Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:35 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Flash Floods Hit Sullivan County

Flash floods raced through Livingston Manor on Tuesday washing out bridges and roads.

The downtown area was under several inches of water with reports saying the community got some six inches of rain in a two hour period. The Cattail Creek overflowed its banks sending floodwaters into residential and business areas.

 

County Manager David Fanslau said county roads 149, 179, 96, 123, 19, 81 and 82 in the towns of Rockland, Callicoon and Neversink were closed Tuesday night, but were open and passable to school buses Wednesday morning.

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

St. Francis Patients Possibly Infected with Hepatitis C Cleared

David Kwiatkowski
AP Photo

Eighteen of the former patients at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie who came in contact with a traveling technician who infected people at other hospitals with hepatitis C came up clean from the illness at St. Francis. One of the former patients, did, however, have hepatitis C, but it was a strain other than that carried by David Kwiatkowski, who is now under arrest in Massachusetts.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Clearwater’s Rondout Landing Barn Raising Community Effort

Hank Gross

Folk icon Pete Seeger was the showcase performer at Clearwater's barn raising ceremony, held Saturday afternoon at Rondout Landing.

Scores of volunteers from the Timber Framers Guild toiled since sunrise to build the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on Rondout Landing.  The shared facility will shelter Clearwater's flagship and crew members during cold weather, and be used by the museum during summer months to build smaller boats, among other functions.

 

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Hudson Valley News
6:57 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Ulster County Holding Its Own Against Gangs and Drugs, Sheriff Says

Ulster County is “holding its own” in terms of fighting the gang and drug problem, Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said.

The sheriff credits the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team – URGENT – created in 2007, with helping to keep a lid on crime.

Hudson Valley News
7:29 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Gas Prices Climb at Record Pace

 In the last three days alone, gas prices in the Middletown area rose 15 cents, to well over $4.  How much more they will rise is an unknown. They are increasing at comparative levels across the Mid-Hudson and Catskills regions.

The economy may be showing signs of recovery with increased home sales, but the skyrocketing gas prices put that growth at risk, said Orange County Chamber of Commerce President John D’Ambrosio.

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Hudson Valley News
7:23 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Nurses Tell Westchester Lawmakers Administration is Hurting Patient Care

Officials from the New York State Nurses Association, the union that represents nurses at Westchester Medical Center, told the County Board of Legislators’ Community Services Committee on Tuesday that patient care is suffering as a result of hospital management’s cutbacks and reorganization of medical staff.

Nurses’ representatives told of cases where nurses are tied up in administrative and other work resulting in a loss of patient care.

Sam Caquias, a representative of the Nurses Association, said the region’s healthcare is suffering.

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Upgrading Ulster Emergency Communications Could Cost $27 Million

Blue Wing principal Mark Hoffay explains coverage issues for the county
Hank Gross

Ulster County is bringing its emergency radio communication systems into the 21st Century.

Blue Wing Consulting, based in Minnesota, made a detailed technical presentation to the county legislature at a special meeting held Tuesday night in Kingston. The company made a similar presentation earlier Tuesday in neighboring Sullivan County.

Blue Wing was hired two years ago, tasked with polling various departments and finding an affordable solution to coverage, cost, and interoperability problems.

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Hudson Valley News
1:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Memories of Service Members Killed in War on Terror Honored on 9/11

Army Sgt. Mark Palmateer of Wappinger was killed on June 26, 2008 during combat in Afghanistan.

To honor his memory and those of the many others from the region who have died since the attacks, the Town of Wappinger for the second year is holding a remembrance ceremony at the future site of a memorial to honor Palmateer.

Town Councilman William Beale has been coordinating the local commemoration for the past two years.

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Hudson Valley News
10:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Vietnam War Vet’s Photo Display Remembers 9/11

A family pauses to look at some of the more than 1,000 photos, many taken by Michael Cody of the Town of Wallkill, who had town permission to place his exhibit in the Price Chopper parking lot for five days.
Hank Gross

Michael Cody is a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart medal. His patriotism and love of country prompted him to set up a week-long exhibit of photos from the September 11 World Trade Center attacks.

Cody happened to be in Manhattan on that day at the VA hospital and when the commotion first occurred, he ran over to the site, bought a disposal camera and began taking pictures. “I didn’t know what I was taking at the time,” he told MidHudsonNews.com.

 

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Tue September 11, 2012

WTC Survivor Still Suffers Survivor's Guilt

Nancy Seliga was the manager of One World Trade Center when terrorists struck bringing down both Twin Towers. She was in the building about to start a staff meeting when the first plane hit.

Seliga, now a resident of Monroe, and her coworkers sensed it was a plane that shook the building, but thought it was an accident. They climbed down 21 flights of stairs when they were ordered out of the building and told to run, not to look back or up. A block-and-a-half away, she looked up, saw the flames and people jumping.

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