The broken sewer main that dumped between three million and five million gallons of raw sewage into the Quassaick Creek that feeds the Hudson River late last week, could wind up costing the City of Newburgh as much as $7 million once all of the repairs and old pipes have been replaced.
The temporary fix, which was completed Friday night with a temporary pipe installed to continue the service, will cost an estimated $1 million.
Effective next weekend, Metro-North train service on weekends and off-peak periods will get a big boost with the addition of 79 trains each week in the first round of service implementation that was announced last month.
The new trains will provide increased frequency in the most popular off-peak and weekend time periods, as well as faster travel times and improved customer comfort by adding cars on weekend trains that are usually crowded.
Another 151 new trains each will be added in April of next year.
The City of Peekskill is faced with laying off 31 full time employees in 2013 and Mayor Mary Foster and the Common Council are putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of state officials in Albany for failing get control over the skyrocketing cost of mandatory pension payments.
Those costs will total about 10 percent of the city’s $50 million spending plan for next year and Foster said Peekskill is truly between a rock and a hard place.
The American Planning Association has designated Wall Street in Kingston as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 under the group’s Great Places in America program.
The Great Places program is designed to note exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.
The organization singled out an eight-block stretch of Wall Street in Kingston between Franklin and North Front streets for its historic character, many well-preserved buildings, pedestrian scale, and variety of uses.
A probable case of West Nile virus has been identified in Ulster County, County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith said Monday. The case is under investigation by the state Health and County Health departments and involves a person who had recently traveled out-of-state; therefore, it is uncertain exactly where the infection may have been acquired, she said.
West Nile virus is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.
The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion released a poll Monday regarding the region's economy after interviewing 4,443 respondents in the seven Mid-Hudson counties, and residents say it's been a tough five years since the last poll was conducted in 2007.
The poll was conducted with residents from Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties, and 69 percent are disappointed with the quality of their jobs, and 76 percent are pessimistic enough that if they lost their job, they doubt they'd be able to land a similar job.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel will conduct an evidentiary hearing starting on Monday, October 15 to address 10 technical and environmental challenges to the pending Indian Point nuclear power plant license renewal application.
The application was submitted by Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., the owner and operator of the plant in Buchanan.
The issues to be considered were raised by three intervenors – New York State, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper. Several governmental bodies have also been granted status as participants in the proceeding.
Orange County Executive Edward Diana is expected to not fund the Valley View nursing home when he unveils his proposed county 2013 budget later today (Friday), and that has the potential of bankrupting the county, according to County Legislator Patrick Berardinelli, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
As law enforcement authorities continue to scour Harriman State Park for Eugene Palmer, the 73-year-old suspect in the killing of his daughter-in-law earlier this week, the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is advising people to refrain from hiking in backcountry of Harriman State Park this weekend.
Palmer is believed to be the one who shot Tammy Palmer to death in her backyard in Haverstraw on Monday.