Hudson Valley News

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Voluntary testing of the water systems in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown has turned up high lead levels in some areas.

NYS Legislature Passes Bill For Rondout Creek

Jun 18, 2016
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The New York state legislature passed a bill that designates a Hudson Valley creek as an inland waterway.

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The New York state Public Service Commission held its final public hearing last night on a proposed rate hike from a water company that serves customers in Orange and Rockland Counties. Speakers condemned the company’s request to recover millions of dollars from a scuttled desalination plant as part of the proposed increase.

The New York state legislature Thursday passed a bill concerning the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the selection of a final design for a bicycle and pedestrian path for the New NY Bridge, which is replacing the Tappan Zee. After a strong push by elected officials and residents on the Rockland County side, the alternative with the least impact was chosen.

Authorities say a former treasurer of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department in Putnam County embezzled more than $5.7 million and used the money to buy yachts, jewelry and a second home in Florida. 

Legoland Proposal For Goshen Is Unveiled Publicly

Jun 15, 2016
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The public has gotten its first taste of what a planned Legoland New York would look like. The English company behind the proposed theme park for Orange County delivered a presentation Tuesday night to the Goshen Town Board and an overflow audience.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in the Hudson Valley Monday helping to promote the exporting potential of businesses. New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey joined her as did the head of a government credit agency.

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There will be a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in Rockland County in memory of victims of the mass shooting Sunday at an Orlando nightclub.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement Monday to improve rail safety measures across the state. A number of Hudson Valley lawmakers have been pushing for such legislation in the wake of a fatal collision in Westchester County last year.

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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has prompted two New York lawmakers in Congress to call for the passage of gun reform legislation.

A Muslim group in suburban New York says a decision to give landmark status to a house it had planned to use as a mosque is less about historical preservation and more about putting up barriers to their plans.

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City officials are glad to know that 120 leaks in its water system have been identified and can be repaired, reducing the amount of water being lost as Newburgh continues to face its contamination crisis.

NY Rep. Urges Emergency Funding To Combat Zika

Jun 10, 2016
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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus. The head of the March of Dimes is echoing that call.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced that work has begun on a $7 million project to replace two bridges near the Rondout Reservoir in Sullivan County.

NYS DOS To Hold Hearing On Rockland Real Estate Issue

Jun 10, 2016

Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say the Department of State has agreed to hold a public hearing concerning aggressive solicitations by real estate brokers.

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Supporters and opponents of Indian Point were out in force Wednesday evening at a hotel in Tarrytown. They were there for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual public meeting about the performance of the Westchester County-based nuclear power plant.

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A New York congresswoman is calling for her colleagues to approve federal funds to combat the Zika virus.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced $5.5 million in projects to construct visitor centers at each entrance of the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world —  Walkway Over the Hudson. Cuomo made the announcement mid-bridge before a number of local elected officials and others.

The mother of an Indiana University student from Westchester County who vanished five years ago says she still believes the mystery of her daughter's disappearance will someday be solved.

Trash Fest Comes To An Ulster County Town

Jun 3, 2016
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An Ulster County town will host its first Trash Fest beginning this weekend. And part of the month-long festival includes discussion about cutting down on plastic bags.

Former SUNY New Paltz President Dies At 94

Jun 2, 2016

A former president of the State University of New York at New Paltz has died. More from WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

An attorney representing a newly-formed coalition of yeshivas has complained to the New York state Education Department about the Rockland County Executive’s approach to fire safety inspections at private schools. The county executive makes no apologies, saying safety is his number one concern. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $2 million in grants across six New York communities. And two recipients are in the Hudson Valley.

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Following months of intensifying gun violence in Newburgh, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is calling on the Department of Justice to approve funding for certain technology for the city’s police department.

Three Die In A Truck/Car Crash On I-84

Jun 1, 2016

Police say two women and a 9-year-old girl have died after a tractor-trailer slammed into a car that had run out of gas on Interstate 84 in Orange County.

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The Orange County District Attorney, county sheriff, and various police chiefs announced Tuesday that eleven defendants have been charged with trafficking various drugs throughout the county.

Grant Money Heads To Hudson River SkyWalk Concept

May 31, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday announced that grant money will enable the next steps in building the Hudson River SkyWalk, a pedestrian trail linking two historic sites across the Hudson River.

NY IG Criticizes Release Of A Report To A Newspaper

May 31, 2016

New York's inspector general has criticized a Board of Elections spokesman for releasing an investigative report about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to a newspaper.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded a two-year grant to expand its environmental education programs.