Hudson Valley News

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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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Tue September 11, 2012

WTC Survivor Still Suffers Survivor's Guilt

Nancy Seliga was the manager of One World Trade Center when terrorists struck bringing down both Twin Towers. She was in the building about to start a staff meeting when the first plane hit.

Seliga, now a resident of Monroe, and her coworkers sensed it was a plane that shook the building, but thought it was an accident. They climbed down 21 flights of stairs when they were ordered out of the building and told to run, not to look back or up. A block-and-a-half away, she looked up, saw the flames and people jumping.

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Hudson Valley News
12:40 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

Teachers have a new resource to help them in the classroom. It’s called share my lesson, a new online resource bank, where teachers can collaborate and share teaching resources. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, announced the new program today in Rockland County.

Hudson Valley News
3:32 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Down To Earth & Down To Business: Columbia County Farm

Since the beginning of the recession, times have been tough for everyone. But as Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, there’s one organic food business in Columbia County that's thriving…



When Gunther Fishgold bought his first pallet of organic cashews to sell in 1999, he was simply trying to make some extra money to support his organic vegetable farm and bakery in the Finger Lakes region during the winter slow season.


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Hudson Valley News
12:28 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

NY Nursing Homes Wrestle With Privatizing

The cost of running nursing homes, combined with the expensive capital costs needed to keep the facilities up to date, and cuts in Medicaid made in Washington, has prompted numerous counties across New York State to ponder closing - or selling - their facilities. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports


Mark Levine, Deputy Director of the New York State Association of Counties, says County Leaders do not WANT to sell their Nursing Homes.
 

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Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Hudson Valley Democrats "Fired Up" After Convention

Courtesy: Associated Press

Members of the Hudson Valley delegation to the Democratic National Convention are “fired up and ready to go” following the formal selection of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as their party’s standard-bearers.

Orange County Democratic Chairman and convention delegate Jonathan Jacobson said they are ready to point out the differences between the Republican and Democratic candidates.

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Dutchess County Discusses Banning Hydrofracking Brine

The Dutchess County proposal is identical to one signed by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein (above) a few weeks ago
Hank Gross

Dutchess County legislators began the discussion into the possibility of banning the use of hydrofracking brine, the by-product of the drilling process to harvest natural gas from underground shale formations, on county roads.

The resolution, which was discussed at the Government Services Committee of the county legislature on Thursday, was sponsored by Legislator Joel Tyner.

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