Hudson Valley News

No Demolition Work To Begin On Gov Center Before July

Apr 11, 2015
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The matter of a temporary restraining order concerning the planned demolition of a portion of the Orange County government center came before a judge Friday.

Attorney Michael Sussman had asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent demolition work on the architecturally significant government center until a lawsuit he filed in March is decided. Though the judge did not issue such an order, Sussman called the day in court successful as the county will not start any demolition before July 1.

NY Congressional Reps Call For Tax Equity

Apr 11, 2015
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Three lower Hudson Valley congressional representatives are calling for tax equity for areas with a high cost of living.

Court Upholds Conviction In Kingston Shooting

Apr 10, 2015
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A New York court has upheld the conviction of a purported Bloods gang member for gun possession based partly on grand jury testimony of a murdered witness.

West Point Cadets To Partake In Cyber Defense Exercise

Apr 10, 2015
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A team of West Point cadets will take part in an annual cyber-defense exercise with other service academies this month. 

The former coach of a women's college softball team in Rockland County has been charged with improper sexual contact with 13 players.

WAMC Spring Series: Finches Usher In Spring

Apr 10, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Spring is attempting a full-on arrival. Flowers stems are pushing through the earth and April showers, even if they have been mixing with snow in parts, are frequent. Another sign of spring is birdsong.

Clearwater Festival Updates Its Lineup

Apr 9, 2015
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The music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger has updated its summer lineup.

Rockland County Legislator Proposes Drone Law

Apr 9, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Technology is improving faster than public policy can keep up, and that fault line is arguably most obvious in the national debate over drones. Supporters point to drones’ efficiency, but others worry about safety and privacy. Some concerned residents turned out to a public hearing in Rockland County Tuesday to suggest some rewording to ensure proposed drone legislation is not overly restrictive.

Former Rockland Mother Is Sentenced In Son's Death

Apr 9, 2015

A woman who was convicted of killing her son by poisoning him with salt has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Kentucky, was spared the maximum 25 years to life. The New York judge who sentenced her Wednesday said she suffers from a mental illness. He said the crime was still "unfathomable in its cruelty." Prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence, saying Spears sickened her son because she had a bizarre need for attention. The 27-year-old Spears was found guilty of force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through the boy's stomach tube.

A state judge has dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the restart of a Hudson Valley power plant using natural gas instead of coal.