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9:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Fundraising Amounts Are Filed For NY's 19th Congressional District

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Fundraising reports from a New York congressman and his potential challenger have been filed.

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8:28 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Skoufis Opposes United Water’s Proposed Rate Hike

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ALBANY – State Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) Monday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject a requested rate increase by United Water, the company that provides water to Rockland County.

In a letter to Acting PSC Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, Skoufis said the company is in violation of a water-sharing agreement with New Jersey.

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8:09 am
Tue July 16, 2013

VA To Fund $2 Million To Aid Homeless Veterans

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ELMSFORD – The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $2.4 million to prevent at-risk Hudson Valley veterans from becoming homeless.  A $1.89 allocation will go to the Westchester Community Opportunity Program to serve 450 families and a $500,000 investment will be used by Hudson River Housing to serve 250 families through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

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7:47 am
Tue July 16, 2013

‘Unity’ Was The Word Of The Day At Newburgh Vigil

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NEWBURGH – Unity was the message at a vigil and march for Trayvon Martin in Newburgh Monday night. Fifty people, residents and members of Community Voices Heard and the NAACP, gathered to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of the Florida teenager.

“From this day forward,” community activist Beatrice Harris said, “we have to stand together as ‘the people’.”  

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Hudson Valley News
6:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

County Legislator Alleges Political Corruption

From left to right, Legislator Frank Sparaco; Rockland County Republican Chairman Vincent Reda; Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard; Clarkstown Republican Committee Chairman Bob Axelrod
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It’s the latest political scandal following months of intrigue in Albany and the Hudson Valley. Members of the Rockland County Republican Committee say they have uncovered an alleged bribery scheme that crosses party lines. A Rockland County legislator says he secretly taped conversations that portray the alleged bribery attempt. And now one of those allegedly involved says he is filing suit.

Frank Sparaco is a Republican Rockland County legislator and part-time employee of the Clarkstown Highway Department.

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8:21 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Company Installs ‘First’ NY Gas Station Solar System

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GARDINER – New York State Solar Farm, a Gardiner-based renewable energy company, has installed what the company says is the first solar powered gas station and convenience store in the state.

Anthony Sicari Jr., the CEO of New York Solar Farm partnered with CPD Energy Group, owner of the Mobil Chestnut Mart of Gardiner to install the 12.75 kW solar system.

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8:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Poughkeepsie Rally Over Zimmerman Acquittal

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida murder trial of Trayvon Martin brought more than 30 people to Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie Sunday afternoon to honor Trayvon.

People ranging in age from 10 to 56 gathered holding signs reading “whose son is next?” and “enough is enough.”

Local activist organizations including Real Majority Project, the International Socialist Organization, AME Zion, ENJAN, NAACP and others were represented.

Mae Parker-Harris spoke about the sadness of this time for the whole community.

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Hudson Valley News
1:33 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Smoking Ban Comes To NY Playgrounds

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation banning smoking at playgrounds.

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Hudson Valley News
7:28 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

NYS Senator Says Court Decision On Facility Dog Helps His Bill

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A midlevel New York court has upheld the use of a facility dog in a sexual abuse case from Dutchess County. It’s a case that inspired a state senator from Dutchess to introduce a law named after the dog. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Friends Remember Toshi Seeger

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Toshi Seeger died Tuesday at the age of 91. The wife of folk music legend Peter Seeger is being remembered as an activist, filmmaker, and a woman with a profound influence on her husband.

Hal Cohen is a founding member of Beacon-based Clearwater, an environmental organization of which Pete Seeger is also a founding member.

Cohen says she was a role model for him, and helped with such challenges like founding Clearwater.

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