Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:50 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Officials Call for Federal Funds to Help Rebuild Forge Hill Bridge

From left, New Windsor Supervisor George Green, Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun and Rep. Nan Hayworth listen as County Executive Edward Diana speaks at the site of the collapsed bridge
Hank Gross

 

Elected officials called out to the New York State Transportation Department to expedite the process of funding a partial rebuild of the Forge Hill Bridge in the Town of New Windsor on Thursday, which has been closed from storm damage since Tropical Storm Irene hit almost exactly one year ago.

The designing and rebuilding of the bridge, which includes adding abutments to the road surface, is expected to take about two years and cost roughly $2 million, which will be 80 percent funded by the Federal Highway Administration, and 20 percent by Orange County.

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Hudson Valley News
7:42 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Protesters Rally Outside Hayworth Fundraiser

"Mid Hudson Valley 99%ers" march
Hank Gross

While Republican incumbent for New York's 19th Congressional District Nan Hayworth celebrated the presidential nomination of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Thursday evening with a fundraiser in Newburgh, protesters against the policies and practices of the GOP formed outside bearing signs and slogans.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Poughkeepsie, NY Faces $3.6 Million Shortfall in 2013 Budget

Mayor Tkazyik
Hank Gross

 The city administration in Poughkeepsie must come up with $3.6 million in cuts to balance its 2013 budget. Mayor John Tkazyik announced on Wednesday that the financial problems facing all local municipalities won’t disappear overnight and may be around for at least the next five years.

With diminishing property tax collections, sales tax and mortgage taxes coupled with rising personnel costs, Tkazyik said the city will have to face some stark facts.

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Hudson Valley News
7:04 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Hotel Union Signs Labor Agreement With Empire Resorts

 The union that represents some 100 workers at Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello has signed two agreements with Empire Resorts, operator of Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello.

The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council and Empire Resorts’ subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. have signed a five year agreement with the existing employees at the casino and raceway, which includes annual salary increases, set wages for new hires and addresses employee contributions toward health benefits.

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Hudson Valley News
7:02 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Newburgh Police Seek City Council Support After Ambushes

Huff, left, listens as Pitt calls for more city council support
Hank Gross

Responding to two instances of mob violence against police officers in just the past few days, the Newburgh Police Benevolent Association came out Tuesday with a demand for answers and action from the Newburgh City Council to protect its police force.

Among the issues brought up by Teamsters Local 445 Principal Officer Adrian Huff was an insufficiently staffed department, especially at night.

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Hudson Valley News
7:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

County Lawmakers Concerned About Westchester Medical Center Deficit

Westchester Medical Center
Hank Gross

By the end of the year, the financially troubled Westchester Medical Center is expected to face a $60 million deficit and members of the County Board of Legislators Tuesday expressed their concern for the health of the patients, employees and the hospital.

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Hudson Valley News
8:04 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Metro-North Seeks FEMA, Insurance Claims of $21 Million

Crews work to repair tracks last October

One-third of all of the MTA’s claims resulting from flood and wind damage from last year’s Tropical Storms Irene and Lee were from crippling of the Port Jervis Line, which had sections decimated with rail beds washed out and rails torn up and left as twisted masses of steel.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said $65 million in losses were suffered by the entire transportation system.

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Hudson Valley News
8:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Westchester Faces Over $29 Million Deficit

Halfway through the year, Westchester County Government is facing a $29.7 million deficit.

County Budget Director Lawrence Soule chalked it up to the continued effects of the weak economy and related continued low income in sales tax, mortgage recording tax and other revenues, as well as increases in union settlements and retirements on unsettled contracts, and higher than projected healthcare costs.

The warmer weather early this year saved the county some $2 million in costs, Soule said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Orange County Budget Hinges on Valley View

Hank Gross

Orange County Executive Edward Diana has just over a month before he must present his proposed 2013 county budget to the legislature.  He has prided himself with bringing in fiscally conservative spending plans with little to no property tax hikes.

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Hudson Valley News
7:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Hein Bans Brine From Fracking Wastewater on County Roads

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein
Hank Gross

Roads maintained by Ulster County will not be treated with brine used from fracking wastewater.  County Executive Michael Hein signed legislation Thursday at the county highway garage in New Paltz banning the brine from being used on county roads.

The byproduct of fracking will not be used on our roadways,” said Hein. “The truth is that the environmental costs are off the charts. Their bargain is bad and the price is too high.”

County Legislator Kenneth Wishnick, a New Paltz Democrat, introduced the legislation.

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