ROCK HILL – A large turnout of Sullivan County residents, public officials, business leaders and union labor conducted the first effort to educate New York residents about the upcoming vote on the November ballot to legalize casino gaming.
Three areas of the state, including the Catskills, would vie for four casinos with one region getting two and the others, one each.
The incumbent Republican in the race for Westchester County executive tried for a write-in bid to force a September primary for the Independence Party line. A party member sued, and now the county executive has appealed the decision.
Thirty-seven Democratic Congressional representatives have returned from a trip to Israel and the West Bank. A Hudson Valley Congressman was part of the delegation and has spoken about what he learned.
BEACON – Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in the City of Beacon is one of eight projects nationwide to achieve certification through the Sustainable Sites Initiative as part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin.
It was given three out of four stars for its sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes, said project Director Danielle Pieranunzi.
WHITE PLAINS – A licensed clinical social worker has been arraigned on a nine-count indictment charging him with sexual abuse in connection with two victims.
Mark Bernardini, 57, of 955 Peach Lake Road in North Salem was indicted on felony charges of criminal sexual act, and two counts of sexual abuse, as well as misdemeanors for forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of sexual abuse.
On May 16, it is alleged he inappropriately touched a 19-year-old woman he was counseling at his home office in North Salem.
A U.S. Senator and Congressman, both from New York, will be in Sullivan County Friday afternoon to push for the passage of a Farm Bill that extends priority access to USDA funding. More from WAMC’s Allison Dunne.
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County government’s financial picture is better than last year’s, but not as good as it was prior to the recession in 2007. That word came Thursday from county Budget Director Valerie Sommerville, who briefed the Budget and Finance Committee of the county legislature.
Sommerville told lawmakers the expected economic recovery has not been as rapid as anticipated.