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.
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.
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:
WEST POINT – At a time when sequestration has resulted in furloughs of civilian employees at the US Military Academy, an official of the union representing the workers said millions in infrastructure money has gone unspent.
James McCabe, union treasurer, said $29 million was allocated to upgrade the steam plant, but nothing has been done there. The sewer system is also crumbling, he said.
“Where is this money and yet we are still furloughing employees and the ones left behind have to operate with band aids and duct tape,” McCabe asked. “When does this insanity stop?”
MIDDLETOWN – Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine officially launched Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony highlighting the ‘win-win-win’ relationship between the college, the City of Middletown, and the region.
“Demonstrating a continued investment in New York and our students” is how Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy defined it during remarks at the former Horton Hospital in Middletown.
A demonstration got under way Tuesday afternoon outside the New York City office U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The protesters want the senator to take a stand on a compressor station already up and running in their Orange County hamlet.
Opponents of the Minisink compressor station, which was built on a residential road in the Hamlet of Westtown, traveled to midtown Manhattan Tuesday to urge Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to break her silence. Asha Canalos is with the group “Stop the Minisink Compressor Station,” and one of those demonstrating.
A Rockland County-based water company wants to raise its rates and impose a surcharge on customer water bills. A New York state senator opposes both, while water company officials say the increases are needed to cover money already spent.