The New York State Public Service Commission is reviewing the proposed merger of Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group -the parent company of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation - and Canadian utility company Fortis, Inc. A public comment period will close at the end of the month, and at least one group of residents from Ulster County has written with its concerns.
The House of Representatives last week passed an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act after Senate passage earlier in February. President Obama is expected to sign the expanded version of the 1994 Act shortly.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and IBM officials recently announced a public-private partnership they say will prepare New York students for high-skills jobs. The idea is based on a school in Brooklyn, highlighted by President Obama in his State of the Union speech.
The idea, say both the Governor and IBM officials, is to provide students with skills for careers in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, while, at the same time, advancing regional economic development in New York.
GOSHEN – Redistricting of the Orange County Legislature’s 21 districts has been approved in committee and is expected to be approved by the full lawmaking body later this week.
The reapportionment is required to keep all districts within the same approximate number of constituents.
Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Chairman Steven Brescia said even though a public hearing is required before a vote and approval by the county executive, time is a factor in the need to approve the new plan.
The sequester cuts, or series of across-the-board federal budget reductions, are split evenly between domestic spending and defense, and at least one New York Congressman is voicing concerns about the latter.
Republican Congressman Chris Gibson says he is concerned about the effects of such drastic cuts on defense spending.
Gibson, who represents the 19th congressional district, had a 24-year career in the Army.
A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley will hold his second annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame tonight (Saturday). The event was originally scheduled back on November 1, but was moved because of Superstorm Sandy.
Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church members picketed Vassar College Thursday, condemning the school for embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student community. Upwards of one-thousand counter-protestors gathered on the Town of Poughkeepsie campus, to affirm social justice and denounce hatred.
Amanda Moody is a junior at Vassar. She participated in the counter-protest, as did her mother, father, and younger brother.
TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.
They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.
The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.