Hudson Valley News

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

One day after gunmen killed 14 and injured 17 more in Southern California, Ulster County Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum is getting a lot of attention, both supportive and critical, for a Facebook post today urging residents "who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO." Van Blarcum discussed the post and the department's preparations following mass shootings with WAMC's Ian Pickus this afternoon.

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The Kingston Common Council approved the 2016 budget Tuesday night, but only after amending the mayor’s original proposal, which contained deep cuts from several key staff positions. The final changes recently authorized by the Finance and Audit Committee, included restoration of the city clerk and corporation counsel’s employee salary lines.


Hunter Mountain ski resort in Greene County is being sold to Peak Resorts, Inc. headquartered in Missouri for $36.8 million. Hunter Mountain generates approximately $27 million in annual revenue.


The issuance of casino licenses is weeks, if not days away, and two hotel operators have expressed interest in building facilities in the Village of Monticello in hopes of capitalizing on some of the spillover.

Several volunteers took part in HONOR – Helping Others Needing Our Resources – which served Thanksgiving dinner to the needy in Middletown.


Black Friday is gradually turning into Black Thursday as more and more retail establishments are jumping the gun to capture more of the holiday shoppers.


Pillow fights at the US Military Academy are illegal effective immediately following such an event on August 20 in which 30 people were injured.

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A leading ratings agency says an agreement between New York, New Jersey and federal transportation officials on paying for a new Hudson River rail tunnel shows there's "growing political momentum" behind the long-needed project.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is calling on the House to pass legislation prohibiting suspects on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.

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A winner has emerged in a close Columbia County mayoral race.

Cargo is flying high but passengers are not, at Stewart Airport. Officials hope the Montreign Casino-Resort, planned for Sullivan County, will improve the passenger numbers when it opens in two years.

Officials of the soon-to-be constructed Montreign Casino-Resort in Sullivan County expect Stewart Airport in eastern Orange County, to play a key role in bringing visitors to their Kiamesha Lake facility.

The Indian Point Nuclear power pant, owned and operated by Entergy, arecurrently under review by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel pending the renewal of its operating license for the next 20 years. The hearing, held Monday afternoon in Tarrytown, was the second regarding contentions to Indian Point’s continued operation.


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased its patrols and surveillance across its agencies including the Metro-North Railroad in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday.

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The New York State Department of Public Service will investigate disruptions in the 911 emergency telephone systems that affected more than 400,000 Verizon and Frontier Communications customers in portions of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

A 16-year-old City of Poughkeepsie youth has been arrested for sending two threatening tweets to Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie over a seven-hour period threatening to commit an offense that created fear resulting in the college cancelling classes and telling students to stay in your dormitories.

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A vote by property owners in the 164-acre section of the Town of Monroe to annex their land into the Village of Kiryas Joel may have passed earlier this week, but no transfer can take place until a State Supreme Court judge rules on the challenges to the environmental review.

Demolition of section two of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen began Friday morning with a giant crane ripping down chunks of the building.

For what’s thought to be the first time, a full slate of female candidates is running for Dutchess County positions.

Female candidates are out to unseat the County Executive, Clerk, County Court and Family Court Judges.

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York's 17th District, spoke with WAMC News Monday about a $10 million federal grant to develop bus rapid transit in the Hudson Valley as part of the construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge project. She also discussed Paul Ryan's potential as Speaker and Hillary Clinton's campaign now that Vice President Joe Biden is officially not running.

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The Kiryas Joel School Board has created an advisory committee to study the impact of annexation and the alteration of school district boundaries.

New Paltz Climate Action Coalition

What organizers say will be a major "climate action" is set for Friday afternoon on the Walkway Over the Hudson.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

A mayoral race in Columbia County is going down to the wire.  In Hudson, Republican incumbent Mayor William Hallenbeck  is trying to hold off a challenge from Tiffany Martin Hamilton for a two-year term.


The state Department of Health has approved the certificate of need for Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie to construct its new patient pavilion.


As has been long expected, New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez, a Republican from Schoharie, is the latest candidate to join the field to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. Lopez, who represents the 102nd district, has been in the Assembly since 2007. Lopez once worked as a staffer for former gubernatorial candidate John Faso, who is also seeking the 19th district seat. Lopez discussed his potential candidacy with WAMC.


Another Republican is joining the race to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez of Schoharie tells the Daily Star he is running for New York’s 19th district seat and will formally kick off his campaign soon. The 54-year-old joins a field that also includes former statewide candidate John Faso. Businessman Andrew Heaney is also running.

A Hudson Valley county and nine municipalities have filed a lawsuit over a proposal to allow a fast-growing Hasidic Jewish village to annex 164 acres of adjacent land.

A fire official says a runaway oil tanker has crashed into the side of an apartment building, tipped on its side and spilled 100 gallons of oil in suburban New York.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s proposed 2016 county budget carries a 1.1 percent property tax cut, cuts county spending by $4.5 million over last year and includes no reduction in services or layoffs.

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With an abundance of rain expected over the next several days in Albany and surrounding counties, there has been talk of possible flooding. But you may not know that a vast area including Albany already dodged a bullet this weekend.

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Major storms that once might have hit the coasts of New York and New Jersey every 500 years could soon happen every 25 years or so.  That's one of the findings of a study looking back over 1,000 years.

Ulster County Legislator Christopher Allen was arrested on Friday on an assault charge in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Friday, September 18.