Hudson Valley News

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded a two-year grant to expand its environmental education programs.

Westchester IDA Approves Property Sale In Yonkers

May 27, 2016

Westchester County is set to receive $19 million from the sale of property in Yonkers.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission held two public hearings Thursday in Kingston on a proposed Clean Energy Standard. Most audience members who took to the mic voiced opposition to the proposed nuclear component of the plan.

NYC Plans To Enforce Salt Warnings In Chain Eateries

May 27, 2016
Dubravko Sorić, Flickr

New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for warning icons on salty foods in chain restaurants June 6. This comes after getting an appeal court’s go-ahead to start issuing fines. But it’s not the final word on whether the regulation will stand.


Three people are dead in a Town of Wallkill residence and signs point to a murder-suicide by a man who apparently shot and killed his two children before taking his own life.

Courtesy of SUNY Ulster and Victor Cueva

A Peruvian immigrant who grew up undocumented in Kingston is now documented. He also is an attorney and wants to give back to his community. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Victor Cueva about his path.

Summer Training Exercises Begin For West Point Cadets

May 26, 2016
Courtesy of USMA Public Affairs, Wikimedia Commons

Summer training exercises for cadets are beginning at West Point in Orange County.

Schumer HV Aide Was Arrested On Drug Charges

May 25, 2016

An aide to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York has been arrested on drug charges.

NEWBURGH – Newburgh City Comptroller John Aber resigned and was arrested Tuesday, City Manager Michael Ciaravino announced.

NYC Tests Solar-Powered Benches

May 25, 2016
Courtesy of NYC Parks Department

New York City is testing park benches with built-in charging stations for mobile devices.

Lyme Disease Info Bill Passes NYS Senate

May 24, 2016
WAMC / Dave Lucas

A bill on a Lyme disease information campaign from a New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley, has passed the Senate.

Enviro Group Files Petition With NRC Re: Indian Point

May 24, 2016
Courtesy of Entergy

An environmental group filed an emergency petition concerning the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County Tuesday. It wants a federal regulator to step in to keep one of the reactors shut down.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Orange County Monday, urging a federal agency to green-light funding to upgrade water and sewage infrastructure at Stewart International Airport. He says such an overhaul will result in job creation and airport expansion projects.

Courtesy of MTA

Following last week’s four-alarm fire underneath Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct in New York City that resulted in a few days of significant commuting delays, a New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that calls for the review of elevated tracks.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

New York’s two U.S. senators are calling on a federal regulator to suspend construction of a pipeline expansion that passes through the Hudson Valley until independent health and safety reviews are completed.

Photo of an Amtrak train.

Authorities say there are no reports of injuries after an Amtrak train carrying 173 passengers collided with a sedan in the Hudson Valley Friday.

Westchester County Exec Presents Zika Prevention Plan

May 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has presented a plan to protect residents from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. 

Astorino presented the plan at a playground at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Thursday.

“What we’re doing is we’re developing a very comprehensive plan that includes education, surveillance and mosquito control,” Astorino says. “And we know that mosquitoes have no clue about borders so we’re also making sure we coordinate this effort with the surrounding counties.”

An Orange County legislator is challenging a longtime New York state senator, again.

Bard College Project Wins NYS Clean Energy Competition

May 18, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state is awarding $1 million each to three colleges whose student-led teams won a competition to develop clean energy projects. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, one of the winning teams is from Bard College in Dutchess County.

NYS Senate Passes Rail Crossing Study Bill

May 18, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Senate has passed a bill that would require the study of rail crossings.

Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

Three U.S. lawmakers from New York Tuesday announced federal funding for upgrades at Westchester County Airport.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says charges against 21 people hit two drug rings targeting Sullivan County.

Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A forest ecologist from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County is the lead author of a paper about imported forest pests. Cary Institute and Harvard Forest led a team of scientists for the research. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Cary Institute Senior Scientist Dr. Gary Lovett about the report’s findings.

Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. One winner is a team from a Hudson Valley college.

Voters To Decide Fate Of NY School Budgets

May 16, 2016

The fate of New York’s school district budgets is in voter hands tomorrow. Voters will also pick Board of Education representatives.

USDA/Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

A Hudson Valley congressman has called on the Department of Defense to investigate water contamination in Newburgh. This comes as an environmental group wants Stewart Air National Guard base and Stewart International Airport to stop water discharges in areas where a chemical has been found at high levels.

Courtesy of Clearwater

The sloop Clearwater is being readied for a return to the Hudson River after a winter of restoration work.

Courtesy of Millennium Pipeline

A federal regulator has issued an environmental assessment for public comment. The document puts a gas pipeline connection for the CPV plant in Orange County one step closer.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Saying that since Stewart Airport, specifically the Air National Guard Base, is “the most likely source” of contamination of the City of Newburgh’s water supply, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney called on the Defense Department to investigate the situation.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state lawmakers and the husband of a woman killed in a commuter train crash last year in Westchester County stood at the accident site today, calling for state transportation officials to undertake a study of rail crossings throughout New York.