Hudson Valley News

Former NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey Dies

Nov 22, 2017
Former Congressman Hinchey
Hinchey family

Former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey has died.

Courtesy of Town of Rockland

New York state will provide funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control study in a Sullivan County hamlet that will help advance resiliency projects.

Two Correction Officers Convicted Of Beating, Cover-Up

Nov 22, 2017
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Two former New York state correction officers have been convicted of beating an inmate at a correctional facility in Fishkill and falsifying records.

Courtesy of New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Tuesday in Orange County, New York state and local authorities were trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in New Windsor. One employee was found dead and some 125 others were injured, including nine firefighters, at the plant that was cited for safety violations earlier this year.

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State and local authorities are trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in Orange County that left one employee dead and injured some 125 others, including nine firefighters.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney were in Orange County today, urging the Air Force to designate Stewart Air National Guard Base the No. 1 cleanup project in the country. The two Democrats made their call at Washington Lake, Newburgh’s main drinking water supply, where toxic PFOS contamination was found in the spring of 2016.


Authorities say two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory in Orange County left 30 to 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast. New Windsor police say the first explosion occurred around 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Verla International cosmetics factory. Firefighters who responded were inside when the second explosion occurred around 10:40 a.m. New Windsor Town Supervisor George Green said up to 35 people were being treated for injuries, including seven firefighters, most of them from the nearby city of Newburgh. He said two of the firefighters were taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center. Officials said none of the injuries appear to be life threatening, officials said. Green said one employee remains unaccounted for. Crews battled the blaze into late Monday afternoon. State emergency response teams had been dispatched.

NYS Senator Starts Petition Against GOP Tax Plan

Nov 18, 2017
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A Republican New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has launched a petition urging congressional leaders to steer clear of GOP tax reform that will negatively impact area residents and result in double taxation.

NY Congressman's Bill On PFOA/PFOS Study Set To Be Law

Nov 18, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Legislation from a Hudson Valley congressman to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state health and environmental officials are updating residents on private well testing in Orange County near Stewart Airport and Stewart Air National Guard base. A number of wells have been tested for PFOA and PFOS with none exceeding federal safety guidelines. Still, some residents are concerned and say more needs to be done.

Westchester County Exec Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

Nov 16, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Fresh off his re-election loss to Democratic state Senator George Latimer, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is dropping his two lawsuits over the closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Congressman John Faso
Official Photo

New York Republican Congressman John Faso hosted a telephone town hall Tuesday night on the GOP tax reform proposal. Faso says the call was meant to help him determine the best course of action for upstate.

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.