Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
11:08 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week gets cooking

Restaurants across the Hudson Valley will be highlighting their culinary offerings and locally-grown ingredients during the seventh annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week to be held March 11-march 24.  In the middle of it all is the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park . More than 170 establishments in seven counties will take part. For more on Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, we spoke with founder Janet Cranshaw, the publisher of the Valley Table.

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2:37 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Dutchess County Clerk Wants Reimbursement for SAFE Act Processing Costs

Opt-out forms received as of March 5, 2013
Credit Office of the Dutchess County Clerk

The Dutchess County clerk has written to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in relation to implementing The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act. He is asking the state to reimburse Dutchess for the costs affiliated with enacting the legislation.

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8:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sussman blasts state for dragging its feet on toxic site cleanups

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GOSHEN – The Orange County Democratic Alliance has released a report documenting some 40 toxic sites in the county, many of which have been on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cleanup list for years and have yet to be remediated.

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8:06 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rockland on the road to financial recovery, says Vanderhoef

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NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef delivered his final state of the county address to the County Legislature Tuesday night taking aim at budget and financial challenges and the county’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy.

Vanderhoef, who is retiring at the end of the year, spent a significant amount of time discussing the county’s budget woes, assuring county residents the worst of the recession was over but more structural changes were necessary.

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8:27 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

United Way Distributes Money to Sandy-Affected Communities

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The United Way of New York City is distributing more than $5 million in aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Three Hudson Valley counties are receiving some of the money.

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2:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A Group of Residents Raises Concerns About Proposed Central Hudson-Fortis Merger

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The New York State Public Service Commission is reviewing the proposed merger of Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group -the parent company of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation - and Canadian utility company Fortis, Inc.  A public comment period will close at the end of the month, and at least one group of residents from Ulster County has written with its concerns.

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7:55 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Violence Against Women Act Has Requirements for Colleges

The House of Representatives last week passed an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act after Senate passage earlier in February. President Obama is expected to sign the expanded version of the 1994 Act shortly.

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1:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

NYS and IBM Want to Prep Students for High-Skills Jobs

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and IBM officials recently announced a public-private partnership they say will prepare New York students for high-skills jobs. The idea is based on a school in Brooklyn, highlighted by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.

The idea, say both the Governor and IBM officials, is to provide students with skills for careers in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, while, at the same time, advancing regional economic development in New York.

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10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Orange lawmakers to approve redistricting

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GOSHEN – Redistricting of the Orange County Legislature’s 21 districts has been approved in committee and is expected to be approved by the full lawmaking body later this week.

The reapportionment is required to keep all districts within the same approximate number of constituents.

Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairman Steven Brescia said even though a public hearing is required before a vote and approval by the county executive, time is a factor in the need to approve the new plan.

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8:18 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Folk Museum Hall of Fame construction to begin this spring

Credit Mary McCoy

NEWBURGH – Officials of the Folk Music Hall of Fame hope to break ground this spring on what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind museum in the nation, in the East End of the City of Newburgh.

The non-profit corporation planning the facility has raised half of the $125,000 need to construct the museum at 67 Liberty Street, said group treasurer James Sollami.

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