Hudson Valley News

Hudson City Council Passes Sanctuary City Resolution

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The city of Hudson in Columbia County, New York is among the latest to pass a sanctuary city resolution.

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The second set of PFOS blood test results is being mailed to Newburgh area residents. During a public meeting on PFOS water contamination Monday night, New York State Department of Health officials said envelopes are being stuffed and a meeting date is being planned to discuss the results. Meanwhile, some people voiced concern over the meaning of the results.

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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.

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There is money in the New York State Assembly budget concerning a carbon farming initiative. The Assemblymember behind the effort says she hopes the Senate and governor share her enthusiasm.

Ulster County Exec Issues Order Regarding Health Care

Mar 17, 2017
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The Ulster County executive has issued an executive order calling for a report on the public health impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the county’s residents. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports a public hearing on the topic has already been scheduled.

Dutchess County Formally Opens Stabilization Center

Mar 16, 2017
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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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Following the winter storm that hit parts of the mid-Hudson Valley harder than expected, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that additional resources were headed to two cities in Dutchess County.

Belleayre Might Extend Season After Major Snowfall

Mar 16, 2017
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The winter storm earlier this week that left feet of snow in some areas of New York has ski enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes. In the Hudson Valley, Belleayre Ski Resort benefited from the massive snowfall.

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Tuesday’s winter storm hit harder than expected in some areas of New York, including in parts of the Hudson Valley. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added various travel bans throughout the day.

Storm Hits Hard In The Hudson Valley

Mar 14, 2017
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More than half a foot of snow had fallen in portions of the Hudson Valley by about 8:30 this morning. The forecast calls for some two-to-three feet to blanket the region. The Nor’easter was predicted days ago, and its severity has most offices closed, transportation ground to a halt, and states of emergency in effect. Metro-North Railroad suspended service at noon. 

Planned Maintenance Work Begins At Indian Point 3

Mar 13, 2017
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One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York was shut down Monday for the start of a $100 million refueling and maintenance outage.

NY AG Updates Guidance For Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Mar 13, 2017
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has updated legal guidance for sanctuary jurisdictions. Two elected officials in the Hudson Valley say their cities welcome the update and have been using Schneiderman’s guidance.

Author Delves Into Nautical Logs For FDR Book

Mar 13, 2017

A Berkshires author has penned a book about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s time on his houseboat. FDR spent three winters in the Florida Keys, hoping to reverse the crippling effect of polio that struck him in 1921. Karen Chase came upon FDR’s daily nautical log while doing research for her previously published memoir. Her newest book is, “FDR on His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926.”

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The first 20 cars, including all three locomotives, of a 77-car CSX freight train derailed around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as it traveled south along the Hudson River at the Newburgh - New Windsor line.

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State police say a sheriff's deputy for an upstate New York county has died in a one-car on-duty crash on a road in the Catskills.

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Officials focused on the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh have been urging the Department of Defense to take responsibility for pollution on and off Stewart Air National Guard base, and to pay for the cleanup.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker were in Newburgh today, giving an update on the PFOS drinking water contamination that surfaced some 10 months ago. Maloney announced he will reintroduce legislation to require a federal study on long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure. 

Metro-North Partners With Zipcar

Feb 25, 2017

A new Metro-North program allows riders to go from the train to Zipcar at certain stations along three of the railroad’s lines.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials are calling on the Air Force to expand its PFOS cleanup plan for Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. They want contaminated waterways outside the base to be included.

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Two New York congressional members are demanding federal reimbursement for costs of securing Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. They say New York taxpayers should not shoulder the cost for a federal responsibility.

A report commissioned by two environmental groups shows that low-carbon options will be ready to replace the more than 2,000 megawatts of power lost by the closure of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant in four years. The report concludes compelling the state to adopt an energy efficiency framework would help.

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New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

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Jimmy Fallon has donated $100,000 to help fund the art program at the high school he attended in the Hudson Valley, with some of the money going toward the school's TV studio.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.

Thursday’s “A Day without Immigrants” was a protest against Trump administration policies. And many immigrants nationwide chose to close their businesses, and stay home from work or school. A New York state senator says his contribution to the boycott was announcing an immigration resource event.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that the state will invest $8 million for upgrades at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Ulster County.

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New York’s Eric Schneiderman and 10 other attorneys general have sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders. The letter urges opposition to a bill that would eliminate states’ authority to protect waterways from ships’ polluted discharges, making it easier for non-native species to invade the Hudson River and Great Lakes.

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The New York State Department of Health announced Wednesday that results of the Newburgh PFOS blood testing program have been mailed to the first 370 people who were tested. State health officials also are expanding the program.

NYS Lawmaker Introduces Carbon Farming Tax Credit Bill

Feb 15, 2017
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A New York state Assemblywoman has introduced legislation on carbon farming that she says is the first of its kind. The idea is to promote environmentally friendly farming practices while, at the same time, putting money back into the pockets of farmers.

A Westchester County legislator has presented a proclamation to Mount Vernon Schools honoring former President Obama.

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