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Hudson Valley News
9:02 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Riverkeeper Says Kingston Failed To Notify The Public In Time About Sewage Pollution

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Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Congressional Group Introduces First Package Of Bills

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After months of meeting with colleagues across the aisle, the so-called No Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition introduced its first legislative package Thursday.

Members of the group of 81 bipartisan House and Senate members have been meeting weekly, and are introducing a package of nine bills. Hudson Valley Republican Congressman Chris Gibson says the legislation is divided among three categories: budget reform; government reform; and quality healthcare.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says what he likes about No Labels is the following approach.

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Hudson Valley News
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Caslen Takes Over Command Of USMA

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WEST POINT – Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen is the 59th superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point after a change of command ceremony in Eisenhower Hall Wednesday.

The ceremonial passing of the United States Military Academy Colors from Lieutenant General David Huntoon Jr., the retiring superintendent, to Caslen symbolized both the transfer of responsibility and the continuance of command.

Huntoon is retiring after four years as commander of the Military Academy.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Police Still Looking For Petra Muhammad

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HIGHLAND FALLS – Petra Muhammad hasn’t been seen or heard from since January 13, 2006 and Highland Falls Police are still actively investigating this cold case.

Until her disappearance, the native of Granada would talk to her husband’s aunt, Ruby Alexander, on a daily basis. That communication stopped back then and on February 2, 2006, Mrs. Alexander reported her niece missing.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Tkazyik Considers Run For State Senate

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Mayor John Tkazyik, the Republican mayor of Poughkeepsie, has set up a campaign committee to run for the State Senate seat currently held by first-term Democrat Terry Gipson. The district includes portions of Dutchess and Columbia counties.

The Second quarter campaign contribution filing with the state Board of Elections shows he has $215,000 in the bank. Among his top contributors are City Administrator Camilo Bunyi, who donated $10,000; and former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth and her husband, Scott, each contributed $5,150.

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Hudson Valley News
12:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

NY Has A New Fireworks Permitting Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to enhance firework safety on state property.

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Hudson Valley News
1:36 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Entergy Reassesses Earthquake Risk For Indian Point Three

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The parent of the Indian Point nuclear power plant has submitted a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, saying that the earthquake risk for one of its reactors is not nearly as great as initially estimated.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the NRC had already been looking into seismic risk, but that the topic took on greater urgency following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

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Hudson Valley News
10:12 am
Wed July 17, 2013

College Receives Grant To Increase Numbers Of Nurse Educators

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A college in the Hudson Valley is the recipient of a grant to help address the nation’s nursing shortage.

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Hudson Valley News
8:31 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Poughkeepsie Boil Water Alert Lifted

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The boil water notice for Poughkeepsie water customers has been lifted.

Mayor John Tkaczyk said a second day of testing showed the absence of Coliform, the bacteria that was found in water samples late last week, prompting the boil water notice and since then, city workers have been treating the water aggressively to clear up the system.

“The two rounds that were taken, we are both clear of chloroform in the distribution system so people can now return to the potable drinking now that the city is up to the potable drinking water standards,” Tkaczyk said.

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Hudson Valley News
8:19 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tourism Income Boosts Regional Economy

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HUDSON VALLEY – Tourism remains big business in the Hudson Valley. An annual consultant’s report that looked at the entire state, said 81,000 people were employed in tourism jobs in the Hudson Valley last year. Tourists spent $4.75 billion last year and over $318 million in local taxes benefited municipalities in the region.

Hudson Valley tourism in the ranges from recreational to historic, and could add gaming in the future assuming casinos are legalized.

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