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The Orange County district attorney says a teen has been indicted in a case involving spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in Warwick.

Health officials in Westchester County have confirmed two cases of Legionnaires' disease at a nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson.

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Two New York state senators released a report last week aimed at combating the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The report, which follows a public hearing in August, contains a number of recommendations. A Hudson Valley scientist who studies Lyme disease commended the report, but has some suggestions for improving it.

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Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York City, the lower Hudson Valley and devastated much of Long Island. And now portions of the Northeast are addressing power outages and flooding following a storm that also hit overnight beginning October 29. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at improvements made since Sandy.

Democrats Rebuke Votes For GOP Budget Bill

Oct 27, 2017
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Democratic congressional members along with top New York state elected officials are blasting the Republican budget bill that narrowly passed the House Thursday. The bill paves the way for a GOP tax plan that the Democrats say would decimate New York’s finances and negatively impact middle-class homeowners.

Candidates For Orange County Executive Debate

Oct 26, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The candidates for Orange County executive debated last night in Middletown. Incumbent Republican Steve Neuhaus and Democratic challenger Patrick Davis delivered their views on a number of topics before an audience of hundreds. Neuhaus is seeking a second four-year term while Davis is a political newcomer.

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The CEO of Legoland’s parent company was in Orange County today, to announce that the theme park will open in 2020 in Goshen. Also there was New York’s economic development czar, who says the state will contribute millions of dollars more to the project.

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A monetary gift for a college in the Hudson Valley has gone toward creating a digital media studio.

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says a grant he helped secure will fund a study on a train quiet zone for an Orange County village.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. The legislation also establishes minimum conditions under which petroleum-bearing vessels are authorized to navigate on the river.

Incumbent Republican Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is running for a second term. He faces political newcomer Patrick Davis, a Democrat. The two will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Middletown. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Neuhaus about his first term and his vision for another four years.

Orange County Executive Race: Democrat Patrick Davis

Oct 23, 2017
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Patrick Davis is the Democratic candidate challenging incumbent Republican Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, who is running for a second term. Davis, a West Point graduate and combat veteran, lives with his family in Monroe.. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the issues — and why he’s running in the first place.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has taken the next step toward a possible run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about what lies ahead.

NYS DOH Confirms Powassan Virus Case In Dutchess

Oct 20, 2017
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The New York state Department of Health has confirmed a case of Powasssan virus in Dutchess County. The rare tick-borne disease is the county’s first case this year.

Goshen Planning Board Approves Legoland NY Site Plan

Oct 20, 2017
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A town planning board has approved the site plan for a proposed Legoland New York theme park in Orange County, completing a 17-month review of the project.

Former IBM East Fishkill Campus Will Be Redeveloped

Oct 19, 2017
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An industrial landmark in Dutchess County is set to come back to life. A real estate development and investment firm that specializes in redeveloping industrial sites has purchased 300 acres of the former IBM campus in East Fishkill. The acquisition is being heralded as one of the largest economic redevelopment projects in recent Dutchess County history.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation to help increase organ donations. Sponsored by a Hudson Valley senator, the law is named for a Rockland County resident who received a heart transplant.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley believes there has been little progress regarding an action plan for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. And the mayor of the village home to Indian Point is hoping for more concrete redevelopment plans.

HV County Execs Chime In On Shared Services Plans

Oct 16, 2017

County leaders in New York were required by the state to present their shared services plans to residents by October 15. The plan is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to reduce property taxes by requiring counties to work with local governments to find savings by coordinating and eliminating overlapping services. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with a few county executives in the Hudson Valley on their plans.

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Democratic members of Congress are denouncing President Trump’s latest tweets about Puerto Rico. A Connecticut senator who has visited the Commonwealth is calling on Trump to appoint a czar to oversee recovery efforts. And a New York congresswoman who leaves for the island Friday is urging Congress to pass an emergency funding bill.

A film about teen mental illness and suicide is screening at this week’s Woodstock Film Festival. It will also be shown at a local high school Friday.

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Less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, a New York congressman and two other Democratic representatives have introduced a bill to update reporting requirements for semi-automatic rifles.

Ulster County Launches Film Finance Program

Oct 10, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Ulster County Executive announced Tuesday the launch of a film finance program to encourage more film, media and television productions to film in the county. Four local banks will administer the program.

NYS DOH Extends Newburgh PFOS Blood Testing

Oct 9, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Health is extending the PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh by eight weeks. PFOS drinking water contamination came to light in May 2016 and blood testing began in November. The news came one day after Newburgh’s city manager called for continuing the program beyond its end date.

The 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival takes place this week. It kicks off with a performance and screening Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday, with showings in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rosendale, Rhinebeck and Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at a few of the films shot locally.

About a week ago, the road sign of a religious congregation in Orange County was spray-painted and flags saying “Refugees Welcome” and “Black Lives Matter” were stolen. Now, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is holding a community forum Sunday called “Valuing Black and Blue Lives in Our Community: A Dialogue.”  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the congregation’s Reverend Chris Antal.

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The New York state Department of Health announced Friday that is extending the PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh by eight weeks. PFOS drinking water contamination came to light in May 2016 and blood testing began in November.

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The Newburgh City manager is calling on the state Department of Health to extend its PFOS blood testing program, saying not nearly enough people have been tested.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee is holding public listening sessions to gather input about potential use of the so-called Textalyzer. This technology can detect whether a driver used a cell phone moments before a crash. Backers say it could be a vital tool for law enforcement, but civil liberties advocates have concerns.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. With the Las Vegas shooting fresh in mind, callers had questions about gun control. They also wanted to know where Maloney stands on a single-payer health care system.

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