Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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Hudson Valley News
8:48 am
Tue March 26, 2013

West Point civilian employees’ union upset with delay in furloughs

A two-week delay in the first furlough warnings to civilian employees at West Point and other federal installations will harm the workers even more, according to American Federation of Government Employees Local 2367 Vice President James McCabe.

He said cutting two weeks off the furlough time at the US Military Academy and elsewhere will hurt workers even more than the original plan.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Tue March 26, 2013

HUD threatens to pull over $7 million in funding to Westchester

WHITE PLAINS – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday threatened to reallocate $7.4 million in fiscal year 2011 funding For Westchester County's community development block grant and other federal programs.

“To date, the county has not provided satisfactory certification that it will comply with its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing as part of its FY2011 Annual Action Plan,” HUD Director of Community Planning and Development Vincent Horn wrote to County Executive Robert Astorino.

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Hudson Valley News
9:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Environmental cleanup of DuPont-Stauffer site to begin

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NEWBURGH – The environmental remediation of the DuPont-Stauffer state Superfund site at 750 South Street in Newburgh is going to begin within the next few months, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

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8:53 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Newburgh in line for downtown supermarket

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NEWBURGH – Lower Broadway in the City of Newburgh is slated for a full-fledged supermarket, Mayor Judy Kennedy said.

The facility, to be constructed in a city-owned vacant lot adjacent to the DMV office, would house apartments on the second floor, the mayor said. She could not divulge the name of the supermarket at this time.

“It’s a way in which we can bring in a little vitality to the lower part of Broadway,” Kennedy said.

At present city residents must shop at supermarkets in the neighboring towns of Newburgh and New Windsor.

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Hudson Valley News
8:44 am
Mon March 25, 2013

First paid fire chief expected in Beacon this summer

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BEACON – Five men have taken the civil service test for the first-ever paid fire chief in the City of Beacon.  City officials are awaiting the results of the test

Mayor Randy Casale hopes chief will be selected and take office this summer.

“The soonest we would have someone in would be May to June timeframe because when the results come out, if we are going to hire somebody and we talk to him, he will probably have to give notice and by the time he relocates, it wouldn’t be overnight,” Casale said.

The job will pay about $95,000 a year.

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Hudson Valley News
6:58 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Indoor sports complex coming to Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN – The City of Middletown will become home to an indoor sports complex.

A couple has purchased a large old factory building at the corner of Union and Franklin streets. Mayor Joseph DeStefano said renovations are to begin shortly.

“It’s a pretty big building, but I guess indoor soccer, indoor football and indoor sports have become a big thing in the northeast up here now,” he said.

DeStefano said the facility will add to the growing number of people who are coming into Middletown.

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Hudson Valley News
8:42 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Port Authority takeover of Atlantic City Airport firms up

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ATLANTIC CITY – A study into the feasibility of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey taking over Atlantic City International Airport says there are opportunities for growth at the airport, Port Authority officials said Wednesday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced his approval of a takeover of the facility by the bi-state agency.

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Hudson Valley News
8:50 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Local lawmakers propose tuition reduction for troops affected by sequester

ALBANY – Sequester-related cuts are apparently going to suspend tuition assistance for military personnel so Assemblyman Kiernan Michael Lalor (R- Fishkill) and Senator Gregory Ball (R- Patterson) Monday announced they will propose tuition reductions for those attending SUNY and CUNY schools.

Lalor said the measure, which has wide spread support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, is the right thing to do.

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor, legislature locked over number of casinos

ALBANY – As the issue of legalizing casino gaming in New York heads toward reality, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are at odds over the number of facilities to be allowed.

The governor wants to start with three upstate, without naming locations.

The legislature would like seven approved.  Senator John Bonacic (R- Mount Hope), chairman of the Senate Gaming and Wagering Committee, would like the locations identified.

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Hudson Valley News
8:40 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Sullivan Board of Elections, AG Spanish language materials agreement

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MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Board of Elections and the State Attorney General’s Office have finalized an agreement for the board to provide Spanish language materials and access on and before Election Day.

The board began offering the bilingual services last August and had Spanish language ballots available for those voters in need of them last November.

Republican Elections Commissioner Rodney Gaebel said on Wednesday the county must, among other things, provide Spanish speaking poll watchers on Election Day.

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