Dutchess County plans on getting a dose of reality – on television, that is. Two “reality” based production teams are gearing up for local shoots, according to the Dutchess Economic Development Corporation.
“Tourism has been responding to a number of calls for films, commercials and reality shows,” noted EDC member Andrea Reynolds, in a report made to the board at Thursday's quarterly meeting.
Future science education in Dutchess County will be more integrated, when Vassar College completes its flagship campus complex in 2015. The proposed academic facility is designed by architects to function as a bridge, allowing ecological study of the stream crossing beneath its archway.
After many years of programming and needs analysis, Vassar College has decided to launch a renovation and construction project for its 12 acre neighborhood of science buildings.
The Ulster County Legislature adopted a local law banning the use of fracking brine on county owned property. The law passed unanimously Wednesday evening.
County Executive Michael Hein must hold a public hearing before signing it.
The lawmakers are concerned that the liquid byproduct of hydraulic fracturing to harvest natural gas from shale formations could be offered by drilling companies to the county as a free or low-cost alternative to salting or sanding roads in the winter.
In his continuing effort to keep county expenses down, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein Wednesday proposed a voluntary separation program for certain county employees as a means of reducing the size of the workforce and lowering payroll and benefits expenses.
Under the program, which would require county legislature approval, the 232 eligible workers could receive a one-time $12,500 separation payment to leave county service no later than December 1.
Health and Personnel Committee Chairman Robert Aiello, a Republican, supports the plan.
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Westchester/Rockland) briefed the new chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of his concerns and opposition to the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan and their applications for license renewal.
Engel’s comments came during a joint hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittees on Energy and Power and the Environment and the Economy on Tuesday.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein announced on Monday that he is applying for Community Development Block Grant funding to assist low income homeowners in need of housing improvements with priority given to homeowners needing repairs due to Tropical Storms Irene or Lee.
Rural Ulster Preservation Company will administer the program for the county. The county and RUPCO will apply for $750,000 with applications from homeowners due on August 7. Funds are expected to be available in the spring 2013.