Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
10:32 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Ulster County Resident Questions Utility Merger Via Shareholder Resolution

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Much of the opposition to a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley has focused on community concerns, such as jobs, rate hikes, and investing locally. Now, at least one community member has taken his concerns to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Canadian energy company Fortis would acquire Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group, parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, for about $1.5 billion. New Paltz resident Karl Budmen says shareholders will lose.

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2:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Schumer Wants Answers About CH Energy/Fortis Deal

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Friday. New York’s senior Senator says without answers to questions he has raised for some time, he cannot support a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley. As he was voicing his concerns, a pair of administrative law judges released a recommended decision about the merger.

The proposed merger is between Canadian energy company Fortis and Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group, parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation. And the Democratic Schumer says he has serious concerns.

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Hudson Valley News
10:21 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Schumer Demands Answers Re: Proposed Utility Merger

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New York’s senior U.S. senator was in Orange and Ulster Counties Friday saying he will not support a proposed utility merger unless questions are answered.

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Hudson Valley News
1:37 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Two Exhibitions Open At Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center in New York’s Orange County is a sculpture park, and there are two exhibitions opening Saturday. One marks the first large-scale exhibit in the U.S. for a certain artist. The other is a piece that has a lot to say about the environment.

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Hudson Valley News
1:08 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Walkway Goes For Another World Record

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Walkway Over the Hudson will be closed to the public Saturday morning for an attempt to break a world record. One has to register, for a fee, to participate.

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Hudson Valley News
9:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

U.S. Senator Schumer Makes Demands Re: Proposed Utility Merger

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will be in the Hudson Valley later today to voice what he says are serious concerns with a proposed utility merger, and call for more action.

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Hudson Valley News
8:10 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Sullivan Continues To Count On Some Business Growth

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MONTICELLO – Sullivan County’s unemployment rate was just under 10 percent in March, the highest of the nine Mid-Hudson/Catskills counties.  The county and its various agencies continue to search for opportunities and to offer incentives that could mean more jobs.

“Currently there are four new possible applications in the pipeline,” Partnership for Economic Development CEO Allan Scott reported at Thursday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting of the County Legislature.  “One is in Bethel, one is in Tusten and two are in Thompson.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Names Of Three Murder Victims Released

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NEWBURGH – Police late Thursday released the names of the three victims who were shot and killed in Newburgh early Wednesday.

The victims were identified as Pamela Jenkins, 52, of 98 South William Street, and John Lewis, 43, and Henry Blue, 52.  They lived elsewhere in the city.

Police said the second and third floor apartments at 98 South William are vacant.

City detectives, investigators from the State Police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the case.

No arrests have been made.

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Small Plane Crashes In Hudson River, No Survivors Found

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CATSKILL – A small aircraft was seen crashing into the Hudson River off Catskill, at approximately 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say it burst into flames shortly after impact, and became submerged within 10 minutes.

Emergency responders cordoned off both sides of the river, Main Street in Germantown on Columbia County's east bank; and the area near Lehigh Northeast Cement factory in Catskill, on Greene County's western shore.

No plane or survivors were recovered as of sundown.

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Hudson Valley News
9:52 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

NYS Attorney General Announces Post-Sandy Price Gouging Cases

The New York State attorney general is suing four gas stations in and around New York City, alleging price gouging in the days following Hurricane Sandy. He also announced settlements with a few dozen others, including stations in the Hudson Valley.

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