Hudson Valley News

USCG Suspends Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

Jun 29, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved future rulemaking decisions regarding additional anchorages on the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who first announced the news Wednesday, calls it a major victory. Others view the move more cautiously.

USCG Shelves Proposal For Hudson River Anchorage Sites

Jun 28, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has effectively killed a proposal to establish anchorage sites along the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney broke the news late Wednesday, announcing that the Coast Guard would suspend future rulemaking decisions on the matter.

Mill House Brews A Beer On The Hudson

Jun 28, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

For a limited time, a brewing company in Poughkeepsie is offering a beer not only made ­­with water from the Hudson River, but ­on the river. The process mirrored one from the 1700s and was revived following networking among a brewmaster, an environmentalist and a boat captain. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne boarded the boat where it all took place.

Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons

The Poughkeepsie Common Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting the 6 o’clock hour Tuesday evening on whether to fund city buses for three more months. This comes as a citizens group has hired a law firm to get involved amid continuing controversy.

Courtesy of the Hinchey family

The family of former Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced Tuesday that the 78-year-old Democrat is suffering from a rare, terminal neurological disorder. WAMC’s Allison Dunne reports Hinchey’s family is speaking out amid fierce debate over health care in Washington.

Former Congressman Hinchey
Hinchey family

The family of former Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced today that the Democrat, 78, is suffering from a rare, terminal disorder known as Frontotemporal Degeneration. He was diagnosed after a recent battle with prostate cancer. Hinchey was in Congress from 1992-2012 and the state Assembly from 1975-1992. The disease has limited the once-eloquent Hinchey's language skills and has affected his walking, balance and muscles.

Indian Point 2 Shut Down Over Water Pump Issue

Jun 27, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, one of Indian Point’s nuclear power plants was shut down Monday following an issue with a pump on the non-nuclear side.

NYS Assemblyman Condemns Attack Ads

Jun 26, 2017

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is denouncing what he says are false and anonymous social media and robocall ad attacks against him. The Democrat from Orange County says the ads cross a line and he is taking action.

Pepperoni Pizza
Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons

A small group of pizzerias in Dutchess County, New York, will pay $50,000 to settle a discrimination suit. That’s according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which announced the settlement.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A bill to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites passed the New York state Senate and Assembly this week. And now supporters are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law. 

Clearwater Cancels Voyage To Washington, D.C.

Jun 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After setting sail for Washington, D.C. Monday, the sloop Clearwater reversed course and returned to the Hudson River.

Courtesy of HV Pattern for Progress

Former New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was in Poughkeepsie Thursday, giving a talk on leadership. He addressed graduates of a regional leadership program and weighed in on the federal healthcare bills.

Sullivan's Beaverkill Covered Bridge Reopens

Jun 22, 2017
Courtesy of NYS Department of Transportation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the reopening of the historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge in Sullivan County after a $2.6 million rehabilitation project.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently held its annual meeting on the safety performance of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant. Audience members generally focused on plans to decommission the plant, which is slated to close by 2021.

 

The president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, Joseph Giulietti, will retire at the end of August. The formal announcement came at Monday’s Metro-North Committee meeting.

Riverkeeper Expands Online Water Quality Data

Jun 19, 2017

An environmental group has expanded the number of locations where it and its partners test water quality. And the expanded information is now available at a centralized location online.

Ceremony Sends Off Clearwater With Cargo Of Concern

Jun 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Great Hudson River Revival in New York over the weekend included a sendoff for the sloop Clearwater’s sail to Washington, D.C. The Clearwater Festival returned to Croton Point Park after a one-year hiatus and with it the reenactment of a voyage to stand up for federal clean water protections.

A Catskill Mountain swimming hole is so crowded that state officials are encouraging people to swim elsewhere. 

Attorneys for a Westchester County high school student have filed a second request for the teen to stay in the U.S. The undocumented immigrant from Ecuador was arrested the day of his prom and is being detained, along with his mother, following a deportation order.

Rockland Legislators Condemn Act Of Hate

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Rockland County legislators are expected to vote in support of a resolution condemning what they call the latest act of hate.

Clearwater Festival Returns This Weekend

Jun 16, 2017
Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

The Clearwater Festival is back after a one-year hiatus. The annual music and environmental festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Education Director Maija Niemisto about what’s in store.

Sullivan County government

A commission delivered a final report Thursday proposing that Sullivan County change its form of government.

Federal immigration officials have denied a request for a high school student in Westchester County to stay in the U.S. The undocumented immigrant from Ecuador was arrested June 8, one day after his mother, and after officials had denied an asylum request and issued a deportation order in November. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the case that has grabbed national attention.

Westchester Officials Issue Health Alert

Jun 15, 2017

Westchester County health officials are urging patrons of a certain restaurant to protect themselves against Hepatitis A. This comes after one of the restaurant’s employees worked there while contagious.

HV Congressman Introduces LGBT PRIDE Act

Jun 14, 2017

New York’s first openly gay member of Congress has authored legislation to combat violence in the LGBTQ community.

Dutchess County legislators intend to put forth a resolution to censure one of their own. If passed, the legislature chairman says it would be the first censure in county legislature history. The legislator targeted says his words have been misconstrued. 

Courtesy of NY Immigration Coalition

Supporters have been rallying for a high school student in Westchester County to be allowed to remain in the United States. This comes after federal officials arrested the undocumented immigrant from Ecuador June 8.

Democratic Field Of Challengers In NY's 19th Grows

Jun 13, 2017
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The field of potential opponents to Republican Congressman John Faso in New York’s 19th Congressional District continues to grow. Two Woodstock residents with deep roots in the swing district are announcing their runs.

Grant Aims To Stem Food Waste In The Hudson Valley

Jun 12, 2017
farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties as its members has received New York state funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A forum Friday in Putnam County focused on nuclear waste storage and decommissioning. Much of the discussion was about the Indian Point nuclear power plant in neighboring Westchester County, which is slated to close by 2021.

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