Hudson Valley News

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the state has made major changes to the Common Core English and math assessments since last year when 1 in 5 students refused to take them. Despite the changes, the children of a county executive in the Hudson Valley are opting out once again.

Photo of an Amtrak train.

A fatal train derailment Sunday in Pennsylvania once again has put the spotlight on rail safety, with at least one area lawmaker calling for technological improvements.

Belleayre Music Festival Returns, With Changes

Apr 4, 2016
Belleayre Music Festival, 2013

After a one-year absence, the Belleayre Music Festival will return this summer. The festival is set for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, in a new venue, and there are other changes on tap.

The not-for-profit Belleayre Music Festival suspended its event in 2015 after 23 summers. Operations Director Garrett Burris says it was difficult to fundraise after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and there were other factors.

Walkway Symphony Premieres With NDSO At CIA

Apr 2, 2016

A symphony based on the pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson is premiering Saturday night at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Ben Kutner, the New York City-based composer of the work, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

In mid-February, Dutchess County health officials reported an increase since the beginning of the year in cases of whooping cough. While the numbers of new cases have waned in the past few weeks, health experts say the recurrence of the disease, in general, is puzzling, and urge vaccination.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Drumming up support ahead of New York’s April 19 primary, former New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton campaigned in Westchester County Thursday. Though she was flanked by a number of staunch supporters, some students in the audience made it known they back her Democratic rival.

Health Alliance Becomes Part Of WMCHealth

Mar 31, 2016
Courtesy of WMCHealth/Health Alliance

Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, effective immediately, is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

New York regulators are increasing the tax surcharge on corporations within the metropolitan commuter transportation district but say revenue will stay the same.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Highway Administration to fast track approval of a shared-use plan for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He especially supports local officials on the Rockland side in their preference for a particular plan.

Vassar President To Leave June 2017

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Vassar College

The Board of Trustees of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie announced Tuesday that President Catharine Hill will conclude her presidency at the end of her current term on June 30, 2017.  Her departure will mark the end of 11 years of leadership at Vassar.

Kingston Mayor Lays Out Plans, Hopes

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Steve Noble

Kingston’s new mayor Steve Noble, a Democrat, came into office in January with ideas of change and improving communication. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his plans.

Central Hudson Appoints New CEO

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

A utility company in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

NYPD Holds Counterterrorism Drill

Mar 28, 2016

The New York Police Department practiced how officials and officers would respond to a Brussels-style attack.

Boundless Energy Appeals PSC Decision

Mar 28, 2016

An energy company that claims its proposal would have rendered the least environmental impact for a transmission line project has appealed a New York State Public Service Commission decision denying a request for rehearing. The company has gone to state supreme court with the matter.

Courtesy of Callicoon, NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the recommendation of 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Five are in the Hudson Valley.

MSMC Names Acting President

Mar 23, 2016
Courtesy of Mount Saint Mary College

A college in Newburgh that has been in the headlines for controversial administration and board decisions has named an acting president.

A former water department commissioner in Mount Vernon, New York has pleaded guilty to bribery.

Walkway Adds Race To Marathon Lineup

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

There is an addition to this year’s Walkway Marathon in Dutchess County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries is calling on Google to accept its ads. In addition, the company’s CEO accuses the global search engine of retaliation.

Defense Secretary To Visit West Point

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of USMA Public Affairs, Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is planning to visit the U.S. Military Academy to meet with cadets and discuss the challenges the Army's future leaders will face.

MTA Relaunches Public Safety Campaign

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is relaunching the "If you see something, say something" public safety campaign that it started after the September 11 attacks.

Hudson Opera House Renovations Are Underway

Mar 21, 2016
Courtesy of Robert Umenhofer

Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that renovations to the historic Hudson Opera House in Columbia County are underway. The opera house is the oldest surviving theater in New York.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County legislature will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on a bond resolution to fund a new jail. The question of funding a jail of its proposed size and cost has brought out supporters and detractors in recent days, with petitions, robocalls, and attempts to swing legislators’ votes in either direction.

Courtesy of New York Students Rising - New Paltz

A group of New York students calling for a tuition freeze at state schools begins a three-day march Sunday.

NYS Senate Passes Bill To Stem Illegal Housing

Mar 19, 2016

The New York state Senate has passed a bill aimed at curbing illegal housing. A Hudson Valley lawmaker is the sponsor.

Independent Democrat David Carlucci’s legislation authorizes certain municipalities to add unpaid housing code fines into the offender’s annual taxes.

“Enough is enough. We’ve seen how pervasive the issue of illegal housing is and unscrupulous landlords in our community and around the state,” says Carlucci. “And we have to have a no-nonsense approach.”

AIM Pipeline Protestors Are Due In Court

Mar 18, 2016
Courtesy of Resist AIM

Protestors who locked themselves to one another to block access to a staging area in Westchester County for a pipeline expansion project are due in court Friday morning.

The FBI conducted raids Wednesday in Rockland County’s Ramapo and Orange County’s Kiryas Joel to see if millions of federal dollars earmarked for technology in religious schools were misused. Now a state senator from the region is calling on congressional representatives to get involved.

Courtesy of Vonsky87/Wikimedia Commons

The House of Representatives has adopted a bill concerning the construction of a hydroelectric project in New York.

Central Hudson To Roll Out Monthly Billing

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Central Hudson customers will see a change in the frequency of billing starting this summer.

Oxycodone pills

Days after unveiling legislation to combat the opioid epidemic and stop mass incarceration of low-level drug offenders, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Tuesday night to discuss the problem in his district. Constituents raised issues of educating students, offering more support meetings, and mandating insurance companies to better cover treatment.