Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
4:49 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Gipson Will Go To Albany: Saland Concedes in the 41st

Senator Steve Saland

One of the four Republican Senators who broke ranks with the party to publicly support same-sex marriage in New York has conceded defeat. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos issued a statement wishing Dutchess County Senator Steve Saland "all the best" as Saland's 32-year long career in the State Legislature officially came to an end with a congratulatory telephone call to his opponent Terry Gipson, who will represent the newly redrawn 41st District at the State Capitol. Gipson says it was "a pleasure" to hear from Saland.

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Hudson Valley News
12:12 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Orange County School District a “Race to the Top” federal grant winner

Middletown City School District using tablet computers in the classroom.
Credit Middletown NY City School District

A school district in Orange County is one of 16 districts in the nation to receive a federal "Race To The Top" grant, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that 16 applicants – representing 55 school districts across 11 states and the District of Columbia – have won the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. Launched in 2009, Race to the Top has inspired dramatic education reform nationwide. Middletown was the only school district in New York to receive money in this round of funding.

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Hudson Valley News
4:34 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Rep. Hayworth Passes Torch to Maloney

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
Credit WikiPedia

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth may be approaching the end of her term, but that hasn't changed her daily routine or her concern for her constituents. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Love her or hate her, Nan Hayworth has made her mark on Washington. The outgoing GOP representative from New York’s 19th Congressional District, rode in on the Tea Party wave two years ago. She was targeted this week by activists as part of a national day of action demanding that Congress avoid the fiscal cliff, extend middle class tax cuts and end them for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

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Hudson Valley News
12:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Future of Fracking Remains Uncertain in NY

Opponents and supporters of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing are stuck in limbo, both sides believing a "final decision" is long overdue, Some local governments have taken matters into their own hands, not waiting for the state to take action.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on some of the most recent developments.

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Hudson Valley News
4:38 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

GOP Sen. Saland paves way for quicker end to count

New York state Sen. Stephen Saland may soon be the latest casualty among Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote for the legalization of gay marriage last year. WAMC’s Dave Lucas explains…

The Republican says he's calling off his lawyer to allow for a quick count of absentee ballots in the Hudson Valley's 41st Senate District. Democrat Terry Gipson has held a consistent lead so far.

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Hudson Valley News
12:15 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tappan Zee Plans Move Forward: Environmentalists Await More Info

Governor Andrew Cuomo expects environmental groups to favor the recommended option for building a new Tappan Zee bridge, one that calls for less dredging than planners originally believed would be needed. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The initiative to restore or replace the 56-year old bridge spanning the Hudson between Tarrytown and Nyack has languished for more than a decade: Governor Cuomo has placed the Tappan Zee on his administration's front burner.

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Orange County Legislature Votes Against Retention of Valley View

Credit Hank Gross

  The Orange County Legislature has voted against a proposal for the retention of the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center as a county owned and operated facility for the next two years. It would have included the hiring of a nursing home administrator to run it.

“The people in Orange County want this facility kept for the county,” said Republican County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis. The legislature deliberated for almost an hour on the nursing home’s future.

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Hudson Valley News
7:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Flooding Task Force Holds Kingston Waterfront Conference

Credit Hank Gross

  It's a modern day version of Noah and the Ark, of sorts. Kingston took its first step Thursday afternoon in preparing for coastal flooding with part one in a series of public forums to discuss the historic Rondout waterfront.

The task force is a group comprised of government, nonprofit and business community volunteers. They plan to deliver a formal approach to address long-term climate change, with respect to rising storm surges, later this spring.

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Hudson Valley News
4:52 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Orange County Officials Mull Over Harriman Treatment Plant's Fate

Troubles with an outdated sewage treatment plant have officials in Orange County looking for options and alternatives... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Last year, waters from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee overwhelmed the 40-year old Harriman treatment facility beyond anything seen previously, compromising its processing ability to the point where the plant was discharging more wastewater than allowable into the Ramapo River. Activists insist water quality vigilance must continue.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Statewide Bus Rally Lobbies for More School Aid

The rally in Kingston, before heading up to Albany
Credit Hank Gross

  There was a rally on Long Island, and then the bus departed for the Hudson Valley for a stop in Kingston before calling it a day in Albany.

The message was clear. New York State's schools are hurting and a lack of funding is making it difficult to educate our children.

“We are maintaining. We should be in good shape for the next couple of years,” said Maureen Bowers, a Kingston school board member, as she spoke in front the Educate NY Now Express bus that was making the run to Albany. 

 

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