Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
8:20 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Reality Shows Coming to Dutchess

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Vassar College To Build "Science Neighborhood"

Vassar College

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.

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WAMC News
7:47 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Ulster Lawmakers Prohibit Fracking Brine on County Property

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Hein Proposes Voluntary Employee Separation Program

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein

 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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Katz Blasts Legislative Leadership for Seeking Pay Hikes

New York State Capitol in Albany

As the economy continues its recovery, now is not the time for state lawmakers to vote themselves pay hikes, State Assemblyman Steven Katz (R-Westchester) said Tuesday.

Katz was highly critical of the Democrat-controlled Assembly urged fellow lawmakers to reject any increase in pay.

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Hudson Valley News
7:22 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Engel Voices Opposition to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Indian Point nuclear power plant

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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:16 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Wurtsboro Music Festival Set for August

Wurtsboro Airport will play host to the Wurtsboro Music Festival on two Thursday evenings in August.

Top name pop music entertainment from the 70s will be performing on the lawn at the airfield providing a new music venue for the region, said music festival spokesman William Liblick.

“Everyone often complains that there’s nothing to do in Sullivan County and what we’re trying to do is to make it very affordable and give people a good night of entertainment,” Liblick said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Ulster County to Apply for Assistance For Low Income Homeowners

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

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.

Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Dutchess County Studies Jail Overcrowding

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature and Criminal Justice Council continue to study the overcrowding at the county jail in Poughkeepsie and identify possible solutions.

Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison said they need to develop programs with best practices and evidence based outcomes.

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Hudson Valley News
7:33 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ulster Leads State in Job Growth

ALBANY – The Ulster County metro area led the state in job growth year over year in June with a 5.4 percent increase.

Private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased 11,700, or 1.6 percent, to 754,100 for the 12 month period ending in June, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro region saw a 2.1 percent job growth while the Dutchess-Orange metro region lost 0.3 percent.

Sullivan County gained a half-percent in job growth while Columbia County had no growth and Greene County fell by one percent.

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