Hudson Valley News

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is sponsoring legislation to combat sexual harassment in state government. The bill also would end the use of tax dollars for secret settlements.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health will be on hand in Newburgh this evening to talk about a new state-funded water filtration system that is ready to go. The system was built following PFOS water contamination found in the city’s main drinking water source in 2016.

EPA Delays Decision On GE's Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Jan 8, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed General Electric that its decision about whether to formally determine that the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup is complete is delayed. Meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the EPA, saying additional cleanup would accelerate recovery of the river and its resources.

Yonkers Mayor Bows Out Of Race For NYS Senate Seat

Jan 5, 2018
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A potential Democratic candidate for an open New York state Senate seat in the Hudson Valley said Thursday he is no longer seeking his party’s nomination.

NY Lawmaker Proposes Tax On Vapor Products In E-Cigs

Jan 4, 2018

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley is proposing to tax vapor products that are used in e-cigarettes and the like.

Dutchess County Executive Will Not Run For Governor

Jan 4, 2018
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Thursday that he will not run for New York governor. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more on the latest Republican to back away from the race.

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The Ulster County executive has signed legislation that permanently extends real property tax exemptions available to the county’s Cold War Veterans.

Some NY First Day Hikes Are Cancelled, Modified

Dec 31, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Several First Day hikes in New York have been cancelled or changed because of bitter cold weather. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is advising anyone who was planning to participate in one of the hikes January 1 to contact the park or site directly.

New Dutchess Comptroller To Be Sworn In

Dec 30, 2017

There are a number of swearing-in ceremonies taking place throughout New York beginning this weekend. WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us about a few in the Hudson Valley.

A Year In Review In The Hudson Valley

Dec 29, 2017
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As we bid farewell to 2017, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at some of the bigger stories of the year—and some that are sure to continue in 2018.

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A state lawmaker from Westchester County is planning to introduce legislation to help mitigate the harm she says the new federal tax laws will cause to many New York residents.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino lost his bid for a third term in November. He hands over the keys in White Plains to Democrat George Latimer, who is leaving the state Senate to run the county. Astorino had won the previous two terms handily, in a county where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.  Astorino spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his time in office, his run for governor in 2014 and more.

Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey
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Two congressional representatives from New York introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to rename a post office after former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who died in November after a battle with a rare, neurological disease.

NYS Assembymember Urges Residents To #GetTickedOff

Dec 21, 2017

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has launched a public education campaign on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about ticks and their infections and boosting advocacy efforts.

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Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove the chemicals found in pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Instead, such chemicals enter waterways where their effects on aquatic ecosystems are largely unknown. A new study looks at how these compounds disrupt such ecosystems. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. She is co-author of the new study on the topic.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says 2017 was a record year for kayak and canoe rentals in its watershed in the Catskills. DEP officials say businesses in the Catskills rented 6 percent more boats on four of the city’s upstate reservoirs.

Dredging of the Hudson River

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been unveiling proposals from his State of the State address set for January 3. His second proposal is about protecting the Hudson River. He and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vow to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency if it deems PCB dredging to be complete.

George Latimer

Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer, who defeated Republican Rob Astorino in the November election, has announced the nomination of the core leadership team for his upcoming administration.

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Federal agencies are weighing in on how a new designation recently issued for the sturgeon habitat near Indian Point impacts the Westchester nuclear power plant that is set to close by 2021. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared its findings while another agency is still reviewing the matter.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As anyone who has sat in construction-related traffic jams knows, there are infrastructure projects of all sorts under way across New York.  Some of the largest are in the Hudson Valley. One high-profile project is above water, while another below the surface is one of the largest repair projects for its agency. In the latest installment of our seven-part infrastructure series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look up, down and across two projects with a combined price tag of around $5 billion.

Mid-Hudson Is A Top Performer In REDC Grants

Dec 14, 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced more than $755 million in Regional Economic Development Council grants. The Mid-Hudson region emerged a top performer. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at a few of the many projects being funded.

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A coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York has kicked off a campaign to extend the statute of limitations in New York for child sexual abuse crimes. The group hopes to convince Republican state senators to support the effort and began Wednesday at the district offices of two Hudson Valley senators.

HV Rep's Bill Mandating PFOS/PFOA Study Is Law

Dec 14, 2017
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Two pieces of legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman have become law after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Bill Tuesday.

Former Ramapo Supervisor Is Sentenced

Dec 14, 2017

The former town supervisor of Ramapo in New York’s Rockland County has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after a jury had found him guilty in a corruption case involving the financing of a local ballpark.

Pace Professor Discusses NY's Elephant Protection Act

Dec 12, 2017

College students from Pace University who drove legislation to ban elephants from performing in entertainment venues in New York will be presented with the signed bill on campus Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Michelle Land, who co-teaches the class that worked on the bill in its early stages.

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A New York environmental group is calling for increased water infrastructure and staff funding at the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The call comes after the group updated a report analyzing data on reported sewage overflows.

A bill that would give boards of education in many school districts the option to establish wards for their elections has been sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meantime, the New York Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit challenging the at-large method of electing Board of Education members of the East Ramapo School District.

With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote next week on its proposed repeal of net neutrality rules, a New York congressman has introduced a bill to block such a rollback.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has crafted a bill to revert the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to its original name. The Putnam County Republican says the new bridge should contain the words “Tappan Zee,” and any name change should go through a different legislative process.

The State University of New York at New Paltz has established a fund for a three-year pilot program to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they transition into college and then to employment.