Hudson Valley News

NY's 18th Has A Republican Primary

Jun 28, 2016

In New York, one of the congressional Republican primaries is for a seat in the Hudson Valley. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Rockland County executive announced Monday that the county is suing a water company and two state agencies, saying ratepayers should not have to bear the cost of a desalination plant that was never built.

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Now, we bring you the final interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, it’s Will Yandik versus Zephyr Teachout. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Yandik, a fourth-generation farmer from Columbia County, about what he brings to the table in terms of experience and policy approach.

Andrew Heaney
Andrew Heaney

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Now, we bring you the third of four interviews with candidates for the seat. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. Andrew Heaney faces John Faso in the Republican primary, and it has been a bitter race. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Heaney, a small business owner from the Town of Washington in Dutchess County.

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Today, we bring you the second interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout faces Will Yandik. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Teachout, a Fordham law professor who now lives in Dover Plains, in Dutchess County.

John Faso
John Faso

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Today, we bring you the first of four interviews with candidates for the seat. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. Gibson’s Kinderhook, Columbia County, neighbor John Faso faces Andrew Heaney in the Republican primary, and it has been a bitter race. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Faso, a former state Assemblyman, about a number of issues.

DEP Unveils Mapping Tool For Recreation Areas

Jun 23, 2016

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is making it easier  — digitally — for the public to find its recreation areas in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

An audit from the New York state comptroller finds the East Ramapo Central School District continues to face significant fiscal stress.

NY Counties Receive Casino License Fees

Jun 21, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 22 counties and three municipalities across upstate New York are receiving $30.2 million in license fees paid by resort casinos, including in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

During an informational forum Monday in Newburgh about PFOS contamination found in the city’s drinking water supply, federal, state and local officials updated the public on actions being taken. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Newburgh PFOS Forum Draws Calls For Blood Testing

Jun 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Federal, state and local officials briefed dozens of area residents on developments concerning PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply. The update came at a forum at Mount Saint Mary College Monday evening during which several residents called for blood testing. 

Rep. Maloney Calls For Indian Point 2 Shutdown

Jun 20, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood outside the Indian Point nuclear power plant Monday morning, calling for the suspension of operations at Unit 2 and an immediate safety review at Unit 3. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, this comes on the heels of a problem with baffle bolts at the Westchester County-based reactor.

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After an eight month U.S. Coast Guard mandated restoration of Clearwater’s hull, the sloop is back on the Hudson River with sails set to begin in July.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Voluntary testing of the water systems in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown has turned up high lead levels in some areas.

NYS Legislature Passes Bill For Rondout Creek

Jun 18, 2016
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The New York state legislature passed a bill that designates a Hudson Valley creek as an inland waterway.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission held its final public hearing last night on a proposed rate hike from a water company that serves customers in Orange and Rockland Counties. Speakers condemned the company’s request to recover millions of dollars from a scuttled desalination plant as part of the proposed increase.

The New York state legislature Thursday passed a bill concerning the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the selection of a final design for a bicycle and pedestrian path for the New NY Bridge, which is replacing the Tappan Zee. After a strong push by elected officials and residents on the Rockland County side, the alternative with the least impact was chosen.

Authorities say a former treasurer of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County embezzled more than $5.7 million and used the money to buy yachts, jewelry and a second home in Florida. 

Legoland Proposal For Goshen Is Unveiled Publicly

Jun 15, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The public has gotten its first taste of what a planned Legoland New York would look like. The English company behind the proposed theme park for Orange County delivered a presentation Tuesday night to the Goshen Town Board and an overflow audience.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in the Hudson Valley Monday helping to promote the exporting potential of businesses. New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey joined her as did the head of a government credit agency.

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There will be a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in Rockland County in memory of victims of the mass shooting Sunday at an Orlando nightclub.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement Monday to improve rail safety measures across the state. A number of Hudson Valley lawmakers have been pushing for such legislation in the wake of a fatal collision in Westchester County last year.

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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has prompted two New York lawmakers in Congress to call for the passage of gun reform legislation.

A Muslim group in suburban New York says a decision to give landmark status to a house it had planned to use as a mosque is less about historical preservation and more about putting up barriers to their plans.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials are glad to know that 120 leaks in its water system have been identified and can be repaired, reducing the amount of water being lost as Newburgh continues to face its contamination crisis.

NY Rep. Urges Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Jun 10, 2016
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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus. The head of the March of Dimes is echoing that call.

Courtesy of NYC DEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced that work has begun on a $7 million project to replace two bridges near the Rondout Reservoir in Sullivan County.

NYS DOS To Hold Hearing On Rockland Real Estate Issue

Jun 10, 2016

Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say the Department of State has agreed to hold a public hearing concerning aggressive solicitations by real estate brokers.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Supporters and opponents of Indian Point were out in force Wednesday evening at a hotel in Tarrytown. They were there for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual public meeting about the performance of the Westchester County-based nuclear power plant.

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