Hudson Valley News

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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Hudson Valley News
1:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Magazine publisher's NY tree-cutting plan eyed

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner's plan to remove more trees from his riverfront property in upstate New York is raising concerns among his neighbors and drawing scrutiny from local officials. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more.


The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports that Wenner has already removed about 300 trees from the Hudson River's east bank where he owns a 69-acre estate in the northern Dutchess County town of Red Hook.

Hudson Valley News
3:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Pattern For Progress Housing Report Underscores Future Needs in Hudson Valley

Pattern President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin
Dave Lucas WAMC

Pattern for Progress is out with its annual housing report - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has details...


In "Housing the Hudson Valley, Unlocking the Opportunities" Pattern for Progress finds the lower Hudson region not much better off than a year ago. Westchester is the only county where the housing market is poised to be getting back on track.

Unemployment rates, foreclosures, short sales and a tightening of mortgage underwriting criteria for both buyer and builder are all slowing economic recovery in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Tue September 18, 2012

St. Francis Patients Possibly Infected with Hepatitis C Cleared

David Kwiatkowski
AP Photo

Eighteen of the former patients at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie who came in contact with a traveling technician who infected people at other hospitals with hepatitis C came up clean from the illness at St. Francis. One of the former patients, did, however, have hepatitis C, but it was a strain other than that carried by David Kwiatkowski, who is now under arrest in Massachusetts.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Clearwater’s Rondout Landing Barn Raising Community Effort

Hank Gross

Folk icon Pete Seeger was the showcase performer at Clearwater's barn raising ceremony, held Saturday afternoon at Rondout Landing.

Scores of volunteers from the Timber Framers Guild toiled since sunrise to build the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on Rondout Landing.  The shared facility will shelter Clearwater's flagship and crew members during cold weather, and be used by the museum during summer months to build smaller boats, among other functions.

 

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Hudson Valley News
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.

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