New York’s senior U.S. senator has put his weight behind an effort to build a museum at a world-famous prison in Westchester County. He says the museum would have the potential to occupy a “must see” list for the New York City metropolitan area.
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says the museum at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, which sits along the Hudson River, would be among the first at an active prison and a major driver of tourism for the Hudson Valley.
A coalition of environmental and advocacy organizations and Assembly members met via conference call on Thursday to express their dismay over the approval by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to use, for the first time, clean water funds for a transportation project. The critics say using the funds for the bridge project could have negative consequences for every community across the state.
Several environmental advocacy groups have lodged a formal protest against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge using $511 million in loans from a clean water fund.
There is a primary election today for the Independence Party line in a Hudson Valley congressional district, part of a rematch between contenders in the 2012 election.
Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney unseated freshman Republican Nan Hayworth in 2012, in a close race in what was then a newly drawn 18th congressional district. Paul Basinski, a political science professor at Orange County Community College, notes that roughly 9,000 votes made the difference, and a third-party line this time around could help.