POUGHKEEPSIE – When the elevator from the Poughkeepsie waterfront is constructed to the Walkway Over the Hudson, it is expected that the linear park over the Hudson River will become even more of a tourist attraction.
Grants are going to pay for the glass enclosed elevator that will lift people to the top of the bridge, said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldman Hart.
“The elevator will carry a maximum of about 20 people, but the ride will only be two minutes so there is quite a number of folks who will be able to go up and down over an hour’s time,” Hart said.
NEWBURGH – The fastest growing population across the nation is Latino and with that said, one area organization wants to recruit more Hispanics to run for public office.
Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County Coordinator Sonia Ayala said the move is on to attract candidates.
“We are going to be reaching out to recruit qualified Latinos to run for office and train them and discuss the issues that are affecting the community, and it’s not just Latinos that it’s affecting, it’s affecting everybody,” she said.
ALBANY – The just-adopted state budget includes funds to help redevelop the Beacon Correctional Facility, the women’s prison the governor targeted for closure.
A total of $6 million has been placed in the spending plan to aid in redevelopment of the property, said Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D, Milton), who represents Beacon.
“In the days and weeks ahead I am looking forward to be working with the Beacon officials as well as the Empire State Development Corporation to ensure that these funds are used to develop the facility to its fullest potential,” Skartados said.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, Cold Spring) asked President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the impact of sequestration on civilian employees.
The lawmaker’s request came in a letter to both officials in support of legislation to give more flexibility to the Pentagon on sequestration cuts and to shift more than $10 billion into Pentagon operations and maintenance accounts.
HAMLET OF WALLKILL – Cardinal Timothy Dolan visited the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill Wednesday where he celebrated a special mass with inmates and staff as he delivered his Holy Week message of hope.
Cardinal Dolan first prayed with the inmates at the maximum security facility and then gave a heartfelt sermon assuring those who are incarcerated that they are not alone spiritually and God has not forgotten about them.
TARRYTOWN – The state has reached an agreement with environmental groups Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson on permits that will include extensive environmental protective measures and mitigation funding to protect the Hudson River and minimize environmental impacts during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
As a result, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Wednesday issued an environmental permit containing the protections authorizing the New York State Thruway Authority to proceed with construction.
ALBANY – Saying “financial issues persist,” State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Wednesday that his office will conduct a full financial audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, especially in light of the agency taking over the Catskills-based Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
DiNapoli said his office will examine selected financial management practices related to payroll, procurement and other areas.
KINGSTON – A new Ulster County Public Safety Advisory Committee has been formed in response to the tragedy in Newtown with the goal of making recommendations to prevent any incidents locally.
The group will address five topic areas – identifying ways in which to identify individuals who are at risk of causing violence; identifying ways in which those individuals can be helped; identifying other ways to prevent violence; examining how drug abuse and drug-related crimes can be reduced; and identifying ways in which to protect people in public places.
LAGRANGEVILLE – Standing outside one of the hops drying houses at Eastern View Farms & Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville on Monday, US Senator Charles Schumer pledged to work with the US Small Business Administration and Department of Agriculture to get funding for local farmers to grow hops and buy equipment.