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7:57 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Lalor calls for gas tax cap

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WAPPINGERS FALLS – Republican State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor announced Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to cap tax on gasoline at the national average. While standing at a Wappingers Falls gas station, the freshman lawmaker also urged residents to call Governor Cuomo’s price gouging hotline to demand Albany “stop the tax gouging at the pump.”

Lalor said a gas tax cap would save motorists 20 cents per gallon.

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Hudson Valley News
1:08 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

NYS Assembly Hearing Focuses on Sandy Insurance Claims

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A hearing began earlier today in New York City to examine how insurance claims were settled during Superstorm Sandy, and how they should be handled during future disasters.

Democratic Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, of Kingston, chairs the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.

Ellen Melchionni is the president of the New York Insurance Association, and is testifying at the hearing. She says her association has drawn up a disaster preparedness agenda, a list of suggestions for policymakers to improve the insurance-claims process. Here is one of the items.

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Hudson Valley News
8:56 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Benefits To Be Extended for County's Active-Duty Service Members

Legislators in one of New York’s Hudson Valley counties say they plan to extend a measure that guarantees that county employees who are serving on active duty are held harmless on their pay.

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Hudson Valley News
8:25 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Donnery promises to take back Orange County government

Roxanne Donnery
Credit Orange County

Orange County, New York Legislator Roxanne Donnery has officially thrown her hat into the ring as the Democratic candidate for county executive.

Donnery addressed a room of over 170 supporters in Highland Mills about what she believes to be the state of county government.

“My God, what has happened to this county? Where is the trust?” she said.

The shuttered Orange County Government Center and Valley View nursing home were key issues Donnery addressed.

“You want your government back and I’m going to give it to you,” Donnery said.

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Hudson Valley News
2:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Riverkeeper Wants NYS Environmental Permit for New TZB Strengthened

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The comment period has ended for a draft environmental permit for construction of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. At least one environmental group is raising a number of concerns with the draft permit, while state officials maintain the permit has strict requirements.

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Hudson Valley News
11:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

A Rockland Man Allegedly Threatened NY Politicians

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Police have accused a Hudson Valley man of making death threats on Facebook against New York’s governor, New York City’s mayor, and several members of Congress. Police say they found two rifles, bayonets, ammunition. and body armor at the man’s Rockland County home. Clarkstown police say 49-year-old Lawrence Mulqueen of Nanuet was arraigned Thursday on charges of making terroristic threats, illegally possessing weapons, and harassment. Police were called Wednesday afternoon by Mulqueen's landlady, who said he'd been harassing her. They say she tipped them to Mulqueen's alleged threats, made on a Facebook page under a pseudonym. Police say the FBI helped with the investigation. A town court clerk says no lawyer is listed for Mulqueen in court records. Mulqueen is being held until a court date Monday.

Hudson Valley News
9:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Sullivan authorizes bonding to pay for communications upgrade

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MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Legislature voted unanimously to authorize issuing bonds, next year, to pay for a major upgrade of the county’s emergency communications system. 

During public comment at Thursday’s monthly meeting, Al Dumas, a member of the Monticello Fire Department, put it in terms of history and pop culture.

“From smoke signals from maybe 400 years ago that was used and might have guided the Mayflower ship into port in 1621 to the light from Batman in 1966, the whole idea is that we need to know what’s going on,” Dumas said.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Orange County officials work out compromise for school safety funding

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GOSHEN – Orange County administration and the county legislature have reached a compromise to provide $1.2 million over a three year period to enhance school safety procedures in the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy.

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Hudson Valley News
7:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Fanslau to leave Sullivan County employment in one week

Credit Hank Gross

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau will end his county employment at 12:01 a.m. on March 2, Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson and Fanslau announced at the close of the business day on Thursday. 

The announcement came after the monthly county legislature meeting during which legislators, by a five-four majority, adopted a local law requiring only a simple majority to hire or fire a county manager.

The legislature and Fanslau have “amicably agreed to enter into a separation agreement” ending his position as county manager.

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Hudson Valley News
1:38 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

NY Archdiocese Changes Closure Decision for St. Joseph's

Credit Joel Kramer

The New York Archdiocese last month announced it would close 24 Catholic schools in a cost-saving move. Ten of these schools are in the Hudson Valley, and now, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese says one of the schools on the final closure list will not close.

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