Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
8:51 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Student Enrollment Declines Pattern Report Finds

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NEWBURGH – Student enrollment figures in school districts across the Hudson Valley continue to decline and that has prompted discussion about closing schools and reorganizing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

There are 538 school buildings in the region and since 1999, more than 30 of them have been or will be closed.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Orange County To Move Medical Examiner Facilities

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Medical Examiner’s morgue and forensic operations has two months to move out of Orange Regional Medical Center, where it has been operating. The hospital needs the space.

As a temporary solution, the county has rented a large mobile facility placed behind the emergency services building to serve for autopsies and as a morgue.

Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Catanese said he can work with those facilities until a more permanent location is identified.

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WAMC News
8:12 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Maloney’s Ag Advisory Committee Issues Report

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NEWBURGH – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s Agricultural Advisory Committee has completed its report listing priorities for the Hudson Valley, one week before the House Agriculture Committee will consider the 2013 farm bill.

Maloney’s committee, comprised of farmers in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Westchester, called for supporting specialty crops, increasing access to credit, expanding distribution of locally-grown food, reducing government regulations, and protecting conservation programs.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Schumer Wants To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

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WASHINGTON – US Senator Charles Schumer announced his effort to have passed an early detection and rapid response grant program to combat aquatic invasive species once they reach new waterways.

In the Hudson Valley alone, invasive species include Eurasian milfoil, Asian clam, Zebra mussel, Didymo, Water chestnut, Chinese mitten crab, Brittle Naiad, White perch, and Alewife.

Schumer’s bill would allow states and local authorities to petition the Department of the Interior for grants as soon as they identify a threat from invasive species.

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Hudson Valley News
8:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Tourism Improvement In Dutchess County

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HYDE PARK – Hotel and motel room tax in Dutchess County revenue rose in 2012 by four percent above 2011 and that is an indication that tourism is picking up, industry officials say.

County and local leaders, including Dutchess County Tourism Executive Director Mary Kay Vrba, marked National Tourism Rally Day at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
8:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Residents Rally Behind Kingston Mayor

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In response to the recent controversy regarding Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo’s firing of a city employee, several concerned residents came to City Hall Tuesday evening to speak to the city council about how the issue has been handled.

Residents who offered their opinions Tuesday night spoke in support of Gallo personally or as a leader and elected official. 

City resident Jeanne Edwards said that the mayor has already apologized and it’s time to move on, telling the council she was embarrassed to see the city’s dirty laundry has being aired for all to see.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Sullivan County Upgrades 911 Communications

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BETHEL – The Sullivan County 911 center will upgrade its communications system with a grant from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic said the funds will allow for the county to buy a new 911 emergency telephone system at its facilities in Bethel and a new backup system at Liberty State Police, as well as new recording equipment for all calls and radio communications.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Names Of Three Murder Victims Released

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NEWBURGH – Police late Thursday released the names of the three victims who were shot and killed in Newburgh early Wednesday.

The victims were identified as Pamela Jenkins, 52, of 98 South William Street, and John Lewis, 43, and Henry Blue, 52.  They lived elsewhere in the city.

Police said the second and third floor apartments at 98 South William are vacant.

City detectives, investigators from the State Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the case.

No arrests have been made.

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Small Plane Crashes In Hudson River, No Survivors Found

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CATSKILL – A small aircraft was seen crashing into the Hudson River off Catskill, at approximately 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say it burst into flames shortly after impact, and became submerged within 10 minutes.

Emergency responders cordoned off both sides of the river, Main Street in Germantown on Columbia County's east bank; and the area near Lehigh Northeast Cement factory in Catskill, on Greene County's western shore.

No plane or survivors were recovered as of sundown.

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Hudson Valley News
8:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Triple Homicide In Newburgh

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NEWBURGH – Police are investigating the murders of three people – two men and a woman – whose bodies were found in an apartment at 98 South William Street in Newburgh early Wednesday morning. They had all been shot.

Two of the victims of the 2:40 a.m. incident were dead at the scene and a third died at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital a short time after arrival.

The corners down the street were lined with people from the neighborhood watching and speculating.   Since the investigation was fresh and ongoing, police released little information.

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