Hudson Valley News

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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Hudson Valley News
12:33 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Watershed Leaders vs New York City Over Turbid Waters

21 state, county and municipal leaders have signed a letter calling on New York State to fine New York City 13-point-5 million dollars for sending turbid waters into the Lower Esopus Creek... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The 21 leaders sent a letter to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which must decide whether to allow the releases of muddy water to go on...  those opposed to the releases argue they damage ecosystems in the Lower Esopus and hinder business and recreational opportunities for communities situated along the Creek.

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Hudson Valley News
7:33 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ulster Leads State in Job Growth

ALBANY – The Ulster County metro area led the state in job growth year over year in June with a 5.4 percent increase.

Private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased 11,700, or 1.6 percent, to 754,100 for the 12 month period ending in June, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro region saw a 2.1 percent job growth while the Dutchess-Orange metro region lost 0.3 percent.

Sullivan County gained a half-percent in job growth while Columbia County had no growth and Greene County fell by one percent.

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Hudson Valley News
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Trucker in Kerry Kennedy's NY auto crash ticketed

The driver of the truck struck by the ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports

Rocco Scuiletti, of Poughkeepsie, was sideswiped last Friday by Kerry Kennedy's Lexus on Interstate 684 north of New York City.

She's pleaded not guilty to a driving while drug-impaired charge. Kennedy says doctors believe the accident was caused by a seizure stemming from an old brain injury.

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Hudson Valley News
3:58 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Saving Shad

Two years have passed since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation banned Shad fishing ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the ongoing effort to preserve and protect the fish's habitat.

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