The New York state environmental commissioner has selected a Hudson Valley Hasidic Jewish village to lead the review of a request annexing just over 500 acres of land in the Orange County town of Monroe. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the decision is controversial.
A bill requiring sex offenders to register multiple residences has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley.
Republican state Senator John Bonacic says current law requires sex offenders to register their primary residences.
“Many of these sexual predators have been living not at their primary, but at their so-called secondary [residence], unbeknownst to the neighborhood, unbeknownst to schools, unbeknownst to child care centers,” says Bonacic. “So we’re plugging that loophole.”
The House of Representatives has passed a bill sponsored by a New York congressman to combat human trafficking.
Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s bipartisan Human Trafficking Prevention Act unanimously passed the House Monday. The legislation enables the training of Foreign Service officers working overseas at U.S. embassies to identify victims before they are trafficked into the United States. Here’s Maloney on the House floor prior to the bill’s passage.
A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley stands ready to take action against a local gas station owner if prices at a few stations near West Point aren’t lower by next month.
Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis has written to the head of the only two gas stations in the Town of Highlands in Orange County asking that he lower prices that tend to run about 30 to 40 cents higher than in surrounding areas.
States of emergency have been declared for at least two Hudson Valley counties.
The Dutchess and Orange County executives have declared states of emergency. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says the state of emergency becomes effective at 9 tonight when all roads in Dutchess will be closed and traffic prohibited except for certain personnel necessary during storm and emergency operations. There is no set time for rescinding the order. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus declared a State of Emergency that became effective at 7 p.m. and runs through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
With up to two feet of snow predicted for the Hudson Valley, county and state personnel are on high alert and readying their forces.
On-and-off flurries began in portions of the Hudson Valley before 9 this morning while light snow came into view about an hour later. The message from local officials is the same. Get home before dark and get off the roads ahead of the evening commute. Vasil Koleci with the National Weather Service says to expect light snow today.