Hudson Valley News

Hank Gross

  The Orange County Legislature has voted against a proposal for the retention of the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center as a county owned and operated facility for the next two years. It would have included the hiring of a nursing home administrator to run it.

“The people in Orange County want this facility kept for the county,” said Republican County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis. The legislature deliberated for almost an hour on the nursing home’s future.

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  It's a modern day version of Noah and the Ark, of sorts. Kingston took its first step Thursday afternoon in preparing for coastal flooding with part one in a series of public forums to discuss the historic Rondout waterfront.

The task force is a group comprised of government, nonprofit and business community volunteers. They plan to deliver a formal approach to address long-term climate change, with respect to rising storm surges, later this spring.

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  There was a rally on Long Island, and then the bus departed for the Hudson Valley for a stop in Kingston before calling it a day in Albany.

The message was clear. New York State's schools are hurting and a lack of funding is making it difficult to educate our children.

“We are maintaining. We should be in good shape for the next couple of years,” said Maureen Bowers, a Kingston school board member, as she spoke in front the Educate NY Now Express bus that was making the run to Albany. 


Contractors performing daily repairs overnight on the Tappan Zee Bridge have apparently not finished in time for the morning commuter rush causing massive backups on the Thruway in Rockland County.

State Senator David Carlucci (D-Nanuet) said Tuesday that $1,000 per minute contractor fines should be increased to $10,000 for every minute they break the morning work stop deadline.

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  Westchester County legislators blasted elected officials in Albany for their continued imposition of mandates without financial relief. Hand in hand with that is the state imposed two percent tax cap.

Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-4) said Albany is “a mess.”

Fellow Democrat lawmaker William Ryan (D-5) was highly critical of state legislators.

  A total of 126 Westchester County employees who were slated to be laid off in County Executive Robert Astorino’s proposed $1.7 billion, 2013 budget will be saved.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the Board of Legislators voted on Monday to restore the jobs with money from the county’s fund balance. Legislature Chairman Kenneth Jenkins said there will be no borrowing to retain the positions.

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The chairman of the State Assembly Energy Committee has asked both Dynegy executives and the leadership of IBEW Local 320 to resume negotiations and enter into at least a temporary agreement to return workers to the job at the Danskammer and Roseton electric generating plants in the Town of Newburgh.

“At this critical time for energy in our state, we need to be able to count on these important assets,” Cahill said. He urged both sides to resume negotiations to resolve the argument “quickly and fairly for the sake of safety, reliability, and economic stability in the region.”

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  There is a trend to on-shoring of jobs in manufacturing industry, but while it may not be overwhelming, it is signally somewhat of a reversal of the off-shoring of jobs. That assessment comes from Harold King, director of the Council of Industry, which represents manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.

King said while companies have gone out of business because of foreign competition and jobs have gone overseas, it has paved the way for high-tech manufacturing in the Hudson Valley.

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  The planned gun buyback program in the City of Newburgh has been pushed back from the original December timeframe because participation is being expanded.

City Councilman Curlie Dillard said Orange County is becoming involved so the program will be held in January.

“We invited the county to partner with us and they have so graciously accepted, so we are working out details presently and the Greater Newburgh Partnership will also partner with us,” Dillard said.

Credit Hank GrossBernie Klaus, an engineer with the transportation consulting firm HDR/WSP SELLS, explains the HOV conceptEdit | Remove

  The State Department of Transportation announced their ideas for improving Route17, the future I-86, which include a possible general purpose third lane or a high occupancy lane. The addition would begin at exit 120 in Middletown and end at exit 131 in the Monroe area.