Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
3:52 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Indian Point: Moving Spent Fuel Could Threaten Re-licensing

It took three years to get the official approval necessary to allow Indian Point to move spent nuclear fuel from one storage area to other. As Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas explains, the process in getting special permission could affect re-licensing the plant’s reactors…

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12:33 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Watershed Leaders vs New York City Over Turbid Waters

21 state, county and municipal leaders have signed a letter calling on New York State to fine New York City 13-point-5 million dollars for sending turbid waters into the Lower Esopus Creek... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The 21 leaders sent a letter to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which must decide whether to allow the releases of muddy water to go on...  those opposed to the releases argue they damage ecosystems in the Lower Esopus and hinder business and recreational opportunities for communities situated along the Creek.

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Hudson Valley News
7:33 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Ulster Leads State in Job Growth

ALBANY – The Ulster County metro area led the state in job growth year over year in June with a 5.4 percent increase.

Private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased 11,700, or 1.6 percent, to 754,100 for the 12 month period ending in June, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro region saw a 2.1 percent job growth while the Dutchess-Orange metro region lost 0.3 percent.

Sullivan County gained a half-percent in job growth while Columbia County had no growth and Greene County fell by one percent.

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Hudson Valley News
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Trucker in Kerry Kennedy's NY auto crash ticketed

The driver of the truck struck by the ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports

Rocco Scuiletti, of Poughkeepsie, was sideswiped last Friday by Kerry Kennedy's Lexus on Interstate 684 north of New York City.

She's pleaded not guilty to a driving while drug-impaired charge. Kennedy says doctors believe the accident was caused by a seizure stemming from an old brain injury.

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Hudson Valley News
3:58 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Saving Shad

Two years have passed since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation banned Shad fishing ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the ongoing effort to preserve and protect the fish's habitat.

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Hudson Valley News
7:26 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Schumer Asks Delta to Reconsider Service Reduction at Stewart

Delta connection jet takes off from Stewart
WAMC

WASHINGTON – In the wake of last week’s announcement that Delta Air Lines will drop its Stewart Airport to Atlanta route effective August 31, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he will ask the airline to reconsider the decision.

Schumer said on Wednesday he is disappointed with the announcement, but will press forward with his continuing efforts to attract new air service to the Newburgh airport.

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Hudson Valley News
8:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Hudson River Monitoring Station Unveiled in Poughkeepsie

Gary Wall of the U.S. Geological Survey at the monitoring panel

POUGHKEEPSIE – A new Hudson River environmental monitoring station at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday.

The station, built in partnership with the US Geological Survey, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Marist College, is funded by the US EPA.

The new station will continuously monitor water quality and automatically collect samples for the assessment of toxics, said Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute.

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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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