Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
8:31 am
Tue September 3, 2013

No Movement In Ulster Sales Tax Crisis

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KINGSTON – The clock is ticking, but Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said there is still time for the State Assembly to approve continuation of one percent of the county sales tax, which is set to expire near the end of the year.

Hein, who has dubbed the situation the “Cahill crisis” because State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston) blocked the approval before lawmakers went home this summer, said as a result of the potential loss of $5 million at the end of the year, he is preparing for all financial contingencies as he works up the county’s 2014 budget.

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Hudson Valley News
10:55 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Scenic Hudson Conserves Land In Columbia County

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A Poughkeepsie-based environmental group has acquired 173 acres in Columbia County. Some of the land plays a role in maintaining the quality of the local public water supply.

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Hudson Valley News
10:26 am
Sat August 31, 2013

HV College Receives NSF Funding To Train Teachers In STEM

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A college in the Hudson Valley is the recipient of more than $1.4 million in funding for a scholarship program for prospective math and science teachers.

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Hudson Valley News
6:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

First Responders In Westchester Hear From Multi-Casualty Expert

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An international multi-casualty expert was in New York Thursday, to share information about emergency preparedness with first responders.

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Hudson Valley News
7:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NYS Assemblyman Wants New Channel Dropped From Cable Packages

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Subscribers to various cable TV packages may have noticed a new channel recently, but a New York State assemblyman wants it removed — and is threatening to boycott the provider.

Al Jazeera America began broadcasting in the U.S. August 20. Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, a Fishkill Republican, says constituents began calling and emailing him, saying they were offended that Al Jazeera programming was part of a basic pre-paid package. He says he then stumbled across the channel while searching for a Yankees game at a family barbeque.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Dutchess County's Oldest Resident Turns 109

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A Dutchess County native is celebrating her 109th birthday Thursday. County officials say she is the oldest county resident.

Florence or “Flo” Williams, is the oldest resident of both Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. Joseph Ryan is outreach coordinator for the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. He says that’s according to county records.

Ryan says Williams has shared with him her secret to celebrating more than 100 birthdays.

There will be a party to celebrate the occasion in the main lobby of the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, in the afternoon.

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Hudson Valley News
10:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Enviro Official Says NYC DOH Denies Request For Public Hearing

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The New York State Department of Health has released for public comment draft revisions to New York City’s waiver from filtering drinking water from the Catskill/Delaware watershed.  A number of stakeholders had called for public hearings, and one says they’ve already received an answer.

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Hudson Valley News
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Entergy Officials Say Indian Point Is Unaffected By Vermont Yankee Closure

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Following word that Entergy will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy officials say the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is unaffected by the closure. Indian Point opponents disagree.

Entergy announced Tuesday that it will shut down Vermont Yankee, taking it offline by the end of next year. Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said the plant could neither compete against natural gas prices nor continue to bear the impacts of regulations and costs. Mohl says the decision to close Vermont Yankee, or VY, is an individual one.

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Hudson Valley News
10:01 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Institute Receives Grant for Psychological First Aid Program In The Middle East

A grant awarded to the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz will help a program in the Middle East.

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Hudson Valley News
9:55 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Researchers Find Acid Rain Legacy Impacts Eastern Waters

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A new study shows streams and rivers up and down the East Coast are threatened by a legacy of acid rain and the impact of human activities. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the study’s authors.

Dr. Gene Likens, co-discoverer of acid rain in North America some 50 years ago, says the study is the first of its kind. Researchers looked at long-term alkalinity trends in 97 streams and rivers from Florida to New Hampshire, and found alkalinity has increased.

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