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1:55 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Hudson River Advisory Lifted


The advisory cautioning against contact with the Hudson River in Westchester after Hurricane Sandy was lifted today by the Westchester County Department of Health.  WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

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8:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Legislators Criticize Albany For Unfunded Mandates

Michael Kaplowitz (D-4)
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  Westchester County legislators blasted elected officials in Albany for their continued imposition of mandates without financial relief. Hand in hand with that is the state imposed two percent tax cap.

Legislator Michael Kaplowitz (D-4) said Albany is “a mess.”

Fellow Democrat lawmaker William Ryan (D-5) was highly critical of state legislators.

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Hudson Valley News
7:42 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Westchester Legislators Restore 126 Jobs for 2013 Budget

  A total of 126 Westchester County employees who were slated to be laid off in County Executive Robert Astorino’s proposed $1.7 billion, 2013 budget will be saved.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the Board of Legislators voted on Monday to restore the jobs with money from the county’s fund balance. Legislature Chairman Kenneth Jenkins said there will be no borrowing to retain the positions.

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Hudson Valley News
4:55 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NY court OKs $1M school racial harassment award

An appeals court says a Dutchess County school district must pay $1 million to a man who was racially harassed for 3½ years in high school. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the award for Anthony Zeno. He faced repeated harassment in the Pine Plains Central School District from 2005 to 2008.  The 2nd Circuit said he faced racist, demeaning, threatening and violent conduct.

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Hudson Valley News
7:42 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Cahill Calls Dynegy and IBEW Officials Back to the Table

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
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The chairman of the State Assembly Energy Committee has asked both Dynegy executives and the leadership of IBEW Local 320 to resume negotiations and enter into at least a temporary agreement to return workers to the job at the Danskammer and Roseton electric generating plants in the Town of Newburgh.

“At this critical time for energy in our state, we need to be able to count on these important assets,” Cahill said. He urged both sides to resume negotiations to resolve the argument “quickly and fairly for the sake of safety, reliability, and economic stability in the region.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:33 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Manufacturing Becomes More High-Tech in the Region

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  There is a trend to on-shoring of jobs in manufacturing industry, but while it may not be overwhelming, it is signally somewhat of a reversal of the off-shoring of jobs. That assessment comes from Harold King, director of the Council of Industry, which represents manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.

King said while companies have gone out of business because of foreign competition and jobs have gone overseas, it has paved the way for high-tech manufacturing in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
4:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Southern Tier, Hudson Valley, NYC protests planned push for taxing rich

Occupy protestors in Albany, 2011
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Protests are planned for New York City, the Southern Tier and the Hudson Valley to push New York's congressional delegation to support higher federal taxes for the wealthy. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The mix of community activists, student groups and unions plan Saturday events.

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Newburgh Gun Buyback Plan Pushed Back

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  The planned gun buyback program in the City of Newburgh has been pushed back from the original December timeframe because participation is being expanded.

City Councilman Curlie Dillard said Orange County is becoming involved so the program will be held in January.

“We invited the county to partner with us and they have so graciously accepted, so we are working out details presently and the Greater Newburgh Partnership will also partner with us,” Dillard said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Fri November 30, 2012

NYSDOT Unveils Concepts for Future of Route 17

Credit Hank GrossBernie Klaus, an engineer with the transportation consulting firm HDR/WSP SELLS, explains the HOV conceptEdit | Remove

  The State Department of Transportation announced their ideas for improving Route17, the future I-86, which include a possible general purpose third lane or a high occupancy lane. The addition would begin at exit 120 in Middletown and end at exit 131 in the Monroe area.

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Hudson Valley News
4:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Superstorm affects MTA

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New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority took a serious financial hit as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Officials assure riders the cost will NOT be passed on them, but transit advocates say higher fares may be impossible to avoid . Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports 

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