Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota visited Dutchess County this week on a "goodwill mission" of sorts - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports:
The MTA owns the Metro-North Railroad which operates the Hudson and Harlem lines in Dutchess County. Joe Lhota told a crowd of about 200 business people at a County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast that "It's a new day at the MTA."
The cherished autumn tradition of Apple Picking is off to an early start in the Northeast as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops - three state Assemblymen are calling for a special session of the Legislature to pass a tax relief bill for New York’s apple farmers.
Joseph J. Lhota, the new leader of the MTA told Mid-Hudson business people on Wednesday that the transportation agency is negotiating the possibility to bring Metro-North's Hudson and New Haven branch trains to Penn Station, part of a reciprocal agreement which would allow LIRR service to Grand Central. That’s where Metro-North’s service terminates.
A lot of “complicated” details must be worked out with the Long Island Railroad, which uses Penn Station, Lhota said.
After over a year of negotiations, Ulster County and its 1,300 member CSEA have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract.
The contract includes no pay raise in the first two years, a 1.75 percent raise in the third year, 2013, and a two percent raise in the fourth year, 2014. The pact dates back to January 1, 2011 and extends to December 31, 2014.
The TCI Fire that lit up Columbia County skies earlier this month has left a lot of questions in its wake - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports
When the TCI plant in West Ghent went up in flames on August 1st, plumes of thick black smoke and a series of explosions forced the imposition of emergency measures across parts of Columbia and Rensselaer counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.
The Westchester County Public Service Department’s electronic booking information system will be made available to other counties in the region.
The Public Safety and Security Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators gave its approval for the program which will allow for inter-municipal agreements with municipalities in the counties of Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess to access its electronic fingerprinting and digital booking photographs.
Public Safety Chief Inspector Martin McGlynn briefed the committee that identifications can go beyond facial recognition.