Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Schumer Asks Delta to Reconsider Service Reduction at Stewart

Delta connection jet takes off from Stewart
WAMC

WASHINGTON – In the wake of last week’s announcement that Delta Air Lines will drop its Stewart Airport to Atlanta route effective August 31, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he will ask the airline to reconsider the decision.

Schumer said on Wednesday he is disappointed with the announcement, but will press forward with his continuing efforts to attract new air service to the Newburgh airport.

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Hudson Valley News
8:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Hudson River Monitoring Station Unveiled in Poughkeepsie

Gary Wall of the U.S. Geological Survey at the monitoring panel

POUGHKEEPSIE – A new Hudson River environmental monitoring station at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday.

The station, built in partnership with the US Geological Survey, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Marist College, is funded by the US EPA.

The new station will continuously monitor water quality and automatically collect samples for the assessment of toxics, said Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute.

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Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Environmentalists Say Current Oil and Gas Wells Need Closer Inspections

Pipes sit on US Salt property in Reading, NY awaiting approval for Finger Lakes LPG to build a natural gas storage facility.
Ryan Delaney/WAMC

ALBANY – Some 76 percent of the current gas and oil wells in New York go uninspected by the state annually and before Albany considers approving hydrofracking to harvest natural gas from shale formations, it should increase staff and conduct more inspections. That assessment came Tuesday from environmental organization Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

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Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Tue July 17, 2012

SUNY Dutchess tuition rises

In-county students at SUNY Dutchess will pay more than $3,000 for tuition for the first time next fall under an annual budget approved 17-to-4 by the County Legislature Monday night. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports… 

Dutchess college students will still pay the lowest tuition of any community college in New York State. 

Some who supported the budget said their ‘yes’ was a reluctant one.  Among them was Republican Benjamin Traudt.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Dutchess cautiously optimistic about fiscal health

Dutchess County, New York government may be starting to see some signs of financial recovery while officials still struggle with the economy. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more…

Recent sales tax income is down two percent, but the hotel/motel room tax is flat and with increases in employee pension and health insurance costs and other state mandated expenses, balancing the budget remains a juggling act.

County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville presented the county legislature with a 2011 year end review and a peak at 2012.

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New York News
7:12 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Schumer urging restoration of farm programs

Senator Charles Schumer
WAMC Photo

The House of Representatives-passed farm bill does not include funding for certain USDA rural development programs. New York Senator Charles Schumer on Wednesday urged the House to adopt Senate language to include that funding. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports…

Hudson Valley News
7:36 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Nurses Association wary about merger

The New York State Nurses Association, which represents 260 registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital, says as the HealthAlliance considers closing Kingston Hospital and folding all services into Benedictine, it should consider the effect on the community. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports…

The Nurses Association claims HealthAlliance’s current problems are “the result of several poor management decisions,” said spokesman Mark Genovese.

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Hudson Valley News
7:02 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Violent crime down in Kingston

Violent crime was down substantially during the first five months of the year in Kingston, according to crime statistics kept by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the statistics, which show a 34 percent drop in violent crime...

To date this year, violent crime dropped 34 percent. There were no murders or rapes and robberies were down 44 percent. Burglaries were down 17 percent, although larceny arrests increased.

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Hudson Valley News
5:55 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Differing ideas over fixing joblessness in Hudson Valley

Organized labor and New York Republican House member representing the Hudson Valley  agree that something must be done to boost employment, as the national unemployment figure for June showed joblessness was 8.2 percent with just 80,000 new jobs added. But they have different views on how to grow the economy. Hank Gross reports…

Paul Ellis-Graham, president of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, said the GOP House of Representatives is blocking the solution to the problem.

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Hudson Valley News
7:43 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Dutchess parks to go smoke-free

Soon, all parks maintained by Dutchess County, New York will be smoke-free. County Executive Marcus Molinaro made the announcement Thursday at Bowdoin Park, overlooking the Hudson River in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

he smoking prohibition at county parks is an addition to the Dutchess County Clean Indoor Air Law, which was passed in 2003 and championed and sponsored by Molinaro when he was a county legislator.

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