Hudson Valley News

Central Hudson Appoints New CEO

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

A utility company in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

NYPD Holds Counterterrorism Drill

Mar 28, 2016

The New York Police Department practiced how officials and officers would respond to a Brussels-style attack.

Boundless Energy Appeals PSC Decision

Mar 28, 2016

An energy company that claims its proposal would have rendered the least environmental impact for a transmission line project has appealed a New York State Public Service Commission decision denying a request for rehearing. The company has gone to state supreme court with the matter.

Courtesy of Callicoon, NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the recommendation of 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Five are in the Hudson Valley.

MSMC Names Acting President

Mar 23, 2016
Courtesy of Mount Saint Mary College

A college in Newburgh that has been in the headlines for controversial administration and board decisions has named an acting president.

A former water department commissioner in Mount Vernon, New York has pleaded guilty to bribery.

Walkway Adds Race To Marathon Lineup

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

There is an addition to this year’s Walkway Marathon in Dutchess County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of New York’s medical marijuana dispensaries is calling on Google to accept its ads. In addition, the company’s CEO accuses the global search engine of retaliation.

Defense Secretary To Visit West Point

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of USMA Public Affairs, Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is planning to visit the U.S. Military Academy to meet with cadets and discuss the challenges the Army's future leaders will face.

MTA Relaunches Public Safety Campaign

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is relaunching the "If you see something, say something" public safety campaign that it started after the September 11 attacks.

Hudson Opera House Renovations Are Underway

Mar 21, 2016
Courtesy of Robert Umenhofer

Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that renovations to the historic Hudson Opera House in Columbia County are underway. The opera house is the oldest surviving theater in New York.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County legislature will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on a bond resolution to fund a new jail. The question of funding a jail of its proposed size and cost has brought out supporters and detractors in recent days, with petitions, robocalls, and attempts to swing legislators’ votes in either direction.

Courtesy of New York Students Rising - New Paltz

A group of New York students calling for a tuition freeze at state schools begins a three-day march Sunday.

NYS Senate Passes Bill To Stem Illegal Housing

Mar 19, 2016

The New York state Senate has passed a bill aimed at curbing illegal housing. A Hudson Valley lawmaker is the sponsor.

Independent Democrat David Carlucci’s legislation authorizes certain municipalities to add unpaid housing code fines into the offender’s annual taxes.

“Enough is enough. We’ve seen how pervasive the issue of illegal housing is and unscrupulous landlords in our community and around the state,” says Carlucci. “And we have to have a no-nonsense approach.”

AIM Pipeline Protestors Are Due In Court

Mar 18, 2016
Courtesy of Resist AIM

Protestors who locked themselves to one another to block access to a staging area in Westchester County for a pipeline expansion project are due in court Friday morning.

The FBI conducted raids Wednesday in Rockland County’s Ramapo and Orange County’s Kiryas Joel to see if millions of federal dollars earmarked for technology in religious schools were misused. Now a state senator from the region is calling on congressional representatives to get involved.

Courtesy of Vonsky87/Wikimedia Commons

The House of Representatives has adopted a bill concerning the construction of a hydroelectric project in New York.

Central Hudson To Roll Out Monthly Billing

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Central Hudson customers will see a change in the frequency of billing starting this summer.

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Days after unveiling legislation to combat the opioid epidemic and stop mass incarceration of low-level drug offenders, Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Tuesday night to discuss the problem in his district. Constituents raised issues of educating students, offering more support meetings, and mandating insurance companies to better cover treatment.

Josh Fox Film To Screen In Ulster County

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Woodstock Film Festival

Oscar-nominated Director Josh Fox will be in Ulster County Wednesday evening for the screening of his film on climate change.

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A Hudson Valley assemblywoman has introduced legislation to prevent people on the terror watch list from purchasing guns in New York. The head of a state gun advocacy group says legislators are missing the mark.

America's Political Dynasties
America's Political Dynasties

On this week’s 51%, we speak with a presidential historian about women in political dynasties. And we explore changes when it comes to women in comedy. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of Mayor Rob Rolison

Two months into the job, Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has begun to chip away at some of his promised initiatives. Rolison succeeds fellow Republican John Tkazyik, who did not run again because of term limits. Rolison, formerly Dutchess County legislature chairman and a cop for 29 years, spoke with WAMC Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his challenges and plans. He starts with an update on two top positions.

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New York’s Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction kicked off a series of statewide forums last week. One of the co-chairs continues to push for a number of reforms he called for last year.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Wiki Commons

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted Entergy, the owner/operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan permission to extend the frequency of the containment integrated leak rate test from once every 10 years to once every 15 years on a permanent basis.

HV Congressman To Host Town Hall For Veterans

Feb 26, 2016

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will host a town hall for veterans in Dutchess County Saturday morning.

HV Assemblywoman Unveils Ethics Reform Package

Feb 26, 2016
Courtesy of the Office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

With one good-government leader calling this session Albany’s “Watergate moment,” a lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced an ethics reform package trying to create distance between those who seek to influence the law and those who make the laws. Her effort comes a few months after the former Senate and Assembly leaders were convicted of corruption.

HV Lawmakers Urge Passage Of Rail Crossing Study Bill

Feb 25, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ever since a fatal crash last year, there’s been increased discussion about safety at rail crossings. Now, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is pushing a bill that requires the study of such crossings. The bill’s Senate sponsors also want a study to get off the ground.

Orange County Assemblyman Eyes NY Senate Seat

Feb 24, 2016
Courtesy of Assemblyman James Skoufis

A Democratic assemblyman is exploring a run for the New York state Senate seat that has been occupied by the same Republican since 1991. Assemblyman James Skoufis believes now is the time for change and new ideas in the 39th district, where Bill Larkin serves as senator. Skoufis has set up an exploratory committee enabling him to raise funds for a potential run.

County Department Head Pleads Guilty To Stealing Funds

Feb 23, 2016

The former director of the Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs has pleaded guilty to stealing cash from her department.