Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

State Audit Highly Critical of Newburgh's "Inadequate Oversight"

City Manger Richard Herbek calls the audit a
Credit Hank Gross

  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released an audit of the City of Newburgh’s financial oversight that said officials failed to accurately track the city’s budget which led to millions of dollars in shortfalls and a higher than necessary tax hike for its residents.

The audit, released on Thursday, said that the city, after failing to account for a $1.3 million deficit, passed an unbalanced budget in 2010 that created a new $ 6 million cash deficit which was closed the following year with a 41 percent tax levy increase.

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Pop Culture/History
4:57 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Middletown kicks off anniversary in style

1964 the Tribute is a Beatles' tribute band that was formed in 1984. They have performed over 2900 shows and released their own albums and videos. They're playing Middletown on Friday night!
Credit Facebook


A yearlong celebration gets underway Friday in Orange County... with a visit from the Fab Four... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
12:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NY's 102nd Assembly District: Candidates Discuss Issues

102nd candidates Jimmy Miller and Pete Lopez at the Rensselaerville Candidates Forum, October 20th.
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The race for New York's newly drawn 102nd Assembly district seat pits Republican Pete Lopez, seeking his fourth two-year term against Democratic challenger Jimmy Miller, who served for two decades as official spokesman for the Albany police department: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a closer look at the race.

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

New Paltz Opens Town Reuse Building

  The New Paltz Town ReUse building was officially opened for business on Wednesday, providing a one-stop location for the municipality to collect recyclables and offer them for reuse.

Town Recycling Coordinator Laura Petit said the town has a good track record of reuse with a wide variety of items.

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Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Groups Petition EPA for Public Reporting of Chemical Releases from Fracking

The Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other organizations have petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to require the oil and gas extraction industry, including those companies engaged in hydrofracking, to report a list of the chemicals they use to extract natural gas.

The issue has become a regional hot potato since fracking in the Marcellus shale and Utica shale areas has been placed on the table.

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Ulster County
9:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Upstate NY police chief admits misconduct

Authorities say an upstate New York police chief has admitted he knew about sex crimes against underage victims but didn't do anything about it. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright said Tuesday that town of Ulster Chief Matthew Taggard pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct. He was suspended in June and retired in September.

Hudson Valley News
8:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Peekskill Seeks New Group to Operate Paramount

The City of Peekskill will issue a request for proposals for a new operator to run its Paramount Theatre, which was closed recently by the current non-profit organization, the Paramount Center for the Arts.

“The city is being very aggressive in protecting this vital community asset while we seek out a viable proposal to turn this theater into the economic juggernaut it really should be,” said Mayor Mary Foster.

She said whoever takes over the operation, would be required to offer a wide array of entertainment.

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Hudson Valley News
7:25 am
Wed October 24, 2012

NY State Senate Candidates Debate in Kingston

L-R: Seward, Amedore, Tkaczyk, Larkin, Eachus
Hank Gross

Candidates for the New York State Senate got a chance to meet Ulster County business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce debate held in Kingston Tuesday morning.

Little disagreement was heard from the speakers on topics including casino gambling, mandate reform, and property tax relief. Each expressed support for small businesses, and promised bipartisan cooperation in the state legislature

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Hudson Valley News
7:21 am
Wed October 24, 2012

New Ulster Law Requires Itemized Property Tax Bill

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein introduces Taxpayer Relief Insert
Hank Gross

When the property tax bill comes next year, Ulster County residents won't be spared any pain. But under a new law, the government will be required to tell you where it hurts.

The Taxpayer Relief Insert, announced by county officials Tuesday afternoon, contains an itemized receipt of sorts – as opposed to a mere I.O.U.

The information is designed to show a breakdown of the property tax levy, particularly in terms of unfunded mandates such as Safety Net (welfare) costs, pensions, and related issues beyond local control.

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Tappan Zee Bridge Update Presented

Special Advisor to the Governor on the Tappan Zee Bridge Project Brian Conybeare and Civic Engineer Mark Roche provided an update on the status of a new Tappan Zee Bridge at a session in Sleepy Hollow Monday evening.

“Most people just want information,” Conybeare said.   “They want to be able to ask questions and learn about the project. We’re here to give out the latest updated information on where the project stands and hopefully make them comfortable with what is obviously a pretty big project.”

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