There will be a celebratory ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon in Poughkeepsie after having been postponed because of Monday’s storm. It’s for a center named in honor of the former Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce president.
States of emergency have been declared for at least two Hudson Valley counties.
The Dutchess and Orange County executives have declared states of emergency. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says the state of emergency becomes effective at 9 tonight when all roads in Dutchess will be closed and traffic prohibited except for certain personnel necessary during storm and emergency operations. There is no set time for rescinding the order. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus declared a State of Emergency that became effective at 7 p.m. and runs through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Dutchess County health officials are expressing concerns about what they see as an increase in the use of e-cigarettes by young people. And they are especially concerned about refill cartridges because of toxins.
Dr. Lobsang Lhungay is president of the Dutchess County Board of Health. He says it is not known how much of any toxins is contained in the refill cartridges sold for electronic cigarettes. He says unregulated nicotine levels also mean unregulated chemicals.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail’s mission is to have a 46-mile trail from the Metro North station in Wassaic all the way to Chatham. Our friends of the trail organization, HVRTA, has worked since the mid-80's to keep Dutchess County and NYS focused on the project, with mixed success. Several years ago, HVRTA purchased 14 miles of rail bed and donated it to the state.
Currently there are four significant developments moving the trail forward and Dick Hermans – Chairman of the HVRTA join us this morning with and an update.