The companies involved in a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley have offered enhancements to the merger proposal. Opponents say they are too little, too late. The controversial merger proposal has led both sides to pound the pavement to tell their sides of the story.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Wednesday at the Belleayre Ski Center in the Catskills. The hearing, which attracted a few hundred people, focused on two proposals and their cumulative impacts.
GOSHEN – There was an unusual twist to the Orange County Republican Committee’s nominating convention held at a Goshen restaurant Wednesday night. Signs posted on the doors announced a prohibition to audio or video recording and still picture taking during the convention and, in fact, a reporter for MidHudsonNews.com was refused entry because he had digital recording equipment.
The Ulster County executive is behind a statewide tour to learn how municipalities in New York are best coping with fiscal challenges. This comes during an era of unfunded mandates and a two-percent property tax cap. He says the idea is to prevent communities from becoming distressed or on the brink of bankruptcy.
The initiative is called PAYGo NY. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein says it harkens back to a philosophy of pay as you go. Hein is also president of the New York State County Executives Association.
WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.
With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.