Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

CSEA Blasts Weschester Med Over Layoffs

VALHALLA – The Civil Service Employees Association, which represents some 900 workers at Westchester Medical Center criticized the hospital administration for its latest round of job cuts.

The hospital maintains it must tighten its fiscal belt like all other businesses and has also outsourced some of the jobs.

Westchester CSEA President John Staino said on Tuesday, subcontracting workers for lower wages could lower the quality of healthcare.

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Hudson Valley News
7:31 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tuition Increase Planned at Westchester Community College

Tuition at Westchester County Community College will increase by $130 in the new academic year as the County Board of Legislators Monday approved a $27.8 million budget.  Tuition will go up to $4,280.

The vote was unanimous, although Legislator Lyndon Williams expressed concern about the rise in tuition, saying it could place a hardship on those with limited incomes.

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WAMC News
7:21 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Westchester County Executives Support Tappan Zee Construction

Doug Kerr

The Cuomo administration rolled out three former Westchester County executives to support construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge and downplay the talk of a $14 toll.

Secretary to the Governor, Lawrence Schwartz, opened the dialogue on Sunday by saying there are three options, but only one choice, and that is to tear down the current bridge and build a new one. That will mean higher tolls, but he emphasized that would not happen overnight.

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Hudson Valley News
7:59 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Ulster Officials Reach Tentative Agreement on Redistricting

Ulster County Legislature

The dispute among Ulster County officials concerning the procedure to redistrict the county legislature may be resolved. County lawmakers and administration met in a marathon session Thursday evening.

The county legislature wanted to provide input in the process; the county charter review commission didn’t want lawmakers involved.

The tentative agreement Thursday centered on asking the state for a home rule measure that would allow the public to call for a permissive referendum on redistricting after the committee comes up with a map.

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Hudson Valley News
7:47 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Fishkill Seeks Federal Support in Staving Off Flood Insurance Requirements

Local officials in the Town of Fishkill have asked federal representatives in Washington to seek a delay in flood insurance requirements.

Town Supervisor Robert LaColla said the issue was brought to light by local residents.

“Several constituents had come to us to ask about what can be done about their banks requiring flood plain insurance,” LaColla said. “Many of these people have never had an issue, they never put in a claim, they’ve never had water in the building, yet they were being asked to buy insurance at a cost of $300 to $3,000.”

WAMC News
8:16 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Environmental Report For New Tappen Zee Bridge Released

State inching closer to replacing the old bridge

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge was released Wednesday and the massive document looks at potential issues relating to construction and plans to mitigate them.

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Hudson Valley News
7:51 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Stewart Airport Wants NextGen Radar Center

The national aviation radar system will be converted in the future from ground based radar to a global positioning system (GPS) and the Stewart Airport Commission went on record on Tuesday asking the US Department of Transportation and the FAA to consider locating the so-called NextGen operation at the Newburgh area airport.

Commission Chairman James Wright said it would mean lots of jobs and making Stewart a central point for the new radar system.

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Hudson Valley News
7:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Mid Hudson Sustainability Consortium Hears Ideas for Region

Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium seeks ideas from citizens during a well-attended session in Newburgh Monday evening
Mid Hudson News

The Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Consortium unveiled its strategy to the public for a regional growth project, called the Regional Sustainability Plan, at SUNY Orange in Newburgh on Monday evening.

Funded by about $10 million from NYSERDA and part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program put into action by Governor Cuomo last year, the consortium has until Christmas of this year to present an economic roadmap for the seven-county region that will promote job growth as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Hudson Valley Residents Participate in National Anti-Fracking Rally

WAMC News

Thousands of people from across the nation rallied in Washington on Sunday in opposition to hydro-fracturing  to mine natural gas from shale formations.

Members of the Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, headed by Sandra Kissam of the Town of Newburgh, attended the rally and she described the scene from D.C.

“We are over here in front of the Capitol Building, about 2,000 strong or more, listening to Bill McKibben, who is one of the leading proponents of doing away with fracking and also a leading opponent to the Excel Pipeline,” Kissam said.

Hudson Valley News
7:27 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mid-Hudson Sustainability Planning Begins

OC Planning Commissioner David Church

A new committee will begin to look at developing a sustainability agenda for the Mid-Hudson Valley.  The seven-county region – Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess and Ulster – will seek input from residents as to what to include in a sustainability plan.

“Green economic development” is how Orange County Planning Commissioner David Church describes it.

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