Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NYS Assemblyman Wants New Channel Dropped From Cable Packages

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Subscribers to various cable TV packages may have noticed a new channel recently, but a New York State assemblyman wants it removed — and is threatening to boycott the provider.

Al Jazeera America began broadcasting in the U.S. August 20. Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, a Fishkill Republican, says constituents began calling and emailing him, saying they were offended that Al Jazeera programming was part of a basic pre-paid package. He says he then stumbled across the channel while searching for a Yankees game at a family barbeque.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Dutchess County's Oldest Resident Turns 109

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A Dutchess County native is celebrating her 109th birthday Thursday. County officials say she is the oldest county resident.

Florence or “Flo” Williams, is the oldest resident of both Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. Joseph Ryan is outreach coordinator for the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. He says that’s according to county records.

Ryan says Williams has shared with him her secret to celebrating more than 100 birthdays.

There will be a party to celebrate the occasion in the main lobby of the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, in the afternoon.

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Hudson Valley News
10:01 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Enviro Official Says NYC DOH Denies Request For Public Hearing

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The New York State Department of Health has released for public comment draft revisions to New York City’s waiver from filtering drinking water from the Catskill/Delaware watershed.  A number of stakeholders had called for public hearings, and one says they’ve already received an answer.

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Hudson Valley News
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Entergy Officials Say Indian Point Is Unaffected By Vermont Yankee Closure

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Following word that Entergy will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy officials say the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is unaffected by the closure. Indian Point opponents disagree.

Entergy announced Tuesday that it will shut down Vermont Yankee, taking it offline by the end of next year. Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said the plant could neither compete against natural gas prices nor continue to bear the impacts of regulations and costs. Mohl says the decision to close Vermont Yankee, or VY, is an individual one.

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Hudson Valley News
10:01 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Institute Receives Grant for Psychological First Aid Program In The Middle East

A grant awarded to the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz will help a program in the Middle East.

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Hudson Valley News
9:55 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Researchers Find Acid Rain Legacy Impacts Eastern Waters

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A new study shows streams and rivers up and down the East Coast are threatened by a legacy of acid rain and the impact of human activities. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the study’s authors.

Dr. Gene Likens, co-discoverer of acid rain in North America some 50 years ago, says the study is the first of its kind. Researchers looked at long-term alkalinity trends in 97 streams and rivers from Florida to New Hampshire, and found alkalinity has increased.

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Hudson Valley News
2:23 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

NY Secretary Of State Walks The Walkway

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Plans are in the works to better link Walkway Over the Hudson to surrounding communities and to tourism dollars. New York’s Secretary of State toured the pedestrian bridge in the mid-Hudson Valley Monday, seeing projects and hearing pitches about how the bridge can span a larger vision of tourism in the state.

Those are officials speaking with Secretary of State Cesar Perales about the need to keep Walkway visitors in the region, directing them to other sites and attractions – as Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart puts it:

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Hudson Valley News
8:36 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Anniversary Of Women’s Right To Vote

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NEW PALTZ – Monday marked the 93rd anniversary of the women’s right to vote nationwide. New York adopted it three years earlier.

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet is founder and president of VoteForWomen2020, a non-profit organization to commemorate the year 2020 when the women’s right to vote will be 100 years old.

Zimet noted legalization was for more than just voter rights.

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Hudson Valley News
8:26 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Lalor Wants Al Jazeera Off Basic Cable

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FISHKILL – State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill)  is a Marine Corps veteran who fought in Iraq and he is infuriated over learning that an Al Jazeera cable TV network is part of the basic package on some cable and satellite TV systems.

Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network carry the network as part of their basic programming and he said American subscribers should not have to pay for it if they do not want it.

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Hudson Valley News
7:56 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Moms' Group Calls For Gun Safety Measures Via Lemonade Stands

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The Hudson Valley chapter of a national mothers group that wants Congress to pass gun safety measures is setting up a lemonade stand Tuesday in Rockland County.

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