Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:27 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Newburgh City Manager Resigns

Hank Gross

Four days after Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek was stopped in his car with a woman he said was a heroin addict, he has quit.

Herbek told Mayor Judy Kennedy on Sunday that he was resigning.

After the traffic stop last Wednesday, Herbek told that he was helping her kick the drug habit and that he was offering her counseling.  The following day, Kennedy said Herbek would have decisions to make, but she did not elaborate.

School Scam
8:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NY Attorney General sues Queens beauty school

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued a Queens beauty school, claiming it convinced hundreds of students to pay course fees but failed to train them as nail specialists. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

The suit, filed this week, names Tinny Beauty Inc. and two of its officers, saying it used ads in Chinese-language newspapers distributed across New York State, as well as word-of-mouth advertsing to find and mislead students about obtaining nail specialty licenses. Fees charged ranged from $350 to $500.

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6:15 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Endangered Fish Puts Project On Temporary Hold


A major construction project in Ulster County will come to a screeching halt next month - all because of a fish. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas explains.

Officials say the lengthy re-building of Kingston's Abeel Street with new sidewalks, curbing and traffic signals will encounter a seasonal delay: the multi-million dollar improvement project will be on hiatus through April.

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Siena Poll
2:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

18th CD Siena Poll: Hayworth Holds 7-Point Lead

Siena Research Institute

Four weeks of campaigning and one less candidate have tightened the race in the 18th Congressional District - which includes parts of Westchester and Dutchess counties, as well as all of Putnam County and Orange County. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the results from the latest Siena Poll...

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Hudson Valley Job Growth Remains Modest

Jobs rose by 7,000 in the Hudson Valley for the 12 months ending in September. That’s a 0.9 percent increase. The largest gain was in the Putnam-Rockland-Westchester Metropolitan Statistical Area at 1.3 percent.

The Dutchess-Orange Metro Area grew by 0.5 percent while the Ulster County Metro Area jobs fell by 0.4 percent.

In non-metro areas, Sullivan County experienced no job growth in September while Columbia County fell by 0.6 percent and Greene County fell by one percent.

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Ulster County
3:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Bakery wins $4.6 million federal loan to expand in Ulster

"The funding is the yeast that literally raises the dough..." ~ Sen. Charles Schumer
U.S. Senate

A new bakery is being hailed as economic shot-in-the-arm for the town of Ulster - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced this week that Bread Alone, Inc. & Largay, LLC have been jointly awarded a Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan for a total of 4-point-6 Million Dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This funding will be used to acquire a 26-thousand square foot facility at 2105 Ulster Avenue, which will be converted into a commercial bakery and retail outlet.

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Columbia County
10:03 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Fire Company Funds Missing: 3 Firefighters Suspended

Three firefighters have been suspended after it was discovered funds were missing from a fire company in Columbia County... more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Officials say three officers with the C.H. Evans Ladder Company No. 3 are under investigation after thousands of dollars went missing from the incorporated nonprofit organization. The exact amount of missing money has NOT been disclosed:

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Dutchess Board of Elections Invalidates Conservative Leadership Change

The Dutchess County Board of Elections on Tuesday tossed the election of Maureen Natrella as chairwoman of the County Conservative Committee. She was elected in a special session of the committee, which was challenged by committeeman and former Board of Elections commissioner David Gamache.

It will now be up to the State Conservative Committee, headed by long time Chairman Michael Long, to name a new chair. Gamache said he supports former Dutchess Chairwoman Patricia Killian for her old post.

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Hudson Valley News
7:38 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Proposed Beacon City Budget Raises Property Taxes

 Mayor Randy Casale has introduced an $18.1 million budget for Beacon in 2013. The city is at the two percent state tax cap, but residential property taxes will increase by 7.37 percent per thousand and non-residential will rise 5.3 percent.

Like all other communities, Beacon faces reduced revenues in sales taxes and mortgage taxes, but at the same time, employee pension costs will rise 15 percent, at $66,000.

Casale plans to defund vacant police officer positions.

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Hudson NY
3:36 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

From Hot Dogs to Health...

Profits from Hot dogs, salty pretzels and soda pop sold at a hot dog stand became a financial engine that launched a health-oriented nonprofit - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the story...

In 2010, Jon Salkin restored an original New York City bicycle-wheel hot dog cart... he set up his business along historic Warren Street in Hudson... as they say, the rest is history.

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