Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of Inezmilholland.org

Support continues to grow for President Obama to award a suffragist with ties to the Hudson Valley a Presidential Citizens Medal. More than 1,000 groups and individuals have signed the campaign’s petition for the New York native and Vassar College graduate to be the recipient.

Coalition Seeks A Catskills Package

Dec 18, 2016
Courtesty of the Catskill Center

An alliance that advocates for Catskill Park is seeking a financial commitment from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to help boost the regional economy.

Christmas came a week early for Ulster County as the New York State Attorney General’s Office delivered a check for $12,845.27 representing the collection of additional restitution from its prosecution of the Lower Esopus Riverwatch Corporation and its board members. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

Veterans Series: WWII Veterans And The Arts

Dec 16, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

We’re about to meet two World War II veterans whose work has been published and, in one case, whose art has been exhibited. For the latter, art therapy plays a role. In the next installment in our weeklong series on veterans, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne explores the two veterans’ crafts, both of which were on display at a recent Veteran Arts Showcase.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former New York Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout is joining other anti-corruption activists Thursday to deliver petitions to Trump Tower. The petitions demand that President-elect Donald Trump sell his assets to eliminate conflicts of interest between his role as president and business owner.

Elizabeth Ailes Sells Putnam Newspapers

Dec 14, 2016
Courtesy of PCNR Twitter feed

The wife of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has sold her two Putnam County newspapers.

SLCH Plans To Shut Cornwall Emergency Department

Dec 14, 2016

After pausing its application for closure more than three months ago, a hospital in the Hudson Valley has decided to proceed with shutting its emergency department.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Parents, students, teachers and some community members are demanding the closure of an alternative school in Poughkeepsie. They gathered in front of the school Tuesday morning in protest.

Tax Credits/flickr

The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday passed a $1.8 billion 2017 budget. This marks the seventh consecutive county budget that carries no tax increase.

In response to a mumps outbreak on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, state, county, and school officials are joining together to hold vaccination clinics this week. 

An attorney representing a group opposed to the construction of a Legoland theme park in New York has taken legal action, alleging that the process and an Orange County community are being hijacked. He also wants the court to halt a public hearing set for Thursday.

Courtesy of the NYC DEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection next week will begin removing trees it says endanger a monument at the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County.

A Democratic New York congressman is criticizing proposed funding to cover presidential security at Trump Tower.

Judge Issues Ruling In Belleayre Resort Case

Dec 8, 2016
Courtesy of Crossroads Ventures

A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that New York’s previous Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner was justified in approving the proposed Belleayre Resort in the Catskills. A group that brought the suit is considering an appeal.

New York state legislature leaders have been discussing whether to hold a special session this month and take up, among other issues, pay raises for lawmakers. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few state senators to get their reaction.

Rarely Exhibited Draft Of FDR Speech Is On Display

Dec 7, 2016
Courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first draft of his "Day of Infamy" speech is on display at his former Hudson Valley estate-turned-museum.

Voters Approve Capital Bond For East Ramapo Schools

Dec 7, 2016
classroom
en.wikipedia.org

Voters in the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County Tuesday approved a capital bond. They also approved the district’s borrowing money for window and door improvements at two elementary schools.

Courtesy of NYC DEP

Federal funding is headed to repair damages from Hurricane Sandy at a reservoir in Westchester County. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

City of Newburgh officials held their fourth public meeting Monday night on PFOS water contamination and New York state’s blood testing program. Some audience members voiced concern about the information not getting out to enough people. Officials say they will try other approaches, including through churches. 

The meeting with city, state and federal officials was held in Baptist Temple Church, where Byron Williams is pastor.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Pace University students in Westchester County have written to the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, petitioning him to withdraw the service’s proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the public comment period closes today.

An environmental group and organic farm in the Hudson Valley have filed a lawsuit against the New York state Public Service Commission. The two groups oppose state subsidies of upstate nuclear power plants. 

Kingston’s mayor says there will be an amnesty period for parking citations.  He’s hoping those who participate also will donate food for local pantries. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more.

Judge Issues Verdict In Pipeline Protest Case

Dec 3, 2016
Erik McGregor

A judge has found a group of Westchester County activists guilty of disorderly conduct for blocking the site of a pipeline project under construction.

Courtesy of United Way

A new report shows New York’s working poor labor force is growing. Throughout the state, the population is nearing 50 percent and struggling to make ends meet and afford basic necessities. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a closer look at the report, meant to be a call to action.

Engineer In Fatal Derailment Sues Metro-North

Dec 1, 2016
Barry Solow

An engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a Metro-North train and caused a derailment that killed four people in New York City three years ago has sued the railroad.

A civil rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against Ulster Savings Bank, alleging discriminatory mortgage lending practices.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

A New York state senator is calling on the MTA to hold hearings on its proposed fare hikes in additional Hudson Valley counties.

NY Governor Signs Bill Directing Rail Crossings Study

Nov 30, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a bill into law that will allow for a comprehensive review of the state’s rail crossings. The bill was sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Poughkeepsie-based environmental group is calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to halt the rulemaking process regarding a controversial proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River. The call comes one week before the end of the comment period.

The first alleged violator has been caught under a camera littering law in northern Westchester County. The supervisor of Yorktown says the law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will go a long way in helping the town’s “Do Not Litter” campaign. 

Pages