Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The family of the SUV driver involved in a deadly collision with a Metro-North commuter train in the Hudson Valley plans to sue the railroad.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Back in December, we brought you a series on student loan debt. One of the stories focused on young farmers, who face unique challenges. Now, a follow-up: one of the young farmers in our original story is starting her season with a lot more green than she had hoped.

This was Leanna Mulvihill in December.

“I have about $18,000 in debt. I went to a state school and I got a scholarship, so I got really lucky as far as the costs of college go, but I still have debt.”

And this is Mulvihill today.

Orange County, CSEA Reach Tentative Agreement

May 5, 2015
Courtesy of CSEA, Orange County, NY

A Hudson Valley county and union have reached a tentative agreement after four years without a contract.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and CSEA President Sabina Shapiro Monday announced that a tentative contract agreement has been reached between the county and the Civil Services Employees Association. The previous CSEA contract expired in 2011. CSEA is Orange County’s largest employee union representing about 1,550 county and college employees. The terms of the tentative contract include a 1.75% wage increase this year; 1.5% in 2016 and in 2017; and 1.25 % in 2018.

East Ramapo School Officials Warn Of A Hoax Letter

May 5, 2015

The clerk for the East Ramapo Central School district in Rockland County is warning of a hoax letter.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, but at least one area scientist is advocating for moving the campaign to April, to get ahead of tick emergence. Meanwhile, Dutchess County — at the epicenter of the disease —  is aiming to educate the public in a different way this year.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He says if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

May 4, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

NYS Has Three Horses In The Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2015
Courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com

Three thoroughbreds born and raised in New York will compete in the first leg of horse-racing’s Triple Crown. It’s the most the state has had at one time in the Kentucky Derby. And as WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, two of the horses are from the Hudson Valley.

The two horses from the Hudson Valley are International Star, foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains in Dutchess County; and Upstart, foaled at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be cheering for Upstart, who drew the number 18 post.

Restaurant Group Sues Over Plastic Foam Ban In NYC

May 1, 2015
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Restaurant, manufacturing and recycling groups have sued to stop New York City's proposed ban on plastic foam containers.

POK Woman Is Charged In Death Of Missing Kayaker

Apr 30, 2015

A Poughkeepsie woman whose fiancée has been missing since a kayaking trip in mid-April has been charged with second-degree murder. The Orange County district attorney's office announced the charge Thursday.

NYS Senator Wants Anti-Overdose Drug Available OTC

Apr 30, 2015
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is asking the health commissioner to allow Narcan, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, to be sold without a prescription. Another state senator says there needs to be more training to administer the drug first.

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, has penned a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, with a request concerning Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, a drug used to counter an opioid overdose.

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

College students and community members throughout the country are coming together to organize and support relief efforts following Saturday's Nepal earthquake. The earthquake has claimed at least 5,500 lives. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks at a few of the efforts from Nepali students at colleges in New York.

CIA Joins Taste NY As Education Partner

Apr 30, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced that a culinary college in the Hudson Valley is an education partner for the Taste NY program.

MTA Bans Certain Ads On Its Subways And Buses

Apr 29, 2015

The nation's largest mass transit system has banned all political advertising on its subways and buses after a judge ruled that a pro-Israel group was allowed to display an advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" on New York City buses.

Scenic Hudson Protects 590 Acres Along The Hudson

Apr 29, 2015
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson, Jeff Anzevino

A Poughkeepsie, New York-based environmental group has protected nearly 600 acres along the Hudson River in Columbia County.

Courtesy of the City of White Plains

New York’s two U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley congresswoman are urging the secretary of the U.S. Navy to name a ship after a city in Westchester County.

2015 Bard SummerScape Festival Turns To Latin America

Apr 28, 2015
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This summer marks an historic season for the annual Bard SummerScape festival, when eight weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret will turn for the first time to Latin America. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview of the festival that takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Hudson River campus. 

Courtesy of Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, Vassar College

A college in the Hudson Valley has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant to establish a hub for regional environmental research.

Several Rockland County residents plan to head to Albany Tuesday for an advocacy day. They want to urge legislators to pass an oversight bill for the East Ramapo School District.

Courtesy of the American Red Cross

As the death toll from Saturday's Nepal earthquake exceeds 4,000 people, the American Red Cross is urging those who want to help to donate money instead of items. Meanwhile, a group formed Sunday in Vermont is also trying to help.

Dutchess County Artist Displays "Transfourming Sorrow"

Apr 27, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Dutchess County artist is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with an installation at his 11-acre Stanfordville residence. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne visited the multimedia installation opening day Saturday, in recognition of the Turkish massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians.

NY Congressman To Introduce Anti-Swatting Act

Apr 26, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Eliot Engel

A New York Congressman whose district includes portions of Westchester County will introduce a bill Monday to combat “swatting.”

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Federal funding is headed to first responders in two locations in Westchester County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Emergency planning and public education related to a radiological incident at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County is inadequate. That’s according to a report from a non-profit watchdog group now calling on the public and local governments to include such planning beyond federal requirements.

Bard College Receives Grant For Scholarships

Apr 24, 2015
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A college in Dutchess County has been awarded a grant to support certain scholarships.

Rockland Grassroots Group To Receive EPA Award

Apr 24, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Environmental Protection Agency Friday will honor a grassroots group that combatted a controversial proposed desalination plant in Rockland County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As in many other states, craft beer is on the rise in New York. But new snags have accompanied the brewing boom. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by a brewery in Dutchess County to push for malt barley crop insurance. Farmers and brewers alike say it would help craft brewers increase their locally-sourced ingredients.

A Former County Legislator Is Sentenced

Apr 23, 2015

A former Rockland County legislator who resigned from his position after pleading guilty to election fraud was sentenced Thursday.

Westchester To Open Economic Development Office In NYC

Apr 23, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County is opening an economic development office in Manhattan and is targeting companies that are thinking about leaving New York City.

A barge lodged itself under the Tappan Zee Bridge but didn't damage the 60-year-old crossing or the nearby bridge under construction.

Police Identify Human Remains Found In Orange County

Apr 22, 2015

State police say human remains found by utility workers clearing brush in Orange County have been identified as the victim in a Bronx homicide case.

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