Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:59 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Verizon, AT&T say cell network back up after Sandy

Verizon and AT&T say their wireless networks are fully operational after Hurricane Sandy blew into the New York and New Jersey on Oct. 29th – more from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

Verizon says its network is at pre-storm levels, while AT&T says its network is “back to normal”…

Federal regulators said Sandy knocked about 25 percent of cell towers belonging to all carriers in a coastal area spread over parts of 10 states.

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Westchester
4:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Peekskill Forum Addresses Climate Change

A day-long forum held  in Westchester County focused on Climate Change, Severe Weather and Riverfront Planning... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports


Municipal officials, planners and citizen activists attended “Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Opportunities in an Era of Global Climate Change” hosted by Scenic Hudson, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and its Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Historic Hudson River Towns and the City of Peekskill.

 

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Hudson Valley News
3:01 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Journalists, Bloggers Step Up For Fired Newspaper Reporter

Newsman Tom Casey
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A newspaper in the Catskills is attracting national attention after firing one of its reporters - WAMC's Dave Lucas explains.

The Register-Star in Hudson gave young newsman Tom Casey his walking papers after Casey refused to let his byline go on a story that contained two paragraphs written by an editor who allegedly wanted to bring attention to a city alderman who wouldn't stand for the pledge of allegiance at meetings - something sources say is NOT required under Hudson city code.

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Hudson Valley News
7:31 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Faith leaders call for fracking ban

A group of Hudson Valley faith leaders gathered in New Paltz Wednesday at an event called A Spiritual Call to Ban Fracking. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

Fracking is a “crime,” according to Tom Caplan, a member of the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, who expressed his own feeling about the process.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hudson Valley Village judge dies in car crash

Authorities say the longtime judge for a Hudson Valley village has died after his car crashed into a tree. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.


Police in the Orange County town of Montgomery tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that 76-year-old David Roepe was driving on Route 28 Tuesday afternoon when his car went off the road and slammed into a tree.

He was brought to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say a medical condition might have contributed to the crash.

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Education
3:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Farm-to-School Initiative for Poughkeepsie Schools

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced a federal grant of $100,000 that will go to the Poughkeepsie City School District to establish a farm-to-school initiative. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

Gillibrand says the initiative's primary goals are to incorporate regionally produced foods into school meals, and to enhance foods systems education.  At each stage in the project, there will be collaboration between Hudson Valley farmers, value-added processors, distributors, school administrative staff, families, students and community stakeholders. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Robert Marchant - The Journal News

It’s been three weeks since Sandy caused damage up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including extensive damage in New York City and areas just north of the city in Westchester County.

Local governments and homeowners in Westchester County are still recovering from the storm as they work to dispose of pounds upon pounds of debris. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Robert Marchant, staff reporter at The Journal News, from their Mount Kisco office.

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Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Zimpher eyes SUNY, manufacturing link

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants the Hudson Valley manufacturing industry and the college system to get on the same page when it comes to preparing students for jobs in their industry. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on Zimpher’s address to the Council of Industry on Tuesday. 

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Hudson Valley News
9:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Residents of four more Hudson Valley counties eligible for disaster aid

Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Rockland County cash shortfall solutions unveiled

Rockland County faces millions of dollars in cash shortfall, and the Rockland Business Association has taken a detailed look into the causes and potential solutions. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress report unveiled Monday.

The general consensus appears to be that the county executive and county legislature must accept responsibility for the problem, which has worsened over the last six years.

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