Hudson Valley News

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Orange County Friday afternoon, claiming the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.


Legislation to set uniform dates for school proposition votes has passed the New York state Senate.

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A bill that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of veterans has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley and a veteran himself.

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A bill authored by a New York congressman to halt proposed anchorage sites along the Hudson River until there is further study has advanced. An environmental professor says while it’s a good first step, the proposal should bring more accountability to bear on the U.S. Coast Guard.

Two NY Congressional Reps Call On NTSB To Push PTC

May 24, 2017
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Following what was called a minor Metro-North commuter train derailment in Westchester County last week, two New York congressional representatives have written to the head of the National Transportation Safety Board.

County Joins Sustainable Westchester Consortium

May 23, 2017
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Westchester County has entered into a partnership with a consortium of local governments that facilitates green initiatives including solarizing campaigns. County Executive Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday at a residence in Peekskill.

Hudson's Sanctuary City Policy Becomes Enforceable

May 22, 2017
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Hudson, New York officials have codified a sanctuary city resolution the city council passed earlier this year. Proponents say this gives the resolution teeth, and the police department will be responsible for enforcing the order. The police chief says not much will change in how his force conducts itself.

Scientists have predicted that this will be one of the worst seasons for ticks and Lyme disease given the increase in numbers of ticks that carry the disease. It is amid this backdrop that Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson is directing a theater piece Monday evening in Glens Falls about a Poughkeepsie family that lost a son to Lyme disease in 2013. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson about the multimedia reading called “The Little Things.”

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A Newburgh city official has been recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for his handling of the city’s PFOS water contamination.

The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been found guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ball park.

Metro-North Derailment In Rye Renews Call For PTC

May 19, 2017
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A Metro-North commuter train derailment Thursday in Westchester County that authorities say resulted in minor injuries has federal lawmakers ramping calls for technology upgrades.

Indian Point 3 Returns To Service After Planned Outage

May 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant is back up and running after a refueling and maintenance outage.

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Two New York breweries have a lot to toast after winning the Taste New York Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. The judging in New York City Wednesday yielded two winners. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, one of the craft breweries is in Sullivan County.

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Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley are introducing legislation to upgrade the available emergency medical supplies for children on airplanes. A pediatrician association supports the bill.

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The Ulster County comptroller is urging the county legislature to adopt a policy concerning the transfer of funds already appropriated for positions that remain unfilled. The policy recommendation, intended to increase transparency and accountability, comes with the release of a quarterly report. And some are taking issue with the report.

Wednesday marks the second annual Hudson Valley Gives, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign. The idea is not only to raise money, but awareness. The one-day event driven by social media is a tool used by nonprofits elsewhere in the country.

An Ulster County resident formally is announcing Wednesday her campaign to challenge Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district.

Potential Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th District have been lining up to explore or formally announce a run. The most recent Democrat to begin testing the waters announced his interest this week.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has filed two lawsuits alleging the deal announced in January to close Indian Point nuclear power plant skirted state environmental laws. The Republican had intended to file suit one month ago, but the Democratic majority county Board of Legislators voted against it, so Astorino is going a different route.

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An increase in federal funding for certain school districts will help several districts in New York, including one in Orange County near West Point.

New York state lawmakers and parent advocates gathered at a school district in Orange County Wednesday to promote a bill to ensure all students with disabilities participate in high school graduation ceremonies.

In New York, a pilot study of industrial hemp is under way in Sullivan County as some 2,000 seeds were planted Wednesday.

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Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney spoke at a health care town hall Monday night in a neighboring district. Hundreds packed a room in Kingston to hear from Maloney, who launched an Adopt a District challenge asking House representatives to step into Republican districts to explain the House bill to repeal Obamacare.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney invited three of his constituents to his district office in Newburgh Monday to talk about how the Republican House bill to repeal Obamacare would affect them. And Maloney is headed to the neighboring 19th District tonight to attend a health care town hall. It’s part of his Adopt a District effort.

Catskill Interpretive Center Has A New Leader

May 6, 2017

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Ulster County, New York, has a new leader.

West Point Cadet Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault

May 5, 2017
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A U.S. Military Academy cadet has been found of guilty of sexually assaulting a female classmate during field training.

AHCA Bill Garners Support And Criticism In NY

May 5, 2017
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On Thursday, House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on a 217-213 vote. Several upstate New York Republicans supported the bill. Meanwhile, House Democrats and Planned Parenthood advocates are blasting it.

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Controversy continues over the termination of the City of Poughkeepsie’s bus service. Dutchess County plans to expand its service in the city with four new routes. The latest salvo was a city common council vote to refuse a state grant for the county’s expanded system. And Mayor Rob Rolison is blasting that move.

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Merlin Entertainments is trying to sweeten the pot for its proposed Legoland New York theme park in Orange County. The Legoland parent company has proposed additional community benefits and says it will help fund the revamp of a state highway exit. Traffic has been a major concern of area residents and officials.


Two New York state senators have introduced legislation to fix what they say is a dangerous loophole in recently approved ride-sharing services for outside New York City.