President Obama delivered the graduation speech at West Point Wednesday, and with it, a foreign policy change of direction. Now, two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley from different sides of the aisle are weighing in.
President Obama’s speech outlined a shift to more collaboration and less combat on the international stage. He says the U.S. must lead on this stage, and the military is the backbone of this leadership.
“But U.S. military action cannot be the only, or even primary, component of our leadership in every instance,” President Obama said.
A New York state Senator is the latest lawmaker urging the federal government to take action on oil transportation along the Hudson River.
New York State Democratic Senator Terry Gipson has penned a letter to federal representatives urging the federal government to take action to protect communities, the environment, and the local economy from the ongoing risks of crude oil transportation on railways, specifically along the Hudson River.
The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a major water infrastructure bill that contains $70 million for dam safety programs. It is legislation that Congressmen and local lawmakers alike say will help the Hudson Valley.
The House passed the final conference report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, or WRRDA, by a vote of 412-4. Within this legislation is the Dam Safety Act, sponsored by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. Maloney mentions a classification of dams that poses a serious risk.
“Crumbling or tumbling” — that was the subject of a Hudson Valley non-profit’s conference today on infrastructure issues, a week after it released a report on the topic as President Obama visited Westchester County to talk about the need for infrastructure investment.