on where the project stands and hopefully make them comfortable with what is obviously a pretty big project.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:02 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Herbek Not Quitting But Council May Give Him No Choice

Hank Gross

The Newburgh City Council stood out openly against City Manager Richard Herbek on Monday night, with three of five council members saying or implying that they would at the very least not renew his contract, which expires in January. Whether or not he will be terminated for being sighted in his car with an alleged drug addict and prostitute is still being discussed.

Mayor Judy Kennedy said the matter was "problematic to the city.

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Hudson Valley News
7:27 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Newburgh City Manager Resigns

Herbek
Hank Gross

Four days after Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek was stopped in his car with a woman he said was a heroin addict, he has quit.

Herbek told Mayor Judy Kennedy on Sunday that he was resigning.

After the traffic stop last Wednesday, Herbek told MidHudsonNews.com that he was helping her kick the drug habit and that he was offering her counseling.  The following day, Kennedy said Herbek would have decisions to make, but she did not elaborate.

Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Hudson Valley Job Growth Remains Modest

Jobs rose by 7,000 in the Hudson Valley for the 12 months ending in September. That’s a 0.9 percent increase. The largest gain was in the Putnam-Rockland-Westchester Metropolitan Statistical Area at 1.3 percent.

The Dutchess-Orange Metro Area grew by 0.5 percent while the Ulster County Metro Area jobs fell by 0.4 percent.

In non-metro areas, Sullivan County experienced no job growth in September while Columbia County fell by 0.6 percent and Greene County fell by one percent.

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Elections
7:07 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Hayworth, Maloney Meet Again in Dutchess County Forum

Hank Gross

First-term incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth faced Democrat challenger Sean Patrick Maloney on Wednesday, during a forum sponsored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

They are running for a seat in the new 18th New York Congressional District.  Recent polls indicate the race tight.

The 45 minute exchange allowed both candidates a brief opportunity to describe their qualifications and express differences on several key issues

Contender Maloney served three years as staff secretary for President Bill Clinton.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Dutchess Board of Elections Invalidates Conservative Leadership Change

The Dutchess County Board of Elections on Tuesday tossed the election of Maureen Natrella as chairwoman of the County Conservative Committee. She was elected in a special session of the committee, which was challenged by committeeman and former Board of Elections commissioner David Gamache.

It will now be up to the State Conservative Committee, headed by long time Chairman Michael Long, to name a new chair. Gamache said he supports former Dutchess Chairwoman Patricia Killian for her old post.

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