School enrollment is declining in New York’s Hudson Valley. A new report shows projections through 2020, and already has three years of numbers demonstrating the downward trend.
The report, entitled “The Empty Classroom Syndrome,” looks at enrollment projections for 114 public school districts across nine Hudson Valley counties – Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Newburgh-based non-profit planning and policy organization Pattern for Progress released the report. Here’s Pattern’s President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin.
TARRYTOWN – As work begins on a temporary work platform to be constructed in the Hudson River just north of the current Tappan Zee Bridge, the public will be able to monitor environmental impacts online.
Tappan Zee Construction, LLC is beginning daytime pile driving work to install a temporary foundation needed to support a trestle in the river on Thruway Authority property just north of the current bridge in Tarrytown. The trestle is a work platform that will support a crane for the construction of the easternmost 1,000 feet of the new bridge.
ALBANY – The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined that Justice Glen George, who presides in the Middletown Town Court in Delaware County, should be removed from office.
The commission found that George fixed a ticket by dismissing a seat belt violation issued to his friend and former employer, in the absence of the prosecutor and notwithstanding a prior caution by the commission that he not preside over matters involving his friend’s family.
The commission also found that the judge made improper statements to a prospective litigant in a small claims matter.
KINGSTON – Despite Governor Cuomo’s announced gaming casino plan that would include one in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein is pushing for more.
The EPT/Empire Resorts plan for the former Concord Hotel property in Kiamesha Lake appears to be the regional frontrunner, but Hein is continuing to lobby for the Nevele facility in the Ellenville area.
“We look forward to advocating for Ulster County and for the Nevele and also for our entire region,” Hein said.
Last weekend, enthusiasts from across the Northeast gathered to trade parts and stories at the Rhinebeck Car Show. Reporter Meg Heckman sent this audio postcard.
Hot rods, muscle cars and automotive echoes of the gilded age are the public face of the Rhinebeck Car Show, but look past the tidy rows of glittering bumpers and you’ll see something else: acres and acres of dust, rust and chrome. It’s the annual swap, where buyers and sellers come from across the East Coast to haggle over the stuff that old cars are made of.
NEWBURGH – Student enrollment figures in school districts across the Hudson Valley continue to decline and that has prompted discussion about closing schools and reorganizing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.
There are 538 school buildings in the region and since 1999, more than 30 of them have been or will be closed.