Hudson Valley News

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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Hudson Valley News
7:02 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Violent crime down in Kingston

Violent crime was down substantially during the first five months of the year in Kingston, according to crime statistics kept by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the statistics, which show a 34 percent drop in violent crime...

To date this year, violent crime dropped 34 percent. There were no murders or rapes and robberies were down 44 percent. Burglaries were down 17 percent, although larceny arrests increased.

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Hudson Valley News
1:47 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

NY Electric Grid: Task Force Moves Ahead

The task force working on improving New York's Electric grid is making progress... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Hudson Valley News
5:55 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Differing ideas over fixing joblessness in Hudson Valley

Organized labor and New York Republican House member representing the Hudson Valley  agree that something must be done to boost employment, as the national unemployment figure for June showed joblessness was 8.2 percent with just 80,000 new jobs added. But they have different views on how to grow the economy. Hank Gross reports…

Paul Ellis-Graham, president of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, said the GOP House of Representatives is blocking the solution to the problem.

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Hudson Valley News
4:08 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Furgary To Close July 16

Composite of photos provided by Save The Furgary
Tiffany Hamilton/Save The Furgary

 

An iconic fishing encampment which may be the last of its kind is days away from the wrecking ball... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Hudson Valley News, Health
12:18 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Summer Alerts: Parvovirus & Rabies

Pet owners: make sure the vaccinations of cats and dogs are up to date.
WAMC/Dave Lucas

Summertime means more contact among people, pets and wildlife outdoors - Animal experts and Public Health officials are urging citizens to be aware of two diseases that are on this season's watchlist... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

An outbreak of a virus affecting dogs is raising concerns throughout Ulster County- Officials say par-vo-virus is highly contagious. Dr. Arnold Rugg is with the Kingston Animal Hospital - he says there have been six deaths so far.  Parvovirus poses no threat to humans, and Rugg says it can easily be prevented through vaccination.

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Hudson Valley News, New York News
3:59 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

New York State Offering Free AC To Qualified Residents

Along with the high temperatures that visit us this time of year, funds have been made available to help New Yorkers with serious medical conditions to beat the heat.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The timing was just right - on Friday, as the mercury hit the 90s, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that certain low-income New Yorkers with particular medical conditions can receive free air conditioners from the state.

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Hudson Valley News
12:42 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Healthcare Services Expanded via $650,000 Federal Grant

A recent federal grant will mean easier access to better care for
communities in New York - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center is expanding - opening
two facilities - the first in one of the many so-called "isolated"
Hudson Valley Communities -  a full healthcare center in Highland Falls
as well as a new health center at 290 Broadway in Newburgh. 

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