Hudson Valley News

In New York, the acting Orange County executive is calling for an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism in the Pine Bush Central School District.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants state police and human rights officials to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism in a Hudson Valley school district.

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In New York, the Westchester County executive who was just re-elected to a second term says he plans to continue the fiscal agenda from his first term.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino scored a decisive win over Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a win he attributes to cutting spending and keeping taxes low. He says expect more of the same in the second term.

He also says he plans to work with his new neighbor - New York City’s Democratic Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio.

WCC President Announces Retirement

Nov 8, 2013
Courtesy of Westchester Community College

The nation’s longest-serving community college president is retiring.

Westchester Community College President Dr. Joseph Hankin announced his retirement after serving as the college’s president for 42 years. Patrick Hennessey is the college’s spokesman.

Courtesy of the Rockland County executive's office

The Rockland County executive-elect is already trying to deliver on one of his campaign promises -- cutting the salaries of elected county officials.

Republican Rockland County Legislator and County Executive-Elect Ed Day wants to get to work right away on some of him campaign issues.

And here’s one he began the day after he won Tuesday’s race.

He has to address such cuts differently, depending on the position.

He also wants to cut the salaries of those in high-level county government positions, such as commissioners.

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A city in Dutchess County is the recipient of a Hudson River Valley Greenway grant.

CATSKILLS – Developers of two proposed Catskills casinos Wednesday expressed their delight at the passage of the gaming proposal that will now allow legalized casinos in New York.

One, and possibly two, could be constructed in the Sullivan-Ulster area.

Charles Degliomini, vice president of Empire Resorts, which is planning a casino-resort at the former Concord Hotel site in Kiamesha Lake, said his company will be filing an application for a casino.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

BETHEL – A game changer for the Catskills and the Hudson Valley is how Governor Andrew Cuomo described the passage of Proposal 1, to legalize casino gambling in New York. He came to Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, the day after the state constitutional amendment was approved.

Cuomo, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), State Senator John Bonacic (R, Mount Hope) and local officials heralded the change to the New York State Constitution as the boost this area’s economy needs.

NYS Republicans See Larger Strength In Local Wins

Nov 6, 2013
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Republicans say their party’s county executive wins in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in New York State bode well for the 2014 governor’s race.

The New York Republican State Committee’s executive director Michael Lawler was celebrating in Westchester County Tuesday night with supporters of incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who won re-election to a second term in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-to-1. Here’s Lawler.

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Voters in the Hudson Valley stayed with Republicans in three county executive races. In Westchester, the incumbent Republican scored a decisive win in what was a closely watched and often bitter race.

Incumbent Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino thanked his roomful of supporters for his decisive win, in English and Spanish.

He said, “Many thanks for your support and help.” Democratic challenger and New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered a concession speech around 10:30 Tuesday night, surprising many with how early in the evening he conceded the race.