Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has started a major phase of its largest repair project ever. Officials visited a shaft construction site in Orange County on Friday to mark the start of tunneling for a bypass tunnel across the Hudson River. Beginning this week, construction workers in Newburgh will start lowering the tunnel-boring machine that will make its way from Orange to Dutchess County.

After nearly three decades, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Executive Director Lydia Reidy is heading into retirement at the end of the year. Reidy has been part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system for 43 years. In Ulster County, she has built Cornell Cooperative Extension from a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $575,000 in 1989 to an Association with 35 staffers and an operating budget of more than $4 million today. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Reidy about her career.

Voters Will Decide On New Kiryas Joel Town

Sep 8, 2017
Courtesy of Dusiznies blog

Orange County, New York, lawmakers have approved a proposal that will let voters decide whether a fast-growing Hasidic village can expand into a more independent town. The Orange County executive supports the effort.

Red Cross Trains HV Volunteers For Deployment

Sep 7, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas and Hurricane Irma en route to Florida after tearing up parts of the Caribbean, the American Red Cross has been training volunteers for deployment. The organization has been holding boot camps, including in New York, to train volunteers. The latest was Thursday in Poughkeepsie.

DACA Supporters Rally In Kingston

Sep 5, 2017
Courtesy of William Kemble

While the Trump administration was announcing an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition held a rally in front of Republican New York Congressman John Faso’s Kingston office decrying the move. About 100 people turned out, many waving signs, calling on Faso to more strongly back up his stated support for addressing DACA legislatively.

A New York federal appeals court says it's the job of Congress and the president, not the courts, to confront claims that female cadets face a sexually oppressive culture at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have released preliminary results of ongoing studies to assess PFC contamination in fish in both the Newburgh area and the Hoosick Falls region. As a result, they are issuing several fish advisories.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Monday to announce he is taking legislative action to ensure the Department of Defense pays for the remediation of PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Also there was New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, who divulged the results of a PFOS fish study in the area.

Legoland New York Proposal Takes A Step Forward

Jul 21, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In Orange County, the Goshen Planning Board Thursday night approved the final environmental impact statement for a proposed Legoland New York theme park. Opponents say they will fight the project to the end.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. Callers asked about a range of topics, from health care to PFOS contamination in Newburgh to domestic violence. 

Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney, a Democrat, responded to a caller’s concern about the potential repeal of Obamacare.

An Orange County, New York, Hasidic Jewish village and two local groups have signed an agreement to settle four years of disputes and create a new town.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local groups and citizens held a rally over the weekend to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, which drain into the city’s main drinking water source and the Hudson River. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Area faith leaders held a vigil near Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County over the weekend in support of the families of 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a plane crash in Mississippi one week ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, local faith leaders will hold a public vigil in Orange County Saturday evening in support of the families who lost loved ones killed in the Marine Corps KC- 130 crash in Mississippi Monday.

Six activists were convicted in June of blocking access to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County, New York. And three of them, including Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, refused to pay the fine. Instead, they have been sentenced to a week in jail — due to report later today. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Cromwell about why he wouldn’t pay the fine and the message he wants to send.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced next steps regarding the suspended U.S. Coast Guard proposal for anchorage sites along the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from the Newburgh waterfront.

NYS Assemblyman Says To Focus On Ethics Reform

Jul 8, 2017

With the New York state legislative session wrapped up in Albany, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says there is at least one big piece of unfinished business.

Sullivan County Asks FERC For Intervenor Status

Jul 8, 2017

In New York, the Sullivan County Legislature has agreed unanimously to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene in proceedings related to a compressor station.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is standing his ground after declaring last week that a U.S. Coast Guard proposal for Hudson River anchorage sites is effectively dead. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was the first to announce the Coast Guard’s decision to suspend the proposal and say it was killed. Others have been more circumspect in their descriptions.

NY Army National Guard Soldiers Head To Australia

Jul 7, 2017
Courtesy of the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs

More than 800 New York Army National Guard soldiers head for Australia Friday for a three-week training exercise with the Australian Army.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood with local leaders in Newburgh Thursday, announcing legislation to help turn so-called zombie homes into housing for homeless veterans.

HV Assemblymen Back Effort For Full-Day Kindergarten

Jul 6, 2017
Children at school on a computer
Lucelia Ribeiro/Flickr

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Wednesday announced a joint effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo to support the transition to full-day kindergarten in next year's budget for all school districts in New York that still maintain half-day programs. A few assemblymen in the Hudson Valley praise the effort.

On this week’s 51%, a researcher looks into fixing mutated genes linked to breast cancer and we bring you a conversation with the CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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The Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant recently came back online following a shutdown June 26 after an issue with a water pump.

It is day five for ride-hailing services in New York outside of the Big Apple. In the Hudson Valley, Westchester County lawmakers plan to monitor their concerns via a task force after the county and ride-hailing companies announced a program to create a voluntary pool of fingerprinted drivers. Meanwhile, further north, Kingston’s mayor says so far, so good. 

A Westchester County high school student was deported at the end of June. The case garnered national headlines and last-minute requests from the attorney for the undocumented immigrant from Ecuador to allow him to stay and earn his diploma from Ossining High School. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg about how the deportation might affect her community.

Courtesy of Abilities First

A property donation will allow a non-profit organization that serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to expand into Orange County.

NYS Forest In Columbia County Gets Improvements

Jul 1, 2017

Improvements have been completed at a New York state forest in Columbia County.

Yonkers Law Aims To Deter Drag Racing

Jun 30, 2017

A city in Westchester County has a new law that addresses drag racing, and it takes effect Saturday.

Global To Local = Ecuador To Newburgh

Jun 30, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A group of students from Newburgh is nearing the end of a trip to Ecuador and, when they return, they’ll be applying their global service learning to community impact projects in their neighborhood. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few of the students and their teachers before the trip.