Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County public officials, business and economic development leaders hope to pursuade Governor Cuomo to site at least one casino in the county.

Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson and Legislator Alan Sorensen penned a letter.  Sullivan County Partnership Vice President Michelle Klugman Resnick and Chamber of Commerce President Terri Ward came up with the idea to shoot a video message read by a number of people.

Resnick said they hope it will get the governor’s attention.

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ALBANY – More than 1,000 protesters gathered at the State Capitol to send the message to Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers don’t want fracking. The action included 130 co-sponsor organizations from medical associations to farmers to the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

Protesters came on 30 buses, in car pools, rode bikes and walked. They were joined by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Actor Debra Winger, and musician Natalie Merchant.

Hinchey called upon the government to do what he said is the right thing.

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WARWICK – A Warwick native, who was killed in Afghanistan last weekend, will be laid to rest at the West Point Cemetery.

LTC Jaimie Leonard was 39 when she was shot and killed by enemy fire while serving in the US Army. A 1997 graduate of the USMA, she was based at Fort Drum.

She was in her third deployment to the region – once in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan, and was the recipient of numerous awards and medals including three Bronze Stars.

Leonard will be interred with full military honors on next Thursday, June 20.

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NEWBURGH – Amid controversy that he was involved with a prostitute, Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek resigned abruptly on Thursday.

Hours later, the city council named Police Chief Michael Ferrera as acting city manager.

“I’m the police chief and the police chief is my heart, but of course, I am here, I have covered as city manager quite a few times in the past and of course I will be here until I find a city manager, and hopefully it will be soon,” Ferrera said.

Mayor Judy Kennedy suggested an investigation into the Herbek situation may continue.

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CRAGSMORE – A woman, who was flying a Piper P-28 single-engine plane from Resnick Airport near Ellenville to Orange County Airport in Montgomery, made a controlled crash in Cragsmoor shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday.

State Police said the pilot, Kimberly Striefler, 23, of Greenville, was alone on the plane. She was located walking down a path in a heavily wooded area.

Striefler told police she was attempting to cross over the mountain when she made the controlled landing. She suffered minor injuries and was treated at Ellenville Regional Hospital.

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WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.

With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.

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KINGSTON – Perfect springtime weather marked this year's Memorial Day, as thousands of spectators lined the streets of Hudson Valley, New York communities to mark the occasion with flags, honor, parades and ceremonies to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

Hurley's traditional parade kicked off with the boom of musket fire, as a long line of veterans, marching bands, and officials made their way down the hill along Main Street. The procession included fire trucks, wagons, and a long line of vintage Corvettes.

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NEW PALTZ – About 350 people took to the streets Saturday afternoon in New Paltz, marching downtown and briefly blocking traffic. They were the Hudson Valley contingent of March Against Monsanto, fighting for genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling of so-called artificially engineered "frankenfood."

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POUGHKEEPSIE – An audit of the City of Poughkeepsie’s books by the state comptroller’s office has found that inaccurate budgeting has created an $11 million general fund deficit. The report also found the city’s debt burden has increased 45 percent over the last five years.

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TOWN OF WALLKILL – Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill will lay off 80 full-time equivalent positions and Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris will lay off 60 full-time equivalent positions. In total, the hospitals must find cuts of $17 million.  Both hospitals fall under the umbrella of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, which announced the cuts on Monday due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments and decreases in revenue caused by healthcare reform.

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