Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
9:28 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

NY Congresswoman Hails New FDA Standards For Gluten-Free Labels

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A New York congressional representative from the Hudson Valley visited a supermarket in Westchester today to announce new FDA standards for certain food-labeling.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey stood in front of the gluten-free section inside DeCicco’s Marketplace in northern Westchester County to announce the new Food and Drug Administration labeling guidelines.

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8:39 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law

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ALBANY – Legislation that would prohibit smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities has been signed into law by the governor.

The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D, Suffern), prohibits smoking outdoors including within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit or within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds.

At residential health care facilities, patients or guests of patients, will be allowed to smoke outdoors in a designated smoking area.

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8:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Lowey Wants To Know Why Pump Prices Are Rising

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D, NY16) wants to know why gasoline pump prices, which appeared to have stabilized and even dropped slightly earlier this summer, have risen again.

Lowey notes that oil company profits continue to climb at a time when people holding minimum wage jobs cannot afford to drive to work.

The House member said part of a solution is to require higher gas mileage on automobiles.

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Hudson Valley News
7:08 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Bells To Ring For Universal Peace Day

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Bells will be ringing Monday evening to commemorate Universal Peace Day and the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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Hudson Valley News
9:44 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Lane Closures On Tap For The GW Bridge

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FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Major repairs are ahead for one of the nation's most heavily traveled bridges, and officials are warning motorists it will mean up to hour-long delays between New Jersey and New York.

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Hudson Valley News
11:24 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Veterans Sue City Officials in Westchester Over Flag Ban

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A veterans group is suing the officials who banned a "Don't Tread on Me" flag from a city-owned armory in New York’s Westchester County.

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Hudson Valley News
9:18 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

HV Congressman To Hold Veterans Fair

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A New York Congressman is holding a veterans fair Saturday in Orange County.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says the idea of the free fair is the following:

He says there will be other resources available. Representatives from more than a dozen organizations are expected to be on hand, including the mobile health unit from Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care; Veterans Benefits Administration; Hudson Valley Veterans Service organizations; New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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12:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Orange Lawmakers Pay $92,000 For Redistricting Fees

GOSHEN – The Orange County Legislature approved over $92,000 for legal and special master fees in its redistricting dispute.

Lawmakers were supposed to draw new district lines for this fall’s elections and when they adopted the same lines as they previously had, a local resident took them to federal court. The judge appointed a special master to draw new lines and the county got the legal bill.

Legislature Chairman Michael Pillmeier was not happy with the bill, but he acknowledged it had to be paid.

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7:56 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Cahill Not Optimistic About Seeing Special Session

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KINGSTON – As the clock keeps ticking, the likelihood of the governor calling a special session of the legislature diminishes and that means any hope of passing legislation to allow Ulster County to keep its sales tax at its current level fades.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said if it does not make it before lawmakers this fall, it will come up early next year. But, county officials say they need the one percent sales tax exemption ASAP or the county will lose about $5 million in revenue.

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7:44 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Knapp Supporters: Indictment Politically Motivated

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Democrat current and past staff of the Dutchess County Board of Elections have charged that the 46 felony count indictment against Democrat Elections Commissioner Frances Knapp was “politically orchestrated” by the Republican Party.

An email electronically signed by Victoria Perry, Knapp’s current deputy, and Daniel French, her former deputy, as well as Kim Ferese, Ira Margulies, Steve Gold, David Gill, Kelly Hetrick, Devon DeFiore, Alida Ransom, Debbie Tierney, Ron Tice, Laura Weinel and Beth Sweeny, was sent from Perry’s personal email account.

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