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WASHINGTON – In the wake of last week’s announcement that Delta Air Lines will drop its Stewart Airport to Atlanta route effective August 31, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he will ask the airline to reconsider the decision.

Schumer said on Wednesday he is disappointed with the announcement, but will press forward with his continuing efforts to attract new air service to the Newburgh airport.

POUGHKEEPSIE – A new Hudson River environmental monitoring station at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday.

The station, built in partnership with the US Geological Survey, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Marist College, is funded by the US EPA.

The new station will continuously monitor water quality and automatically collect samples for the assessment of toxics, said Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute.

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ALBANY – Some 76 percent of the current gas and oil wells in New York go uninspected by the state annually and before Albany considers approving hydrofracking to harvest natural gas from shale formations, it should increase staff and conduct more inspections. That assessment came Tuesday from environmental organization Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.

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A new high-tech environmental monitoring station based at Marist College in Poughkeepsie was unveiled Tuesday on the banks of the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The new station is part of a network of 15 sensors collectively known as the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System, providing round-the-clock data on a range of variables— such as temperature, salinity, and pH --- Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute, says the new station is unique because it can collect actual water samples.

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The City of Hudson today followed through on its threat to shut down the Furgary... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...

In-county students at SUNY Dutchess will pay more than $3,000 for tuition for the first time next fall under an annual budget approved 17-to-4 by the County Legislature Monday night. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports… 

Dutchess college students will still pay the lowest tuition of any community college in New York State. 

Some who supported the budget said their ‘yes’ was a reluctant one.  Among them was Republican Benjamin Traudt.

Officials have announced grants totaling nearly $1.2 million will be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2012 Community Development Block Grant Program to fund an array of local projects county-wide. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has more...

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the county nearly 1-point-2 million dollars under the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Dutchess County, New York government may be starting to see some signs of financial recovery while officials still struggle with the economy. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more…

Recent sales tax income is down two percent, but the hotel/motel room tax is flat and with increases in employee pension and health insurance costs and other state mandated expenses, balancing the budget remains a juggling act.

County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville presented the county legislature with a 2011 year end review and a peak at 2012.

The propsed 120-mile long "Constitution Pipeline" would transport natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the town of Wright, Schoharie County, where it would then be sent on to existing lines in the area.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the project.

During a press conference earlier this week, Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez expressed support for an alternate route for the pipeline which would follow the I-88 corridor.

The New York State Nurses Association, which represents 260 registered nurses at Benedictine Hospital, says as the HealthAlliance considers closing Kingston Hospital and folding all services into Benedictine, it should consider the effect on the community. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports…

The Nurses Association claims HealthAlliance’s current problems are “the result of several poor management decisions,” said spokesman Mark Genovese.

When the mortgage bubble burst and the economy turned sour in 2008 - the result was an uptick in the number of vacant or otherwise abandoned homes and properties across the nation - one city is imposing a hefty fee on property owners who fail to maintain those abandoned sites - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Whether you are a bank or a private citizen: if you hold title to a piece of property in the city of Poughkeepsue and you've abandoned it or are otherwise ignoring it - you could be facing a hefty fine.

For years, Columbia County has had the highest rate of foster care placement in New York State - the numbers are finally coming down, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

While Columbia County’s foster care placement rate remains higher than its closest competitors — Schenectady and Cortland counties, the numbers have softened since 2008 – when county children were placed in foster homes at a rate three times greater then any other county.

Violent crime was down substantially during the first five months of the year in Kingston, according to crime statistics kept by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the statistics, which show a 34 percent drop in violent crime...

To date this year, violent crime dropped 34 percent. There were no murders or rapes and robberies were down 44 percent. Burglaries were down 17 percent, although larceny arrests increased.

The task force working on improving New York's Electric grid is making progress... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Organized labor and New York Republican House member representing the Hudson Valley  agree that something must be done to boost employment, as the national unemployment figure for June showed joblessness was 8.2 percent with just 80,000 new jobs added. But they have different views on how to grow the economy. Hank Gross reports…

Paul Ellis-Graham, president of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, said the GOP House of Representatives is blocking the solution to the problem.

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An iconic fishing encampment which may be the last of its kind is days away from the wrecking ball... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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Summertime means more contact among people, pets and wildlife outdoors - Animal experts and Public Health officials are urging citizens to be aware of two diseases that are on this season's watchlist... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

An outbreak of a virus affecting dogs is raising concerns throughout Ulster County- Officials say par-vo-virus is highly contagious. Dr. Arnold Rugg is with the Kingston Animal Hospital - he says there have been six deaths so far.  Parvovirus poses no threat to humans, and Rugg says it can easily be prevented through vaccination.

Along with the high temperatures that visit us this time of year, funds have been made available to help New Yorkers with serious medical conditions to beat the heat.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The timing was just right - on Friday, as the mercury hit the 90s, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that certain low-income New Yorkers with particular medical conditions can receive free air conditioners from the state.

A recent federal grant will mean easier access to better care for
communities in New York - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center is expanding - opening
two facilities - the first in one of the many so-called "isolated"
Hudson Valley Communities -  a full healthcare center in Highland Falls
as well as a new health center at 290 Broadway in Newburgh. 

Supporters of a consolidated government for New Paltz are closer than ever to realizing their dream: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Soon, all parks maintained by Dutchess County, New York will be smoke-free. County Executive Marcus Molinaro made the announcement Thursday at Bowdoin Park, overlooking the Hudson River in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

he smoking prohibition at county parks is an addition to the Dutchess County Clean Indoor Air Law, which was passed in 2003 and championed and sponsored by Molinaro when he was a county legislator.

The 19th Congressional District Democratic Primary is one of the most-watched contests today in New York State: the race pits Dutchess County legislator Joel Tyner against Kingston Attorney Julian Schreibman...  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Julian Schreibman about his hopes going into today's primary.

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19th District Congressional Candidate Joel Tyner's former treasurer has responded to accusations of possible embezzlement and sexual advances... WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Tappan Zee Tunnel?

Jun 25, 2012

As the New York State Thruway presses on with plans to replace the Tappan Zee bridge, environmentalists are asking the state continue to seek out alternatives. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Under current plans, a new 8-lane bridge would replace the current Tappan Zee at a cost of 5-point-4 billion dollars. The environmental group Riverkeeper wants the state to consider whether or not a tunnel might be a better alternative.

The Village of Wappingers Falls, New York may have switched to its own water supply, but the village has a contact with the Joint Poughkeepsie Water Agency through the end of the year — and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie want their money. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

The village hasn’t paid the $488,400 it owns for usage for the last part of 2011 and the first half of this year, and Mayor John Tkazyik has also sought mediation to get its money.

Joel Tyner’s campaign treasurer has resigned and has made serious accusations against the 19th district congressional candidate ... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Misha Fredericks says she couldn't continue as Joel Tyner's campaign treasurer, with Tyner's cash-on-hand claim off by thousands of dollars. Sensing trouble and fearing being investigated for embezzlemant, Fredericks filed a letter with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday.

Some questions and concerns over thruway tolls and how emergency responders pay to use the superhighway - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

In a letter reportedly sent to emergency service providers, New York State Thruway Department of Maintenance and Operations Deputy Director H. McCarthy Gipson, detailed a new law which requires the authority to collect and issue refunds for tolls incurred on the superhighway by ambulance or fire vehicles in emergency operations. Thruways officials suggest using EZpass  electronic readers.

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"Is There a Regional Agenda for the Hudson Valley?" - that's the theme and title of a conference held today at SUNY New Paltz - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

Elected officials joined business and municipal leaders exploring new ideas - in a spirit of working together toward economic growth -The conference was hosted by CRREO, the New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), and sponsored by The Advocacy Coalition of the Hudson Valley.

Federal and State officials have been working since 9-eleven to upgrade the technology supporting public safety communications - their efforts are on the verge of paying off, as we hear in this report from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

As the debate over the future of hydraulic fracturing rages on, a group of upstate New York landowners has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn "Local Law Number Six," a temporary ban on natural-gas drilling in the city of Binghamton. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Five property owners filed suit last week in state Supreme Court in Broome County, charging that  Binghamton's Mayor and city council violated state law when the municipality passed a two-year ban on drilling back in December,  without first seeking approval from the county's planning department.

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