Dutchess County

Two institutions in the Hudson Valley have received a $5 million grant for a large-scale study aimed at reducing tick populations and Lyme disease. The five-year project is the first to explore Lyme disease management for entire communities.

Dutchess Communities To Receive CDBGs

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy of Town of LaGrange Parks & Recreation

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro Thursday announced preliminary grant awards totaling $924,000 to 10 projects. The grants are through the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Two weeks before the New York primary, the Dutchess County executive has invited all the presidential candidates to stop in his county for a town hall-style event, saying the county’s history is reason alone to come.

In mid-February, Dutchess County health officials reported an increase since the beginning of the year in cases of whooping cough. While the numbers of new cases have waned in the past few weeks, health experts say the recurrence of the disease, in general, is puzzling, and urge vaccination.

Courtesy of Special Olympics New York

The Special Olympics New York State Winter Games take place Friday and Saturday at various venues in the Hudson Valley. More than 900 athletes and coaches will be on hand to compete in the Winter Games, one of two annual state-level competitions. Lack of snow has moved cross country skiing and snowshoeing from Dutchess to Sullivan County, where the alpine skiing is scheduled, at Holiday Mountain Ski Area in Monticello. Figure skating is at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, and floor hockey at Stewart Air National Guard Base, in Newburgh.

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Earlier this year, Bard College professor Robert Kelly was appointed Dutchess County’s first poet laureate. Kelly was invited to read his poetry at County Executive Marc Molinaro’s state of the county address last month at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Robert Kelly about that night and what he has planned as poet laureate.

Dutchess County Issues Draft Transportation Plan

Feb 17, 2016
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The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council has opened a 30-day public comment period for its draft 25-year transportation plan. Moving Dutchess 2 seeks to identify projects and plans necessary to maintain the transportation system in a state of good repair and meet travel needs through 2040. The plan tries to address varied needs within the county and divides the county into five regions: Upper and Lower Hudson; Upper and Lower Taconic; and Harlem Valley.

Dutchess County Appoints Its First Poet Laureate

Jan 26, 2016
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced Monday he has appointed Annandale resident Robert Kelly as the county’s first Poet Laureate. Molinaro says Kelly will read two poems at Wednesday’s state of Dutchess County address, and one poem us dedicated to the county Executive in honor of his 2016 initiative, “Act Boldly.” In his unpaid role as Poet Laureate, Kelly will serve for a one-year term and bring poetry to the community through a series of readings and events.

 

There is new bus service in Dutchess County that is a partnership with two colleges.

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Dutchess County has a new Community Development Coordinator and his first focus will be revitalization efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Dutchess County Exec Molinaro Wins Re-Election

Nov 3, 2015

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has won another term in office. WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with correspondent Allison Dunne about this race and other big races in New York's Hudson Valley. 

For what’s thought to be the first time, a full slate of female candidates is running for Dutchess County positions.

Female candidates are out to unseat the County Executive, Clerk, County Court and Family Court Judges.

Authorities say they've made an arrest in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found at a former psychiatric center in the Hudson Valley.

A Former Dutchess Town Official Is Charged Again

Mar 5, 2015

Authorities say a former Hudson Valley town comptroller already facing prison time for stealing nearly $400,000 from taxpayers will be charged with pilfering another $150,000 while still on the job.

A longtime commissioner in Dutchess County is retiring.

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 Declared In The Hudson Valley

Jan 26, 2015
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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.

Walkway To Hold Marathons In June

Nov 18, 2014
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It was a bitter cold day at Walkway Over the Hudson, but the focus today was on a major event involving the signature pedestrian bridge in the Hudson Valley next summer.

Dutchess Takes Over Ownership Of War Memorial

Nov 10, 2014

There is a ceremony Monday afternoon in Dutchess County to transfer ownership of a war memorial.

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.

Culvert Collapse Closes A Dutchess Road

Jul 31, 2014
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A road in Dutchess County is expected to be closed for several weeks following a culvert collapse.

Dutchess County Welcomes Warrior Hikers

Jul 13, 2014
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Dutchess County will welcome combat veterans as they hike through the area Sunday afternoon.

Memorial Eve Ceremony Scheduled For Walkway

May 25, 2014
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On Sunday, there will be a Memorial Eve ceremony in the mid-Hudson Valley, on the pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson.

Lyme Disease Forum Takes Place In Dutchess

May 14, 2014
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There will be an educational forum Wednesday morning in Dutchess County about Lyme disease prevention.

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A northern Dutchess County intersection considered dangerous will soon be getting a flashing traffic light. This comes after calls from local officials and residents following two fatal accidents this year.

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The meter reader has gone the way of the milkman and the bread man — in some communities, "smart meters" wirelessly report your energy or water consumption back to the utility company. But fear of electric impulses transmitted by the devices has led to a consumer call for choice. 

Digital smart meter technology has been around since the 1990s, but opposition has grown worldwide. Critics of the technology claim the radio emissions cause a variety of human health problems.

HV Surgeon Pleads Guilty To Fraud Scheme

Nov 1, 2013
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An orthopedic surgeon in the Hudson Valley has pleaded guilty to a health-care fraud scheme.

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The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP), PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. (WAMC) — Authorities say the getaway vehicle of a man wanted in the fatal shooting at a Long Island light fixture company was found abandoned in a Hudson Valley county.

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