Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of the New York State Police

A former day laborer has been arrested in the bludgeoning death of an 83-year-old wife of a millionaire McDonald's franchise owner at their Westchester County hilltop estate nearly two years ago.

Clearwater To Honor Former EPA Official With Award

Nov 14, 2017
Judith Enck

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will honor a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official at its Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson gala in February.

Westchester County Exec-Elect Names Transition Team

Nov 13, 2017
George Latimer

Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer has named his transition team, and his opponent from the September primary election is co-chair.

Courtesy of the Center for the Study of the Drone

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College finds that U.S. military spending on drones in 2018 is set to outpace 2017 spending.

NRC Wants Indian Point To Fully Resolve Water Leaks

Nov 13, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently released its third-quarter inspection report for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant has experienced o-ring leakage on and off for years, and the NRC says efforts to resolve the issue have not been entirely successful.

"Rosies" To March In NYC Veterans Day Parade

Nov 10, 2017

With Veterans Day ceremonies scheduled all around our region, the one in New York City will include a focus on women — Rosie the Riveter to be exact. Anyone who visited the Dutchess County Fair this summer may have noticed two sculptures that highlight the Spirit of ’45, including Rosie.

Overnight Warming Center Is Open In Kingston

Nov 10, 2017
Courtesy of Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church

Because of the cold spell, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein activated a warming center in Kingston that opened Thursday night.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

New York Congressman John Faso will host a series of events to discuss the Republican tax proposal.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

There was a two-day workshop this week in Poughkeepsie that was part of a formal U.S. Coast Guard study to look into safety along the Hudson River. The directed study came after the Coast Guard suspended the rulemaking process for a proposal of up to 10 additional anchorage sites between Yonkers and Kingston in June.

Courtesy of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's Twitter feed

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night on the GOP tax plan. The Democrat heard what constituents think of the proposal that is slated to be voted on next week.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Voters sent a loud message Tuesday in Westchester County. In a contentious county executive race that was considered a dead heat, Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer defeated Republican incumbent Rob Astorino by a much wider margin than polls predicted. Democrats also won several other local races.

Latimer Is Westchester County Executive-Elect

Nov 8, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic voters sent a message in Westchester, from their choice for county executive to county legislators. Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer will be the new Westchester County executive, having defeated Republican Rob Astorino.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

After a hotly contested race, Democratic New York state Senator George Latimer defeated incumbent Republican Rob Astorino for Westchester County executive. Astorino’s campaign team attributed the loss to a wave of dissatisfaction with the Donald Trump presidency.

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There are a number of local and county races today throughout the Hudson Valley. Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties are picking county executives. And there is a comptroller race in Dutchess County. Plus, some local ballot questions pepper the region, including one in Orange County involving the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A two-day workshop gets under way Tuesday in Poughkeepsie. It’s part of a study the U.S. Coast Guard directed after having suspended the rulemaking process in June for a proposal of up to 10 additional anchorage sites between Yonkers and Kingston.

The race for Westchester County executive is close and contentious ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Allegations of wrongdoing have emerged on each side and taxes are a main focus.

NYC DEP Finishes Sewer Line Work In Shandaken

Nov 4, 2017

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has completed work on a sewer line extension in an Ulster County town.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has signed a ban on polystyrene foam food containers by chain restaurants and county government. Molinaro signed the law Friday at a school in Pleasant Valley, surrounded by fourth-graders who inspired the ban.

Marist College Students Highlight Homelessness

Nov 3, 2017
Franco Folini/Flickr

As part of National Homeless Awareness month, students at a college in the Hudson Valley will take part in a “sleep out.”


State police say they've charged six members of the same New York family with running a marijuana growing operation on their rural upstate property.

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital To Expand Services

Nov 2, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Cornwall campus of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital will enhance services in a community local leaders say was disillusioned in recent years. The Orange County hospital plans to begin what’s being called “open access primary care.”

Courtesy of the Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he will decide by the end of the year whether to run for governor of New York. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to seek a third term in 2018.

Dutchess County Exec Releases 2018 Proposed Budget

Oct 31, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro released his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. The $480 million plan includes a property tax cut and maintains all existing services and programs.

Justice Scales
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The Orange County district attorney says a teen has been indicted in a case involving spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in Warwick.

Health officials in Westchester County have confirmed two cases of Legionnaires' disease at a nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson.

Photo by Scott Bauer (USDA ARS)

Two New York state senators released a report last week aimed at combating the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The report, which follows a public hearing in August, contains a number of recommendations. A Hudson Valley scientist who studies Lyme disease commended the report, but has some suggestions for improving it.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. J.P. Lawrence, flickr

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York City, the lower Hudson Valley and devastated much of Long Island. And now portions of the Northeast are addressing power outages and flooding following a storm that also hit overnight beginning October 29. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at improvements made since Sandy.

Democrats Rebuke Votes For GOP Budget Bill

Oct 27, 2017
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Democratic congressional members along with top New York state elected officials are blasting the Republican budget bill that narrowly passed the House Thursday. The bill paves the way for a GOP tax plan that the Democrats say would decimate New York’s finances and negatively impact middle-class homeowners.

Candidates For Orange County Executive Debate

Oct 26, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The candidates for Orange County executive debated last night in Middletown. Incumbent Republican Steve Neuhaus and Democratic challenger Patrick Davis delivered their views on a number of topics before an audience of hundreds. Neuhaus is seeking a second four-year term while Davis is a political newcomer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The CEO of Legoland’s parent company was in Orange County today, to announce that the theme park will open in 2020 in Goshen. Also there was New York’s economic development czar, who says the state will contribute millions of dollars more to the project.