Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
11:45 am
Fri July 13, 2012

County Program Provides $1.2M For Local Community Improvements

Officials have announced grants totaling nearly $1.2 million will be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2012 Community Development Block Grant Program to fund an array of local projects county-wide. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more...

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the county nearly 1-point-2 million dollars under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Dutchess cautiously optimistic about fiscal health

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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

"Constitution Pipeline" Debate Continues

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:36 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Nurses Association wary about merger

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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:08 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Poughkeepsie Imposes Fee on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:03 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Columbia County Foster Care Numbers Coming Down

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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:02 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Violent crime down in Kingston

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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:47 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

NY Electric Grid: Task Force Moves Ahead

The task force working on improving New York's Electric grid is making progress... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Hudson Valley News
5:55 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Differing ideas over fixing joblessness in Hudson Valley

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.

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Hudson Valley News
4:08 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Furgary To Close July 16

Composite of photos provided by Save The Furgary
Tiffany Hamilton/Save The Furgary

 

An iconic fishing encampment which may be the last of its kind is days away from the wrecking ball... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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