Hudson Valley News

Dutchess Communities To Receive CDBGs

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy of Town of LaGrange Parks & Recreation

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro Thursday announced preliminary grant awards totaling $924,000 to 10 projects. The grants are through the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

NYS Thruway Authority Announces Riverfront Grants

Apr 29, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced $1.5 million in state grants to seven municipalities in Rockland and Westchester Counties. The money is for riverfront restoration and revitalization projects near the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Orange County District Attorney Thursday announced a number of arrests in connection with a cocaine distribution network.

Sam's Point Fire Is Fully Contained

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of Kevin Wisely, Director, NYS Office of Emergency Management

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County is now fully contained.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Vassar College students have been holding a sit-in this week, calling on the college’s Board of Trustees to divest its endowment funds from direct holdings in fossil fuel companies. Vassar is just one of hundreds of campuses—a number of them in the Northeast—where such efforts have taken place over the past few years.

HV Communities Receive Greenway Grants

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre

Albany and three Hudson Valley communities have received matching grants for projects that will shape development, guide preservation and spur neighborhood revitalization.

New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor's campaign fundraising operation. 

Officials say a Metro-North train struck an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Westchester County, in Bedford Hills.

Courtesy of Assemblyman James Skoufis

A New York state Assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says he will seek re-election instead of running for the Senate. 

Sam's Point Fire Claims Some 2,000 Acres

Apr 27, 2016
Courtesy of NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County has consumed about 2,000 acres as of Tuesday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for increased penalties for people found violating election law. The bill is prompted by what he alleges were unlawful campaign contributions in the 2014 elections tied to New York City’s mayor. 

Spectra Energy

More than three dozen New York state lawmakers have signed a letter sent to a federal energy regulator. They want construction halted on a pipeline project until an independent safety risk analysis is completed.

Cashless Tolling On TZB Is Delayed One Day

Apr 22, 2016

Plans to begin all cashless tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge have been pushed back one day because of inclement weather forecast for tonight.

SUNY New Paltz Library Renovation Is Complete

Apr 22, 2016

A multi-million dollar renovation to the library at the State University of New York at New Paltz is complete.

Courtesy of Beacon Prison Action, Facebook page

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of an inmate at a state prison in Dutchess County. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation as friends and family of the man killed continue to push for prison reform.

Solar Panels

There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Legislation to help communities revitalize blighted properties has passed the U.S. Senate and now two House members want to see it on their floor for a vote.

Catskill Mountain Railroad, Facebook page

Controversy continues over a rail-to-trail plan in Ulster County amid an agreement announced Tuesday between a railroad operator and the county executive.

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York Democratic primary, her rival Bernie Sanders clinched a few victories in Hudson Valley counties.

Kingston Mayor Appoints New Alderman

Apr 20, 2016
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble has filled a common council seat that has been vacant for about a week. The incoming alderman has served on the city’s Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee for the past four years.

On this presidential primary day, the New York Attorney General’s office has already received a higher number of calls and complaints than for past elections. And the office expects more given the state’s closed primary system. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, good government groups want to see the system changed.

Trump Rallies In Poughkeepsie

Apr 18, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a crowd more than 4,000 strong at a rally Sunday in Poughkeepsie. Meanwhile, some 200 protestors gathered across the street.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at a rally Sunday in Poughkeepsie while Chelsea Clinton speaks at events on both sides of the Hudson River.

A trio of New York state lawmakers is calling for a town supervisor in Rockland County charged in a corruption probe to resign.

A coalition that opposes the construction of a gas pipeline through the Hudson Valley is holding a day of activism and resistance in Westchester County Saturday.

The Democratic presidential candidates participated in a raucous debate in Brooklyn last night ahead of New York’s primary on Tuesday. In one of their most contentious debates, they challenged each other's stances on the usual topics.

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz is holding its annual conference Friday. This year’s focus is on responding to mass transportation disasters.

Town Supervisor Is Arrested In Corruption Probe

Apr 14, 2016

A town supervisor in Rockland County has been arrested in connection with the financing of Ramapo's baseball stadium.

Senator Bernie Sanders Visits Dutchess County

Apr 13, 2016
WAMC Allison Dunne

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his “Future to Believe In” rally to Poughkeepsie Tuesday night. It was his first visit to the Hudson Valley of the campaign, with just one week before the New York primary.

VP Biden To Deliver Commencement Address At West Point

Apr 12, 2016
Courtesy of the U.S. Army

Vice President Joe Biden will return to West Point next month to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy.