Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:38 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Proposed Beacon City Budget Raises Property Taxes

 Mayor Randy Casale has introduced an $18.1 million budget for Beacon in 2013. The city is at the two percent state tax cap, but residential property taxes will increase by 7.37 percent per thousand and non-residential will rise 5.3 percent.

Like all other communities, Beacon faces reduced revenues in sales taxes and mortgage taxes, but at the same time, employee pension costs will rise 15 percent, at $66,000.

Casale plans to defund vacant police officer positions.

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Hudson Valley News
7:28 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Both Sides Come to Indian Point Hearing But Not All Get to Play

The issues at the several days of hearings that began on Monday may be more technical than in the past, but the arguments being bantered about are nothing new. Opponents say Indian Point is a serious threat and must be shut down. Supporters say the plant is safe and supports the local economy with jobs and at the plant and in the surrounding communities.

The hearings that began on Monday may run for weeks, but not everyone on both sides will be formally heard.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Metro-North Fares to Increase as Part of MTA Rate Hike Plan

Steven Saland (R-Poughkeepsie)
Hank Gross

Metro-North Railroad riders will be paying anywhere from 8.19 percent to 9.31 percent more for a ticket should a proposal for fare and toll hikes unveiled Monday be approved.

The actual amount of the increase will depend on the distance traveled with discounts for traveling during less busy off-peak times.

Discounted monthly or weekly unlimited-ride tickets are available, as are one-way and round-trip tickets, discounted if bought as 10-trip tickets.

All tickets are less expensive if purchased at a train station but more expensive if purchased on a train.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Hudson Valley Schools Give Free Lunches to All

For the last month, 5,000 meals are prepared and served to every Poughkeepsie City School District student who wanted one. It is part of a new federal program funding breakfast and lunch for every student is that district regardless of family income.

District Food Services Director Al Muhlnickel said they are preparing a wide array of delicious meals that the kids are enjoying.

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Hudson Valley News
7:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Revolutionary War Hero Honored in Poughkeepsie, New York

Courtesy of Pulaski Legion

 Hundreds marched dressed in red colors and the native costumes of Poland, to the monument in Poughkeepsie's Pulaski Park, to celebrate Pulaski Day, in honor of Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, known as “father of the American cavalry.”

The event takes place on the second Sunday of each October, to remember the immigrant general whose skill and bravery on the battlefield proved decisive for several important battles in the fight for our nation's independence.

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Hudson Valley News
6:57 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Indian Point Supporters Urge NRC Panel to Relicense Plant

A week before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board begins several weeks of hearings in Westchester County concerning the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power plants, a number of pro-Indian Point people urged the relicensing.

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, chairman of New York AREA, John Kelly, a retired director of licensing at Indian Point, a Westchester business leader and a former CEO of an independent system operator, all said Indian Point is safe, provides the electricity needed for the region, and is an economic engine.

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Hudson Valley News
6:43 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Cuomo Visits Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Touts Regional Economies

Hank Gross

Several top state and local leaders sailed aboard the Rip Van Winkle tour boat Thursday morning, as Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off his economic development tour of the Hudson Valley with a visit to Kingston's downtown historic district.

Cuomo was joined on his Hudson River voyage by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, and a host of other officials from various organizations.

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Hudson Valley News
6:35 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Maloney Takes on Women’s Issues, With Help From National Activist

Sandra Fluke, thrust into national prominence when Republicans blocked her from testifying before a House Committee, and who was subsequently attacked by talk show pundit Rush Limbaugh, was in the area giving enthusiastic support to Democrat House candidate Sean Patrick Maloney.  

Polls show Maloney is in a very close contest with incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth for the 18th District seat.

Both Fluke and Maloney found Hayworth an easy target, especially on women’s issues.

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Hudson Valley News
6:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Beacon River Center to be Partially Solar Powered

Hank Gross

 

It was anything but sunny on Wednesday morning, but a crew from Kirchhoff Green Energy in Pleasant Valley was installing solar panels on the roof of the Scenic Hudson kayak pavilion at its Long Dock Park on the Beacon city waterfront.

When completed and connected to the nearby River Center, a restored barn, the array will provide 25 percent of the electricity to power the barn, said Margery Groten, Scenic Hudson’s senior project manager.

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Elections
6:18 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Hayworth, Maloney Spar Over Environmental Issues

The status of the Indian Point nuclear power plant was one of many points of contention between the two candidates
Hank Gross

Congressional incumbent Nan Hayworth and challenger Sean Patrick Maloney addressed environmental issues Tuesday night at a forum in Westchester County.

The event was held by New York League of Conservation Voters, featured questions from the audience and from panel members representing Riverkeeper, the National League of Conservation Voters, and Scenic Hudson. 

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