Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Four New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are sponsoring a hearing Wednesday for the public to weigh in on a controversial U.S. Coast Guard proposal to establish up to 10 anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

A former congressman is calling on the inspectors general of two federal agencies to probe the permitting process for a controversial gas power plant project in New York’s Orange County. This follows corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office in September against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Courtesy of the Office of the Rockland County Executive

Rockland County is donating surplus medical supplies to the Haitian hurricane relief effort.

A state Supreme Court justice has rejected two legal challenges to a Hasidic Jewish village's expansion in Orange County. Unless there is an appeal, the 164-acre annexation may proceed.

Authorities say they've charged a man with fatally shooting a teenager in the City of Newburgh in the late summer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh. The bills come shortly after the state Department of Health announced a PFOS blood-testing program for Newburgh.

Following vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in New York’s Orange County over the weekend, a Jewish group is offering a reward for what it’s calling a hate crime. Plus, there will be a rally of solidarity.

A congressional bipartisan task force has introduced legislation to help combat European anti-Semitism. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stood on a train platform in Orange County Thursday. He was in Tuxedo calling on New Jersey Transit and Metro-North to improve emergency communications with passengers following last week’s train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. A Metro-North spokesman is responding.

Local Groups Prep For Feeding The Hudson Valley

Oct 4, 2016

A number of community organizations in the Hudson Valley are banding together to raise awareness about food waste. They’ve been prepping for a first-time event Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson called Feeding the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at the Newburgh waterfront Monday, announcing legislation to prevent the establishment of any new anchorage sites in the Hudson River Valley. But the U.S. Coast Guard will continue the proposed rulemaking process as planned.

Funding Goes To Middletown To Hire More Cops

Oct 4, 2016

Three New York federal lawmakers say an Orange County city will receive $500,000 to put four new cops on the beat.

Oil Spill Cleanup At Indian Point Is Under Way

Oct 3, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue oversight of the cleanup of Friday’s oil spill at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The governor and DEC commissioner have visited the plant, and a plant spokesman says cleanup likely will take a few days.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he signed three measures sponsored by a number of Hudson Valley lawmakers to rename roadways in the Mid-Hudson region in honor of fallen New York military heroes. Cuomo also signed such renaming bills in other parts of the state.

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U.S. lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have announced federal funding that will help a Westchester County-based organization combat human trafficking.

A documentary theater project about Hudson Valley and Capital Region farmers is being brought to the stage at Bard College this weekend. The piece is being directed by Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, known for roles in films like Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny & Joon. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson  and the National Young Farmer Coalition's Lindsey Shute about the multimedia play “Good Dirt.”  

Cuomo Vetoes Annexation Oversight Bill

Sep 30, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed for the second consecutive year an annexation oversight bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will install security cameras along a reservoir in Ulster County. 

Faso, Teachout Address Ulster County Chamber Members

Sep 29, 2016

The candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District race addressed Ulster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning in Kingston. Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, virtually tied in the latest poll, took turns answering members’ questions in the race to fill the seat of the retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says most of the injuries in the Hoboken commuter train crash came from people aboard the train, not standing on the platform. Meanwhile, the Rockland County executive is providing resources to residents affected by the crash.

Courtesy of Save the John Green House

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced that 22 properties have been recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Four are in the Hudson Valley.

A former president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County is one of 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences who has signed an open letter to draw attention to the perils of climate change. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Dr. William Schlesinger about why he thinks the letter is important.

Poll Shows Faso, Teachout Are Neck And Neck

Sep 28, 2016

The race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional District is neck and neck. That’s according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll that shows Republican John Faso with a 1-point lead over Democrat Zephyr Teachout.

Legoland New York To Open Welcome Center In Goshen

Sep 28, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Legoland New York officials said Tuesday they will be opening a welcome center in Goshen, likely within the next two months.

Courtesy of Spectra Energy

A New York congressman has written to President Obama, asking him to intervene in a pipeline project under construction in the Hudson Valley and require an independent risk assessment. Meanwhile, a coalition of groups has asked a federal court to stop the pipeline’s construction.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

Corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office last week against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others involve a power plant project in the Hudson Valley. And it’s a topic in at least one state election as calls mount for an investigation into the plant’s permitting process.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign an annexation oversight bill. The legislation would give county planners a say in proposals like one from the Orange County Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

EPA To Fund Clean Water Project For Hopewell Junction

Sep 23, 2016
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday announced the Environmental Protection Agency will invest $12 million for the first phase of a project to supply clean drinking water to a certain locale in Dutchess County.

Newburgh Receives Funding For Security Cameras

Sep 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the City of Newburgh’s request to redirect funds for security cameras. The approval comes after U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney urged that the funding be repurposed.

Rockland Lifts Water Restrictions

Sep 22, 2016
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Rockland County Thursday lifted water use restrictions, citing declining use and moderate rainfall.

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