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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pastor Delivers Keynote Address at Vassar Counter-Protest

Pastor Joseph Tolton
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Westboro Baptist Church members picketed two Hudson Valley locations Thursday. Member of the Kansas-based Church picket military funerals, college, and other places they say promote a gay agenda.

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Hudson Valley News
8:05 am
Fri March 1, 2013

General Schwarzkopf brought home to West Point

WEST POINT – The war hero known as “Stormin’ Norman” was remembered with tributes, humor and emotion during an hour-long memorial service at the United States Military Academy Thursday afternoon.

General Norman Schwarzkopf graduated from the academy as a member of the Class of 1956, and went on to legendary leadership during an illustrious military career.

The highlight was his role as commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, which ended 22 years ago, to the day, of the memorial service yesterday.. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration could shut down Dutchess tower

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TOWN OF WAPPINGER – If sequestration kicks in today, aircraft operations at Dutchess County Airport could be severely impacted as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) said on Thursday that the control tower faces shutdown. The tower is operated by federal FAA air traffic controllers and while Dutchess has no commercial traffic, it does have corporate helicopter service as well as corporate and creational aviation users.

Maloney said sequestration will negatively impact the regional economy.

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Hudson Valley News
10:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Westboro Church Plans Pickets at West Point, Vassar

Vassar College
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Westboro Baptist Church members have two pickets planned for today in the Hudson Valley - one on each side of the Hudson River. The anti-gay Church established by Pastor Fred Phelps is known for its pickets of military funerals and liberal-arts colleges.

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Hudson Valley News
1:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

FEMA Sandy Disaster-Aid Deadline is Extended

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the deadline for FEMA disaster assistance for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy has been extended.

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Hudson Valley News
10:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Congressman Maloney Talks Spending Cuts at West Point

Credit Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Republican House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called on the president to stop using the military as a campaign prop to demand more tax hikes and start working with his own Democratic-controlled Senate to act on a credible plan to avert sequestration. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from the Hudson Valley visited with officials from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spoke about the impending damage of sequestration on West Point.  

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Hudson Valley News
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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