Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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WAMC News
7:36 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Woman Crash Lands Plane, Walks Away

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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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Hudson Valley News
8:48 am
Wed May 29, 2013

US Labor Department To Fund Veteran Jobs Searches

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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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Hudson Valley News
8:21 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Ulster County Hosts Memorial Day Parades

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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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Hudson Valley News
7:54 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Hundreds In New Paltz March Against Monsanto

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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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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Thu May 23, 2013

State Audit Highly Critical Poughkeepsie’s Budgeting

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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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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Tue May 21, 2013

ORMC, CRMC To Cut 140 Jobs

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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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Hudson Valley News
8:43 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Sullivan Lawmaker Questions Termination Policy

MONTICELLO – Former Sullivan County Legislator David Sager, who was named deputy commissioner of the county Division of Health and Family Services, has been let go.

Sager was hired by Commissioner Randy Parker shortly after he assume the administrative post last fall.

Legislators were saying little specific about the sacking of Sager during Thursday’s monthly legislative meeting.

Democrat Cindy Kurpil Gieger conceded she has general concerns about policy.

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Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Farm Bill Benefits New York's Hudson Valley

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WASHINGTON –  The House Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill with the support of Congressmen Christopher Gibson (R- 19) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18). The bill contains a number of provisions that will benefit New York's Hudson Valley region.

The bill includes Maloney’s Crop Risk Options Plan (CROP) Act that defends the specialty agriculture economy of the region as well as an amendment to help families and communities with flooding in the black dirt region.

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7:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

State And Oneidas End Long-Standing Dispute

ALBANY – New York State, Oneida Nation of Indians, Oneida and Madison counties have signed an agreement settling several long-standing disputes.  The agreement would grant the Oneida Nation exclusive rights to casino gaming in Central New York in exchange for sharing a portion of gaming revenues with the state and local governments.

Under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for legalized gaming, three casinos would initially be approved, which was going to be carved into six regions.

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8:51 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Schumer Wants To Keep College Interest Loans Down

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WASHINGTON – If nothing is done by the beginning of July, the college federal student loan rate will double and US Senator Charles Schumer has joined the battle to keep it at its current level.

The Senator said on Wednesday he is in support of the effort to retain the current rate.

“To let the loan rate to go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent would cost the average student about $3,798 more over their retainment term,”  said Schumer.  “That’s not chump change; that’s mortgage payments, car payments, and let’s not forget that students have lots of other debt.”

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