Hudson Valley News

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Since credit reporting agency Equifax acknowledged a data breach during which hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans, New York’s governor and at least one state legislator have proposed tighter regulations to protect and empower consumers. Now, a trade group whose member companies include Equifax is responding.

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The Westchester County executive Wednesday issued an executive order on immigration, calling it a compromise after vetoing immigrant protection legislation passed by the Board of Legislators. A supporter of the bill says the order may not protect immigrants as intended.

Westchester Issues Alert After Capturing A Rabid Fox

Sep 21, 2017
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The Westchester health department has issued a rabies alert after a rabid fox was captured recently in the northern part of the county.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Kingston Wednesday, announcing that the city is a winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The award of $10 million in funding and investments will go toward invigorating the city’s Stockade District.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says news of Tuesday’s earthquake in central Mexico hits hard. Westchester has a Memorandum of Understanding in the areas of tourism and education with the state of Puebla, near the quake’s epicenter.

The federal government recently informed a housing organization in Dutchess County that it will cut funding for a program that serves homeless veterans by the end of September. The surprise announcement is prompting local officials to band together for a solution. On Tuesday, two members of Congress from New York asked the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to reverse the decision.

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Following the September 7 Equifax breach potentially affecting 143 million Americans — including 8 million in New York — a state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to shift some of the power to consumers when it comes to credit reporting agencies.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess County Executive and local leaders went to the Poughkeepsie waterfront Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to require more PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. This comes as the agency considers public comment on its five-year review.

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The State University of New York at New Paltz Foundation Board has voted to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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Federal regulators have overruled New York state's denial of a key permit for a pipeline expansion to fuel a controversial $900 million power plant under construction in Orange County.

Proposed Legoland NY Moves Forward

Sep 15, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Goshen town board in Orange County has approved zoning changes necessary to move a proposed Legoland theme park forward. Thursday night’s approvals came following a packed and heated public hearing that lasted nearly three hours. 

Legoland New York’s head of community and project relations Phil Royle says town board approval is the last major hurdle for the $500 million project in Goshen.

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Governors of New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania have approved a resolution to issue draft regulations to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Environmentalists and the natural gas industry criticized the resolution, for different reasons.

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A New York state senator will face incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the November election for Westchester County executive. Democrat George Latimer won his party’s primary with 63 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

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In the Democratic primary for Westchester County Executive, Sen. George S. Latimer captured 63 percent of the vote while Ken Jenkins garnered 37 percent of the vote.

Latimer will go on to face incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino in November's general election. Latimer currently represents the New York state Senate's 37th district.

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The funeral service for Petty Officer First Class Corey Ingram was held Tuesday at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Family, friends, service and community members filed in past lined-up Patriot Guard riders to pay their respects.

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There is a Democratic primary election Tuesday in Westchester to choose a county executive candidate to square off against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in November.

Several ceremonies marking the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks have been held Monday in the Hudson Valley and will continue this evening, including in Westchester County.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has started a major phase of its largest repair project ever. Officials visited a shaft construction site in Orange County on Friday to mark the start of tunneling for a bypass tunnel across the Hudson River. Beginning this week, construction workers in Newburgh will start lowering the tunnel-boring machine that will make its way from Orange to Dutchess County.

After nearly three decades, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Executive Director Lydia Reidy is heading into retirement at the end of the year. Reidy has been part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system for 43 years. In Ulster County, she has built Cornell Cooperative Extension from a staff of 20 and an annual budget of $575,000 in 1989 to an Association with 35 staffers and an operating budget of more than $4 million today. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Reidy about her career.

Voters Will Decide On New Kiryas Joel Town

Sep 8, 2017
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Orange County, New York, lawmakers have approved a proposal that will let voters decide whether a fast-growing Hasidic village can expand into a more independent town. The Orange County executive supports the effort.

Red Cross Trains HV Volunteers For Deployment

Sep 7, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas and Hurricane Irma en route to Florida after tearing up parts of the Caribbean, the American Red Cross has been training volunteers for deployment. The organization has been holding boot camps, including in New York, to train volunteers. The latest was Thursday in Poughkeepsie.

DACA Supporters Rally In Kingston

Sep 5, 2017
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While the Trump administration was announcing an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition held a rally in front of Republican New York Congressman John Faso’s Kingston office decrying the move. About 100 people turned out, many waving signs, calling on Faso to more strongly back up his stated support for addressing DACA legislatively.

A New York federal appeals court says it's the job of Congress and the president, not the courts, to confront claims that female cadets face a sexually oppressive culture at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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The New York state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health have released preliminary results of ongoing studies to assess PFC contamination in fish in both the Newburgh area and the Hoosick Falls region. As a result, they are issuing several fish advisories.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Monday to announce he is taking legislative action to ensure the Department of Defense pays for the remediation of PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Also there was New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, who divulged the results of a PFOS fish study in the area.

Legoland New York Proposal Takes A Step Forward

Jul 21, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In Orange County, the Goshen Planning Board Thursday night approved the final environmental impact statement for a proposed Legoland New York theme park. Opponents say they will fight the project to the end.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. Callers asked about a range of topics, from health care to PFOS contamination in Newburgh to domestic violence. 

Hudson Valley Congressman Maloney, a Democrat, responded to a caller’s concern about the potential repeal of Obamacare.

An Orange County, New York, Hasidic Jewish village and two local groups have signed an agreement to settle four years of disputes and create a new town.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local groups and citizens held a rally over the weekend to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, which drain into the city’s main drinking water source and the Hudson River. 

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Area faith leaders held a vigil near Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County over the weekend in support of the families of 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a plane crash in Mississippi one week ago.