Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh this week to update the community on PFOS contamination and the blood testing program. It was the sixth community meeting in the city since PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water source was discovered in May 2016.

There is a public meeting Monday night in Newburgh on the PFOS water issue.

A Dutchess County resident launched his campaign Monday to challenge freshman Republican John Faso in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

New York, two other states and New York City have agreed on a plan to manage water flow in the Delaware River. This comes after New Jersey did not sign off on what has become an annually-agreed upon plan. New York City and state officials are wagging a finger at New Jersey while the Garden State’s environmental officials say it’s time they got their fair share. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.


A new law took effect in a Hudson Valley county this week that requires anyone who purchases cigarettes to be at least 21 years old.

EPA Says PCB Cleanup Is Working, Others Disagree

Jun 1, 2017
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday released its second review of the cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The review concludes that the $1.7 billion cleanup of the Superfund site is working. Several environmental groups and lawmakers from New York disagree, saying more dredging is needed.

Dance Program Includes A Focus On Girl Empowerment

Jun 1, 2017
Courtesy of Lijah Friedman

A dance performance scheduled for Saturday at SUNY New Paltz showcases the work of young students from a private dance center in Ulster County. This year’s performance includes a focus on empowering girls, a theme that grew out of, in part, the presidential election. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Founder and Director of Barefoot Dance Center Jessie Levey about the annual performance.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday announced $35 million in funding available for high-need school districts across the state to establish after-school programs. And there are seven districts in the Hudson Valley eligible to apply.

Riverkeeper Sweep Finds Less Trash At Many Locations

May 30, 2017
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep yielded 26 tons of trash, tires, assorted junk and recyclable plastic away from Hudson Valley and New York City shorelines at 102 locations. Some sites are now considered clean, but problem areas persist.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state and local officials have called repeatedly on the U.S. Department of Defense to take responsibility for cleaning up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Just Friday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer did so in front of a temporary filtration system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino, who stood alongside Schumer Friday, about his concerns.

CIA Adds New Degree Program To Its Menu

May 29, 2017
Courtesy of CIA/Phil Mansfield

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York is offering a new degree program.

Riverkeeper Sweep Turns Up Tons Of Trash

May 28, 2017
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep yielded 26 tons of trash, tires, assorted junk and recyclable plastic away from Hudson Valley and New York City shorelines at 102 locations.

Civil Rights Leader Is Bard Commencement Speaker

May 27, 2017

Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis will deliver the commencement address Saturday afternoon at Bard College.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Orange County Friday afternoon, claiming the Department of Defense is evading its responsibility to clean up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard base.


Legislation to set uniform dates for school proposition votes has passed the New York state Senate.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

A bill that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of veterans has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley and a veteran himself.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A bill authored by a New York congressman to halt proposed anchorage sites along the Hudson River until there is further study has advanced. An environmental professor says while it’s a good first step, the proposal should bring more accountability to bear on the U.S. Coast Guard.

Two NY Congressional Reps Call On NTSB To Push PTC

May 24, 2017
Bebeto Matthews / AP

Following what was called a minor Metro-North commuter train derailment in Westchester County last week, two New York congressional representatives have written to the head of the National Transportation Safety Board.

County Joins Sustainable Westchester Consortium

May 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Westchester County has entered into a partnership with a consortium of local governments that facilitates green initiatives including solarizing campaigns. County Executive Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday at a residence in Peekskill.

Hudson's Sanctuary City Policy Becomes Enforceable

May 22, 2017
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Hudson, New York officials have codified a sanctuary city resolution the city council passed earlier this year. Proponents say this gives the resolution teeth, and the police department will be responsible for enforcing the order. The police chief says not much will change in how his force conducts itself.

Scientists have predicted that this will be one of the worst seasons for ticks and Lyme disease given the increase in numbers of ticks that carry the disease. It is amid this backdrop that Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson is directing a theater piece Monday evening in Glens Falls about a Poughkeepsie family that lost a son to Lyme disease in 2013. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson about the multimedia reading called “The Little Things.”

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Newburgh city official has been recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for his handling of the city’s PFOS water contamination.

The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been found guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ball park.

Metro-North Derailment In Rye Renews Call For PTC

May 19, 2017
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A Metro-North commuter train derailment Thursday in Westchester County that authorities say resulted in minor injuries has federal lawmakers ramping calls for technology upgrades.

Indian Point 3 Returns To Service After Planned Outage

May 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s Indian Point Unit 3 nuclear power plant is back up and running after a refueling and maintenance outage.

Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Two New York breweries have a lot to toast after winning the Taste New York Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. The judging in New York City Wednesday yielded two winners. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, one of the craft breweries is in Sullivan County.

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Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley are introducing legislation to upgrade the available emergency medical supplies for children on airplanes. A pediatrician association supports the bill.


The Ulster County comptroller is urging the county legislature to adopt a policy concerning the transfer of funds already appropriated for positions that remain unfilled. The policy recommendation, intended to increase transparency and accountability, comes with the release of a quarterly report. And some are taking issue with the report.

Wednesday marks the second annual Hudson Valley Gives, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign. The idea is not only to raise money, but awareness. The one-day event driven by social media is a tool used by nonprofits elsewhere in the country.

An Ulster County resident formally is announcing Wednesday her campaign to challenge Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district.