Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh Monday night to update city residents and officials on the testing timeline and procedure for a new PFOS carbon filtration system. And while community members had concerns about the state-funded system, they also expressed frustration with PFOS blood testing results and potential health impacts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department officials were in Newburgh Monday night to provide an update on the city’s new carbon filtration system to filter PFOS contamination from the city’s drinking water. Many residents voiced concern about switching to the state-funded system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the date for testing the system has been pushed back.

Courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board

Calls from lawmakers are mounting to speed up implementation of GPS technology to help prevent train accidents. The most recent incident was a fatal crash Sunday in South Carolina. And there is renewed attention on rail crossing safety after last week’s collision involving a train taking GOP congressional members to a West Virginia retreat.

Six Democrats are vying for the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. One is 29-year-old Ulster County resident Gareth Rhodes. This is the second of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

Rail tracks
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A federal board has determined a date by which Ulster County must respond to a petition calling for the county to stop removal of track near the Ashokan Reservoir for a recreational trail.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Thursday, calling on city officials to reverse course and provide funding to prevent firefighter layoffs. The city’s budget did not include funding for the 12 positions and Maloney says something needs to get figured out locally.

President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress in February 2017.
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President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. Some Hudson Valley members of Congress plan to make a statement with their guests. Others have invited family members.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

Fred Schaeffer, Walkway Over the Hudson

A pedestrian bridge in the Hudson Valley is the site Tuesday morning of a torch relay ahead of the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid.

Courtesy of Ulster County

There’s a new development in the controversial plan to develop a recreational trail near the Ashokan Reservoir.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has penned a letter to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. He’s calling on the E-D-A to invest in an $800,000 infrastructure project in Goshen, Orange County.

Audubon International and the Environmental Defense Fund are teaming up with golf courses across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to create habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. One golf course in the lower Hudson Valley has been providing monarch habitat for years.

So far, six Democrats want the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. One is 35-year-old Ulster County resident Patrick Ryan, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who served as an Army officer in Iraq. This is the first of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

Yonkers Mayor To Establish Women's Advisory Board

Jan 25, 2018
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The mayor of Yonkers is establishing a Women’s Advisory Board. The Board’s goal will be to advise the mayor on issues that affect the quality of life for women in the city.

Sexual Assault Prevention Program Debuts In New Paltz

Jan 24, 2018

There’s a new program in Ulster County, New York, to help prevent sexual assault. The Ulster County executive says the program that provides bystander training for bar and tavern staff is the first such program in the state.

Entergy, Union Reach Contract Agreement

Jan 24, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and utility workers union have agreed on a four-year contract. This comes after days of tense negotiations.

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station
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The New York State Supreme Court has rejected motions to dismiss a lawsuit against the Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

Orange County DA: No Criminal Charges In Fatal Crash

Jan 24, 2018
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The Orange County District Attorney will not file criminal charges in a police officer-involved incident during which a driver was killed.

SUNY Ulster, IBM Partner For New Collar Initiative

Jan 23, 2018
Code on computer screen
TechCrunch

A community college in the Hudson Valley is the latest to join an IBM partnership that aims to prepare students for jobs that require high tech skills but not necessarily four-year degrees and other credentials. IBM’s initiative is an effort to steer individuals toward open technology jobs it struggles to fill.

Entergy, Union Set To Resume Contract Talks Tuesday

Jan 22, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Contract talks between representatives of the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union officials are set to resume Tuesday. The talks broke down just before dawn Saturday. Union members have been calling for job retention beyond the planned closure of the plant by 2021.

The owners of a resort in the Poconos in Pennsylvania are building an indoor waterpark and hotel on the same property as the soon-to-open Resorts World Catskills casino in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with waterpark co-owner Ken Ellis about the project in the old “Borscht Belt” set to open next year.

Tim Kremer
Tim Kremer

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget proposal January 16. Some in the education field say the proposed funding is not nearly enough. One is Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association Tim Kremer, who spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

Scenic Hudson, OSI Donate Land In Putnam County

Jan 20, 2018
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Two nonprofit groups that work toward land preservation have donated acreage in Putnam County, New York, for a new park.

Award-Winning Filmmaker Will Teach At Bard College

Jan 20, 2018

An acclaimed filmmaker has been appointed as visiting artist in residence at a college in the Hudson Valley.

Women's Marches 2018 To Span The Globe

Jan 19, 2018

Women’s marches are taking place around the world this weekend. They follow ones held last year at this time, but have some new focuses. Here's a look at a few taking place in our region.

HV Congresswoman Backs Resolution To Censure Trump

Jan 19, 2018
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

A New York congresswoman has put her name to a resolution introduced Thursday to censure President Trump for his recent comments about certain countries.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the parent company of New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant and union brass are working to negotiate a new contract before a midnight deadline. Utility workers remain set to strike if they cannot reach an agreement.

Courtesy of Ulster County

A railway group has filed a petition with a federal transportation board to stop rail removal near the Ashokan Reservoir. The nonprofit questions whether Ulster County is acting within federal railroad regulations in pulling up rail for a recreational trail. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget proposal Tuesday. His rationale for a good part of the spending plan focused on combating the new federal tax legislation. Reaction to the proposal is mixed.

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Following last month’s fatal train derailment in Washington State, a congressional bill has been introduced that would speed up the implementation of technology that could prevent crashes and derailments. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, a New York congressman is a co-sponsor.

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