Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
12:04 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Citizens Invited to Weigh-In on Re-purposing Old Schools

A school district in Ulster County is reaching out to citizens online - asking for suggestions about what to do with school buildings that have outlived their original purposes - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The “Community Brain Trust” is an online tool - available on the Kingston City School District website -

that gives citizens a chance to weigh-in on the fate of closed and soon-to-close buildings. 

Superintendent Paul Padalino explains the idea originated from facilities committee discussions about

re-purposing the schools.

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Middletown School is a Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / AP

  The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that the Middletown City School District is among 61 applications selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top-District competition.

The program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.

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Hudson Valley News
7:14 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Katz Calls on Democrats to Replace Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker

Credit AP File Photo

  State Assemblyman Stephen Katz (R-Yorktown) has written to his colleagues in the house urging them to replace Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with a new leader.

Silver presides over the heavy Democrat majority in the Assembly and has come under criticism in recent months by members of both his own party and the Republicans for what Katz called his actions “in covering the sexual improprieties of Assemblyman Vito Lopez with taxpayer dollars by means of the ‘Miscellaneous Contractual Services’ account.”

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Hudson Valley News
7:21 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Gillibrand Pushes for More Stewart Airline Service

Credit Hank Gross

  US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says despite the economy negatively impacting small airports, she continues to lobby for additional airline service at Stewart Airport near Newburgh.

Gillibrand said the issue of expanding service goes beyond just the Hudson Valley airport.

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Hudson Valley News
7:17 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Mohonk Awarded Greenway Grant

Credit Courtesy: MohonkPreserve.org

  Mohonk Preserve has received a $5,000 Greenway Conservancy small grant for its Foothills Trail Connectivity Planning Project.

The grant is part of a larger effort to enhance connectivity between the Shawangunk Ridge, Wallkill Valley Rail Trail,Scenic Byway, and carriage roads and is designed to expand public access to the Mohonk Preserve Foothills.

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Hudson Valley News
12:14 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

UCAT Bus Extending Service for Holiday Season

Ulster County public transportation users will be getting their Christmas wish early this year. For the first time, the UCAT bus loop through area malls will be extending service to weekends from November 24 to December 30 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The loop is normally available only on weekdays, but the additional weekend service is expected to ease vehicle congestion along Ulster Avenue, notorious for holiday shopping traffic jams.

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Hudson Valley News
10:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Orange County Firefighters Volunteer on Long Island

West York, PA Fire Department Capt. Stu Frey collects donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy
Credit Courtesy of York Dispatch

Several members of the 17 fire departments in Orange County, New York that sent volunteers to Long Island to assist after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation recently spoke of their experiences.

Several members of the 17 fire departments in Orange County that sent volunteers to Long Island to assist after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, Tuesday talked of their experiences while lending a helping hand.

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Hudson Valley News
7:58 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Hudson Valley Unemployment Rises in October

All Hudson Valley and Catskill area counties in New York saw unemployment rise in October when compared to the same month last year. It dropped slightly in October when compared to September. 

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Hudson Valley News
8:54 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

NYer pleads guilty in scam of noted pianist

Credit RogerDavisonmusic.net

A New York businessman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a wealthy musician and oil-family heir of $20 million. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Vickram Bedi bilked pianist and composer Roger Davidson of $20 million over six years. Bedi and his company, Datalink Computer Products of Mount Kisco, pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
7:24 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Poughkeepsie Officials Discuss Future of Sales Tax Revenue

 The City of Poughkeepsie will lose $2 million in Dutchess County sales tax revenue in 2013, but that was not the topic when County Executive Marcus Molinaro sat down with Mayor John Tkazyik and Common Council Chairwoman Gwen Johnson on Tuesday.

The discussion looked beyond next year and into the future, said Tkazyik.

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