Hudson Valley News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday says state resources have been deployed to fight a forest fire that began in Sullivan County and spread to Ulster County.

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

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
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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
Joefaust, Wikimedia Commons

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.