Hudson Valley News

The U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District says his office has settled a religious discrimination lawsuit against a city in Orange County.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a proposal to improve access to a hiking destination in the Catskills. There is a public meeting on the plan Tuesday night in Woodstock.

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The relicensing process for the Indian Point nuclear power plant has been extended. This time, testimony related to a baffle bolt issue from earlier this year is the reason.

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Best-selling author Sapphire recently appeared at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge as part of a writers series. Sapphire’s first novel “Push” was made into the 2009 Academy Award-winning film “Precious.” Her second novel, a 2011 follow-up to “Push,” is “The Kid.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne had a chance to sit down with Sapphire.



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill requiring emergency medical technicians to be checked against the sex offender registry before being employed.

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The Rockland County executive alleges that the county legislature scuttled his choice for human rights commissioner and director of the Office of Community Development for political reasons. And he is firing back with a plan that includes keeping the appointee on the county staff.

Orange County is rolling out free holiday bus service for the greater Newburgh area.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced the start of a project to refurbish a former laboratory building in Ulster County.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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New York's highest court says the state has the right to review federal relicensing applications for the Indian Point nuclear power plant along the Hudson River. Despite the apparent setback, Indian Point’s owner believes there are still ways to achieve the necessary certification for relicensing.

A Rockland County man was arrested Sunday on charges of robbing a bank at gunpoint.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Details Deficit, Proposed Budget

Nov 21, 2016
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Poughkeepsie’s fund-balance deficit is deeper into the red than city officials thought. Mayor Rob Rolison says an audit report for 2015 delivered Friday adds nearly $2 million more to an outstanding $11 million. Rolison says he is exploring options while his proposed 2017 operating budget is on the table.

Westchester County police who were escorting a whale rescued a man who jumped from a bridge.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that expands the additional 10 percent Empire State film production tax credit to counties in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. It also raises to 40 percent the tax credit offered elsewhere in the state. Local officials and film professionals have high hopes.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers to block large trucks from entering parkways in Westchester County.

Best-Selling Author Sapphire Speaks At SUNY Ulster

Nov 17, 2016
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Best-selling author Sapphire was at SUNY Ulster Thursday, where she read some of her poetry as well as from one of her novels, “The Kid.” “The Kid” is a 2011 follow-up to her first novel, “Push” which was made into the 2009 Academy-Award winning film “Precious.”  Sapphire, who is working on her third book, also brought to the Stone Ridge campus some thoughts about the presidential election. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s sat down with Sapphire.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the completion of a bridge replacement in Ulster County.

The Vassar Haiti Project has been holding art sales to support the welfare of artists and artisans in Haiti for 15 years. However, one taking place this weekend in Greenwich, Connecticut is aimed specifically at supporting Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and educational projects in Haiti. 

Petition Urges Electoral College To Vote For Clinton

Nov 11, 2016

A petition is petitioning the Electoral College to cast its ballots for Hillary Clinton, saying President-elect Donald Trump is unfit to serve. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more on the longshot gambit.

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Church World Service held a public meeting Thursday night in Poughkeepsie to offer some details about a refugee resettlement program for the mid-Hudson Valley set to begin early next year. Following a presentation, some residents raised questions and concerns.

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After learning in May of PFOS drinking water contamination, the New York state Department of Health began a blood testing program this month in Newburgh. And a Hudson Valley congressman is among those who have had their blood drawn. 

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney won re-election Tuesday to a third term in New York’s 18th congressional district. He defeated Republican Phil Oliva in the swing district that leans Democratic.

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Democrat Zephyr Teachout attributed her loss in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional district in great part to SuperPAC money in support of her Republican opponent John Faso. She vowed to continue fighting for democracy.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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There was a small fire today on a cable at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The incident is under investigation and no operations at the plant were impacted.

Voter Protection Efforts Are In Place

Nov 8, 2016
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Various organizations in New York have voter protection operations in place for Election Day.  So far, problems at the polls, especially in the New York City area, are being described as routine.

With Election Day tomorrow, candidates are running around campaigning and urging people to vote. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a recap of the race for New York’s 18th congressional district, where Democratic incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney is running for a third term while Republican Phil Oliva makes his first run for political office.

Poll Has Faso Leading Teachout In NY's 19th

Nov 6, 2016

A new poll released Sunday shows Republican candidate for New York’s 19th congressional district John Faso with a six-point lead over Democrat Zephyr Teachout.

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An alliance of college and faith-based organizations in the mid-Hudson Valley will discuss details of a refugee resettlement program for the Poughkeepsie area Sunday.

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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an emergency regulation concerning fishing in the upper Esopus Creek.

Terry Gipson Aims To Retake A NYS Senate Seat

Nov 4, 2016

Democrat Terry Gipson wants his seat back in the 41st New York state Senate district and it’s a rematch. The former one-term senator is running against Republican Senator Sue Serino for the seat that covers most of Dutchess County and part of Putnam County. Gipson spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about why he wants another shot. 

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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say help is on the way for a local lake overrun with an invasive plant.