A Hudson Valley congressman recently visited Afghanistan as part of a bipartisan delegation. He returned from his four-day trip the day President Obama outlined his foreign policy goals in his graduation speech at West Point on Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney about what he experienced in Afghanistan.
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March and Festival takes place Sunday in the Ulster County village where same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed 10 years ago. The grand marshal of the pride march is the founder of the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, a man Newsweek and The Daily Beast once dubbed “the godfather of gay marriage.”
President Obama delivered the graduation speech at West Point Wednesday, and with it, a foreign policy change of direction. Now, two Congressmen from the Hudson Valley from different sides of the aisle are weighing in.
President Obama’s speech outlined a shift to more collaboration and less combat on the international stage. He says the U.S. must lead on this stage, and the military is the backbone of this leadership.
“But U.S. military action cannot be the only, or even primary, component of our leadership in every instance,” President Obama said.
President Barack Obama today delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He took the opportunity not only to bestow words of wisdom, but to lay out his foreign policy vision. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the president’s third visit to New York in as many weeks.
1,064 cadets received diplomas after listening to President Obama deliver the graduation speech.
“You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” President Obama said.
A New York Congresswoman has announced she is joining the list of co-sponsors of a bill to combat heroin overdoses. Representative Nita Lowey was in Westchester County among local officials discussing ways to stem New York’s heroin epidemic.