Dutchess County, New York government may be starting to see some signs of financial recovery while officials still struggle with the economy. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more…
Recent sales tax income is down two percent, but the hotel/motel room tax is flat and with increases in employee pension and health insurance costs and other state mandated expenses, balancing the budget remains a juggling act.
County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville presented the county legislature with a 2011 year end review and a peak at 2012.
The propsed 120-mile long "Constitution Pipeline" would transport natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the town of Wright, Schoharie County, where it would then be sent on to existing lines in the area. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the project.
During a press conference earlier this week, Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez expressed support for an alternate route for the pipeline which would follow the I-88 corridor.
The New York State Nurses Association, which represents 260 registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital, says as the HealthAlliance considers closing Kingston Hospital and folding all services into Benedictine, it should consider the effect on the community. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports…
The Nurses Association claims HealthAlliance’s current problems are “the result of several poor management decisions,” said spokesman Mark Genovese.
When the mortgage bubble burst and the economy turned sour in 2008 - the result was an uptick in the number of vacant or otherwise abandoned homes and properties across the nation - one city is imposing a hefty fee on property owners who fail to maintain those abandoned sites - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Whether you are a bank or a private citizen: if you hold title to a piece of property in the city of Poughkeepsue and you've abandoned it or are otherwise ignoring it - you could be facing a hefty fine.
For years, Columbia County has had the highest rate of foster care placement in New York State - the numbers are finally coming down, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.
While Columbia County’s foster care placement rate remains higher than its closest competitors — Schenectady and Cortland counties, the numbers have softened since 2008 – when county children were placed in foster homes at a rate three times greater then any other county.
Violent crime was down substantially during the first five months of the year in Kingston, according to crime statistics kept by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the statistics, which show a 34 percent drop in violent crime...
To date this year, violent crime dropped 34 percent. There were no murders or rapes and robberies were down 44 percent. Burglaries were down 17 percent, although larceny arrests increased.
Organized labor and New York Republican House member representing the Hudson Valley agree that something must be done to boost employment, as the national unemployment figure for June showed joblessness was 8.2 percent with just 80,000 new jobs added. But they have different views on how to grow the economy. Hank Gross reports…
Paul Ellis-Graham, president of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, said the GOP House of Representatives is blocking the solution to the problem.
Summertime means more contact among people, pets and wildlife outdoors - Animal experts and Public Health officials are urging citizens to be aware of two diseases that are on this season's watchlist... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
An outbreak of a virus affecting dogs is raising concerns throughout Ulster County- Officials say par-vo-virus is highly contagious. Dr. Arnold Rugg is with the Kingston Animal Hospital - he says there have been six deaths so far. Parvovirus poses no threat to humans, and Rugg says it can easily be prevented through vaccination.