Hudson Valley News

Enviro Group Files Petition With NRC Re: Indian Point

May 24, 2016
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An environmental group filed an emergency petition concerning the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County Tuesday. It wants a federal regulator to step in to keep one of the reactors shut down.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Orange County Monday, urging a federal agency to green-light funding to upgrade water and sewage infrastructure at Stewart International Airport. He says such an overhaul will result in job creation and airport expansion projects.

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Following last week’s four-alarm fire underneath Metro-North Railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct in New York City that resulted in a few days of significant commuting delays, a New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that calls for the review of elevated tracks.

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New York’s two U.S. senators are calling on a federal regulator to suspend construction of a pipeline expansion that passes through the Hudson Valley until independent health and safety reviews are completed.

Photo of an Amtrak train.

Authorities say there are no reports of injuries after an Amtrak train carrying 173 passengers collided with a sedan in the Hudson Valley Friday.

Westchester County Exec Presents Zika Prevention Plan

May 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has presented a plan to protect residents from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. 

Astorino presented the plan at a playground at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Thursday.

“What we’re doing is we’re developing a very comprehensive plan that includes education, surveillance and mosquito control,” Astorino says. “And we know that mosquitoes have no clue about borders so we’re also making sure we coordinate this effort with the surrounding counties.”

An Orange County legislator is challenging a longtime New York state senator, again.

Bard College Project Wins NYS Clean Energy Competition

May 18, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state is awarding $1 million each to three colleges whose student-led teams won a competition to develop clean energy projects. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, one of the winning teams is from Bard College in Dutchess County.

NYS Senate Passes Rail Crossing Study Bill

May 18, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Senate has passed a bill that would require the study of rail crossings.

Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

Three U.S. lawmakers from New York Tuesday announced federal funding for upgrades at Westchester County Airport.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says charges against 21 people hit two drug rings targeting Sullivan County.

Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A forest ecologist from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County is the lead author of a paper about imported forest pests. Cary Institute and Harvard Forest led a team of scientists for the research. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Cary Institute Senior Scientist Dr. Gary Lovett about the report’s findings.

Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. One winner is a team from a Hudson Valley college.

Voters To Decide Fate Of NY School Budgets

May 16, 2016

The fate of New York’s school district budgets is in voter hands tomorrow. Voters will also pick Board of Education representatives.

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A Hudson Valley congressman has called on the Department of Defense to investigate water contamination in Newburgh. This comes as an environmental group wants Stewart Air National Guard base and Stewart International Airport to stop water discharges in areas where a chemical has been found at high levels.

Courtesy of Clearwater

The sloop Clearwater is being readied for a return to the Hudson River after a winter of restoration work.

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A federal regulator has issued an environmental assessment for public comment. The document puts a gas pipeline connection for the CPV plant in Orange County one step closer.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Saying that since Stewart Airport, specifically the Air National Guard Base, is “the most likely source” of contamination of the City of Newburgh’s water supply, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney called on the Defense Department to investigate the situation.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state lawmakers and the husband of a woman killed in a commuter train crash last year in Westchester County stood at the accident site today, calling for state transportation officials to undertake a study of rail crossings throughout New York.

A former Dutchess County legislator has been found guilty of sexually abusing two Boy Scouts during a camping trip in northern New York.

Riverkeeper Sweep Cleans Up Tons Of Trash

May 13, 2016

Riverkeeper’s annual cleanup along the Hudson River and New York City shorelines yielded tons of debris and recyclables.

The New York Civil Liberties Union is asking a state court to require a police department in Rockland County to release reports involving the use of force, car stops, detentions and the discipline of officers, among other issues.

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More than a month after Rockland County residents were notified that too much of a certain chemical was detected in the drinking water, the legislature’s Environmental Committee held a panel Wednesday on the topic.

A missing persons case appears to be moving from cold to warm as New York state police investigate new leads.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

Tim Graham

One day after results from a test of drinking water at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston officials released their own results.

One Republican Drops Out Of NY Congressional Race

May 11, 2016

Less than one week after saying his name was confirmed on the ballot, one of the Republicans in a New York congressional race is bowing out.

Water drops
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The law firm that filed a class-action lawsuit against two companies connected with water contamination in Hoosick Falls is now investigating a water contamination issue in Newburgh.

President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill sponsored by a New York congressman that aims to protect Syria’s cultural heritage.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

After a commuter train hit an empty car at a rail crossing in Westchester County late last month, a state senator is calling for the coordinated inspection of traffic signals at such crossings.