Hudson Valley News

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and an FCC commissioner are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to suspend its vote on net neutrality while one million allegedly fake comments on the proposed repeal are investigated.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric has a rate case before the New York state Public Service Commission. A number of local officials want to see the utility’s fixed charges lowered and have signed a letter to the PSC saying so. Meanwhile, a Central Hudson spokesman says decreasing the charges would be a step backwards.

KJ Withdraws Lawsuit Against Woodbury

Dec 1, 2017
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In New York, an Orange County Hasidic village has dropped its lawsuit against another village.

Regional Body Proposes Fracking Ban

Dec 1, 2017
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The Delaware River Basin Commission Thursday released draft regulations that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the basin. The draft rules also include provisions for the treatment and disposal of fracking wastewater. Environmental groups are cautiously praising the proposal, while an oil and gas industry trade group is highly critical.

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The New York state Department of Health is offering Newburgh area residents two dates for same-day PFOS blood testing.

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Hudson Valley Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s amendment requiring an audit of a FEMA contract awarded to supply tarps to Puerto Rico, has advanced.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the start of construction for a $150 million road, transit and economic development hub in the Town of Woodbury in Orange County. The project is expected to relieve major traffic congestion in the area and be completed five years ahead of schedule.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to ensure that students with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in their high school graduation ceremonies. The bill is named for a resident in the Hudson Valley.

A scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a grant to study the health effects of two perflourinated chemicals — PFOS and its recent replacement chemical. Given drinking water contamination issues in places like Newburgh and Rensselaer County, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the grantee about what she and her colleagues hope to accomplish.

New Invasive Insect Found In New York

Nov 30, 2017

New York officials confirmed Wednesday that a certain invasive insect has been found in the state for the first time.

Former NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey Is Laid To Rest

Nov 29, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A few hundred mourners attended Wednesday’s funeral mass in Saugerties for former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey, who had suffered from a rare neurological disorder, died a week ago at age 79.

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Central Hudson Gas and Electric will conduct a siren test Wednesday morning of the Sturgeon Pool Hydroelectric plant in Ulster County.

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is much closer to a decision about whether to run for governor of New York.

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Two Democratic New York Congressmen and local stakeholders stood at the Yonkers waterfront Monday afternoon to talk about potential anchorage proposals for the Hudson River. Though they praised a U.S. Coast Guard study, the lawmakers and environmentalists also made it clear they are doubling down on opposition to any long-term anchorage sites in future proposals.

Former NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey Dies

Nov 22, 2017
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Former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey has died.

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New York state will provide funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control study in a Sullivan County hamlet that will help advance resiliency projects.

Two Correction Officers Convicted Of Beating, Cover-Up

Nov 22, 2017

Two former New York state correction officers have been convicted of beating an inmate at a correctional facility in Fishkill and falsifying records.

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Tuesday in Orange County, New York state and local authorities were trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in New Windsor. One employee was found dead and some 125 others were injured, including nine firefighters, at the plant that was cited for safety violations earlier this year.

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State and local authorities are trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in Orange County that left one employee dead and injured some 125 others, including nine firefighters.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney were in Orange County today, urging the Air Force to designate Stewart Air National Guard Base the No. 1 cleanup project in the country. The two Democrats made their call at Washington Lake, Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, where toxic PFOS contamination was found in the spring of 2016.


Authorities say two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory in Orange County left 30 to 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast. New Windsor police say the first explosion occurred around 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Verla International cosmetics factory. Firefighters who responded were inside when the second explosion occurred around 10:40 a.m. New Windsor Town Supervisor George Green said up to 35 people were being treated for injuries, including seven firefighters, most of them from the nearby city of Newburgh. He said two of the firefighters were taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center. Officials said none of the injuries appear to be life threatening, officials said. Green said one employee remains unaccounted for. Crews battled the blaze into late Monday afternoon. State emergency response teams had been dispatched.

NYS Senator Starts Petition Against GOP Tax Plan

Nov 18, 2017
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A Republican New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has launched a petition urging congressional leaders to steer clear of GOP tax reform that will negatively impact area residents and result in double taxation.

NY Congressman's Bill On PFOA/PFOS Study Set To Be Law

Nov 18, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

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New York state health and environmental officials are updating residents on private well testing in Orange County near Stewart Airport and Stewart Air National Guard base. A number of wells have been tested for PFOA and PFOS with none exceeding federal safety guidelines. Still, some residents are concerned and say more needs to be done.

Westchester County Exec Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

Nov 16, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Fresh off his re-election loss to Democratic state Senator George Latimer, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is dropping his two lawsuits over the closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Congressman John Faso
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New York Republican Congressman John Faso hosted a telephone town hall Tuesday night on the GOP tax reform proposal. Faso says the call was meant to help him determine the best course of action for upstate.

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A former day laborer has been arrested in the bludgeoning death of an 83-year-old wife of a millionaire McDonald's franchise owner at their Westchester County hilltop estate nearly two years ago.

Clearwater To Honor Former EPA Official With Award

Nov 14, 2017
Judith Enck

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will honor a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official at its Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson gala in February.

Westchester County Exec-Elect Names Transition Team

Nov 13, 2017
George Latimer

Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer has named his transition team, and his opponent from the September primary election is co-chair.

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The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College finds that U.S. military spending on drones in 2018 is set to outpace 2017 spending.