Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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New York News
7:12 am
Mon September 10, 2012

New national designation for Hudson hotspot

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail’s is now officially designated as a National Water Trail, news that came at the kickoff to the 13th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble over the weekend at Kingston Point Beach. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area Mark Castiglione said the 256 mile Water Trail has been officially recognized by the US Department of the Interior as a National Water Trail and is one of the first in the country to receive such an honor.

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Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Hudson Valley Democrats "Fired Up" After Convention

Courtesy: Associated Press

Members of the Hudson Valley delegation to the Democratic National Convention are “fired up and ready to go” following the formal selection of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as their party’s standard-bearers.

Orange County Democratic Chairman and convention delegate Jonathan Jacobson said they are ready to point out the differences between the Republican and Democratic candidates.

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Dutchess County Discusses Banning Hydrofracking Brine

The Dutchess County proposal is identical to one signed by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein (above) a few weeks ago
Hank Gross

Dutchess County legislators began the discussion into the possibility of banning the use of hydrofracking brine, the by-product of the drilling process to harvest natural gas from underground shale formations, on county roads.

The resolution, which was discussed at the Government Services Committee of the county legislature on Thursday, was sponsored by Legislator Joel Tyner.

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New York News
7:35 am
Fri September 7, 2012

DiNapoli Confirms Ethics Commission Seeks Records Relating to Lopez

Bryan Pace AP

 New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has confirmed the state's ethics commission has asked him to retain certain records involving a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly.

That appears to show the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is investigating the $103,000 secret settlement using public money to end sexual harassment accusations against Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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Hudson Valley News
7:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Amber Alert Issued For Newburgh Child

Police in Newburgh activated a state Amber Alert Wednesday evening and are investigating a possible child abduction that occurred at South Junior High School at 33 Monument Street at about 3:50 p.m. A group of children between five and 11 years of age told their parents that while they were playing, they saw a girl being forced into a black pickup truck by two men.

The parents promptly called the police.

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Hudson Valley News
7:29 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Homeless Advocates Blast Dutchess County Shelter

Hank Gross

Homeless people, joined by advocates, spoke out Tuesday at a rally in Poughkeepsie, decrying the new $10 per night fee being imposed by a local emergency homeless shelter.  Community Voices Heard organized the event, calling attention to the plight of indigent residents who are being forced to sleep on the streets this upcoming winter.

The expected housing crisis is prompted by a 120-night-per-year limit announced by Hudson River Housing, operator of the Dutchess County Coalition for Homeless shelter.

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Wed September 5, 2012

USGS Finds Dissolved Methane in Ulster County Groundwater

A USGS Scientist tests public water.
Jim Landmeyer USGS

A study conducted by the US Geological Survey found a handful of water wells in Wawarsing contain dissolved methane gas. Nine percent of all 239 wells studied across the state found varying levels of dissolved methane.

Study author William Kappel said the Ulster County survey was centered on the New York City aqueduct under Wawarsing, but also looked at private wells.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Ulster County Considers Options for Jail

As Ulster County officials consider what to do with surplus county property, they are looking at razing the former county jail.

County Executive Michael Hein has a plan that could save the county money in the process.

“One of the things we are looking at is having scrap metal that exists within the facility being utilized to help offset potential demolition costs so that we can bring it down to a flat pad,” Hein said.

The county would then explore its options to sell the property to a private developer.

Hudson Valley News
7:28 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Westchester, NY Seeks Protective Measures from West Nile Virus

MassDPH

This is the season when mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water including in storm drains and many are turning up positive with West Nile virus.

Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Chairman Kenneth Jenkins will propose that all storm water basins around the county be treated based on a formula from the previous winter’s weather pattern.  Currently storm drains are inspected and treated without any specific guidelines regarding seasonal temperatures, he said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Labor Leaders Note Importance of Holiday

 Labor Day is the one day in America that the country’s workers are saluted. Many have the day off as government offices, banks and other facilities are closed. The day is a big shopping day with a great number of people working, though.

Paul Ellis-Graham, president of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation notes it is the unions that brought workers to where they are now.

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