Hudson Valley News

Cuomo Commutes Sentence For Brinks Robbery Driver

Dec 31, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday announced the pardons of 101 New Yorkers who committed non-violent crimes as 16- and 17-year-olds and who have had clean records for at least 10 years. Cuomo announced other pardons and commutations. And one is being criticized by the Rockland County executive.

Marist Band To Perform At Trump Inauguration

Dec 31, 2016
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A band from a college in Poughkeepsie has been selected to perform during the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump in January.

Recap: Top Hudson Valley Stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The presidential election aside, 2016 in the Hudson Valley had its share of the spotlight. The race for the 19th congressional district seat grabbed national headlines while proposed projects such as Legoland brought out community members in droves. From potential anchorage sites along the Hudson River to  a refugee resettlement program, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a recap of some of the region’s top stories.

2016: A Look Back At Newburgh PFOS Water Contamination

Dec 29, 2016
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Four months following news of PFOA water contamination in Hoosick Falls in upstate New York, a Hudson Valley city faced a water crisis of its own. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look back at the PFOS contamination issue in Newburgh that came to light in the early spring.

Republican County Executive Rob Astorino says Westchester has exceeded the benchmark for developing affordable housing. The announcement came just a few days before a deadline stemming from a 2009 housing settlement with the federal government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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The debate over whether the U.S. Coast Guard should be allowed to establish anchorage sites on the Hudson River is continuing. Calls to halt a rulemaking process to the anchorages are being directed to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. New York’s attorney general and a Poughkeepsie-based environmental group have now sent letters. Meanwhile, Coast Guard personnel are poring over thousands of comments it received on the proposal.

Grants, Scholarships Honor HV Blues Musician

Dec 24, 2016

A famed blues musician from Orange County will be remembered through grants and scholarships.

A police department in Westchester County linked to a former officer accused of killing four men has come under scrutiny for past police misconduct.

New York’s Department of State has appointed oversight monitors in a town and village in Rockland County. The purpose is to ensure that state building and fire codes are enforced. Lawmakers and officials say there have been deficiencies for years, putting lives at risk.

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The site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival is one 26 properties in New York nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Return Of Gun Show To Westchester Stirs Up Debate

Dec 22, 2016
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The return of a gun show to Westchester County is stirring up controversy. Local Democrats are crafting legislation to ban the show while Republicans are proposing a law to mandate model gun show procedures.

Kingston’s mayor is proposing a resolution that stops short of a sanctuary city designation. But it does affirm Kingston as a welcoming and inclusive city. His resolution comes before a Common Council committee Tuesday night, after a number of faith groups, community organizations and individuals expressed concern about civil and human rights under the incoming Trump administration.

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Support continues to grow for President Obama to award a suffragist with ties to the Hudson Valley a Presidential Citizens Medal. More than 1,000 groups and individuals have signed the campaign’s petition for the New York native and Vassar College graduate to be the recipient.

Coalition Seeks A Catskills Package

Dec 18, 2016
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An alliance that advocates for Catskill Park is seeking a financial commitment from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to help boost the regional economy.

Christmas came a week early for Ulster County as the New York State Attorney General’s Office delivered a check for $12,845.27 representing the collection of additional restitution from its prosecution of the Lower Esopus Riverwatch Corporation and its board members. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

Veterans Series: WWII Veterans And The Arts

Dec 16, 2016
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We’re about to meet two World War II veterans whose work has been published and, in one case, whose art has been exhibited. For the latter, art therapy plays a role. In the next installment in our weeklong series on veterans, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne explores the two veterans’ crafts, both of which were on display at a recent Veteran Arts Showcase.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout
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Former New York Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout is joining other anti-corruption activists Thursday to deliver petitions to Trump Tower. The petitions demand that President-elect Donald Trump sell his assets to eliminate conflicts of interest between his role as president and business owner.

Elizabeth Ailes Sells Putnam Newspapers

Dec 14, 2016
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The wife of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has sold her two Putnam County newspapers.

SLCH Plans To Shut Cornwall Emergency Department

Dec 14, 2016

After pausing its application for closure more than three months ago, a hospital in the Hudson Valley has decided to proceed with shutting its emergency department.

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Parents, students, teachers and some community members are demanding the closure of an alternative school in Poughkeepsie. They gathered in front of the school Tuesday morning in protest.

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The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday passed a $1.8 billion 2017 budget. This marks the seventh consecutive county budget that carries no tax increase.

In response to a mumps outbreak on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, state, county, and school officials are joining together to hold vaccination clinics this week. 

An attorney representing a group opposed to the construction of a Legoland theme park in New York has taken legal action, alleging that the process and an Orange County community are being hijacked. He also wants the court to halt a public hearing set for Thursday.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection next week will begin removing trees it says endanger a monument at the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County.

A Democratic New York congressman is criticizing proposed funding to cover presidential security at Trump Tower.

Judge Issues Ruling In Belleayre Resort Case

Dec 8, 2016
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A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that New York’s previous Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner was justified in approving the proposed Belleayre Resort in the Catskills. A group that brought the suit is considering an appeal.

New York state legislature leaders have been discussing whether to hold a special session this month and take up, among other issues, pay raises for lawmakers. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few state senators to get their reaction.

Rarely Exhibited Draft Of FDR Speech Is On Display

Dec 7, 2016
Courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first draft of his "Day of Infamy" speech is on display at his former Hudson Valley estate-turned-museum.

Voters Approve Capital Bond For East Ramapo Schools

Dec 7, 2016
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Voters in the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County Tuesday approved a capital bond. They also approved the district’s borrowing money for window and door improvements at two elementary schools.

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Federal funding is headed to repair damages from Hurricane Sandy at a reservoir in Westchester County. 

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