Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
8:16 am
Mon May 13, 2013

State Commission Calls For Removal Of Town Justice

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ALBANY – The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has determined that Justice Glen George, who presides in the Middletown Town Court in Delaware County, should be removed from office.

The commission found that George fixed a ticket by dismissing a seat belt violation issued to his friend and former employer, in the absence of the prosecutor and notwithstanding a prior caution by the commission that he not preside over matters involving his friend’s family.

The commission also found that the judge made improper statements to a prospective litigant in a small claims matter.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Mon May 13, 2013

New State Tourism Initiative To Benefit Hudson Valley

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Hudson Valley/Catskills regions are expected to receive a sizable chunk of the $60 million to be divvied up around the state to promote tourism in New York.

The announcement was made this past week and Mary Kay Vrba, executive director of Dutchess County Tourism, is hopeful this area will benefit from the new funding.

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Hudson Valley News
7:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Hein Continues To Push For Nevele Casino

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KINGSTON – Despite Governor Cuomo’s announced gaming casino plan that would include one in the Catskills/Hudson Valley region, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein is pushing for more.

The EPT/Empire Resorts plan for the former Concord Hotel property in Kiamesha Lake appears to be the regional frontrunner, but Hein is continuing to lobby for the Nevele facility in the Ellenville area.

“We look forward to advocating for Ulster County and for the Nevele and also for our entire region,” Hein said.

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Hudson Valley News
11:41 am
Sat May 11, 2013

NYC DEP To Allow Kayak Storage Along Some Reservoirs

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In an effort to support tourism in the Catskills, boat-rental businesses will be permitted to store kayaks and canoes along four New York City reservoirs.

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Hudson Valley News
2:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

PSC Staff Thinks Evidentiary Hearing Is Unnecessary

The New York State Public Service Commission this week responded to a request for an evidentiary hearing regarding a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
11:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dust, Rust And Chrome At Rhinebeck Car Show

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Last weekend, enthusiasts from across the Northeast gathered to trade parts and stories at the Rhinebeck Car Show. Reporter Meg Heckman sent this audio postcard.

Hot rods, muscle cars and automotive echoes of the gilded age are the public face of the Rhinebeck Car Show, but look past the tidy rows of glittering bumpers and you’ll see something else: acres and acres of dust, rust and chrome. It’s the annual swap, where buyers and sellers come from across the East Coast to haggle over the stuff that old cars are made of.

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Hudson Valley News
8:51 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Student Enrollment Declines Pattern Report Finds

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NEWBURGH – Student enrollment figures in school districts across the Hudson Valley continue to decline and that has prompted discussion about closing schools and reorganizing districts, according to a report released Thursday by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

There are 538 school buildings in the region and since 1999, more than 30 of them have been or will be closed.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Orange County To Move Medical Examiner Facilities

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Medical Examiner’s morgue and forensic operations has two months to move out of Orange Regional Medical Center, where it has been operating. The hospital needs the space.

As a temporary solution, the county has rented a large mobile facility placed behind the emergency services building to serve for autopsies and as a morgue.

Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Catanese said he can work with those facilities until a more permanent location is identified.

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Hudson Valley News
8:25 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Two NYS Lawmakers Introduce Term-Limit Legislation

NYS Assemblyman Kieran Lalor (left) and NYS Senator Terry Gipson (right)
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Two freshman New York lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have joined together to introduce a bipartisan bill on term limits, which they believe are key to much-needed reform in Albany.

Democratic Senator Terry Gipson and Republican Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, both from Dutchess County, joined together across party lines Thursday to say term limits are long overdue, especially with political corruption so prevalent. Here’s Gipson, of Rhinebeck.

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Hudson Valley News
12:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road

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A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.

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