Hudson Valley News

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Federal regulators will have to redo an analysis of the economic impacts of a potential severe accident at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant. That’s according to a ruling issued Wednesday being hailed by New York’s governor and attorney general.

Verizon shareholder activists are hoping a proposal to limit executive compensation will get approval today at Verizon’s annual shareholders meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The proposal, which is opposed by Verizon’s Board of Directors, comes from a Westchester retiree. The meeting comes as striking Verizon union workers are calling May 5 a National Day of Action.

Westchester Neighbor Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

May 5, 2016

A former neighbor who climbed through a window and stabbed a lower Hudson Valley resident in his bed has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Port Jervis Shop Owner's Killer Is Sentenced

May 5, 2016

The man convicted in the beating death of an elderly shop owner in Orange County has been sentenced.

Stewart ANG Base Gets A New Commander

May 5, 2016

A New York Air National Guard unit based in the Hudson Valley is getting a new commander.

tap water
William Warby, flickr

Three Democratic federal lawmakers from New York are calling on the EPA to help the City of Newburgh with its water contamination issue.

Rep. Chris Gibson
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In an unexpected announcement, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson said Monday he will not run for New York governor in 2018. The one definitive plan he mentioned was having accepted a one-term teaching post at Williams College in Massachusetts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state of emergency declared in the city of Newburgh Monday has been lifted after the city switched to a different water supply. Its usual water source is contaminated with PFOS.

Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Newburgh was placed under a state of emergency Monday after officials learned the city’s drinking water source was contaminated. In addition, water conservation measures are in effect.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state senators came together in Putnam County Monday to advocate for legislation to better hold banks accountable for both foreclosed homes and zombie properties.

NY Congressman's Anti-Swatting Act Heads To The Floor

Apr 30, 2016

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has voted to approve a New York congressman’s bill on anti-swatting.  

Picture of a judge's gavel

Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Michael Vatter pled guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining retirement benefits. His plea came Friday in federal district court in White Plains. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

Two institutions in the Hudson Valley have received a $5 million grant for a large-scale study aimed at reducing tick populations and Lyme disease. The five-year project is the first to explore Lyme disease management for entire communities.

Dutchess Communities To Receive CDBGs

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy of Town of LaGrange Parks & Recreation

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro Thursday announced preliminary grant awards totaling $924,000 to 10 projects. The grants are through the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

NYS Thruway Authority Announces Riverfront Grants

Apr 29, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced $1.5 million in state grants to seven municipalities in Rockland and Westchester Counties. The money is for riverfront restoration and revitalization projects near the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Orange County District Attorney Thursday announced a number of arrests in connection with a cocaine distribution network.

Sam's Point Fire Is Fully Contained

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of Kevin Wisely, Director, NYS Office of Emergency Management

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County is now fully contained.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Vassar College students have been holding a sit-in this week, calling on the college’s Board of Trustees to divest its endowment funds from direct holdings in fossil fuel companies. Vassar is just one of hundreds of campuses—a number of them in the Northeast—where such efforts have taken place over the past few years.

HV Communities Receive Greenway Grants

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre

Albany and three Hudson Valley communities have received matching grants for projects that will shape development, guide preservation and spur neighborhood revitalization.

New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor's campaign fundraising operation. 

Officials say a Metro-North train struck an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Westchester County, in Bedford Hills.

Courtesy of Assemblyman James Skoufis

A New York state Assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says he will seek re-election instead of running for the Senate. 

Sam's Point Fire Claims Some 2,000 Acres

Apr 27, 2016
Courtesy of NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County has consumed about 2,000 acres as of Tuesday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for increased penalties for people found violating election law. The bill is prompted by what he alleges were unlawful campaign contributions in the 2014 elections tied to New York City’s mayor. 

Spectra Energy

More than three dozen New York state lawmakers have signed a letter sent to a federal energy regulator. They want construction halted on a pipeline project until an independent safety risk analysis is completed.

Cashless Tolling On TZB Is Delayed One Day

Apr 22, 2016

Plans to begin all cashless tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge have been pushed back one day because of inclement weather forecast for tonight.

SUNY New Paltz Library Renovation Is Complete

Apr 22, 2016

A multi-million dollar renovation to the library at the State University of New York at New Paltz is complete.

Courtesy of Beacon Prison Action, Facebook page

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of an inmate at a state prison in Dutchess County. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation as friends and family of the man killed continue to push for prison reform.

Solar Panels

There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Legislation to help communities revitalize blighted properties has passed the U.S. Senate and now two House members want to see it on their floor for a vote.