Hudson Valley News

One Republican Drops Out Of NY Congressional Race

May 11, 2016

Less than one week after saying his name was confirmed on the ballot, one of the Republicans in a New York congressional race is bowing out.

Water drops
Tomas Sobek/Flickr

The law firm that filed a class-action lawsuit against two companies connected with water contamination in Hoosick Falls is now investigating a water contamination issue in Newburgh.

President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill sponsored by a New York congressman that aims to protect Syria’s cultural heritage.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

After a commuter train hit an empty car at a rail crossing in Westchester County late last month, a state senator is calling for the coordinated inspection of traffic signals at such crossings.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich was in Orange County Saturday, joining with protestors in front of a power plant under construction. His visit came days after it was revealed that alleged ties between a former top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the plant’s permitting process are the subject of a federal probe.

Scenic Hudson Protects Acreage In Columbia County

May 7, 2016
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has protected a wildlife habitat in Columbia County. 

Pace University Law School Is Renamed

May 6, 2016
Courtesy of Pace University

Pace University has announced that it has renamed its law school in Westchester County. 

ADI Relocates To Catskill

May 6, 2016
Courtesy of ADI/Catskill

Greene County will be the new home of the non-profit American Dance Institute. There is a groundbreaking event tomorrow with a season opening date of Memorial Day 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Chris Bolan, community relations manager of ADI, about the choice to relocate to Catskill from Rockville, Maryland.

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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Federal regulators will have to redo an analysis of the economic impacts of a potential severe accident at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant. That’s according to a ruling issued Wednesday being hailed by New York’s governor and attorney general.

Verizon shareholder activists are hoping a proposal to limit executive compensation will get approval today at Verizon’s annual shareholders meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The proposal, which is opposed by Verizon’s Board of Directors, comes from a Westchester retiree. The meeting comes as striking Verizon union workers are calling May 5 a National Day of Action.

Westchester Neighbor Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

May 5, 2016

A former neighbor who climbed through a window and stabbed a lower Hudson Valley resident in his bed has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Port Jervis Shop Owner's Killer Is Sentenced

May 5, 2016

The man convicted in the beating death of an elderly shop owner in Orange County has been sentenced.

Stewart ANG Base Gets A New Commander

May 5, 2016

A New York Air National Guard unit based in the Hudson Valley is getting a new commander.

tap water
William Warby, flickr

Three Democratic federal lawmakers from New York are calling on the EPA to help the City of Newburgh with its water contamination issue.

Rep. Chris Gibson
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In an unexpected announcement, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson said Monday he will not run for New York governor in 2018. The one definitive plan he mentioned was having accepted a one-term teaching post at Williams College in Massachusetts.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A state of emergency declared in the city of Newburgh Monday has been lifted after the city switched to a different water supply. Its usual water source is contaminated with PFOS.

Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Newburgh was placed under a state of emergency Monday after officials learned the city’s drinking water source was contaminated. In addition, water conservation measures are in effect.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York state senators came together in Putnam County Monday to advocate for legislation to better hold banks accountable for both foreclosed homes and zombie properties.

NY Congressman's Anti-Swatting Act Heads To The Floor

Apr 30, 2016

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has voted to approve a New York congressman’s bill on anti-swatting.  


Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Michael Vatter pled guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining retirement benefits. His plea came Friday in federal district court in White Plains. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

Two institutions in the Hudson Valley have received a $5 million grant for a large-scale study aimed at reducing tick populations and Lyme disease. The five-year project is the first to explore Lyme disease management for entire communities.

Dutchess Communities To Receive CDBGs

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy of Town of LaGrange Parks & Recreation

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro Thursday announced preliminary grant awards totaling $924,000 to 10 projects. The grants are through the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

NYS Thruway Authority Announces Riverfront Grants

Apr 29, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced $1.5 million in state grants to seven municipalities in Rockland and Westchester Counties. The money is for riverfront restoration and revitalization projects near the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Orange County District Attorney Thursday announced a number of arrests in connection with a cocaine distribution network.

Sam's Point Fire Is Fully Contained

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of Kevin Wisely, Director, NYS Office of Emergency Management

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County is now fully contained.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Vassar College students have been holding a sit-in this week, calling on the college’s Board of Trustees to divest its endowment funds from direct holdings in fossil fuel companies. Vassar is just one of hundreds of campuses—a number of them in the Northeast—where such efforts have taken place over the past few years.

HV Communities Receive Greenway Grants

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre

Albany and three Hudson Valley communities have received matching grants for projects that will shape development, guide preservation and spur neighborhood revitalization.

New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor's campaign fundraising operation. 

Officials say a Metro-North train struck an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Westchester County, in Bedford Hills.

Courtesy of Assemblyman James Skoufis

A New York state Assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says he will seek re-election instead of running for the Senate.