Hudson Valley News

Wednesday marks the second annual Hudson Valley Gives, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign. The idea is not only to raise money, but awareness. The one-day event driven by social media is a tool used by nonprofits elsewhere in the country.

An Ulster County resident formally is announcing Wednesday her campaign to challenge Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district.

Potential Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th District have been lining up to explore or formally announce a run. The most recent Democrat to begin testing the waters announced his interest this week.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has filed two lawsuits alleging the deal announced in January to close Indian Point nuclear power plant skirted state environmental laws. The Republican had intended to file suit one month ago, but the Democratic majority county Board of Legislators voted against it, so Astorino is going a different route.

Courtesy of USMA Public Affairs, Wikimedia Commons

An increase in federal funding for certain school districts will help several districts in New York, including one in Orange County near West Point.

New York state lawmakers and parent advocates gathered at a school district in Orange County Wednesday to promote a bill to ensure all students with disabilities participate in high school graduation ceremonies.

In New York, a pilot study of industrial hemp is under way in Sullivan County as some 2,000 seeds were planted Wednesday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney spoke at a health care town hall Monday night in a neighboring district. Hundreds packed a room in Kingston to hear from Maloney, who launched an Adopt a District challenge asking House representatives to step into Republican districts to explain the House bill to repeal Obamacare.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney invited three of his constituents to his district office in Newburgh Monday to talk about how the Republican House bill to repeal Obamacare would affect them. And Maloney is headed to the neighboring 19th District tonight to attend a health care town hall. It’s part of his Adopt a District effort.

Catskill Interpretive Center Has A New Leader

May 6, 2017

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center in Ulster County, New York, has a new leader.

West Point Cadet Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault

May 5, 2017
Courtesy of USMA Public Affairs, Wikimedia Commons

A U.S. Military Academy cadet has been found of guilty of sexually assaulting a female classmate during field training.

AHCA Bill Garners Support And Criticism In NY

May 5, 2017
401(K) 2013/Creative Commons

On Thursday, House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act on a 217-213 vote. Several upstate New York Republicans supported the bill. Meanwhile, House Democrats and Planned Parenthood advocates are blasting it.

Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons

Controversy continues over the termination of the City of Poughkeepsie’s bus service. Dutchess County plans to expand its service in the city with four new routes. The latest salvo was a city common council vote to refuse a state grant for the county’s expanded system. And Mayor Rob Rolison is blasting that move.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Merlin Entertainments is trying to sweeten the pot for its proposed Legoland New York theme park in Orange County. The Legoland parent company has proposed additional community benefits and says it will help fund the revamp of a state highway exit. Traffic has been a major concern of area residents and officials.

Uber
Flickr

Two New York state senators have introduced legislation to fix what they say is a dangerous loophole in recently approved ride-sharing services for outside New York City.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Tuesday night, answering questions from constituents in his 18th District. Topics ranged from the Trump presidency to health care to heroin.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Monday marked one year since the City of Newburgh was under a state of emergency due to PFOS drinking water contamination. Elected officials and an environmental group  used the occasion to continue their call on the Department of Defense to stop PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant has just completed replacing about a third of Unit 3’s baffle bolts. This follows the replacement last year of roughly the same number in Unit 2. In both cases, the number of degraded bolts was higher than expected.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Rockland County Monday at one of the largest earth science research institutions in the world. The Hudson Valley Democrat was there to highlight what she called “devastating” local impacts on science during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Her visit comes a few days after the White House removed climate change data from the Environmental Protection Agency website. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Courtesy of Westchester County

A federal appeals panel said New York’s Westchester County is "engaging in total obstructionism" after promising to build affordable housing eight years ago that can be marketed to nonwhites.

Hudson Valley To Hold Sister Climate Marches

Apr 28, 2017

The Hudson Valley is the site of at least two sister marches to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state assemblywoman from the Hudson Valley was at a Ritz Carlton hotel in Westchester County Thursday. She was there to promote legislation she authored to require lodging facilities to provide human trafficking recognition training.

A delegation of forest supervisors from India is in New York this week to learn about the Catskills watershed. It’s part of a U.S.-India exchange program to help develop solutions for sustainable forest land use in India.

Courtesy of Robert Rodriguez, Jr.

Construction has begun on the final phase of a riverfront park in Beacon, New York, to provide new amenities.

Yonkers Begins Recycling Bin Pilot Program

Apr 25, 2017
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado

Free recycling bins are available for Yonkers residents as part of the city’s new pilot program.

Ulster County Couple Launches NY19Speaks

Apr 25, 2017
Courtesy of NY19Speaks

There is a soft launch this weekend of a webzine that focuses on New York’s 19th congressional district. The focus is on human-interest stories and interviews that meld the personal, political, and cultural. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County resident Shelley Eshkar, who started NY19Speaks with his wife, Elizabeth Simon.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Eight area groups sponsored a forum Sunday with the Democratic contenders for Westchester County executive. And depending on the outcome of the county Democratic convention May 10, there could be a September primary to see who faces off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.

Hudson Hall
hudsonoperahouse.org

New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Says CDBG Cuts Would Hurt His City

Apr 23, 2017
Courtesy of Rob Rolison

Many local elected officials are concerned about a variety of proposed cuts in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget. And one worry is over the potential axing of the Community Development Block Grant program.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress held its annual “Across the Aisle” event Friday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. New York Republican Congressman John Faso and Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discussed infrastructure, college debt, the Hudson River, federal budget and more.

Pages