Hudson Valley News

Courtesy Town of Hyde Park

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Wednesday announced an agreement to convert an abandoned gas station in Dutchess County to community green space. The agreement between the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund, or Oil Spill Fund, Dutchess County and the Town of Hyde Park is to convert an abandoned gas station on Route 9G in the town to green space. The Oil Spill Fund, which is administered by DiNapoli, has paid $500,000 for cleanup and petroleum remediation efforts at the gas station and neighboring properties dating back to 1978.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Additional testing has turned up even higher levels of radioactive tritium than what was reported last week at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Plant officials stress there continues to be no risk to public health and safety.

Indian Point parent Entergy Wednesday released updated findings from groundwater tests at the Buchanan-based plant that confirm anticipated fluctuations in tritium levels. Jerry Nappi is spokesman for Entergy.

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A New York congressman has called on Amazon to ban the sale of gun-shaped phone cases. Though officials say the online giant already has such a ban in place, one of its third-party retailers was able to slip through the cracks.

Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel last week called for the retail giant to stop the sale of cell phone cases that are made to look like guns. Although Amazon itself does not sell them, Engel found that a third-party retailer was able to list this type of case on Amazon’s online marketplace.

HV Assemblywoman Hosts Aid in Dying Forum

Feb 9, 2016
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A New York assemblywoman has introduced a bill to allow Aid in Dying and recently held her first forum on the topic. Amy Paulin, a Westchester Democrat, acknowledges the sensitive and emotional nature of the issue but remains hopeful about her bill becoming law.

Paulin, from Scarsdale, says her bill is newly introduced this legislative session and in its third form, adding more protections than in previous iterations.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced more than $35 million in grants for capital projects at higher education institutions across the state. Some of the colleges are in the Hudson Valley.

A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group has filed a complaint against one of the candidates running for New York’s 19th congressional district, alleging violations of the federal election law.

Nonprofit group Campaign for Accountability has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting an investigation into alleged illegal coordination between the campaign of Republican Andrew Heaney and a super PAC, the New York Jobs Council. Anne Weisman is CfA executive director.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Radioactive tritium-contaminated water has leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. New York’s governor over the weekend ordered two state department heads to investigate. Indian Point officials say the leak was contained and there is no risk to public safety.

Marist College Names New President

Feb 8, 2016

A law school dean has been named president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dean and Professor David Yellen will become the fourth president in Marist’s 87 years as a college. Yellen will succeed President Dennis Murray, who has held office since 1979. Murray announced last year his plan to step down from the position on June 30 after 37 years leading Marist. Yellen has written extensively on sentencing issues and served as an advisor on white collar crime to President Clinton's transition team.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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A radioactive material has been detected in the groundwater below the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County and New York’s governor Saturday called for state officials to investigate.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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A radioactive material has been detected in the groundwater below the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

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