Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
9:45 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo Proposes Two Prison Closures

In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, he recommends closing two prisons in New York. One is in Dutchess County. Governor Cuomo proposed closing two of the least efficient prison facilities in the state. One is Bayview in Manhattan. The other is the Beacon Correctional Facility, a female, minimum-security prison, which he says has a 53-percent vacancy rate.

He said closing the two facilities will impact 273 positions, all of which can be absorbed in the current system.

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Hudson Valley News
7:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Updated Tappan Zee Bridge plans presented at Valhalla public forum

Tappan Zee Bridge
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr

VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Unemployment up slightly in the Hudson Valley

Credit Burt Lum

WHITE PLAINS – Unemployment in all counties in the region rose in December 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011, but, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

State Labor Department officials said more people have entered or re-entered the workforce, but there are not enough jobs for all of them and that has resulted in the rise in the rate of joblessness.

Analyst James Brown said the situation will likely get better as the new year progresses.

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Hudson Valley News
4:10 am
Wed January 23, 2013

District Attorney Looks Into Student Transcripts

Credit Andrew Taylor

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A schools superintendent in the Hudson Valley says several high-school seniors were given credit for a nonexistent course to help them graduate. He says the case is being turned over to the district attorney. Two weeks ago, Peekskill Superintendent James Willis said four guidance counselors were being reassigned while irregularities were investigated. Their names were not made public. In a letter dated Monday, Willis said problems were found in the transcripts of 34 seniors.

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Hudson Valley News
6:34 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Linking Dr. King's Dream to Obama's Inauguration

Credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com; source: Library of Congress

As President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term today, the nation celebrated the life of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And January First marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.  

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Hudson Valley News
11:18 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Prep Work to Begin for NYC DEP Bypass Tunnel

Construction work begins this month in two Hudson Valley counties to prepare for a new bypass tunnel. New York City Department of Environmental Protection officials say site-preparation work will soon begin for the Rondout-West Branch Bypass Tunnel, a roughly $1 billion project that will repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct. DEP contractors will begin working at sites in Newburgh, in Orange County; and in Wappinger, in Dutchess County, where shafts will be built to allow for the construction of the 2.5-mile bypass tunnel. Last year, DEP purchased several properties off Route 9W in the Town of Newburgh, just north of Pine Road, where it will build one of the shafts. The shaft construction site in the Town of Wappinger, off River Road North, will be built on property already owned by DEP. The site work and bypass construction will be done through a project labor agreement with the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council. The agreement is expected to create roughly 160 jobs.

Hudson Valley News
10:47 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

DiNapoli Okays the Final Contract for the Bridge

Credit New York State Thruway Authority

The New York State Comptroller has given his approval for the more than $3 billion contract to build a replacement Tappan Zee Bridge in the lower Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
4:59 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Scenic Hudson Marks 50 Years with Photo Exhibit

Credit Courtesy of Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Non-profit group Scenic Hudson is celebrating 50 years of work with a traveling photo exhibition that kicks off Saturday in Columbia County. The exhibit of some 40 works by 12 photographers opens at the Hudson Opera House, and will run through February 16th, after which time it will travel to about five other locations, ending at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The photos depict traditional landscapes and waterfronts in transformation; as well as polluted locations and other areas with challenges. Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson began in 1963 with six people mobilized around a campaign to protect Storm King Mountain, a campaign that led to a landmark legal victory known as the “Scenic Hudson Decision”.

Hudson Valley News
8:22 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Letters to West Point Focus on Prayer

Credit Courtesy of the U.S. Army

A national watchdog group that espouses the importance of the separation of church and state is calling upon the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to stop including prayers during official events. In response, a Chaplain Alliance is asking West Point officials to allow such prayers to continue.

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Hudson Valley News
1:32 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Government Officials Work Toward a Settlement for a Restoration Plan

Credit ..:::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas:::..

The Hudson River PCB-cleanup project is about halfway through, and both governmental officials as well as environmental advocates provided an update on the Superfund project Wednesday. What has not yet begun is a project to restore the Hudson River’s natural resources, including fish and wildlife, but planning for the restoration is underway.

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