Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
3:13 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Poughkeepsie Community Walk

With the world economy in flux and gun violence dominating the headlines, some find it hard to extend compassion to those around them, while others are moved in these turbulent times to "give all" and more...

In Poughkeepsie, a positive mindset prevails when it comes to extending a helping hand to families and individuals in need. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined a “Community Walk” held this week in the city…

Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Hein Proposes Voluntary Employee Separation Program

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein

 In his continuing effort to keep county expenses down, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein Wednesday proposed a voluntary separation program for certain county employees as a means of reducing the size of the workforce and lowering payroll and benefits expenses.

Under the program, which would require county legislature approval, the 232 eligible workers could receive a one-time $12,500 separation payment to leave county service no later than December 1.

Health and Personnel Committee Chairman Robert Aiello, a Republican, supports the plan.

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Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Katz Blasts Legislative Leadership for Seeking Pay Hikes

New York State Capitol in Albany

As the economy continues its recovery, now is not the time for state lawmakers to vote themselves pay hikes, State Assemblyman Steven Katz (R-Westchester) said Tuesday.

Katz was highly critical of the Democrat-controlled Assembly urged fellow lawmakers to reject any increase in pay.

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Hudson Valley News
7:22 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Engel Voices Opposition to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Indian Point nuclear power plant

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-Westchester/Rockland) briefed the new chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of his concerns and opposition to the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan and their applications for license renewal.

Engel’s comments came during a joint hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittees on Energy and Power and the Environment and the Economy on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
8:16 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Wurtsboro Music Festival Set for August

Wurtsboro Airport will play host to the Wurtsboro Music Festival on two Thursday evenings in August.

Top name pop music entertainment from the 70s will be performing on the lawn at the airfield providing a new music venue for the region, said music festival spokesman William Liblick.

“Everyone often complains that there’s nothing to do in Sullivan County and what we’re trying to do is to make it very affordable and give people a good night of entertainment,” Liblick said.

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Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Ulster County to Apply for Assistance For Low Income Homeowners

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein announced on Monday that he is applying for Community Development Block Grant funding to assist low income homeowners in need of housing improvements with priority given to homeowners needing repairs due to Tropical Storms Irene or Lee.

Rural Ulster Preservation Company will administer the program for the county.  The county and RUPCO will apply for $750,000 with applications from homeowners due on August 7. Funds are expected to be available in the spring 2013.

Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Dutchess County Studies Jail Overcrowding

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature and Criminal Justice Council continue to study the overcrowding at the county jail in Poughkeepsie and identify possible solutions.

Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison said they need to develop programs with best practices and evidence based outcomes.

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Hudson Valley News
7:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kingston Facing Critical Financial Crunch

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo

KINGSTON – The City of Kingston is facing a potentially critical financial crunch in 2013 and Mayor Shayne Gallo chalks it up primarily to mandated expenses.

The mayor, who is drafting his first budget to be presented a few months from now, said he is starting out behind the eight ball since the previous administration used $1 million from the city’s reserves to balance the 2012 budget. There are other concerns as well.

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Hudson Valley News
4:19 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Police: Teen purchased Loko before he drowned

A store clerk allegedly sold four cans of a popular alcohol-laden energy drink to a teenager before he drowned in a pond in suburban New York. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

According to Newsday Westchester, state police said Rosa Saquinaula was issued a summons for selling 24-ounce cans of Four Loko to Santiago Mendia without asking for identification.

The 18-year-old Peekskill resident was found last Saturday in a pond off Route 9A.

An autopsy confirmed he died by drowning. Toxicology tests are pending.

Hudson Valley News
3:52 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Indian Point: Moving Spent Fuel Could Threaten Re-licensing

It took three years to get the official approval necessary to allow Indian Point to move spent nuclear fuel from one storage area to other. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas explains, the process in getting special permission could affect re-licensing the plant’s reactors…

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