Hudson Valley News

Ceremony Sends Off Clearwater With Cargo Of Concern

Jun 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Great Hudson River Revival in New York over the weekend included a sendoff for the sloop Clearwater’s sail to Washington, D.C. The Clearwater Festival returned to Croton Point Park after a one-year hiatus and with it the reenactment of a voyage to stand up for federal clean water protections.

A Catskill Mountain swimming hole is so crowded that state officials are encouraging people to swim elsewhere. 

Attorneys for a Westchester County high school student have filed a second request for the teen to stay in the U.S. The undocumented immigrant from Ecuador was arrested the day of his prom and is being detained, along with his mother, following a deportation order.

Rockland Legislators Condemn Act Of Hate

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Rockland County legislators are expected to vote in support of a resolution condemning what they call the latest act of hate.

Clearwater Festival Returns This Weekend

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

The Clearwater Festival is back after a one-year hiatus. The annual music and environmental festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Education Director Maija Niemisto about what’s in store.

Sullivan County government

A commission delivered a final report Thursday proposing that Sullivan County change its form of government.

Federal immigration officials have denied a request for a high school student in Westchester County to stay in the U.S. The undocumented immigrant from Ecuador was arrested June 8, one day after his mother, and after officials had denied an asylum request and issued a deportation order in November. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the case that has grabbed national attention.

Westchester Officials Issue Health Alert

Jun 15, 2017

Westchester County health officials are urging patrons of a certain restaurant to protect themselves against Hepatitis A. This comes after one of the restaurant’s employees worked there while contagious.

HV Congressman Introduces LGBT PRIDE Act

Jun 14, 2017

New York’s first openly gay member of Congress has authored legislation to combat violence in the LGBTQ community.

Dutchess County legislators intend to put forth a resolution to censure one of their own. If passed, the legislature chairman says it would be the first censure in county legislature history. The legislator targeted says his words have been misconstrued. 

Courtesy of NY Immigration Coalition

Supporters have been rallying for a high school student in Westchester County to be allowed to remain in the United States. This comes after federal officials arrested the undocumented immigrant from Ecuador June 8.

Democratic Field Of Challengers In NY's 19th Grows

Jun 13, 2017
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The field of potential opponents to Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th Congressional District continues to grow. Two Woodstock residents with deep roots in the swing district are announcing their runs.

Grant Aims To Stem Food Waste In The Hudson Valley

Jun 12, 2017
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US Department of Agriculture

A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties as its members has received New York state funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A forum Friday in Putnam County focused on nuclear waste storage and decommissioning. Much of the discussion was about the Indian Point nuclear power plant in neighboring Westchester County, which is slated to close by 2021.

Indian Point 3 Will Shut Down To Replace Water Seals

Jun 11, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, one of Indian Point’s nuclear power plants will be shut down for maintenance beginning Sunday night.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As officials continue grappling with the PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh, thoughts are turning to the distant future — to creating a watershed model replicable throughout New York.

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The fight against the opioid epidemic has seen a variety of approaches, including changes to law enforcement policies and an increased focus on prevention. Now, a few counties in the Hudson Valley have filed suit against pharmaceutical companies. Dutchess County is the latest to allege the companies have used deceptive practices, leading to the crisis. And at least one other Hudson Valley county is considering filing suit.

Elephant Protection Act Heads To NY Governor's Desk

Jun 8, 2017

A bill that bans the use of elephants in circuses and other forms of entertainment is headed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The idea for the legislation originated with college students.

Town Justice Is Charged With Hiding Her Real Address

Jun 8, 2017

A justice for a town court in Orange County, New York has been charged with making false statements and obstruction of justice, allegedly to hide the fact she lives in Rockland County.

The Wawayanda Six Are Found Guilty

Jun 7, 2017

Six defendants, including actor James Cromwell, in a civil disobedience trial have been found guilty. They were accused of blocking access to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County. 

Joining some half-a-dozen others, a Kingston native has launched a campaign to challenge freshman Republican John Faso in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh this week to update the community on PFOS contamination and the blood testing program. It was the sixth community meeting in the city since PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water source was discovered in May 2016.

There is a public meeting Monday night in Newburgh on the PFOS water issue.

A Dutchess County resident launched his campaign Monday to challenge freshman Republican John Faso in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

New York, two other states and New York City have agreed on a plan to manage water flow in the Delaware River. This comes after New Jersey did not sign off on what has become an annually-agreed upon plan. New York City and state officials are wagging a finger at New Jersey while the Garden State’s environmental officials say it’s time they got their fair share. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.


A new law took effect in a Hudson Valley county this week that requires anyone who purchases cigarettes to be at least 21 years old.

EPA Says PCB Cleanup Is Working, Others Disagree

Jun 1, 2017
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday released its second review of the cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The review concludes that the $1.7 billion cleanup of the Superfund site is working. Several environmental groups and lawmakers from New York disagree, saying more dredging is needed.

Dance Program Includes A Focus On Girl Empowerment

Jun 1, 2017
Courtesy of Lijah Friedman

A dance performance scheduled for Saturday at SUNY New Paltz showcases the work of young students from a private dance center in Ulster County. This year’s performance includes a focus on empowering girls, a theme that grew out of, in part, the presidential election. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Founder and Director of Barefoot Dance Center Jessie Levey about the annual performance.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday announced $35 million in funding available for high-need school districts across the state to establish after-school programs. And there are seven districts in the Hudson Valley eligible to apply.

Riverkeeper Sweep Finds Less Trash At Many Locations

May 30, 2017
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The 6th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep yielded 26 tons of trash, tires, assorted junk and recyclable plastic away from Hudson Valley and New York City shorelines at 102 locations. Some sites are now considered clean, but problem areas persist.