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Hudson Valley News
11:11 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Ulster County Considers Penalizing False Alarms

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KINGSTON – Homeowners may soon be required to make their burglar alarms less sensitive. A new law is being studied in Ulster County that would penalize people for false alarms. The matter came before the county legislature’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee Tuesday night, and sparked lengthy discussion.

Committee Vice Chairman Kenneth Ronk said he does not want to fine anyone, but rather authorize to fine them as a deterrent to excessive alarms.

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9:34 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Veteran From The Hudson Valley Says Fracking Is Good For National Security

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A veteran from New York is in Washington, D.C. this week to tell members of Congress that energy policy must change to protect the United States. He says he plans to impress upon them the benefits of fracking.

Retired Army Sergeant First Class Charles Baranyai says he will join volunteer veterans from across the country from Vets4Energy - a group that advocates for energy policies to sustain national security. Baranyai hopes to accomplish the following:

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8:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Union Official Questions West Point Worker Conditions

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WEST POINT – At a time when sequestration has resulted in furloughs of civilian employees at the US Military Academy, an official of the union representing the workers said millions in infrastructure money has gone unspent.

James McCabe, union treasurer, said $29 million was allocated to upgrade the steam plant, but nothing has been done there. The sewer system is also crumbling, he said.

“Where is this money and yet we are still furloughing employees and the ones left behind have to operate with band aids and duct tape,” McCabe asked.  “When does this insanity stop?”

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Hudson Valley News
7:51 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Medical College Called “Triple Crown” For Middletown And Hudson Valley

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MIDDLETOWN – Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine officially launched Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony highlighting the ‘win-win-win’ relationship between the college, the City of Middletown, and the region. 

“Demonstrating a continued investment in New York and our students” is how Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy defined it during remarks at the former Horton Hospital in Middletown. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Minisink Compressor Opponents Ask U.S. Senator To Stand With Them

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A demonstration got under way Tuesday afternoon outside the New York City office U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The protesters want the senator to take a stand on a compressor station already up and running in their Orange County hamlet.

Opponents of the Minisink compressor station, which was built on a residential road in the Hamlet of Westtown, traveled to midtown Manhattan Tuesday to urge Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to break her silence. Asha Canalos is with the group “Stop the Minisink Compressor Station,” and one of those demonstrating.

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Hudson Valley News
2:19 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Water Company Proposes Two Increases; NYS Senator Opposes Both

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A Rockland County-based water company wants to raise its rates and impose a surcharge on customer water bills.  A New York state senator opposes both, while water company officials say the increases are needed to cover money already spent.

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Hudson Valley News
8:15 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Congressional Reps Decry Defense Furloughs

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U.S. Department of Defense furloughs of civilian employees took effect Monday and are scheduled to run through the end of September. In New York, a few thousand of these employees are affected at West Point and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. Two of the region’s congressional representatives slammed the furloughs as they headed back to Washington to try and balance the budget.

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3:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Bard College And A University In China Create A Joint Music Program

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A college in New York with a well-known conservatory is teaming up with a new school of music in China to offer a joint music program. The dean of the music school in China says the approach is entirely different for his country, and the partnership is all the first of its kind for the conservatory.

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Hudson Valley News
7:18 am
Fri July 5, 2013

U.S. Senator and Congressman Introduce Made In The U.S.A. Legislation

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Two New York Democrats have introduced legislation to require national parks to sell merchandise made in the U.S.A.

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Hudson Valley News
5:21 am
Thu July 4, 2013

The Congressmen Will Cover Lots Of Ground July 4th

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Two New York Congressmen in the Hudson Valley have a packed schedule for July 4th.

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