Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
6:17 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Former Indian Point Supervisor Is Charged

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A former supervisor at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant has been charged with faking records to hide fuel contamination that was above acceptable limits.

Former chemistry manager Daniel Wilson was charged with fabricating records to conceal a violation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements. NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the allegations concern fuel for Indian Point’s backup emergency diesel generators.

He says the NRC found that the generators would have functioned with the contaminated fuel. Jerry Nappi is a spokesman for Indian Point parent Entergy.

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Former Indian Point Supervisor Faces Charges

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County has been charged with falsifying records to conceal the contamination of fuel for backup generators.

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Hudson Valley News
6:24 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Tappan Zee Bridge Dangler Is Sentenced

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A Rockland County protester who dangled for hours from the Tappan Zee Bridge has been sentenced to nine months behind bars.

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Hudson Valley News
11:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Non-Profit Leader Receives HV Beautiful Business Award

From left to right, Judy Wicks, Diane Reeder, Ajax Greene
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A first-time Hudson Valley award for dedication to locally-sourced food and products has been given to the leader of a non-profit organization in Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the Re>Think Local award.

The inaugural Hudson Valley Beautiful Business Award for Social Entrepreneurship honors Diane Reeder, president and CEO of The Queens Galley Food Insecurity Resource Center. She says the Kingston-based non-profit soup kitchen and food pantry needs to be a community partner.

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Hudson Valley News
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

United Water To Respond To PSC Order About Need

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A number of legislators along with citizens’ and environmental groups are questioning the need for a proposed water supply project in Rockland County. The company behind the proposed project affirms the need is still there, and growing. The state Public Service Commission will decide.  

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Hudson Valley News
7:51 am
Tue July 23, 2013

NY Congressman Calls On CDC To Help Prevent A Certain Disease

A New York congressman is calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide assistance for preventing Legionnaires’ disease.

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Hudson Valley News
10:45 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

NYS Senator Endorses Candidate In Rockland County Exec Race

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A New York state senator today endorsed one of the Democratic candidates for Rockland County executive. It’s a primary race recently pared down from an even more crowded field, and now there are petition objections for one of the candidates. 

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat from Rockland County, endorsed Village of Suffern Mayor Dagan LaCorte. Here’s Carlucci:

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Hudson Valley News
2:52 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Researchers Find Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In The Hudson River

Collecting samples from the lower Hudson River.
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A new study finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in certain spots of the Hudson River, and researchers say the disease-causing strains are part of the ongoing risk from sewage contamination in the water.

The microbes identified are resistant to those types of antibiotics commonly used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, and other ailments. Suzanne Young is the study’s lead author. She says the study focused on 10 sites, in areas from the Tappan Zee Bridge to Manhattan and Queens.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Ulster Lawmakers To Approve Flood Buyout Money

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KINGSTON – The Ulster County Legislature this week will approve an additional $1.5 million in state funds for the purchase and demolition of homes damaged by flooding.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Gerentine said state is providing additional dollars for the buyout program.

“It was additional money that we did not have before. There was talk about it, but this is the actual bond itself and the money to move forward with it,” Gerentine said.

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Hudson Valley News
8:20 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Comptroller Outlines Sullivan County Fiscal Stress

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MONTICELLO – The state comptroller’s office recently said Sullivan County was in fiscal stress and now, the agency has outlined details of how it came to that conclusion.

In an audit of the county’s finances released on Friday, the comptroller said the county spent $6.7 million more than it received between 2007 and 2011. During three of those years, the county suffered operational deficits.

In addition, the audit said the general fund balance was artificially inflated due to a $4.5 million nursing home receivable that is unlikely to be collected.

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