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Audubon International and the Environmental Defense Fund are teaming up with golf courses across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to create habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. One golf course in the lower Hudson Valley has been providing monarch habitat for years.

So far, six Democrats want the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. One is 35-year-old Ulster County resident Patrick Ryan, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who served as an Army officer in Iraq. This is the first of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

Yonkers Mayor To Establish Women's Advisory Board

Jan 25, 2018
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The mayor of Yonkers is establishing a Women’s Advisory Board. The Board’s goal will be to advise the mayor on issues that affect the quality of life for women in the city.

Sexual Assault Prevention Program Debuts In New Paltz

Jan 24, 2018

There’s a new program in Ulster County, New York, to help prevent sexual assault. The Ulster County executive says the program that provides bystander training for bar and tavern staff is the first such program in the state.

Entergy, Union Reach Contract Agreement

Jan 24, 2018
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The parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and utility workers union have agreed on a four-year contract. This comes after days of tense negotiations.

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
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The New York State Supreme Court has rejected motions to dismiss a lawsuit against the Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

Orange County DA: No Criminal Charges In Fatal Crash

Jan 24, 2018
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The Orange County District Attorney will not file criminal charges in a police officer-involved incident during which a driver was killed.

SUNY Ulster, IBM Partner For New Collar Initiative

Jan 23, 2018
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A community college in the Hudson Valley is the latest to join an IBM partnership that aims to prepare students for jobs that require high tech skills but not necessarily four-year degrees and other credentials. IBM’s initiative is an effort to steer individuals toward open technology jobs it struggles to fill.

Entergy, Union Set To Resume Contract Talks Tuesday

Jan 22, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Contract talks between representatives of the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union officials are set to resume Tuesday. The talks broke down just before dawn Saturday. Union members have been calling for job retention beyond the planned closure of the plant by 2021.

The owners of a resort in the Poconos in Pennsylvania are building an indoor waterpark and hotel on the same property as the soon-to-open Resorts World Catskills casino in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with waterpark co-owner Ken Ellis about the project in the old “Borscht Belt” set to open next year.

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Tim Kremer

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget proposal January 16. Some in the education field say the proposed funding is not nearly enough. One is Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer, who spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

Scenic Hudson, OSI Donate Land In Putnam County

Jan 20, 2018
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Two nonprofit groups that work toward land preservation have donated acreage in Putnam County, New York, for a new park.

Award-Winning Filmmaker Will Teach At Bard College

Jan 20, 2018

An acclaimed filmmaker has been appointed as visiting artist in residence at a college in the Hudson Valley.

Women's Marches 2018 To Span The Globe

Jan 19, 2018

Women’s marches are taking place around the world this weekend. They follow ones held last year at this time, but have some new focuses. Here's a look at a few taking place in our region.

HV Congresswoman Backs Resolution To Censure Trump

Jan 19, 2018
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
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A New York congresswoman has put her name to a resolution introduced Thursday to censure President Trump for his recent comments about certain countries.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union brass are working to negotiate a new contract before a midnight deadline. Utility workers remain set to strike if they cannot reach an agreement.

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A railway group has filed a petition with a federal transportation board to stop rail removal near the Ashokan Reservoir. The nonprofit questions whether Ulster County is acting within federal railroad regulations in pulling up rail for a recreational trail. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget proposal Tuesday. His rationale for a good part of the spending plan focused on combating the new federal tax legislation. Reaction to the proposal is mixed.

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Following last month’s fatal train derailment in Washington State, a congressional bill has been introduced that would speed up the implementation of technology that could prevent crashes and derailments. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, a New York congressman is a co-sponsor.

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Negotiations continue between utility workers and the owner of Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County. Union members voted to strike Thursday unless an agreement is reached. Meantime, plant management and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have a plan should the strike occur.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address earlier this month proposed a “No Student Goes Hungry” program. The five-point plan aims to combat hunger for students in kindergarten through college. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports anti-hunger advocates are praising the governor’s effort.

Marist College Takes Over Sprout Creek Farm Operations

Jan 12, 2018

A nonprofit farm and education center in Dutchess County has transferred control of its operations to a nearby college.

FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Petition

Jan 12, 2018
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt a blow to Constitution Pipeline Thursday, rejecting the company’s petition that asked FERC to find that New York state wrongly denied the project a key permit. The pipeline company plans to fight the decision.

NYCLU Lawsuit In Dutchess Aims To Effect Bail Reform

Jan 11, 2018

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging a Dutchess County man was put behind bars unfairly because he could not afford the cash bail. The man was accused of misdemeanor shoplifting. The NYCLU hopes the suit makes a case for bail reform at the same time Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for reform.

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A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to bring more accountability to federal conservation programs.

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Two New York state assemblymembers from Westchester County are fighting back against the new federal tax law with legislation of their own. As for tax reforms Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his State of the State address earlier this month, the lawmakers say they’re awaiting details but generally like the concepts.

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Two New York Congress members have introduced a bipartisan bill to restore the SALT, or state and local tax deduction. The federal tax legislation President Trump signed last month curtails the deduction that many depend on in high-tax states like New York.

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A Hudson Valley-based environmental group will hold a panel discussion Wednesday in Manhattan about the impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Speakers include some well-known names.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials say the City of Newburgh should be able to connect its main drinking water source to a new, state-funded carbon filtration system in February. That source is Washington Lake, where PFOS was found in 2016. The city now draws water from the Catskill Aqueduct. State environmental and health officials delivered an update during a Newburgh City Council meeting Monday night.

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