Hudson Valley News

The race for New York’s 19th Congressional district seat is one of the most closely watched in the country. The candidates are giving voters a clear choice, as Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout stand on the opposite ends of several issues. They’ve also given voters a lot of face time, having participated in a number of debates and forums. 

NYS Senator Sue Serino And Her Re-Election Bid

Nov 3, 2016

Republican New York state Senator Sue Serino is running for re-election in the 41st District. The freshman senator spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about what she has accomplished and what she hopes to do next term if she wins November 8.

Cases Of Mumps At SUNY New Paltz Reach Nine

Nov 2, 2016

The number of cases in a mumps outbreak at the State University of New York at New Paltz has reached nine as of Wednesday.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York state and local officials are co-sponsoring a forum Thursday evening on harmful algae blooms in the Walkill River. The event is aimed at heightening public awareness about a growing problem that spans the river in two counties.

The Rockland County executive wants the legislature to terminate contracts with an auditing firm. This comes the day after the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the New York-based firm and a senior partner agreed to settle charges that they issued fraudulent audit reports in connection with municipal bond offerings by the Town of Ramapo.

The major addition at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is among the many projects.


The sixth round of consolidated funding applications were formally presented to a state assessment team by all 10 regional economic development councils on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

The company behind the AIM pipeline project has been given the green light to start operations. There are a few exceptions, mainly a new portion under the Hudson River.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Republican candidate for New York’s 18th congressional district was in Poughkeepsie Monday. Phil Oliva is expressing concern over news that a refugee resettlement office will open in the city.

Tabitha Cruz, left, and Omani Free are the latest victims of gun violence in Newburgh. They were shot to death and five others were wounded at a Halloween party on Broadway early Sunday morning.


City Police in Newburgh have identified the victims of the early morning shootings as Tabitha Cruz, 20, and Omani Free, 18, both residents of the City of Newburgh. Cruz was said to be a cheerleading coach and Free was a senior at Newburgh Free Academy.

Authorities in Newburgh are investigating a shootout early Sunday morning that left two dead.

Start-Up NY Businesses Expand, Locate In The HV

Oct 29, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday announced that 39 businesses have joined START-UP NY, the tax-free program associated with colleges and universities across the state. He says the businesses have committed to create 817 new jobs and invest more than $30 million statewide over the next five years.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Clarkstown in Rockland County became Orange & Rockland Utilities’ first customer to purchase its streetlights Friday. A few other Rockland municipalities are next in line. The town supervisor says the benefits are both financial and environmental. 

Clarkstown is Rockland County’s most populated town and Supervisor George Hoehmann says its 86,500 residents will soon see those benefits.

NYS Grant Funds Science Lab Initiative

Oct 28, 2016

A state grant will enable a new school science initiative to get underway in a portion of the Hudson Valley.

Gannett Layoffs Hit Two Hudson Valley Papers

Oct 27, 2016

Gannett has announced a 2 percent cut in its workforce across the U.S., including at its headquarters. In addition to the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, the cuts hit hard at two newspapers in the Hudson Valley — The Poughkeepsie Journal and The Journal News.

As New York’s attorney general this week released a report analyzing gun trafficking into the state, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is holding its annual “Walk for Gun Sense” Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.

New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

Oct 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

Letters have gone back and forth between seven state lawmakers and the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission. At issue is what the lawmakers say is an unfair statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants.

Courtesy of Courtney Strong Inc.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.

Decorated Army Sergeant From Rockland Dies In Colorado

Oct 22, 2016

A decorated Army sergeant from Rockland County has died in Colorado, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

NYS Senator Issues A Challenge For Drug Take-Back Day

Oct 22, 2016

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and there are more than 5,000 collection sites nationwide. As part of the effort, a New York state lawmaker in the Hudson Valley has issued a challenge.

ADA-Accessible Trail Opens At Black Rock Forest

Oct 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A nature trail opened Friday in the Hudson Highlands in Orange County that provides access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. The pathway at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall takes visitors to an overlook that provides 50 mile views up the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced initial blood testing dates for Newburgh residents concerned about PFOS exposure.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Four New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are sponsoring a hearing Wednesday for the public to weigh in on a controversial U.S. Coast Guard proposal to establish up to 10 anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

A former congressman is calling on the inspectors general of two federal agencies to probe the permitting process for a controversial gas power plant project in New York’s Orange County. This follows corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office in September against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Courtesy of the Office of the Rockland County Executive

Rockland County is donating surplus medical supplies to the Haitian hurricane relief effort.

A state Supreme Court justice has rejected two legal challenges to a Hasidic Jewish village's expansion in Orange County. Unless there is an appeal, the 164-acre annexation may proceed.

Authorities say they've charged a man with fatally shooting a teenager in the City of Newburgh in the late summer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh. The bills come shortly after the state Department of Health announced a PFOS blood-testing program for Newburgh.