Hudson Valley News

March Snowstorm Walloped Poughkeepsie's Budget

Mar 29, 2017
Courtesy of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison

The blizzard that hit Dutchess County and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley earlier in March has taken a financial toll on the City of Poughkeepsie.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Newburgh Tuesday. He visited the city’s water department to tour the future site of Newburgh’s new carbon filtration system. The system is being built in response to Newburgh’s PFOS drinking water contamination revealed last year. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne took a tour with Commissioner Seggos.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Department of Health will hold two public information sessions Thursday, March 30, to discuss the second set of PFOS blood test results.

Courtesy of Wallkill River Watershed Alliance

Environmental group Riverkeeper has released a report on water quality in the Wallkill River that shows contamination levels throughout. The findings will be discussed Tuesday evening at the Wallkill River Summit at SUNY New Paltz. Meanwhile, Riverkeeper and another group have requested funding in New York’s budget for a state study of the Wallkill River.

Work Has Begun On Two Bridges In Westchester

Mar 28, 2017
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that work is underway on a $17.1 million project to build two bridges in Westchester County. It’s part of his $542 million Empire Bridge program.

NYS Senator Seeks Greater Protection for Wetlands

Mar 27, 2017
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would give New York greater authority to identify and protect wetland areas. He says the legislation is crucial given the apparently reduced role of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and potential evisceration of some of the nation’s water protection rules.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced legislation aimed at safeguarding the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard has not yet decided how to proceed with the controversial proposal.

NYS AG Announces Grants For Land Banks

Mar 25, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Friday announced $20.9 million in new grants to 19 land banks that are rebuilding neighborhoods across the state. Two recipients are in the Hudson Valley.

TMI Project Presents #BlackStoriesMatter

Mar 24, 2017

This weekend, Kingston-based non-profit group TMI Project will debut #BlackStoriesMatter--Live!, a performance featuring true stories from 11 participants about the experience of being black in America. And it will be the first time TMI Project live-streams a performance and kicks off a national digital campaign. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with TMI Project co-founder and executive director Eva Tenuto about the effort, starting with how it came about.

Report Shows HV Urban Areas Are Poised For Growth

Mar 23, 2017

Revitalization of the Hudson Valley’s cities and urban areas is setting the stage to attract a new wave of residents and businesses. So says a report from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, which finds that safer and more attractive downtowns, regional amenities and more are part of the scene.

Bob Dylan To Perform In Kingston In June

Mar 23, 2017
Courtesy of the Bardavon

American music legend Bob Dylan is scheduled to perform in Kingston in June. The concert is being presented by the Bardavon and the host, The Hutton Brickyards, marking the first performance at a new concert venue along the waterfront.

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A New York state lawmaker from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for the public financing of elections of state Supreme Court judges and district attorneys.

Hudson City Council Passes Sanctuary City Resolution

Mar 22, 2017
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The city of Hudson in Columbia County, New York is among the latest to pass a sanctuary city resolution.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The second set of PFOS blood test results is being mailed to Newburgh area residents. During a public meeting on PFOS water contamination Monday night, New York State Department of Health officials said envelopes are being stuffed and a meeting date is being planned to discuss the results. Meanwhile, some people voiced concern over the meaning of the results.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Dutchess County Monday, reintroducing his bill to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by creating pre-booking drug diversion programs. The idea is to allow police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system. Maloney made the announcement in the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, whose grand opening was last week.


There is money in the New York State Assembly budget concerning a carbon farming initiative. The Assemblymember behind the effort says she hopes the Senate and governor share her enthusiasm.

Ulster County Exec Issues Order Regarding Health Care

Mar 17, 2017
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The Ulster County executive has issued an executive order calling for a report on the public health impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the county’s residents. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports a public hearing on the topic has already been scheduled.

Dutchess County Formally Opens Stabilization Center

Mar 16, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of local, county and state officials were on hand in Poughkeepsie Thursday for the formal opening of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center. It’s a walk-in facility for individuals who need immediate assistance coping with mental health issues or substance abuse. The idea is to help residents avoid emergency rooms or even jail and save lives.

Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Following the winter storm that hit parts of the mid-Hudson Valley harder than expected, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that additional resources were headed to two cities in Dutchess County.

Belleayre Might Extend Season After Major Snowfall

Mar 16, 2017

The winter storm earlier this week that left feet of snow in some areas of New York has ski enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes. In the Hudson Valley, Belleayre Ski Resort benefited from the massive snowfall.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Tuesday’s winter storm hit harder than expected in some areas of New York, including in parts of the Hudson Valley. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added various travel bans throughout the day.

Storm Hits Hard In The Hudson Valley

Mar 14, 2017
Courtesy of Orange County government

More than half a foot of snow had fallen in portions of the Hudson Valley by about 8:30 this morning. The forecast calls for some two-to-three feet to blanket the region. The Nor’easter was predicted days ago, and its severity has most offices closed, transportation ground to a halt, and states of emergency in effect. Metro-North Railroad suspended service at noon. 

Planned Maintenance Work Begins At Indian Point 3

Mar 13, 2017
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York was shut down Monday for the start of a $100 million refueling and maintenance outage.

NY AG Updates Guidance For Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Mar 13, 2017
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has updated legal guidance for sanctuary jurisdictions. Two elected officials in the Hudson Valley say their cities welcome the update and have been using Schneiderman’s guidance.

Author Delves Into Nautical Logs For FDR Book

Mar 13, 2017

A Berkshires author has penned a book about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s time on his houseboat. FDR spent three winters in the Florida Keys, hoping to reverse the crippling effect of polio that struck him in 1921. Karen Chase came upon FDR’s daily nautical log while doing research for her previously published memoir. Her newest book is, “FDR on His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926.”

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The first 20 cars, including all three locomotives, of a 77-car CSX freight train derailed around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as it traveled south along the Hudson River at the Newburgh - New Windsor line.


State police say a sheriff's deputy for an upstate New York county has died in a one-car on-duty crash on a road in the Catskills.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials focused on the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh have been urging the Department of Defense to take responsibility for pollution on and off Stewart Air National Guard base, and to pay for the cleanup.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker were in Newburgh today, giving an update on the PFOS drinking water contamination that surfaced some 10 months ago. Maloney announced he will reintroduce legislation to require a federal study on long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure. 

Metro-North Partners With Zipcar

Feb 25, 2017

A new Metro-North program allows riders to go from the train to Zipcar at certain stations along three of the railroad’s lines.