Hudson Valley News

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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Hudson Valley News
8:08 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Normal Metro-North Hudson Line Commute Resumes

NEW YORK – Normal morning peak service on the Metro-North Hudson line is expected on Monday, four days after a CSX freight train derailed, ripping up tracks in the Bronx and disrupting commuter service.

About 100 Metro-North workers, including crews from New York City Transit and CSX, continued efforts Sunday evening to remove the CSX cars and rebuild the tracks in the Spuyten Duyvil area of the West Bronx.

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Hudson Valley News
2:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

NYS PSC Looks Into Need For Rockland Water Supply Project

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The New York State Public Service Commission is revisiting whether the underlying need for water in Rockland County warrants the construction of a major water supply project. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Scenic Hudson Preserves Hudson Highlands Acreage

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More than 100 acres has been preserved in New York’s Hudson Highlands.

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Hudson Valley News
9:02 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Riverkeeper Says Kingston Failed To Notify The Public In Time About Sewage Pollution

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Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

He adds:

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Bipartisan Congressional Group Introduces First Package Of Bills

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After months of meeting with colleagues across the aisle, the so-called No Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition introduced its first legislative package Thursday.

Members of the group of 81 bipartisan House and Senate members have been meeting weekly, and are introducing a package of nine bills. Hudson Valley Republican Congressman Chris Gibson says the legislation is divided among three categories: budget reform; government reform; and quality healthcare.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says what he likes about No Labels is the following approach.

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Hudson Valley News
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Caslen Takes Over Command Of USMA

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WEST POINT – Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen is the 59th superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point after a change of command ceremony in Eisenhower Hall Wednesday.

The ceremonial passing of the United States Military Academy Colors from Lieutenant General David Huntoon Jr., the retiring superintendent, to Caslen symbolized both the transfer of responsibility and the continuance of command.

Huntoon is retiring after four years as commander of the Military Academy.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Police Still Looking For Petra Muhammad

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HIGHLAND FALLS – Petra Muhammad hasn’t been seen or heard from since January 13, 2006 and Highland Falls Police are still actively investigating this cold case.

Until her disappearance, the native of Granada would talk to her husband’s aunt, Ruby Alexander, on a daily basis. That communication stopped back then and on February 2, 2006, Mrs. Alexander reported her niece missing.

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