Hudson Valley News

Vassar President To Leave Earlier Than Planned

Jul 21, 2016
Courtesy of Vassar College

The president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, who announced in March she would conclude her presidency in June 2017, is leaving earlier.

DA Announces Guilty Pleas In A Newburgh Beating Death

Jul 20, 2016

The Orange County District Attorney has announced there have been guilty pleas in connection with the beating death of a man in Newburgh.

Stop Legoland Group Holds Forum In Goshen

Jul 19, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A group that opposes a Legoland theme park proposed for Orange County held a forum Monday night. Roughly 100 residents attended to either lend their support in opposition or learn more.

Midday Crane Collapse On TZB Will Be Investigated

Jul 19, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon today. More than 138,000 cars per day cross the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester Counties. The collapse happened on the Rockland side. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on the Westchester side, in Tarrytown, around 3:30.

“If you said to me that a boom could fall across the Tappan Zee Bridge at noon, not hit a car, not hit a person and there’d be no serious injury, I wouldn’t believe it,” Cuomo says.

Courtesy of the Rockland County executive's office

A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic at the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon Tuesday. The bridge spans Rockland and Westchester Counties and the collapse happened on the Rockland side. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rockland County Executive Ed Day this afternoon.

Courtesy of The Nature Place Day Camp

After a major hull restoration, Clearwater is back on the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne embarked on the sloop for Clearwater’s first education sail of the season.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A first-of-its-kind study released Friday points to a long and varied list of micropollutants in the Hudson River estuary. Dozens of products were detected, from pesticides to pharmaceuticals.

Tops Set To Purchase Supermarkets In The Hudson Valley

Jul 14, 2016

An Erie County, New York-based grocery retailer is acquiring a few Hannaford and Stop & Shop supermarkets in the Hudson Valley along with a Stop & Shop in Massachusetts.

The gap between the number of people working in the Hudson Valley and the number of jobs in the region continues to grow. That’s according to the latest research from Marist College. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief has more.

Marist College Bureau of Economic Research Director Dr. Christy Huebner Caridi authored the report “Commutation Trends in the Hudson Valley 2010-2014.”

Metro-North Tests Cameras On Its Trains

Jul 14, 2016
Bebeto Matthews / AP

Metro-North has begun a pilot program with security cameras in both cabs and passenger cars. The railroad plans to install cameras in all its trains by September.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County is taking a step to address sexual assault on college campuses with funding under New York’s “Enough is Enough” policy. The funding is being used for a crisis counselor who will work on two campuses.

Clearwater Sets A Date For Re-Launch Ceremony

Jul 14, 2016
Courtesy of Dorice Arden

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has set a date for its re-launch ceremony after having canceled the event July 4.

More than 700 soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will leave from Orange County Tuesday for a training exercise in Louisiana.

Former Water Department Commissioner Is Sentenced

Jul 9, 2016

A former water department commissioner in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for bribery. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

With statements coming in Friday from local elected officials in the Hudson Valley about the fatal shooting of five Dallas police officers Thursday night, one of the officials has announced his county will hold a vigil next week.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A community open house Thursday drew hundreds of area residents to learn about a proposed Legoland New York for Orange County. Though many say they favor the theme park being built in Goshen, some voiced a continuing concern about traffic.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Wiki Commons

One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant automatically shut down Wednesday morning. It’s the same reactor that was offline two other times in recent months for different reasons. Meanwhile, the relicensing schedule for the Westchester County plant has been pushed back again.

Federal Funds Help Two Fire Departments In Dutchess

Jul 7, 2016
Andrew Magill, flickr

Two fire departments in Dutchess County are receiving federal funds for new equipment.

Grant For Clearwater Aids Youth Programs

Jul 2, 2016
Courtesy of Clearwater

Clearwater has received a grant for youth empowerment programs.

AMC Harriman Outdoor Center Opens

Jul 1, 2016
Vinnie Spiotti/AMC

Following a year-long renovation, an outdoor center in Rockland County at Harriman State Park has opened to the public.

8 Bridges Swim Continues In The Hudson River

Jul 1, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A 120-mile Hudson River swim is in progress, having started in the Catskills June 26 with plans to end Sunday at the mouth of New York City harbor. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the marathon swim that heads from the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Tappan Zee Bridge today.

NY 18th Congressional District Race Is Set

Jun 30, 2016
Courtesy of Phil Oliva

The congressional primary elections Tuesday decided November ballots in several contests, including in New York’s 18th District. A Democratic congressman seeking re-election to a third term faces a Republican who has never run for office, but who is no stranger to politics.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper/Cacophny

A federal agency is proposing to designate hundreds of miles of rivers and other water bodies across the Northeast as critical habitats for an endangered species. The proposal includes a large portion of the Hudson River to protect a species beloved to local environmental organizations — the Atlantic sturgeon.

Clearwater Re-Launch Ceremony Is Postponed

Jun 30, 2016

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has postponed the boat’s re-launch ceremony. 

Teachout Wins NY 19 Democratic Primary

Jun 29, 2016
Democrat Zephyr Teachout
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Zephyr Teachout has defeated Will Yandik in the Democratic primary in New York’s 19th congressional district. She faces Republican John Faso, who beat Andrew Heaney in the Republican primary. The seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson chose not to seek re-election.

Congressional primary day brought ballot troubles in the race for New York’s 19th District when a third name was incorrectly listed on ballots in Columbia County.

Democratic and Republican voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District head to the polls today. Democrats are choosing between Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik while Republicans may vote for John Faso or Andrew Heaney. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election.

NY's 18th Has A Republican Primary

Jun 28, 2016

In New York, one of the congressional Republican primaries is for a seat in the Hudson Valley. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Rockland County executive announced Monday that the county is suing a water company and two state agencies, saying ratepayers should not have to bear the cost of a desalination plant that was never built.

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Now, we bring you the final interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, it’s Will Yandik versus Zephyr Teachout. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Yandik, a fourth-generation farmer from Columbia County, about what he brings to the table in terms of experience and policy approach.