Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
5:25 am
Tue May 14, 2013

NYC Newstands Might Sell Items Double The Price

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NEW YORK (AP) — The newsstands that paper New York City's sidewalks would be able to stock pricier items under a City Council proposal. The plan is to raise the decade-old limit from $5 to $10.

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Hudson Valley News
12:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Report Shows Declining School Enrollment in the Hudson Valley

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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.

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8:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Public To Monitor TZ Bridge Environmental Impact

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:16 am
Mon May 13, 2013

State Commission Calls For Removal Of Town Justice

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Mon May 13, 2013

New State Tourism Initiative To Benefit Hudson Valley

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Hudson Valley/Catskills regions are expected to receive a sizable chunk of the $60 million to be divvied up around the state to promote tourism in New York.

The announcement was made this past week and Mary Kay Vrba, executive director of Dutchess County Tourism, is hopeful this area will benefit from the new funding.

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Hein Continues To Push For Nevele Casino

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
11:41 am
Sat May 11, 2013

NYC DEP To Allow Kayak Storage Along Some Reservoirs

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In an effort to support tourism in the Catskills, boat-rental businesses will be permitted to store kayaks and canoes along four New York City reservoirs.

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Hudson Valley News
2:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

PSC Staff Thinks Evidentiary Hearing Is Unnecessary

The New York State Public Service Commission this week responded to a request for an evidentiary hearing regarding a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
11:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dust, Rust And Chrome At Rhinebeck Car Show

Swap vendors at the Rhinebeck Car Show display their wares on any available surface.
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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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:51 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Student Enrollment Declines Pattern Report Finds

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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.

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