Hudson Valley News

It was 14 years ago February 27 when then New Paltz Mayor Jason West married 25 same-sex couples. And though the marriages that day were not recognized, the village and its mayor were thrust into the national spotlight and debate on marriage equality. With same-sex marriage now legal in the U.S., local officials want to commemorate the 2004 date by adding something to this year’s local Pride March.

Cultural Humility Presentation Is On Tap In Dutchess

Feb 27, 2018
Courtesy of Dr. Chris St. Germain/Dutchess County

A clinical psychologist for Dutchess County will deliver a presentation on cultural humility Tuesday evening. Dr. Christopher St. Germain is with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the topic.

S&P Reaffirms Dutchess County's Bond Rating

Feb 27, 2018
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Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Services has reaffirmed Dutchess County government’s bond rating.

Marist Report Shows HV Commuting Trends

Feb 26, 2018
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More than half of Hudson Valley residents who work commute to their jobs within the Hudson Valley. Many make the trip to New York City as well. That’s according to a new report from the Marist Bureau of Economic Research that shows healthy employment levels in the region. It finds that the region has settled into a period of employment stabilization following the Great Recession. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the report’s author.

It has been almost two weeks since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people and ignited a national policy debate. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association is calling on lawmakers to include funding in the state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. A few Hudson Valley leaders are weighing in on the proposal.

A New York congresswoman from the Hudson Valley held a roundtable on gun violence and prevention with high school students and local law enforcement Friday. The discussion came after the recent deadly school shooting in Florida.

NYS DOH: Tourist With Measles Visited HV Locales

Feb 23, 2018
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The New York state Department of Health says a tourist from Australia who has been confirmed to have measles visited hotels in New York City along with some places in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Seven communities along the Hudson River are banding together to enhance water quality protections. They get their drinking water from the Hudson and want to ensure their source is protected. The move is part of recommended actions from a report commissioned by a local environmental group.

Dutchess County Exec Reexamines Gubernatorial Run

Feb 23, 2018
Courtesy of the Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he is reconsidering a run for New York governor after a “Draft Molinaro” effort emerged earlier in February.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Marist College in Poughkeepsie today, touting his proposed budget with highlights in the Hudson Valley. He included a few announcements that came as news, mainly in the area of economic development.

Teen Pleads Guilty In Hate Crime Case

Feb 22, 2018

In New York, the Orange County District Attorney says a Warwick teen has pleaded guilty in a case involving the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery.

Records Are Going Digital In Kingston

Feb 21, 2018
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Vital records in Kingston will soon be digital. The city was awarded a grant that will help preserve records for generations to come.

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A new study finds high levels of drugs in the Hudson River. Researchers say the study is a step toward understanding how pharmaceuticals are distributed in the river and whether the levels are high enough to affect aquatic life. The findings are based on samples taken from Troy to New York City, with the highest levels in between.

Courtesy of the Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

With campaigns heating up in New York’s top statewide races, Republicans from the Hudson Valley are being mentioned as potential candidates. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who had considered running against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced in early January that he would not enter the race. Now, the Republican is being urged to reconsider. Meantime, an attorney from Westchester County is considering challenging Democratic state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has named a county legislator as the director of the Department of Consumer Protection.

Six Democrats and one who is not affiliated with a party are vying for the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. Democratic Greene County resident Brian Flynn joined the race in the first half of 2017. This is the third of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

NYS To Hold Algal Bloom Summits

Feb 15, 2018
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the dates and locations of four summits supporting the state's effort to protect lakes and water bodies in upstate New York from harmful algal blooms. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, one summit will take place in the Hudson Valley.

The governor and lieutenant governor of New York announced in November that the state will dedicate two statues in commemoration of suffragists. One of the statues, of Sojourner Truth, will be sited along a trail in Ulster County. This has local officials calling for New Paltz to be selected as the statue’s home.

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A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a south Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets. It was the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.  Dr. Amy Nitza is director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Newburgh Drug Ring Investigation Yields 16 Arrests

Feb 14, 2018
Courtesy of the office of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a 172-count indictment charging 16 members of a drug trafficking ring operating in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday. Several of those arrested are alleged to be members of a gang that has plagued Newburgh streets.

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A number of senior citizens in the Hudson Valley recently had a chance to ask questions about new Medicare cards that will be issued. The forum was a telephone town hall held with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney where residents could also ask about veterans benefits.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County, New York Monday to announce legislation to combat online opioid sales. He spoke at the Middletown Police Department, alongside a woman whose son died from an overdose two years ago.

Race For Latimer's NY Senate Seat Is Set

Feb 10, 2018

The race is set for a New York state Senate seat left vacant since January 1, when Democrat George Latimer took office as Westchester County Executive.

New Catskills Casino Touts Its Niche, Broad Appeal

Feb 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Resorts World Catskills opened Thursday, a week before what ownership hopes will be a prosperous time. Casino executives are betting on a full house for Lunar New Year, which begins February 16. They also say the $1.2 billion resort aims to appeal to families, along with visitors who may not be interested in gambling.

Resorts World Catskills Opens

Feb 8, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The fourth and largest of the New York casinos granted gaming licenses opened Thursday in Sullivan County.  Elected officials and casino executives hailed the opening of Resorts World Catskills as a long-awaited day for the rebirth of the region. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there for the 8 a.m. opening.

Minor Quake Rattles Part Of The Hudson Valley

Feb 7, 2018
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A 2.2 magnitude earthquake shook some communities in the Hudson Valley Wednesday morning, including the home of a New York congressman.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state officials were in Newburgh Monday night to update city residents and officials on the testing timeline and procedure for a new PFOS carbon filtration system. And while community members had concerns about the state-funded system, they also expressed frustration with PFOS blood testing results and potential health impacts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department officials were in Newburgh Monday night to provide an update on the city’s new carbon filtration system to filter PFOS contamination from the city’s drinking water. Many residents voiced concern about switching to the state-funded system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the date for testing the system has been pushed back.

Courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board

Calls from lawmakers are mounting to speed up implementation of GPS technology to help prevent train accidents. The most recent incident was a fatal crash Sunday in South Carolina. And there is renewed attention on rail crossing safety after last week’s collision involving a train taking GOP congressional members to a West Virginia retreat.

Six Democrats are vying for the chance to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District. One is 29-year-old Ulster County resident Gareth Rhodes. This is the second of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.