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Metro-North Partners With Zipcar

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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.

Oberlin President To Lead Pace University

Feb 14, 2017

The president of Oberlin College in Ohio is leaving his post to become president of Pace University in New York.

Power Outages Persist For Hudson Valley Residents

Feb 14, 2017
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Mother Nature wasn’t showing much love in the Hudson Valley Monday, whipping up winds that downed trees and power lines, causing thousands of power outages throughout the region. Though much progress has been made, there are still many customers who will have to wait until tonight or even tomorrow morning to turn on their lights.

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The New York Civil Liberties Union delivered an update Tuesday afternoon on the status of airport detentions and effects of President Trump’s January 27 executive order barring immigration for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. He also blocked refugees from the country for 120 days.

Former Poughkeepsie Property Manager Is Sentenced

Feb 14, 2017

The former property manager of a Poughkeepsie housing project has been sentenced for stealing federal housing funds.

No Injuries After Metro-North Car Hits A Fallen Tree

Feb 13, 2017
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High winds were responsible for fallen trees and power outages across the Hudson Valley Monday. And a Metro-North rail car was impacted after striking a tree in Westchester County. 

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Middletown Monday to call on President Trump to retain a federal police program. Middletown is the latest city in Maloney’s 18th district to receive funding through the program to hire additional police officers. 

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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With Indian Point set to close in four years, the parties involved in the nuclear power plant’s initial license renewal hearing have filed a motion to withdraw any remaining contentions and end the hearing, as planned.

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A federal grant is headed to New York Medical College in Westchester County to study a facet of women’s reproductive health.

NYS Graduation Rates Inched Up In 2016

Feb 10, 2017

New York state's high school graduation rate continued its slow climb in 2016, when 79.4 percent of students earned a diploma after four years.

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New research shows there is a blind spot when it comes to achieving sustainability goals. A freshwater ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies co-authored a paper on global trends in synthetic chemical pollution. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emma Rosi about her research and why she’s sounding the alarm bell.

HV Digs Out Of Major Snowstorm

Feb 9, 2017
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By mid-afternoon, the storm that left more than a foot of snow in some parts of the Hudson Valley had either ended or been reduced to flurries. Still, officials are urging caution on the roads, especially with any icing tonight amid frigid temperatures.

Petition Calls For Funding For Belleayre Ski Center

Feb 9, 2017
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Snow is accumulating on Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills, but a group of  the ski center’s supporters wants to see funding pile up as well.

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One Democrat has already announced a bid in this year’s race for Westchester County executive, and now others in the party are considering it. Meanwhile, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has said he will seek a third therm.

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Former officials from one of Minnesota's licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have been charged with illegally shipping marijuana oil to a New York subsidiary.

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New York state environmental and health officials held a public meeting Monday night in Washingtonville in Orange County. They delivered updates on well testing in an area touched by the PFOS contamination believed to be a result of firefighting foam used at the Stewart Air National Guard base and airport.

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As work continues on the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge, the super crane is being readied for its first operation this year. 

Tappan Zee Constructors is preparing the project’s largest crane, dubbed I Lift NY, for its first operation of 2017. The crane will install sections of structural steel in the coming weeks that will connect the westbound Westchester and Rockland approaches to the cable-stayed main span on the New New York Bridge. The nearly $4 billion bridge is on schedule to open next year. The current Tappan Zee Bridge will be dismantled.

A Hudson Valley resident has launched what’s being called The Campaign for Water Protection. He is kicking off the first in a series of panel discussions Saturday in Kingston.

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