Hudson Valley News

There is a special election Tuesday in Westchester County for a seat on the county Board of Legislators.

After the public learned in May of PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, there were calls to provide blood testing for residents. Those calls continue. In addition, the state continues to investigate sources of contamination while prepping a new filtration system.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced the completion of a solar project installation at a VA medical center in Westchester County.

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Three state lawmakers from New York’s Hudson Valley gathered in the City of Poughkeepsie earlier this week to call on the Assembly to pass a so-called “punishment fit the crime” bill when it is re-introduced next session. They met at an intersection where a Poughkeepsie couple lost their lives four years ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Controversial plans for a senior center in Cold Spring in Putnam County have been quashed after former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes withdrew his half-a-million dollar-donation. Ailes’ announcement came after public outcry from area residents. Meanwhile, the county executive says she is moving forward to provide a senior center in the western part of the county.

Rockland Water Restrictions Remain In Effect

Aug 3, 2016
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Despite three days of rain last weekend that dropped nearly 2.5 inches over Rockland, the county executive says a water emergency remains in effect.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is considering establishing anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Westchester to Ulster County. But local elected officials and environmentalists criticize the proposal — and what they say is a lack of transparency and public involvement.

Heroin Case In Newburgh Includes 24 Indictments

Aug 2, 2016
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The Orange County district attorney has announced indictments in a heroin distribution case in Newburgh.

Taste NY Store In Dutchess Sees Sales Increase

Aug 2, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo says sales at a Taste NY Market in the Hudson Valley are up significantly. 

With a heat wave that blanketed the region in the past few weeks followed by torrential rain over the weekend, local crops don’t seem worse for the wear. The real damage came in April. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, farmers in the region are hoping for good weather on weekends when the Hudson Valley is hopping with farm-going tourists.

The Ulster County comptroller is warning that the lack of an information technology disaster recovery plan jeopardizes county records and the ability of the county to operate in the face of a major calamity. He says the current plan is outdated and a course of action is needed. 

HV Locales Are Recommended As Historic Places

Jul 29, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 27 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. A few locales in the Hudson Valley are on the list.

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A former basketball coach of a community college in the Hudson Valley has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

Scenic Hudson Launches New Land Conservation Effort

Jul 28, 2016
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Scenic Hudson is launching a land conservation initiative, with a twist. The environmental group’s strategy involves a computer model and networks of conservation areas to help address impacts of climate change.

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New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman have announced additional funding for the Newburgh Fire Department.

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A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley is running unopposed in November, but an Orange County activist is looking to change that.

Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail Gateway Sign Is Unveiled

Jul 27, 2016
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Partners spearheading creation of a trail linking Beacon and Cold Spring unveiled the first sign for the project this week. The trail will help improve pedestrian safety.

Funding Will Help Restore Croton Point Park Meadow

Jul 26, 2016
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The Westchester County executive and a state senator from the Hudson Valley announced funding for a meadow restoration project on Monday. The site is a haven for migratory birds, including bald eagles.

Westchester County Exec Addresses Bharara Probe

Jul 25, 2016
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A corruption probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has extended to Westchester County. That’s according to a report in the New York Post. Now Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is responding.

NY Governor Signs Two Lyme Disease Bills

Jul 24, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills concerning Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Thursday night’s Goshen Town Planning Board session on a proposed Legoland New York theme park was the first time the public had a chance to comment. And they did, for more than three hours.

A lecture and screening of two documentary films about transgender youth in the Catskills are planned in Woodstock Saturday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the filmmaker and psychology professor who will be on hand about the films and transgender discrimination.

Vassar President To Leave Earlier Than Planned

Jul 21, 2016
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The president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, who announced in March she would conclude her presidency in June 2017, is leaving earlier.

DA Announces Guilty Pleas In A Newburgh Beating Death

Jul 20, 2016

The Orange County District Attorney has announced there have been guilty pleas in connection with the beating death of a man in Newburgh.

Stop Legoland Group Holds Forum In Goshen

Jul 19, 2016
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A group that opposes a Legoland theme park proposed for Orange County held a forum Monday night. Roughly 100 residents attended to either lend their support in opposition or learn more.

Midday Crane Collapse On TZB Will Be Investigated

Jul 19, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon today. More than 138,000 cars per day cross the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester Counties. The collapse happened on the Rockland side. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on the Westchester side, in Tarrytown, around 3:30.

“If you said to me that a boom could fall across the Tappan Zee Bridge at noon, not hit a car, not hit a person and there’d be no serious injury, I wouldn’t believe it,” Cuomo says.

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A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic at the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon Tuesday. The bridge spans Rockland and Westchester Counties and the collapse happened on the Rockland side. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rockland County Executive Ed Day this afternoon.

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After a major hull restoration, Clearwater is back on the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne embarked on the sloop for Clearwater’s first education sail of the season.

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A first-of-its-kind study released Friday points to a long and varied list of micropollutants in the Hudson River estuary. Dozens of products were detected, from pesticides to pharmaceuticals.

Tops Set To Purchase Supermarkets In The Hudson Valley

Jul 14, 2016

An Erie County, New York-based grocery retailer is acquiring a few Hannaford and Stop & Shop supermarkets in the Hudson Valley along with a Stop & Shop in Massachusetts.

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