Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
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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Hudson Valley News
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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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Empire Resorts Wins Planning Board Approval

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TOWN OF THOMPSON – The $600 million destination resort project planned by EPR Properties and Empire Resorts Wednesday night won the unanimous approval of the Thompson Town Planning Board.

Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini said afterwards that the approval is “monumental,” given the statewide casino gaming referendum to come before the general public in November.

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rockland D.A. Talks About His Role On The Moreland Commission

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On July 2, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” under the Moreland Act. The commission’s first meeting is today. Of the 25 members appointed, one is from the Hudson Valley. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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Hudson Valley News
12:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Congressman Wants An Investigation Into Legionnaires' Related Death

A New York Congressman is calling for an investigation into how a patient died from Legionnaires’ disease, a disease contracted at a veteran’s health care facility in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
11:11 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Ulster County Considers Penalizing False Alarms

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KINGSTON – Homeowners may soon be required to make their burglar alarms less sensitive. A new law is being studied in Ulster County that would penalize people for false alarms. The matter came before the county legislature’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee Tuesday night, and sparked lengthy discussion.

Committee Vice Chairman Kenneth Ronk said he does not want to fine anyone, but rather authorize to fine them as a deterrent to excessive alarms.

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Hudson Valley News
9:34 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Veteran From The Hudson Valley Says Fracking Is Good For National Security

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A veteran from New York is in Washington, D.C. this week to tell members of Congress that energy policy must change to protect the United States. He says he plans to impress upon them the benefits of fracking.

Retired Army Sergeant First Class Charles Baranyai says he will join volunteer veterans from across the country from Vets4Energy - a group that advocates for energy policies to sustain national security. Baranyai hopes to accomplish the following:

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