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Ulster County has a new designation that will allow it to receive federal assistance in the fight against drug trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Thursday announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

“So this is great news for Ulster County. I pushed hard for it,” said Schumer. “They applied the first time; they didn’t get it. They came to me. We worked with them on their application and praise God they got it.”

Bard College Finalizes Montgomery Place Purchase

Jan 14, 2016
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A college in the Hudson Valley has finalized the purchase of a 380-acre estate, creating a 1,000 acre campus.


There is new bus service in Dutchess County that is a partnership with two colleges.

Former NYS Senator Says He Will Run

Jan 12, 2016

A former New York state senator in the Hudson Valley tells WAMC he wants to take back the seat he held for one term.

Democrat Terry Gipson intends to run for the 41st state Senate District.

“So my plans are to run for the state senate again for the district in Dutchess and Putnam Counties, but at the moment I’m putting together my infrastructure to solidify the campaign and at the appropriate time I will make an official launch of my campaign and make an official announcement,” says Gipson.

NY's First Medical Marijuana Patient Shares Her Story

Jan 12, 2016
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Now that New York has become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, reporters Tuesday met the woman believed to be the first patient in the state.

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A few hundred parents and others showed up for a Beacon City School District Board of Education meeting Monday night. There was no meeting, but concerned community members stayed and held one of their own.

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Dutchess County has a new Community Development Coordinator and his first focus will be revitalization efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie.

City Hall in Kingston was filled to capacity Friday, as well-wishers flocked to greet incoming Mayor Steve Noble, who took the oath of office on the first day of the year.

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More communities ask DEC lead Pilgrim Pipeline review.

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The ridesharing company Uber would like to set up shop in Dutchess County. At present, the state has no provision for the service – the New York City model is actually a livery service.

Despite all of the speculation that Ulster County Executive Michael Hein would run for Congress next fall, he announced Friday that he will not be a candidate.

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Six people were arrested by New York State Police for disorderly conduct Friday morning when they blocked the construction entrance site to the Competitive Power Ventures in Orange County.


Time is running out for New York residents opposed to erecting high-voltage power towers across the scenic Hudson Valley to weigh in.

Opposition to the state plan for the Thruway Authority to be lead agency in the environmental review of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline along the superhighway is mounting as the Newburgh City Council is against it.

Some of the nearly 100 students who joined the protest.


Students and supporters of the Black Studies Department at SUNY New Paltz gathered in front of the Administration Building on campus yesterday to advocate for the rejuvenation of the department. 

College of New Rochelle

A suburban New York school founded as a women's college in 1904 will go coed next fall.


Mayor Shayne Gallo vetoed the Kingston city 2016 budget as approved by the common council.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt's entire collection of speeches is now available online.

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Orange & Rockland Utilities is blaming a power outage that affected more than 50,000 customers Saturday evening on an equipment malfunction at an O&R substation in Middletown.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

Debate is continuing online a day after the Ulster County Sheriff, in a Facebook post, urged qualified residents to carry firearms in response to recent mass shootings.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

One day after gunmen killed 14 and injured 17 more in Southern California, Ulster County Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum is getting a lot of attention, both supportive and critical, for a Facebook post today urging residents "who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO." Van Blarcum discussed the post and the department's preparations following mass shootings with WAMC's Ian Pickus this afternoon.

Seche, attending final meeting, voted "no"


The Kingston Common Council approved the 2016 budget Tuesday night, but only after amending the mayor’s original proposal, which contained deep cuts from several key staff positions. The final changes recently authorized by the Finance and Audit Committee, included restoration of the city clerk and corporation counsel’s employee salary lines.


Hunter Mountain ski resort in Greene County is being sold to Peak Resorts, Inc. headquartered in Missouri for $36.8 million. Hunter Mountain generates approximately $27 million in annual revenue.


The issuance of casino licenses is weeks, if not days away, and two hotel operators have expressed interest in building facilities in the Village of Monticello in hopes of capitalizing on some of the spillover.

Several volunteers took part in HONOR – Helping Others Needing Our Resources – which served Thanksgiving dinner to the needy in Middletown.


Black Friday is gradually turning into Black Thursday as more and more retail establishments are jumping the gun to capture more of the holiday shoppers.


Pillow fights at the US Military Academy are illegal effective immediately following such an event on August 20 in which 30 people were injured.

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A leading ratings agency says an agreement between New York, New Jersey and federal transportation officials on paying for a new Hudson River rail tunnel shows there's "growing political momentum" behind the long-needed project.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is calling on the House to pass legislation prohibiting suspects on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.

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A winner has emerged in a close Columbia County mayoral race.

Cargo is flying high but passengers are not, at Stewart Airport. Officials hope the Montreign Casino-Resort, planned for Sullivan County, will improve the passenger numbers when it opens in two years.

Officials of the soon-to-be constructed Montreign Casino-Resort in Sullivan County expect Stewart Airport in eastern Orange County, to play a key role in bringing visitors to their Kiamesha Lake facility.