Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley Assemblyman Is Hospitalized

Apr 12, 2018

Democratic New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados has been hospitalized with an unspecified grave illness.

The Westchester County executive signed a measure Tuesday, on Equal Pay Day, intended to help close the gender wage gap. The county’s Board of Legislators unanimously approved the provision Monday. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is advancing similar legislation.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On Wednesday, a New York state senator will be in the village where the Indian Point nuclear power plant is based.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three elected officials joined an environmental group Monday in calling on the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to revoke or suspend an essential permit for a natural gas power plant in Orange County. At the same time, they voiced concern about the health and safety of area residents during the testing phase of the plant.

Letter Asks DEC To Revoke Or Suspend CPV Permit

Apr 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three elected officials and environmental group Riverkeeper have asked the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend or revoke an essential permit for a power plant nearing its final stages before operation. The call comes following the March conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges that involved state business with two companies, including the power plant.

NYS Budget Includes Funding For East Ramapo Schools

Apr 7, 2018

A trio of New York lawmakers from the Hudson Valley says they have secured funding in the new state budget for the East Ramapo School District in Rockland County.


An Ulster County legislator has proposed a countywide ban on conversion therapy for minors. If the bill is enacted, Ulster would become the second county outside New York City with such a ban. The effort comes as several states and municipalities consider the prohibition.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

There is a type of treehouse in Dutchess County awaiting special visitors this spring. Not only do the nesting boxes aim to increase a declining Kestrel population in the mid-Hudson Valley, but an 11th-grader has taken on the project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the latest installment of our spring series.

SUNY New Paltz Introduces New Degree Program

Apr 5, 2018

The State University of New York at New Paltz has a new Bachelor of Science program.

Vassar Announces Commencement Speaker

Apr 4, 2018
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The leader of a progressive public policy organization will deliver the commencement address at Vassar College in May.

Dutchess County Exec Launches Bid For NY Governor

Apr 2, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After saying in January he would not enter the race for New York governor, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro reconsidered. Monday, in his hometown of Tivoli, where his political career began in the 1990s, the Republican kicked off his campaign. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at Tivoli Village Hall for the announcement.

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 20 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, three are in the Hudson Valley.

A New York state Senate hearing on storm response and preparedness is set for next week. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley had called for the hearing following winter storms in early March that left large portions of their districts in the dark.

HV State Lawmakers To DOT: Submit Rail Crossings Study

Mar 16, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are wondering why New York’s transportation department hasn’t finished a rail crossings study, as mandated by legislation.

NYCLU Report Looks At Cash Bail Impacts

Mar 15, 2018

The New York Civil Liberties Union has released a report it hopes will inform the state-level discussion on bail reform. The NYCLU claims its report shares unknown information on the use of bail. But, one Hudson Valley district attorney does see a need for bail reform and takes issue with some of the proposals being discussed.

Calls Mount For NYS To Revoke CPV's Permits

Mar 14, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Tuesday’s conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges involved state business with two companies. One is a power plant in Orange County that is nearing completion. WAMC’s Allison Dunne reports some lawmakers are calling on the state to revoke the plant’s permits.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard released a report Tuesday with recommendations following a review of safety risks on the Hudson River. Additional anchorage sites along the river are not among the recommendations, though onlookers says the Coast Guard has not ruled out future proposals and rulemaking.

Westchester Legislators Pass Immigrant Protection Act

Mar 13, 2018

The Westchester Board of Legislators approved an Immigrant Protection Act Monday night. Democratic County Executive George Latimer intends to sign the bill. A few Republican legislators say the measure puts safety on the line. And some attorneys believe Westchester will become the first county in New York to have such legislation on the books.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Kingston’s mayor hosted a forum on policing and community relations Monday night. The idea was to open lines of communication among residents, police officers and police commissioners. Several residents say they appreciated the forum, but there is lots of work to be done.

NYS Brings Felony Charges Against Mount Vernon Mayor

Mar 13, 2018

The mayor of Mount Vernon faces felony charges in a public corruption case brought by the New York state Attorney General’s office.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is introducing two bills to honor two former Hudson Valley congressmen — Democrat Maurice Hinchey and Republican Ben Gilman. Maloney wants to add their names to local landmarks associated with their efforts.

HV Congressman To Hold Additional Gun Violence Forums

Mar 10, 2018

New York Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will hold three community forums over the weekend on school gun violence. They come after one he held in Poughkeepsie last weekend following the February deadly school shooting in Florida.

NYPIRG Student Leader Conference Features Former Mayor

Mar 10, 2018
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

The New York Public Interest Research Group will hold its annual spring student leader conference Saturday at a SUNY school in the Hudson Valley. The keynote speaker is a former Democratic mayor from upstate.

Following two massive snowstorms that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark, elected officials, from Congress to town supervisors, have berated utility companies that serve the lower Hudson Valley for their response to the first storm. Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling for the CEOs of two power companies to step down.

NYS Helps Rockland Clear Downed Trees

Mar 8, 2018
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A second major snowstorm to hit the region in less than a week left portions of Rockland County with many downed trees. And the county executive has been working with the state for assistance.

Two New York state senators from the Hudson Valley are calling for a hearing on utility companies’ response to the storm that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark.

Six Democrats and one unaffiliated candidate want the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. 41-year-old Dutchess County resident Antonio Delgado, who moved back to the region last year, calls himself a Progressive Democrat. Thursday night, Delgado received the Dutchess County Democratic Committee endorsement. This is the fourth of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to allow law enforcement to treat certain threats as terrorism.

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Republican New York Congressman John Faso has written to the U.S. Treasury Department. He’s asking for guidance concerning proposed tax changes in Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget. Cuomo’s proposed changes come after federal tax law capped state and local income tax deductions.

Ulster County Launches Specialized Smoke Alarm Program

Feb 28, 2018
Office of the Ulster County Executive

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has announced a new fire safety initiative.