Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On Earth Day Eve, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects, totaling $71.7 million, will be completed at 60 state parks and historic sites across New York this year. The state Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation was in the Hudson Valley to talk about some local projects today.

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey was at Bear Mountain State Park Tuesday to highlight 18 projects in the Mid-Hudson region that are on the receiving end of $13.4 million.

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The former mayor of a Rockland County village Monday was convicted of accepting cash and other bribes from an FBI operative posing as a crooked developer.

Beacon Property Is Preserved As Open Space

Apr 21, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

More than 100 acres of parkland in Dutchess County will be preserved.

West Point Announces Commencement Speaker

Apr 18, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

West Point officials say the top U.S. military officer will speak at its commencement ceremony next month.

The U.S. Military Academy announced Friday that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 on May 23. Dempsey is a member of the Class of 1974. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point last year, during which he laid out his foreign policy vision. Obama this May will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Forum On KJ Annexation Proposal Draws Large Crowd

Apr 17, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Orange County executive held a public forum last night as part of the county’s parallel review of the controversial annexation proposal from the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel. The forum drew several hundred residents and elected officials.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Some state and local officials today assailed the Poughkeepsie common council’s discussion of a safe storage gun law. They say Second Amendment rights are at risk and are threatening to sue to stop any such ordinance. Meanwhile, the common council member who raised the issue says opponents are blowing the matter out of proportion. 

Orange County officials are holding their own review of a controversial annexation proposal from the Hudson Valley Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel. And there’s a public forum Thursday night.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is proposing once again that an outside operator take over the management of 87-year-old Playland, the largest government-run amusement park in the country.

Astorino said at a boardwalk news conference the deal would mean taxpayers would escape millions of dollars of annual losses.  Under the tentative 15-year deal, Standard Amusements would invest nearly $23 million in the park in Rye.

Dutchess County legislators are going to vote Monday night on a resolution asking the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct a study of the potential impacts of a crude oil spill in or near the Hudson River.

No Demolition Work To Begin On Gov Center Before July

Apr 11, 2015
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The matter of a temporary restraining order concerning the planned demolition of a portion of the Orange County government center came before a judge Friday.

Attorney Michael Sussman had asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent demolition work on the architecturally significant government center until a lawsuit he filed in March is decided. Though the judge did not issue such an order, Sussman called the day in court successful as the county will not start any demolition before July 1.

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