With the storm that began Wednesday, Hudson Valley emergency services personnel, power companies, and local government officials are keeping a close watch. In Ulster County, there is a new way to get information about storms and other emergencies.
There’s a report out by an environmental advocacy group in the Hudson Valley detailing where sewage contamination is in the Hudson River, from New York City to Troy. The report is in response to the increased recreational use of the Hudson, with more people swimming and boating.
Two counties in New York’s Hudson Valley will be sharing a legal service that officials say could save the counties’ taxpayers more than 300-thousand dollars a year. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro say their counties are starting a one-year pilot program to share legal defense counsel. And here’s why: when a Public Defender’s Office is disqualified from representing a client because of a legal conflict, a private attorney is assigned. The private attorney then bills the County according to rates established by New York State.
In the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut last week, Putnam County officials from law enforcement, school districts, and other governmental agencies held their first meeting Tuesday to address security issues at schools and other public facilities.
Communities throughout New York facing decisions about managing the deer population are watching two developments that could serve as model-setting precedents in addressing the issue. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
A doctor is accused in a federal indictment of illegally distributing tens of thousands of prescription painkillers.The Journal News says Rohan Wijetilaka of Upper Saddle River, N.J., was indicted this week in White Plains, N.Y. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.
The doctor is charged with health care fraud and illegal distribution of oxycodone.
His lawyer, Eric Sears, declined comment Friday.
Federal authorities raided the defendant's Yonkers, N.Y., cardiology office in July.
A plan to re-invent the former prison farm at Wawarsing as a recreational getaway and tourist attraction is moving forward. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Activists envision transforming the old farm at Eastern Correctional Facility into "the CATSKILL-SHAWANGUNK GREENWAY" -John Adams is founder of the Friends of Colony Farm: he says there is wide ranging support for the plan to market the town as a recreational gateway community to the 2 mountain ranges, with emphasis on agri-tourism, hiking and biking.
One of the four Republican Senators who broke ranks with the party to publicly support same-sex marriage in New York has conceded defeat. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos issued a statement wishing Dutchess County Senator Steve Saland "all the best" as Saland's 32-year long career in the State Legislature officially came to an end with a congratulatory telephone call to his opponent Terry Gipson, who will represent the newly redrawn 41st District at the State Capitol. Gipson says it was "a pleasure" to hear from Saland.