Hudson Valley News

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 20 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, three are in the Hudson Valley.

A New York state Senate hearing on storm response and preparedness is set for next week. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley had called for the hearing following winter storms in early March that left large portions of their districts in the dark.

HV State Lawmakers To DOT: Submit Rail Crossings Study

Mar 16, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are wondering why New York’s transportation department hasn’t finished a rail crossings study, as mandated by legislation.

NYCLU Report Looks At Cash Bail Impacts

Mar 15, 2018

The New York Civil Liberties Union has released a report it hopes will inform the state-level discussion on bail reform. The NYCLU claims its report shares unknown information on the use of bail. But, one Hudson Valley district attorney does see a need for bail reform and takes issue with some of the proposals being discussed.

Calls Mount For NYS To Revoke CPV's Permits

Mar 14, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Tuesday’s conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges involved state business with two companies. One is a power plant in Orange County that is nearing completion. WAMC’s Allison Dunne reports some lawmakers are calling on the state to revoke the plant’s permits.

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The U.S. Coast Guard released a report Tuesday with recommendations following a review of safety risks on the Hudson River. Additional anchorage sites along the river are not among the recommendations, though onlookers says the Coast Guard has not ruled out future proposals and rulemaking.

Westchester Legislators Pass Immigrant Protection Act

Mar 13, 2018

The Westchester Board of Legislators approved an Immigrant Protection Act Monday night. Democratic County Executive George Latimer intends to sign the bill. A few Republican legislators say the measure puts safety on the line. And some attorneys believe Westchester will become the first county in New York to have such legislation on the books.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Kingston’s mayor hosted a forum on policing and community relations Monday night. The idea was to open lines of communication among residents, police officers and police commissioners. Several residents say they appreciated the forum, but there is lots of work to be done.

NYS Brings Felony Charges Against Mount Vernon Mayor

Mar 13, 2018

The mayor of Mount Vernon faces felony charges in a public corruption case brought by the New York state Attorney General’s office.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is introducing two bills to honor two former Hudson Valley congressmen — Democrat Maurice Hinchey and Republican Ben Gilman. Maloney wants to add their names to local landmarks associated with their efforts.

HV Congressman To Hold Additional Gun Violence Forums

Mar 10, 2018

New York Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will hold three community forums over the weekend on school gun violence. They come after one he held in Poughkeepsie last weekend following the February deadly school shooting in Florida.

NYPIRG Student Leader Conference Features Former Mayor

Mar 10, 2018
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

The New York Public Interest Research Group will hold its annual spring student leader conference Saturday at a SUNY school in the Hudson Valley. The keynote speaker is a former Democratic mayor from upstate.

Following two massive snowstorms that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark, elected officials, from Congress to town supervisors, have berated utility companies that serve the lower Hudson Valley for their response to the first storm. Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling for the CEOs of two power companies to step down.

NYS Helps Rockland Clear Downed Trees

Mar 8, 2018
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A second major snowstorm to hit the region in less than a week left portions of Rockland County with many downed trees. And the county executive has been working with the state for assistance.

Two New York state senators from the Hudson Valley are calling for a hearing on utility companies’ response to the storm that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark.

Six Democrats and one unaffiliated candidate want the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. 41-year-old Dutchess County resident Antonio Delgado, who moved back to the region last year, calls himself a Progressive Democrat. Thursday night, Delgado received the Dutchess County Democratic Committee endorsement. This is the fourth of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to allow law enforcement to treat certain threats as terrorism.

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Republican New York Congressman John Faso has written to the U.S. Treasury Department. He’s asking for guidance concerning proposed tax changes in Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget. Cuomo’s proposed changes come after federal tax law capped state and local income tax deductions.

Ulster County Launches Specialized Smoke Alarm Program

Feb 28, 2018
Office of the Ulster County Executive

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced a new fire safety initiative.

NY Gov Kicks Off First Summit On Harmful Algal Blooms

Feb 27, 2018
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For the second time in less than a week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley to make announcements today. The Democrat was at the State University of New York at New Paltz to kick off the first of four summits on harmful algal blooms.

It was 14 years ago February 27 when then New Paltz Mayor Jason West married 25 same-sex couples. And though the marriages that day were not recognized, the village and its mayor were thrust into the national spotlight and debate on marriage equality. With same-sex marriage now legal in the U.S., local officials want to commemorate the 2004 date by adding something to this year’s local Pride March.

Cultural Humility Presentation Is On Tap In Dutchess

Feb 27, 2018
Courtesy of Dr. Chris St. Germain/Dutchess County

A clinical psychologist for Dutchess County will deliver a presentation on cultural humility Tuesday evening. Dr. Christopher St. Germain is with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the topic.

S&P Reaffirms Dutchess County's Bond Rating

Feb 27, 2018
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Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Services has reaffirmed Dutchess County government’s bond rating.

Marist Report Shows HV Commuting Trends

Feb 26, 2018
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More than half of Hudson Valley residents who work commute to their jobs within the Hudson Valley. Many make the trip to New York City as well. That’s according to a new report from the Marist Bureau of Economic Research that shows healthy employment levels in the region. It finds that the region has settled into a period of employment stabilization following the Great Recession. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the report’s author.

It has been almost two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people and ignited a national policy debate. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is calling on lawmakers to include funding in the state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. A few Hudson Valley leaders are weighing in on the proposal.

A New York congresswoman from the Hudson Valley held a roundtable on gun violence and prevention with high school students and local law enforcement Friday. The discussion came after the recent deadly school shooting in Florida.

NYS DOH: Tourist With Measles Visited HV Locales

Feb 23, 2018
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The New York state Department of Health says a tourist from Australia who has been confirmed to have measles visited hotels in New York City along with some places in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Seven communities along the Hudson River are banding together to enhance water quality protections. They get their drinking water from the Hudson and want to ensure their source is protected. The move is part of recommended actions from a report commissioned by a local environmental group.

Dutchess County Exec Reexamines Gubernatorial Run

Feb 23, 2018
Courtesy of the Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is reconsidering a run for New York governor after a “Draft Molinaro” effort emerged earlier in February.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Marist College in Poughkeepsie today, touting his proposed budget with highlights in the Hudson Valley. He included a few announcements that came as news, mainly in the area of economic development.