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6:57 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Ulster County Holding Its Own Against Gangs and Drugs, Sheriff Says

Ulster County is “holding its own” in terms of fighting the gang and drug problem, Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said.

The sheriff credits the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team – URGENT – created in 2007, with helping to keep a lid on crime.

Hudson Valley News
3:58 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

A Winter Home For Clearwater

Clearwater.org

A day-long barn-raising Saturday along the Rondout Creek puts the finishing touch on a winter homeport for the sloop Clearwater - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports


In January, the state announced $400,000 would be given to the Hudson River Maritime Museum to help pay for the construction of a permanent homeport for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. The grant was to be matched by the Clearwater organization and the museum. An additional $125,000 grant was secured --- Clearwater Board President Allan Shope donated timber and architectural services

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Hudson Valley News
4:17 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Fare Hikes For MTA Riders With or Without PMT?

MTA

Metro-North commuters are being warned they may have to dig deeper into their pockets - a watchdog group is telling them to prepare for a fare hike of around 32 per cent - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's"Payroll Mobility Tax" or PMT - was approved by former Governor David Paterson in 2009 to avert service cuts as the MTA battled a record deficit. Last month, a judge ruled the PMT unconstitutional.

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Hudson Valley News
12:44 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Security Lawsuit Filed Against Indian Point

A security lieutenant at the Indian Point nuclear power complex has filed a $1.5 billion lawsuit in state Supreme Court, claiming the facility is unsecure, and that staffers regularly watch DVDs, play video games and sleep on the job. The suit also claims the plant routinely fails anti-terrorism drills. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News
7:29 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Gas Prices Climb at Record Pace

 In the last three days alone, gas prices in the Middletown area rose 15 cents, to well over $4.  How much more they will rise is an unknown. They are increasing at comparative levels across the Mid-Hudson and Catskills regions.

The economy may be showing signs of recovery with increased home sales, but the skyrocketing gas prices put that growth at risk, said Orange County Chamber of Commerce President John D’Ambrosio.

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Hudson Valley News
4:30 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Senators Announce $600K for Kingston-Ulster Airport

A mid-Hudson Valley airport gets an FAA Award that will be Used to make improvements which in turn will stimulate the regional economy. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports

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U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced just over $627-thousand dollars in federal funding is being awarded to Kingston-Ulster Airport to upgrade runway infrastructure. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

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Hudson Valley News
7:23 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Nurses Tell Westchester Lawmakers Administration is Hurting Patient Care

Officials from the New York State Nurses Association, the union that represents nurses at Westchester Medical Center, told the County Board of Legislators’ Community Services Committee on Tuesday that patient care is suffering as a result of hospital management’s cutbacks and reorganization of medical staff.

Nurses’ representatives told of cases where nurses are tied up in administrative and other work resulting in a loss of patient care.

Sam Caquias, a representative of the Nurses Association, said the region’s healthcare is suffering.

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Upgrading Ulster Emergency Communications Could Cost $27 Million

Blue Wing principal Mark Hoffay explains coverage issues for the county
Hank Gross

Ulster County is bringing its emergency radio communication systems into the 21st Century.

Blue Wing Consulting, based in Minnesota, made a detailed technical presentation to the county legislature at a special meeting held Tuesday night in Kingston. The company made a similar presentation earlier Tuesday in neighboring Sullivan County.

Blue Wing was hired two years ago, tasked with polling various departments and finding an affordable solution to coverage, cost, and interoperability problems.

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Hudson Valley News
1:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Memories of Service Members Killed in War on Terror Honored on 9/11

Army Sgt. Mark Palmateer of Wappinger was killed on June 26, 2008 during combat in Afghanistan.

To honor his memory and those of the many others from the region who have died since the attacks, the Town of Wappinger for the second year is holding a remembrance ceremony at the future site of a memorial to honor Palmateer.

Town Councilman William Beale has been coordinating the local commemoration for the past two years.

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Hudson Valley News
10:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Vietnam War Vet’s Photo Display Remembers 9/11

A family pauses to look at some of the more than 1,000 photos, many taken by Michael Cody of the Town of Wallkill, who had town permission to place his exhibit in the Price Chopper parking lot for five days.
Hank Gross

Michael Cody is a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart medal. His patriotism and love of country prompted him to set up a week-long exhibit of photos from the September 11 World Trade Center attacks.

Cody happened to be in Manhattan on that day at the VA hospital and when the commotion first occurred, he ran over to the site, bought a disposal camera and began taking pictures. “I didn’t know what I was taking at the time,” he told MidHudsonNews.com.

 

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