Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Environmentalists Say Current Oil and Gas Wells Need Closer Inspections

Pipes sit on US Salt property in Reading, NY awaiting approval for Finger Lakes LPG to build a natural gas storage facility.
Ryan Delaney/WAMC

ALBANY – Some 76 percent of the current gas and oil wells in New York go uninspected by the state annually and before Albany considers approving hydrofracking to harvest natural gas from shale formations, it should increase staff and conduct more inspections. That assessment came Tuesday from environmental organization Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

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Hudson Valley News
4:14 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

New Hudson River Monitoring Station in Poughkeepsie Unveiled

USGS Hydrologist Gary Wall inside the new pump station.
Marist College

A new high-tech environmental monitoring station based at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday on the banks of the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The new station is part of a network of 15 sensors collectively known as the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System, providing round-the-clock data on a range of variables— such as temperature, salinity, and pH --- Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute, says the new station is unique because it can collect actual water samples.

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Hudson Valley News
8:35 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Hudson's Frugary Seized By City

The City of Hudson today followed through on its threat to shut down the Frugary... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...

Hudson Police say they removed three "trespassers" early this morning from the fishing encamapment on city owned land - people had been using small shacks on the property for more than a hundred years - stewarding Hudson's North Dock and North Bay - paying no taxes - handing the buildings down through generations -

The Frugary squatters collectively organized under the moniker of The North Dock Tin Boat Association ...

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Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Tue July 17, 2012

SUNY Dutchess tuition rises

In-county students at SUNY Dutchess will pay more than $3,000 for tuition for the first time next fall under an annual budget approved 17-to-4 by the County Legislature Monday night. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports… 

Dutchess college students will still pay the lowest tuition of any community college in New York State. 

Some who supported the budget said their ‘yes’ was a reluctant one.  Among them was Republican Benjamin Traudt.

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Hudson Valley News
11:45 am
Fri July 13, 2012

County Program Provides $1.2M For Local Community Improvements

Officials have announced grants totaling nearly $1.2 million will be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2012 Community Development Block Grant Program to fund an array of local projects county-wide. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more...

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the county nearly 1-point-2 million dollars under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Dutchess cautiously optimistic about fiscal health

Dutchess County, New York government may be starting to see some signs of financial recovery while officials still struggle with the economy. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more…

Recent sales tax income is down two percent, but the hotel/motel room tax is flat and with increases in employee pension and health insurance costs and other state mandated expenses, balancing the budget remains a juggling act.

County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville presented the county legislature with a 2011 year end review and a peak at 2012.

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Hudson Valley News
1:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

"Constitution Pipeline" Debate Continues

The propsed 120-mile long "Constitution Pipeline" would transport natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the town of Wright, Schoharie County, where it would then be sent on to existing lines in the area.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the project.

During a press conference earlier this week, Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez expressed support for an alternate route for the pipeline which would follow the I-88 corridor.

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Hudson Valley News
7:36 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Nurses Association wary about merger

The New York State Nurses Association, which represents 260 registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital, says as the HealthAlliance considers closing Kingston Hospital and folding all services into Benedictine, it should consider the effect on the community. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports…

The Nurses Association claims HealthAlliance’s current problems are “the result of several poor management decisions,” said spokesman Mark Genovese.

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Hudson Valley News
12:08 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Poughkeepsie Imposes Fee on Vacant and Abandoned Properties

When the mortgage bubble burst and the economy turned sour in 2008 - the result was an uptick in the number of vacant or otherwise abandoned homes and properties across the nation - one city is imposing a hefty fee on property owners who fail to maintain those abandoned sites - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Whether you are a bank or a private citizen: if you hold title to a piece of property in the city of Poughkeepsue and you've abandoned it or are otherwise ignoring it - you could be facing a hefty fine.

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Hudson Valley News
12:03 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Columbia County Foster Care Numbers Coming Down

For years, Columbia County has had the highest rate of foster care placement in New York State - the numbers are finally coming down, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

While Columbia County’s foster care placement rate remains higher than its closest competitors — Schenectady and Cortland counties, the numbers have softened since 2008 – when county children were placed in foster homes at a rate three times greater then any other county.

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