Hudson Valley News

The Wawayanda Six Trial Is Set To Begin

Apr 20, 2017

A civil disobedience trial that includes actor James Cromwell is scheduled to begin Thursday. He and five others are accused of blocking access to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County hosted its first autism awareness training for first responders Tuesday. It’s part of the county’s Think Differently initiative. The aim is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals with special needs.

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Six students will become the first SUNY New Paltz students to complete the college’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program when they graduate with the Class of 2017.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A crash last week in Rockland County involving a CSX train that hit a car-carrying trailer stuck on the tracks has U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer calling on the feds to take action.

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On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that more than $32 million in grants and loans are going toward drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across New York. Four of the seven projects are in the Hudson Valley.

NY Congressman Faso Holds Televised Town Hall

Apr 14, 2017
U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th House district held a televised town hall Thursday night. And though protesters lined up outside the studio in Troy, the town hall itself was polite and low key. Some 80 invited constituents asked questions for more than an hour, on topics ranging from health care to Syria.

A New York state assemblyman from Orange County in the Hudson Valley is drafting legislation to repeal a clause in the new tuition-free pubic college program for middle-class students. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday enacting the program. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

NYS Budget Includes Farm To Food Bank Bill

Apr 11, 2017
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US Department of Agriculture

After proponents tried for two years, a bill that gives tax credits to farmers who donate produce to food banks has made it to the final New York state budget.

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The New York state budget includes $2.5 billion for clean water infrastructure, which lawmakers and environmentalists alike are cheering. And fueled by drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, there is companion legislation that requires nearly all public drinking water supplies in the state to be tested for emerging contaminants.

In a month’s time, there have been two near misses concerning the transport of hazardous materials through the Hudson Valley. One was a freight train derailment in Newburgh along the Hudson River. The other: a barge that ran aground in the Hudson River near Catskill. Following the Newburgh incident, the New York state comptroller penned a letter to the federal transportation secretary with his concerns.

Good Government, Reform Groups Size Up NYS Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Good government and reform groups are weighing in on the New York state budget that the Senate passed Sunday. The $153 billion budget includes a variety of policies, which some say is par for the course and others say is too much in the wrong place.

Two HV Lawmakers Weigh In On NYS Budget

Apr 10, 2017
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Nine days after the new fiscal year began, the New York Senate yesterday passed a $153 billion state budget. A few lawmakers in the Hudson Valley underscored important facets for their districts.

Military Academies Take Part In Cyber-Defense Exercise

Apr 10, 2017
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West Point cadets are competing against other service academies this week in an annual cyber-defense exercise.

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New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was in Poughkeepsie earlier this week as part of a series of events across the state marking National Public Health Week. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals in an Ulster County town recently ruled that the town planning board’s approval of certain permits for the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park complies with town code. Now a non-profit group is challenging the decision.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Democratic chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators said Thursday legislation to support Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s planned lawsuit to stop or delay the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant is dead on arrival. Astorino announced his lawsuit plans Wednesday. He argued that the January agreement among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Indian Point parent company Entergy and Riverkeeper to close Indian Point by 2021 cannot move forward because an environmental review was not completed. More from WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Westchester County lawmakers voted unanimously to approve a lease for what could become the county’s largest business deal ever approved by the Board of Legislators.

NY Congressman Maloney Holds Telephone Town Hall

Apr 4, 2017

At a time when voters are increasingly contacting their representatives in Washington, New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney recently held a telephone town hall. Constituents in his 18th District asked about topics ranging from immigration to climate change to health care.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is expected to approve Monday night a land lease for what could be the county’s largest public-private project — a biotech hub next to Westchester Medical Center.


Advocates for early education in Massachusetts are applauding this week’s funding boost announced by the Baker administration.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state lawmaker is among the latest to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to take responsibility for the PFOS drinking water contamination in Newburgh.

NYS DOH Discusses PFOS Blood Test Results In Newburgh

Mar 31, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Health held two pubic information sessions Thursday in Newburgh on the second set of PFOS blood test results. The blood testing regimen was put in place after the public learned in May 2016 of PFOS contamination in Washington Lake, Newburgh’s main drinking water supply.

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Vassar College is embarking on a $1.6 million initiative to advance its mission as an inclusive and affirming learning community.

More than two dozen residents are seeking permission to sue the City of Newburgh over PFOS drinking water contamination. Their attorney has filed paperwork in state supreme court in Orange County aiming to pave the way. If the suit is allowed to proceed, it apparently would be the first since the public learned of the contamination last May.

March Snowstorm Walloped Poughkeepsie's Budget

Mar 29, 2017
Courtesy of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison

The blizzard that hit Dutchess County and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley earlier in March has taken a financial toll on the City of Poughkeepsie.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Newburgh Tuesday. He visited the city’s water department to tour the future site of Newburgh’s new carbon filtration system. The system is being built in response to Newburgh’s PFOS drinking water contamination revealed last year. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne took a tour with Commissioner Seggos.

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The New York State Department of Health will hold two public information sessions Thursday, March 30, to discuss the second set of PFOS blood test results.

Courtesy of Wallkill River Watershed Alliance

Environmental group Riverkeeper has released a report on water quality in the Wallkill River that shows contamination levels throughout. The findings will be discussed Tuesday evening at the Wallkill River Summit at SUNY New Paltz. Meanwhile, Riverkeeper and another group have requested funding in New York’s budget for a state study of the Wallkill River.

Work Has Begun On Two Bridges In Westchester

Mar 28, 2017
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that work is underway on a $17.1 million project to build two bridges in Westchester County. It’s part of his $542 million Empire Bridge program.

NYS Senator Seeks Greater Protection for Wetlands

Mar 27, 2017
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would give New York greater authority to identify and protect wetland areas. He says the legislation is crucial given the apparently reduced role of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and potential evisceration of some of the nation’s water protection rules.