Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:20 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Prescription Drug Trafficking Ring Leader Is Sentenced

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The leader of a prescription drug trafficking ring in New York City and two counties in the Hudson Valley has been sentenced.

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10:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Study Finds Ticks Linked To Encephalitis In NYS

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A recent study shows a link between a certain type of tick and a rare illness. The report shows the virus is on the rise in parts of the Hudson Valley and has spread to the Capital District. A disease ecologist in Dutchess County says there are more ticks carrying the virus on one side of the Hudson River versus the other.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. He is one of the authors of a paper about ticks linked to encephalitis in New York State. Here’s why he and other scientists undertook the study.

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5:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Hudson Valley Investor Helps Local Restaurateur

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New funding will allow a restaurant group in New York to expand its healthy, locally sourced foods to a wider audience. A local investment fund based in Ulster County is issuing a loan to the local group in Dutchess County to make it possible.

Laura Pensiero owns Gigi Hudson Valley, a farm-to-table restaurant group which consists of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, Gigi Market & Café in Red Hook, and a catering business.

She says the market exists to expand the catering aspect of her business, but, until now, the capital did not.

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9:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Fundraising Amounts Are Filed For NY's 19th Congressional District

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Fundraising reports from a New York congressman and his potential challenger have been filed.

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8:28 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Skoufis Opposes United Water’s Proposed Rate Hike

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ALBANY – State Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) Monday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject a requested rate increase by United Water, the company that provides water to Rockland County.

In a letter to Acting PSC Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, Skoufis said the company is in violation of a water-sharing agreement with New Jersey.

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8:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

VA To Fund $2 Million To Aid Homeless Veterans

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ELMSFORD – The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $2.4 million to prevent at-risk Hudson Valley veterans from becoming homeless.  A $1.89 allocation will go to the Westchester Community Opportunity Program to serve 450 families and a $500,000 investment will be used by Hudson River Housing to serve 250 families through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

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7:47 am
Tue July 16, 2013

‘Unity’ Was The Word Of The Day At Newburgh Vigil

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NEWBURGH – Unity was the message at a vigil and march for Trayvon Martin in Newburgh Monday night. Fifty people, residents and members of Community Voices Heard and the NAACP, gathered to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of the Florida teenager.

“From this day forward,” community activist Beatrice Harris said, “we have to stand together as ‘the people’.”  

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6:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

County Legislator Alleges Political Corruption

From left to right, Legislator Frank Sparaco; Rockland County Republican Chairman Vincent Reda; Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard; Clarkstown Republican Committee Chairman Bob Axelrod
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It’s the latest political scandal following months of intrigue in Albany and the Hudson Valley. Members of the Rockland County Republican Committee say they have uncovered an alleged bribery scheme that crosses party lines. A Rockland County legislator says he secretly taped conversations that portray the alleged bribery attempt. And now one of those allegedly involved says he is filing suit.

Frank Sparaco is a Republican Rockland County legislator and part-time employee of the Clarkstown Highway Department.

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8:21 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Company Installs ‘First’ NY Gas Station Solar System

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GARDINER – New York State Solar Farm, a Gardiner-based renewable energy company, has installed what the company says is the first solar powered gas station and convenience store in the state.

Anthony Sicari Jr., the CEO of New York Solar Farm partnered with CPD Energy Group, owner of the Mobil Chestnut Mart of Gardiner to install the 12.75 kW solar system.

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8:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Poughkeepsie Rally Over Zimmerman Acquittal

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida murder trial of Trayvon Martin brought more than 30 people to Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie Sunday afternoon to honor Trayvon.

People ranging in age from 10 to 56 gathered holding signs reading “whose son is next?” and “enough is enough.”

Local activist organizations including Real Majority Project, the International Socialist Organization, AME Zion, ENJAN, NAACP and others were represented.

Mae Parker-Harris spoke about the sadness of this time for the whole community.

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