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

Dust, Rust And Chrome At Rhinebeck Car Show

Swap vendors at the Rhinebeck Car Show display their wares on any available surface.
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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

Senators David Carlucci (left) and Jeff Klein (right)
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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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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Schumer Wants To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

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WASHINGTON – US Senator Charles Schumer announced his effort to have passed an early detection and rapid response grant program to combat aquatic invasive species once they reach new waterways.

In the Hudson Valley alone, invasive species include Eurasian milfoil, Asian clam, Zebra mussel, Didymo, Water chestnut, Chinese mitten crab, Brittle Naiad, White perch, and Alewife.

Schumer’s bill would allow states and local authorities to petition the Department of the Interior for grants as soon as they identify a threat from invasive species.

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Hudson Valley News
9:14 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Westchester Offers Free Fish To Fight West Nile

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A county health department in New York’s Hudson Valley is trying a natural way to minimize the chances of becoming infected with West Nile Virus.

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Hudson Valley News
8:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Tourism Improvement In Dutchess County

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HYDE PARK – Hotel and motel room tax in Dutchess County revenue rose in 2012 by four percent above 2011 and that is an indication that tourism is picking up, industry officials say.

County and local leaders, including Dutchess County Tourism Executive Director Mary Kay Vrba, marked National Tourism Rally Day at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Pavilion in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
8:50 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Residents Rally Behind Kingston Mayor

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In response to the recent controversy regarding Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo’s firing of a city employee, several concerned residents came to City Hall Tuesday evening to speak to the city council about how the issue has been handled.

Residents who offered their opinions Tuesday night spoke in support of Gallo personally or as a leader and elected official. 

City resident Jeanne Edwards said that the mayor has already apologized and it’s time to move on, telling the council she was embarrassed to see the city’s dirty laundry has being aired for all to see.

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Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Sullivan County Upgrades 911 Communications

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BETHEL – The Sullivan County 911 center will upgrade its communications system with a grant from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

County Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Martinkovic said the funds will allow for the county to buy a new 911 emergency telephone system at its facilities in Bethel and a new backup system at Liberty State Police, as well as new recording equipment for all calls and radio communications.

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