Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Hein Keeps Heat On Cahill Over Sales Tax Continuance

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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.

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7:36 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Dutchess Home Sales Up By Double Digits

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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.

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7:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Officials Warn Residents After Coyote Kills Dog In Westchester Yard

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) — A Westchester County woman says her family is scared to go into their yard after a coyote killed one of their dogs.

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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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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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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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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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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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