KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein signed legislation on Monday approved by the county legislature that codifies the county’s intention to absorb the cost of the state-mandated Safety Net social services program over a three-year period.
That hinges on the State Assembly passing the extension on one percent of the county’s sales tax and that does not seem likely until next year. That could cost the county $5 million in revenue not collected in the last quarter of this year.
POUGHKEEPSIE – Home sales in Dutchess County jumped up by almost 22 percent in July when compared to the same month last year. The Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service also reported on Monday that year-to-date, home sales have jumped 20 percent above last year’s sales.
Executive Director Sandy Tambone said those are signs that Dutchess is starting to see a turnaround in the housing market.
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.
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.
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.