Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Feds Approve Plan for New Tappan Zee Bridge

Officials sign record of decision moving the bridge project forward
Hank Gross

Plans to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge took a major step forward with Tuesday’s announcement that the Federal Highway Administration has issued a record of decision approving the state’s plans for the structure. The federal approval completes the last step in the review of the project’s environmental impact, allowing the state to move forward with implementing a plan to build the new bridge.

Public officials from the federal, state and local levels as well as business and construction leaders hailed the announcement.

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Hudson Valley News
7:10 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Ulster County Lyme Task Force Issues Report

 Increased awareness of the signs and treatment of Lyme disease are among the recommendations of a special task force created by the Ulster County Legislature.

The report was presented to Legislator Robert Aiello, chairman of the Health Committee.

Among the recommendations were a medical provider survey to establish baseline data for educational needs for program development and development of an education conference for medical providers for treatment and diagnosis of the disease.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Saland Wins Difficult Primary

Hank Gross

State Senator Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie has been declared the winner in the Republican primary election, defeating Conservative Neil DiCarlo when all of the absentee ballots were tallied. He won by 107 votes.

DiCarlo will appear on the Conservative line in the November election along with Democrat Terry Gipson.

The new 41st State Senate District includes portions of Dutchess and Putnam counties.

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Hudson Valley News
7:01 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Sullivan Sets Capital Goals for Next Five Years

Fanslau: New jail is "unrealistic and unachievable"
Hank Gross

A five-year capital plan has been endorsed by the Sullivan County Legislature. The bottom line tops $18 million.

County Manager David Fanslau says there is a no fat in the plan.“Reduced dramatically the amount of capital programs that would be initiated in 2013. We also have reduced the amount of capital programs that would be funded out of the operating budget in 2013 as compared to 2012,” he said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Democrats Thank Hinchey for Service

Hank Gross

Hundreds of elected officials and supporters gathered Sunday evening at the Diamond Mills ballroom in Saugerties, to celebrate the career of Maurice Hinchey. The veteran congressman will be retiring in January because of health reasons.

The $100-per-plate annual fall dinner list of attendees comprised a Who's Who of local politics. The venue represents a departure from the traditional Kingston destination for political functions. Organizers desired a spot closer to Hinchey's hometown, and also a showcase for alternate catering destinations throughout the area.

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Hudson Valley News
7:48 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Ulster Legislature Pulls Resolution on Providing Fracking Information to Public

Ulster legislators were not ready to vote on a resolution directing the clerk of the legislature to post information that would assist municipalities in enacting local ordinances prohibiting hydraulic fracturing.

Most lawmakers are on record opposing fracking in the county, but they could not come to agreement on whether the resolution on the agenda was quite ready for prime time.

Democrat Richard Parete said it wasn’t.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Environmental Groups Says Costs of Fracking Are High

WAMC News

The cost of fracking to harvest natural gas in New York would be high in terms of both the effects on the environment and the costs to the public, according to a report issued Thursday by Environment New York.

The group’s director, David VanLuven, said New York would face the same negatives as other states have when fracking was permitted.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Cleanup, Assessment Underway Following Flooding

The hamlet of Livingston Manor is devastated again. This week’s flash flood washed out bridges and damaged over two dozen homes.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther called the governor’s office and toured the devastation with state Transportation and Environmental Conservation officials and representatives of FEMA.  She said the residents of the hamlet can’t go on like this with repeated massive flooding.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Thu September 20, 2012

SUNY Colleges to Share Worker Retraining Grants

SUNY Ulster would get the largest share, over $580,000, among six Hudson Valley region colleges
Hank Gross

Six community colleges in the Hudson Valley are included in a consortium of 30 SUNY two-year schools that will receive $14.6 million to fund worker training and education programs that will help unemployed workers learn skills essential to securing local jobs in emerging industries.

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Hudson Valley News
7:37 am
Wed September 19, 2012

State Education Officials Visit Poughkeepsie High School

King, left, meets with students
Hank Gross

A handful of New York's top education officials visited Poughkeepsie High School, during a site tour made on Tuesday afternoon.

NY State Education Commissioner John King was joined by Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Regent Harry Phillips, and Chief of External Affairs Dennis Tompkins, to meet with local school administrators.

Together, they dropped in on faculty meetings, several classes, and the school computer lab, where they chatted with students, observing how recent grant money has been allocated.

Superintendent Laval Wilson led the tour.

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