Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

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New York News
8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Court denies NY SAFE preliminary injunction

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ALBANY – State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara denied a motion for a preliminary injunction of the state’s new gun control law on Wednesday.

The suit maintained the message of necessity that rushed the measure through the legislature was illegal, but the judge said judicial intervention with a message of necessity is not allowed, according to an earlier Court of Appeals decision.

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Region experiences job growth in January

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ALBANY – All counties in the Mid-Hudson/Catskills region experienced job growth for the 12 months ended in January with the exception of Sullivan, the State Labor Department reported Thursday.

Columbia County had the most job growth at 3.3 percent while Sullivan County lost 1.6 percent.

The Dutchess-Orange metro area had job growth of 2.1 percent while Ulster County grew by two percent. The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester County metro area had job growth of 0.6 percent.

Greene County jobs grew by 0.9 percent.

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Hudson Valley News
8:18 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Orange County public schools to share $1.2 million for school safety

GOSHEN – The 14 public school districts and BOCES in Orange County will now be eligible for a share of $1.2 million in county funds that have been set aside for school safety programs.

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sussman blasts state for dragging its feet on toxic site cleanups

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Democratic Alliance has released a report documenting some 40 toxic sites in the county, many of which have been on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cleanup list for years and have yet to be remediated.

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Hudson Valley News
8:06 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rockland on the road to financial recovery, says Vanderhoef

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef delivered his final state of the county address to the County Legislature Tuesday night taking aim at budget and financial challenges and the county’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy.

Vanderhoef, who is retiring at the end of the year, spent a significant amount of time discussing the county’s budget woes, assuring county residents the worst of the recession was over but more structural changes were necessary.

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Hudson Valley News
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Orange lawmakers to approve redistricting

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GOSHEN – Redistricting of the Orange County Legislature’s 21 districts has been approved in committee and is expected to be approved by the full lawmaking body later this week.

The reapportionment is required to keep all districts within the same approximate number of constituents.

Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairman Steven Brescia said even though a public hearing is required before a vote and approval by the county executive, time is a factor in the need to approve the new plan.

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Hudson Valley News
8:18 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Folk Museum Hall of Fame construction to begin this spring

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NEWBURGH – Officials of the Folk Music Hall of Fame hope to break ground this spring on what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind museum in the nation, in the East End of the City of Newburgh.

The non-profit corporation planning the facility has raised half of the $125,000 need to construct the museum at 67 Liberty Street, said group treasurer James Sollami.

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Hudson Valley News
11:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Vassar College celebrates diversity

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TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.

The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.

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Hudson Valley News
8:05 am
Fri March 1, 2013

General Schwarzkopf brought home to West Point

WEST POINT – The war hero known as “Stormin’ Norman” was remembered with tributes, humor and emotion during an hour-long memorial service at the United States Military Academy Thursday afternoon.

General Norman Schwarzkopf graduated from the academy as a member of the Class of 1956, and went on to legendary leadership during an illustrious military career.

The highlight was his role as commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, which ended 22 years ago, to the day, of the memorial service yesterday.. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration could shut down Dutchess tower

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TOWN OF WAPPINGER – If sequestration kicks in today, aircraft operations at Dutchess County Airport could be severely impacted as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) said on Thursday that the control tower faces shutdown. The tower is operated by federal FAA air traffic controllers and while Dutchess has no commercial traffic, it does have corporate helicopter service as well as corporate and creational aviation users.

Maloney said sequestration will negatively impact the regional economy.

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