Hudson Valley News

The New York state Education Commissioner Monday announced the appointment of a monitor for the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. Tuesday, they held a series of meetings in Rockland in what participants describe as a positive and encouraging step forward.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

This year marks the 50th anniversary of clean water advocate Riverkeeper. There have been milestone celebrations, including a star-studded fundraiser. Yet the heart of the Ossining-based organization’s work is on the water — the Hudson River and its tributaries. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently spent a few hours aboard the Riverkeeper patrol boat with Captain John Lipscomb.

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A former biology professor at SUNY New Paltz credited with the recovery of a certain bird of prey in the eastern U.S. has died. 

Vassar Professor Named Interim President Of MSMC

Aug 16, 2016
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An economics professor from Vassar College has been selected as interim president of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Following Friday’s declaration of Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh a state Superfund site, people are wondering what’s next.

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A coalition of 21 plaintiffs has filed a brief seeking to overturn a federal agency’s approval of a pipeline project in the Northeast. A number of the plaintiffs specifically oppose a portion of the pipeline going through the Hudson Valley.

HV Communities Receive Water Infrastructure Grants

Aug 15, 2016
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Hudson Valley communities are the recipients of nearly $30 million in New York state grants for water infrastructure improvements.

Kingston Launches Shuttle Service

Aug 13, 2016
Office of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble

A new shuttle service begins Saturday in Kingston.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

WAMC News has learned that New York state has declared Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County a Superfund site. The classification comes some three months after the public learned of PFOS contamination in the main source of drinking water for Newburgh. 

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation’s declaration comes after some three months of investigations. Martin Brand is DEC acting Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Remediation and Materials.

Dutchess County Is Proclaimed Uniquely Presidential

Aug 12, 2016
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

The Dutchess County Legislature has adopted a proclamation to recognize the county’s role in presidential history. 

Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime In Rockland

Aug 11, 2016

Police are investigating a possible bias crime in Rockland County after incendiary devices went off outside two rabbis’ homes Tuesday night.

NYC DEP Employs Sheep For A Pilot Program

Aug 11, 2016
Courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has started a pilot program to maintain the grass along its water supply properties upstate. The program required new employees — but probably not the kind you’re picturing. 

Schumer Visits PFOS-Contaminated Lake In Newburgh

Aug 10, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will introduce legislation that would require the Air Force to identify the source of water contamination in Newburgh and pay to clean it up if a base nearby is responsible.

Tubiolo Wins Seat On Westchester Board Of Legislators

Aug 10, 2016

The Republican candidate for a seat in Westchester County has won handily.

There is a special election Tuesday in Westchester County for a seat on the county Board of Legislators.

After the public learned in May of PFOS contamination in Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, there were calls to provide blood testing for residents. Those calls continue. In addition, the state continues to investigate sources of contamination while prepping a new filtration system.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced the completion of a solar project installation at a VA medical center in Westchester County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three state lawmakers from New York’s Hudson Valley gathered in the City of Poughkeepsie earlier this week to call on the Assembly to pass a so-called “punishment fit the crime” bill when it is re-introduced next session. They met at an intersection where a Poughkeepsie couple lost their lives four years ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Controversial plans for a senior center in Cold Spring in Putnam County have been quashed after former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes withdrew his half-a-million dollar-donation. Ailes’ announcement came after public outcry from area residents. Meanwhile, the county executive says she is moving forward to provide a senior center in the western part of the county.

Rockland Water Restrictions Remain In Effect

Aug 3, 2016
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Despite three days of rain last weekend that dropped nearly 2.5 inches over Rockland, the county executive says a water emergency remains in effect.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering establishing anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Westchester to Ulster County. But local elected officials and environmentalists criticize the proposal — and what they say is a lack of transparency and public involvement.

Heroin Case In Newburgh Includes 24 Indictments

Aug 2, 2016
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The Orange County district attorney has announced indictments in a heroin distribution case in Newburgh.

Taste NY Store In Dutchess Sees Sales Increase

Aug 2, 2016
Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Governor Andrew Cuomo says sales at a Taste NY Market in the Hudson Valley are up significantly. 

With a heat wave that blanketed the region in the past few weeks followed by torrential rain over the weekend, local crops don’t seem worse for the wear. The real damage came in April. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, farmers in the region are hoping for good weather on weekends when the Hudson Valley is hopping with farm-going tourists.

The Ulster County comptroller is warning that the lack of an information technology disaster recovery plan jeopardizes county records and the ability of the county to operate in the face of a major calamity. He says the current plan is outdated and a course of action is needed. 

HV Locales Are Recommended As Historic Places

Jul 29, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced that the New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 27 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. A few locales in the Hudson Valley are on the list.

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A former basketball coach of a community college in the Hudson Valley has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

Scenic Hudson Launches New Land Conservation Effort

Jul 28, 2016
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Scenic Hudson is launching a land conservation initiative, with a twist. The environmental group’s strategy involves a computer model and networks of conservation areas to help address impacts of climate change.

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New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman have announced additional funding for the Newburgh Fire Department.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley is running unopposed in November, but an Orange County activist is looking to change that.

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