Hudson Valley News

Funding Goes To Middletown To Hire More Cops

Oct 4, 2016

Three New York federal lawmakers say an Orange County city will receive $500,000 to put four new cops on the beat.

Oil Spill Cleanup At Indian Point Is Under Way

Oct 3, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue oversight of the cleanup of Friday’s oil spill at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The governor and DEC commissioner have visited the plant, and a plant spokesman says cleanup likely will take a few days.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he signed three measures sponsored by a number of Hudson Valley lawmakers to rename roadways in the Mid-Hudson region in honor of fallen New York military heroes. Cuomo also signed such renaming bills in other parts of the state.

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U.S. lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have announced federal funding that will help a Westchester County-based organization combat human trafficking.

A documentary theater project about Hudson Valley and Capital Region farmers is being brought to the stage at Bard College this weekend. The piece is being directed by Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, known for roles in films like Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny & Joon. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson  and the National Young Farmer Coalition's Lindsey Shute about the multimedia play “Good Dirt.”  

Cuomo Vetoes Annexation Oversight Bill

Sep 30, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed for the second consecutive year an annexation oversight bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will install security cameras along a reservoir in Ulster County. 

Faso, Teachout Address Ulster County Chamber Members

Sep 29, 2016

The candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District race addressed Ulster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning in Kingston. Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, virtually tied in the latest poll, took turns answering members’ questions in the race to fill the seat of the retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says most of the injuries in the Hoboken commuter train crash came from people aboard the train, not standing on the platform. Meanwhile, the Rockland County executive is providing resources to residents affected by the crash.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced that 22 properties have been recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Four are in the Hudson Valley.

A former president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County is one of 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences who has signed an open letter to draw attention to the perils of climate change. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Dr. William Schlesinger about why he thinks the letter is important.

Poll Shows Faso, Teachout Are Neck And Neck

Sep 28, 2016

The race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District is neck and neck. That’s according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll that shows Republican John Faso with a 1-point lead over Democrat Zephyr Teachout.

Legoland New York To Open Welcome Center In Goshen

Sep 28, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Legoland New York officials said Tuesday they will be opening a welcome center in Goshen, likely within the next two months.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

A New York congressman has written to President Obama, asking him to intervene in a pipeline project under construction in the Hudson Valley and require an independent risk assessment. Meanwhile, a coalition of groups has asked a federal court to stop the pipeline’s construction.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

Corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office last week against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others involve a power plant project in the Hudson Valley. And it’s a topic in at least one state election as calls mount for an investigation into the plant’s permitting process.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign an annexation oversight bill. The legislation would give county planners a say in proposals like one from the Orange County Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

EPA To Fund Clean Water Project For Hopewell Junction

Sep 23, 2016
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday announced the Environmental Protection Agency will invest $12 million for the first phase of a project to supply clean drinking water to a certain locale in Dutchess County.

Newburgh Receives Funding For Security Cameras

Sep 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the City of Newburgh’s request to redirect funds for security cameras. The approval comes after U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney urged that the funding be repurposed.

Rockland Lifts Water Restrictions

Sep 22, 2016
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Rockland County Thursday lifted water use restrictions, citing declining use and moderate rainfall.

Five former correction officers have been charged with beating an inmate and covering it up. The charges stem from an incident at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is changing the format of its undergraduate gradation.

Muslim Group Sues Yonkers Over Landmarked House

Sep 22, 2016

A Muslim group is suing the city of Yonkers over the landmarking of a house the organization had bought to turn into a mosque.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The formal announcement of a blood testing program in Newburgh garnered the most attention during a public meeting Monday concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue. However, there were a few developments on the environmental side.

Rockland Town Makes Money's Best Places To Live List

Sep 21, 2016
Courtesy of the Town of Clarkstown

A town in Rockland County has made the top 10 of a list of Money magazine’s best places to live. It’s the only mention in the Hudson Valley.

A number of elected officials in the Hudson Valley plan to draw attention to national Hunger Action Month by lending a hand Wednesday at local supermarkets.

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Orange County officials say their drug task force has charged a mother and her son with felony weapon possession and another 11 defendants with selling drugs.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A public meeting last night concerning an update on the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh brought a formal announcement about the launch of a blood testing program for the city. But with it came more questions and concerns.  

Many more seats were filled in the auditorium at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh than at the first such public forum in June. Local, state and federal officials first delivered a recap of what has been done to address PFOS contamination and residents grew impatient, wanting to hear more about a blood testing program.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood Monday with the mother of an 18-year-old high school graduate who was fatally shot in the back on a Newburgh street at the end of August. They and others are urging federal funding to come through to install gunshot detection technology in the city. 

Sanders Rallies For Teachout In New Paltz

Sep 16, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rallied Friday in New Paltz for Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate for the 19th Congressional district seat. It’s a race that has drawn national attention. Sanders repeated some of the themes from his presidential campaign, saying Teachout believes in the same. With the State University of New York at New Paltz one block from the park, many of those in attendance were college students.

Voters Decide NYS Assembly Primaries In The HV

Sep 14, 2016
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In a few closely watched races, incumbents in the Hudson Valley were victorious in their Assembly primaries, according to unofficial results.

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