Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Thu August 23, 2012

MTA Payroll Tax Ruled Unconstitutional

A State Supreme Court justice in Nassau County ruled on Wednesday that the MTA payroll tax is unconstitutional. The tax has been levied on all employees in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the five boroughs of New York City.

Businesses and not-for-profits in the entire MTA region have been screaming bloody murder since the state legislature imposed the tax to help bail the New York City transportation system out of its massive financial woes.

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Hudson Valley News
7:03 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Kingston Hospital Could Become Medical College

Hank Gross

As the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, parent corporation to The Kingston Hospital and Benedictine hospital, both in Kingston, work up their plans to close Kingston Hospital and consolidate its healthcare services under one roof at Benedictine, a new purpose for Kingston Hospital may be emerging.

Mayor Shayne Gallo told MidHudsonNews.com that he is having discussions with companies about converting Kingston Hospital into a medical college.

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Hudson Valley News
7:32 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Orange Executive Warns of Layoffs, Tax Increase

Valley View Nursing Home
Hank Gross

If the Orange County-owned Valley View nursing home is not sold to a private company soon, the county faces a large property tax increase and layoffs next year. That was the warning Tuesday from County Executive Edward Diana.

Diana stopped the funding for the facility as of July 1, but county legislators extended it through September. In the meantime, they have been reviewing four proposals from private companies to buy the facilities with no decision to date.

Diana told MidHudsonNews.com that without a sale very soon, drastic measures will have to be taken.

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Hudson Valley News
7:22 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Farmers Outline Concerns to State and Federal Officials

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20)
..:: WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas ::..

Mid-Hudson farmers brought their concerns to state and federal lawmakers at a forum at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson Monday night.

Chief among their concerns was the lack of affordable land access for farmers, said Lindsey Shute of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Mandate Relief Will Benefit BOCES System

Three Democratic Hudson Valley state lawmakers applauded a new law that will provide mandate relief to BOCES systems by generating new revenue and saving taxpayers money.

“The new law will be a great opportunity for BOCES to not only share their innovative educational curricula and programs with schools, facility and students outside the state, but also less the burden on taxpayers by raising revenue from other sources beyond New York,” Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said on Monday.

Senator David Carlucci also said the relief will provide benefits for BOCES.

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Hudson Valley News
6:49 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Cuomo Sends Formal Request for Tappan Zee Replacement

Governor Andrew Cuomo formalized the state's request for federal support to build a new bridge replacing the Tappan Zee on Monday by signing a letter of intent to Washington. Addressed to US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, it acts as an application for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) funding. The bridge is projected to cost over $5 billion.

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WAMC News
7:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Students Find Revolutionary War Graves

A group of Newark, New Jersey high school students, led by Rutgers College, Newark Campus, Professor and Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Chairman Dr. Alexander Gates, have found what could very well be the burial site of several soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War Battle of Stony Point.  The students used a ground penetrating radar device to survey the Stony Point Battlefield, which is now part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

Gates said their study on Friday found what they believe to be a number of fallen soldiers.

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Hudson Valley News
7:08 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Metro-North Has No Plans to Extend Service

Some 15 years ago, there was discussion about the possibility of extending Metro-North’s commuter service on its Hudson Line beyond its northernmost station in Poughkeepsie. The idea of going further north to Rhinecliff died.

There are currently no plans to extend the service now, but Metro-North President Howard Permut said other work is underway on that stretch of rail, which is also used by Amtrak.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Home Sales Up In July

 Home sales rose year over year in July in both Rockland and Orange counties, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service.  Both single-family and condominium sales increased for the year ending in July as well as year-to-date in both counties.

Rockland County saw the larger gain in single-family home sales year over year at 30 percent while they rose by eight percent in Orange County. 

So far in 2012, in the first seven months, home sales rose by 10 percent in Rockland County and by three percent in Orange County.

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Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Fri August 17, 2012

County Executives Support TZ Bridge Plan

Hank Gross

The three county executives on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council announced on Thursday their intention to vote yes at the next session to include the new Tappan Zee Bridge project in the region’s long-range plan.

A unanimous vote qualifies the project for federal funds.

Westchester Executive Robert Astorino, Rockland Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and Putnam Executive Mary Ellen Odell committed to signing off on the plan.  Astorino said that decision was reached after talks with Governor Cuomo.

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