Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
12:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Dutchess County Executive To Cap Sales Tax Revenue Distribution

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
molinarofordutchess.com

In his ongoing effort to reduce a projected multimillion-dollar budget deficit for 2013, Dutchess County Executive MarcMolinaro is capping the amount of sales tax revenue distributed to its municipalities at $25 million. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

Dutchess county was projected to share $29.5 million this year. But the County Executive intends to drive down the overall cost of government.

That initiative powers Marc Molinaro's 2013 budget proposal, aimed at starting a multi-year transformation of Dutchess County Government.  

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Hudson Valley News
7:48 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Ulster Legislature Pulls Resolution on Providing Fracking Information to Public

Ulster legislators were not ready to vote on a resolution directing the clerk of the legislature to post information that would assist municipalities in enacting local ordinances prohibiting hydraulic fracturing.

Most lawmakers are on record opposing fracking in the county, but they could not come to agreement on whether the resolution on the agenda was quite ready for prime time.

Democrat Richard Parete said it wasn’t.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Environmental Groups Says Costs of Fracking Are High

WAMC News

The cost of fracking to harvest natural gas in New York would be high in terms of both the effects on the environment and the costs to the public, according to a report issued Thursday by Environment New York.

The group’s director, David VanLuven, said New York would face the same negatives as other states have when fracking was permitted.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Cleanup, Assessment Underway Following Flooding

The hamlet of Livingston Manor is devastated again. This week’s flash flood washed out bridges and damaged over two dozen homes.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther called the governor’s office and toured the devastation with state Transportation and Environmental Conservation officials and representatives of FEMA.  She said the residents of the hamlet can’t go on like this with repeated massive flooding.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Thu September 20, 2012

SUNY Colleges to Share Worker Retraining Grants

SUNY Ulster would get the largest share, over $580,000, among six Hudson Valley region colleges
Hank Gross

Six community colleges in the Hudson Valley are included in a consortium of 30 SUNY two-year schools that will receive $14.6 million to fund worker training and education programs that will help unemployed workers learn skills essential to securing local jobs in emerging industries.

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Hudson Valley News
3:35 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cuomo Names Team to Help Select Tappan Zee Design

Howard Glaser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Brandon Sall
Dave Lucas WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is has announced the selection of a review team to assist in selecting the final bridge design for the Tappan Zee ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

 

 

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Hudson Valley News
2:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Science Journalists To Discuss Technology’s Future At Beacon Institute talk

Two of the nation's most influential science journalists are making a special appearance this week in the mid-Hudson area, where they will engage in dialog and debate – Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.


Andrew Revkin, author of The New York Times “Dot Earth” blog -and- John Horgan - who  writes the “Cross-check” blog for Scientific American, are meeting Thursday night at the Beacon Institute, where they will discuss the future of technology.

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Hudson Valley News
7:37 am
Wed September 19, 2012

State Education Officials Visit Poughkeepsie High School

King, left, meets with students
Hank Gross

A handful of New York's top education officials visited Poughkeepsie High School, during a site tour made on Tuesday afternoon.

NY State Education Commissioner John King was joined by Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Regent Harry Phillips, and Chief of External Affairs Dennis Tompkins, to meet with local school administrators.

Together, they dropped in on faculty meetings, several classes, and the school computer lab, where they chatted with students, observing how recent grant money has been allocated.

Superintendent Laval Wilson led the tour.

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Hudson Valley News
7:35 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Flash Floods Hit Sullivan County

Flash floods raced through Livingston Manor on Tuesday washing out bridges and roads.

The downtown area was under several inches of water with reports saying the community got some six inches of rain in a two hour period. The Cattail Creek overflowed its banks sending floodwaters into residential and business areas.

 

County Manager David Fanslau said county roads 149, 179, 96, 123, 19, 81 and 82 in the towns of Rockland, Callicoon and Neversink were closed Tuesday night, but were open and passable to school buses Wednesday morning.

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Hudson Valley News
5:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Study: closing NY's Indian Point would be costly

A new report says ripple effects from closing New York's Indian Point nuclear plants could cost billions of dollars a year. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.



The report from the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute estimates a shutdown would add at least $76 to the average New York household's annual electric bill.

It says businesses and industries would pay much more, and as many as 40,000 jobs a year could be lost.

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