Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is much closer to a decision about whether to run for governor of New York.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two Democratic New York Congressmen and local stakeholders stood at the Yonkers waterfront Monday afternoon to talk about potential anchorage proposals for the Hudson River. Though they praised a U.S. Coast Guard study, the lawmakers and environmentalists also made it clear they are doubling down on opposition to any long-term anchorage sites in future proposals.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has signed a ban on polystyrene foam food containers by chain restaurants and county government. Molinaro signed the law Friday at a school in Pleasant Valley, surrounded by fourth-graders who inspired the ban.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he will decide by the end of the year whether to run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018.

Dutchess County Exec Releases 2018 Proposed Budget

Oct 31, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro released his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. The $480 million plan includes a property tax cut and maintains all existing services and programs.

Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has taken the next step toward a possible run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about what lies ahead.

Former IBM East Fishkill Campus Will Be Redeveloped

Oct 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

An industrial landmark in Dutchess County is set to come back to life. A real estate development and investment firm that specializes in redeveloping industrial sites has purchased 300 acres of the former IBM campus in East Fishkill. The acquisition is being heralded as one of the largest economic redevelopment projects in recent Dutchess County history.

HV County Execs Chime In On Shared Services Plans

Oct 16, 2017

County leaders in New York were required by the state to present their shared services plans to residents by October 15. The plan is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to reduce property taxes by requiring counties to work with local governments to find savings by coordinating and eliminating overlapping services. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with a few county executives in the Hudson Valley on their plans.

The federal government recently informed a housing organization in Dutchess County that it will cut funding for a program that serves homeless veterans by the end of September. The surprise announcement is prompting local officials to band together for a solution. On Tuesday, two members of Congress from New York asked the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to reverse the decision.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess County Executive and local leaders went to the Poughkeepsie waterfront Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to require more PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. This comes as the agency considers public comment on its five-year review.

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The Poughkeepsie Common Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting the 6 o’clock hour Tuesday evening on whether to fund city buses for three more months. This comes as a citizens group has hired a law firm to get involved amid continuing controversy.

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The fight against the opioid epidemic has seen a variety of approaches, including changes to law enforcement policies and an increased focus on prevention. Now, a few counties in the Hudson Valley have filed suit against pharmaceutical companies. Dutchess County is the latest to allege the companies have used deceptive practices, leading to the crisis. And at least one other Hudson Valley county is considering filing suit.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was in Poughkeepsie earlier this week as part of a series of events across the state marking National Public Health Week. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Dutchess County Monday, reintroducing his bill to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by creating pre-booking drug diversion programs. The idea is to allow police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system. Maloney made the announcement in the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, whose grand opening was last week.

Dutchess County Formally Opens Stabilization Center

Mar 16, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of local, county and state officials were on hand in Poughkeepsie Thursday for the formal opening of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center. It’s a walk-in facility for individuals who need immediate assistance coping with mental health issues or substance abuse. The idea is to help residents avoid emergency rooms or even jail and save lives.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the third of his six regional State of the State addresses today in the Hudson Valley. One of his proposals got positive feedback while another is facing some criticism, as he predicted.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Tuesday announced his selection to fill the county’s newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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Monday night’s fire at the Gap Distribution Center in Dutchess County has left hundreds of employees displaced as an investigation into the cause gets under way.

Dutchess County Exec To Hold Ag Forum At The Fair

Aug 24, 2016
Dutchess County Fair

The Dutchess County executive will host the second annual agriculture forum at the Dutchess County Fair.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering establishing anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Westchester to Ulster County. But local elected officials and environmentalists criticize the proposal — and what they say is a lack of transparency and public involvement.

Senator Bernie Sanders Visits Dutchess County

Apr 13, 2016
WAMC Allison Dunne

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his “Future to Believe In” rally to Poughkeepsie Tuesday night. It was his first visit to the Hudson Valley of the campaign, with just one week before the New York primary.

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.

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The Dutchess County legislature will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on a bond resolution to fund a new jail. The question of funding a jail of its proposed size and cost has brought out supporters and detractors in recent days, with petitions, robocalls, and attempts to swing legislators’ votes in either direction.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today that he is running for reelection. The republican served in the State Assembly before being elected County Executive in November 2011. A resident of Red Hook, who has also served in local government, Molinaro spoke with WAMC News today about why he wants a second term in office.

Beacon Property Is Preserved As Open Space

Apr 21, 2015
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More than 100 acres of parkland in Dutchess County will be preserved.

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An updated plan to protect agriculture and farmland in Dutchess County is now law.

WAMC/Allison Dunne

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says consolidation will be at the foundation of his effort this year to trim the budget and save money. The Republican discussed his budget plans for 2015 after delivering his state of the county address Wednesday night.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Developers of a proposed upscale resort community for the Harlem Valley region of Dutchess County presented a revised site plan to local officials Tuesday. The new plan scales down the project in response to concerns from town residents and officials.

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New York’s 19th District U.S. Representative Chris Gibson will not seek a fourth term in 2016 - the Congressman may be considering a future bid for statewide office.

Congressman Chris Gibson released an official statement Tuesday morning. He has decided to retire, raising hopes for Democrats seeking to re-capture the coveted 19th congressional district which covers  Sullivan, Ulster, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Greene and Columbia counties and parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer and Dutchess counties. Some are suggesting Gibson has an eye on a statewide office...

Walkway To Hold Marathons In June

Nov 18, 2014
Ashley Arias, Walkway Over the Hudson

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.

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