Hudson Valley News

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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.

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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.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Tuesday night, answering questions from constituents in his 18th District. Topics ranged from the Trump presidency to health care to heroin.

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Monday marked one year since the City of Newburgh was under a state of emergency due to PFOS drinking water contamination. Elected officials and an environmental group  used the occasion to continue their call on the Department of Defense to stop PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base.

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New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant has just completed replacing about a third of Unit 3’s baffle bolts. This follows the replacement last year of roughly the same number in Unit 2. In both cases, the number of degraded bolts was higher than expected.

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Rockland County Monday at one of the largest earth science research institutions in the world. The Hudson Valley Democrat was there to highlight what she called “devastating” local impacts on science during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Her visit comes a few days after the White House removed climate change data from the Environmental Protection Agency website. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

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A federal appeals panel said New York’s Westchester County is "engaging in total obstructionism" after promising to build affordable housing eight years ago that can be marketed to nonwhites.

Hudson Valley To Hold Sister Climate Marches

Apr 28, 2017

The Hudson Valley is the site of at least two sister marches to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

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A New York state assemblywoman from the Hudson Valley was at a Ritz Carlton hotel in Westchester County Thursday. She was there to promote legislation she authored to require lodging facilities to provide human trafficking recognition training.

A delegation of forest supervisors from India is in New York this week to learn about the Catskills watershed. It’s part of a U.S.-India exchange program to help develop solutions for sustainable forest land use in India.

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Construction has begun on the final phase of a riverfront park in Beacon, New York, to provide new amenities.

Yonkers Begins Recycling Bin Pilot Program

Apr 25, 2017
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Free recycling bins are available for Yonkers residents as part of the city’s new pilot program.

Ulster County Couple Launches NY19Speaks

Apr 25, 2017
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There is a soft launch this weekend of a webzine that focuses on New York’s 19th congressional district. The focus is on human-interest stories and interviews that meld the personal, political, and cultural. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County resident Shelley Eshkar, who started NY19Speaks with his wife, Elizabeth Simon.

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Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

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New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Says CDBG Cuts Would Hurt His City

Apr 23, 2017
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Many local elected officials are concerned about a variety of proposed cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget. And one worry is over the potential axing of the Community Development Block Grant program.

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Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress held its annual “Across the Aisle” event Friday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. New York Republican Congressman John Faso and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discussed infrastructure, college debt, the Hudson River, federal budget and more.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at Stewart Air National Guard base Thursday to sign a document of employer support. He also spoke about his recent trip to Japan and South Korea.

New Paltz Town Board To Vote On Immigration Law

Apr 20, 2017
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A town board in the Hudson Valley is set to vote Thursday night on a proposed immigration law following a public hearing.

The Wawayanda Six Trial Is Set To Begin

Apr 20, 2017
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A civil disobedience trial that includes actor James Cromwell is scheduled to begin Thursday. He and five others are accused of blocking access to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County.

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Dutchess County hosted its first autism awareness training for first responders Tuesday. It’s part of the county’s Think Differently initiative. The aim is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals with special needs.

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Six students will become the first SUNY New Paltz students to complete the college’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program when they graduate with the Class of 2017.

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A crash last week in Rockland County involving a CSX train that hit a car-carrying trailer stuck on the tracks has U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer calling on the feds to take action.

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On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than $32 million in grants and loans are going toward drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York. Four of the seven projects are in the Hudson Valley.

NY Congressman Faso Holds Televised Town Hall

Apr 14, 2017

Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th House district held a televised town hall Thursday night. And though protesters lined up outside the studio in Troy, the town hall itself was polite and low key. Some 80 invited constituents asked questions for more than an hour, on topics ranging from health care to Syria.

A New York state assemblyman from Orange County in the Hudson Valley is drafting legislation to repeal a clause in the new tuition-free pubic college program for middle-class students. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday enacting the program. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

NYS Budget Includes Farm To Food Bank Bill

Apr 11, 2017
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After proponents tried for two years, a bill that gives tax credits to farmers who donate produce to food banks has made it to the final New York state budget.

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The New York state budget includes $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure, which lawmakers and environmentalists alike are cheering. And fueled by drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, there is companion legislation that requires nearly all public drinking water supplies in the state to be tested for emerging contaminants.

In a month’s time, there have been two near misses concerning the transport of hazardous materials through the Hudson Valley. One was a freight train derailment in Newburgh along the Hudson River. The other: a barge that ran aground in the Hudson River near Catskill. Following the Newburgh incident, the New York state comptroller penned a letter to the federal transportation secretary with his concerns.

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