More than 1,000 hens rescued from a factory egg operation in California arrived via plane in New York this morning. Four hundred of the hens are headed for two sanctuaries in the Hudson Valley region.
1,150 hens touched down in Elmira, New York. The $50,000 flight was funded by an anonymous donor. Kim Sturla is with California-based sanctuary for farmed animals Animal Place. She says the hens flown east were part of the more than 3,000 rescued from what is called a battery hen operation, an egg-laying factory.
A Rockland County legislator says he is concerned that United Water New York waited too long to notify customers about a water quality problem over the summer. United Water says the water was safe, and its notification process within the law.
In July, drinking water in Rockland County turned cloudy. In other words, the water was turbid.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley this afternoon, his second stop of the day in communities that qualify for funding for recovery and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Lee, and Hurricane Irene under a new state program.
Governor Cuomo visited Stony Point, hit hard by storms before and after the bruising Hurricane Sandy last October. He says it is inarguable that we are living amid a new weather pattern.
A few New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley rank high on a list of state legislators’ personal finances. In fact, a Westchester assemblywoman is number one for household income. The new report from good government groups is a first, and shows several lawmakers are making their money outside the legislative chambers.
At least one congressional representative in the Hudson Valley says he will vote “no” on President Obama’s request to authorize military strikes against the Syrian government in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons.
President Obama has asked Congress to vote on the strikes. Republican House Speaker John Boehner says he will support the call for the U.S. to take action against Syria, yet one of his Republican colleagues in the Hudson Valley - Congressman Chris Gibson – says that’s not a good idea.
The New York State Department of Health has not scheduled any public hearings since releasing in August a draft document that would continue to allow upstate water headed for New York City faucets to avoid filtration. A group of Ulster County legislators says it will hold its own public hearing, to compile comments on the controversial subject.
POUGHKEEPSIE – The annual Labor Day rally, organized by Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, drew a crowd of about 40 people, who heard mostly the same message as in the past. Tyner said one new side to the event this year was the focus on Saint Francis Hospital where SEIU Local 1199 has been trying to organize.
“We’re trying to make sure that there’s democracy in the workplace," Tyner said. "If the workers at St. Francis Hospital want a union, and most of them have signed cards saying they do want, they should be able to have one.”