Hudson Valley News

Clearwater Festival Updates Its Lineup

Apr 9, 2015
Courtesy of Clearwater

The music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger has updated its summer lineup.

Rockland County Legislator Proposes Drone Law

Apr 9, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Technology is improving faster than public policy can keep up, and that fault line is arguably most obvious in the national debate over drones. Supporters point to drones’ efficiency, but others worry about safety and privacy. Some concerned residents turned out to a public hearing in Rockland County Tuesday to suggest some rewording to ensure proposed drone legislation is not overly restrictive.

Former Rockland Mother Is Sentenced In Son's Death

Apr 9, 2015

A woman who was convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, was spared the maximum 25 years to life. The New York judge who sentenced her Wednesday said she suffers from a mental illness. He said the crime was still "unfathomable in its cruelty." Prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence, saying Spears sickened her son because she had a bizarre need for attention. The 27-year-old Spears was found guilty of force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through the boy's stomach tube.

A state judge has dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the restart of a Hudson Valley power plant using natural gas instead of coal.

No Federal Charges To Be Brought In Fatal Shooting

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Tuesday said his office will not pursue federal criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a college student in Westchester by a police officer who says he shot him in his moving car when he failed to stop.

MONTICELLO – Gordon Jenkins has officially stepped down as mayor in the Village of Monticello following a state Appellate Court decision ordering his removal.

Police Arrest Suspect In Newburgh Homicide

Apr 8, 2015
Courtesy of the Office of the Orange County District Attorney

Police have arrested a suspect in the beating death of a Newburgh man outside a bar and restaurant in the city.

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The Rockland County Legislature will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposed local law that seeks to regulate the use of drones within the county.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Following three carbon monoxide deaths in Newburgh in March, county and city officials recently gathered to talk about preventing such a tragedy from happening again. They visited some of the city’s residences to encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors.

Lander Street in the City of Newburgh is where officials say three residents died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a building with a clogged chimney and no detectors. Michael Vatter is Newburgh Fire Chief.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s two U.S. senators and a Hudson Valley congresswoman have penned a letter to a federal agency, asking for a rehearing concerning a pipeline expansion project. Local elected officials have been filing similar letters.

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