Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
11:14 am
Sun March 3, 2013

NY Congressman Says He is Worried About Big Cuts to Defense Spending

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:44 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

NYS Senator Inducts Veterans Into His Hall of Fame

Credit Office of NYS Senator Greg Ball

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.

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Hudson Valley News
12:58 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Westboro Picket of Vassar Draws a Large Crowd

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
11:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Vassar College celebrates diversity

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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.

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Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pastor Delivers Keynote Address at Vassar Counter-Protest

Pastor Joseph Tolton
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Westboro Baptist Church members picketed two Hudson Valley locations Thursday. Member of the Kansas-based Church picket military funerals, college, and other places they say promote a gay agenda.

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Hudson Valley News
8:05 am
Fri March 1, 2013

General Schwarzkopf brought home to West Point

WEST POINT – The war hero known as “Stormin’ Norman” was remembered with tributes, humor and emotion during an hour-long memorial service at the United States Military Academy Thursday afternoon.

General Norman Schwarzkopf graduated from the academy as a member of the Class of 1956, and went on to legendary leadership during an illustrious military career.

The highlight was his role as commander of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, which ended 22 years ago, to the day, of the memorial service yesterday.. 

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Hudson Valley News
7:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration could shut down Dutchess tower

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TOWN OF WAPPINGER – If sequestration kicks in today, aircraft operations at Dutchess County Airport could be severely impacted as Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) said on Thursday that the control tower faces shutdown. The tower is operated by federal FAA air traffic controllers and while Dutchess has no commercial traffic, it does have corporate helicopter service as well as corporate and creational aviation users.

Maloney said sequestration will negatively impact the regional economy.

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Hudson Valley News
10:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Westboro Church Plans Pickets at West Point, Vassar

Vassar College
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Westboro Baptist Church members have two pickets planned for today in the Hudson Valley - one on each side of the Hudson River. The anti-gay Church established by Pastor Fred Phelps is known for its pickets of military funerals and liberal-arts colleges.

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Hudson Valley News
1:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

FEMA Sandy Disaster-Aid Deadline is Extended

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the deadline for FEMA disaster assistance for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy has been extended.

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Hudson Valley News
10:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Congressman Maloney Talks Spending Cuts at West Point

Credit Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Republican House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called on the president to stop using the military as a campaign prop to demand more tax hikes and start working with his own Democratic-controlled Senate to act on a credible plan to avert sequestration. Meanwhile, a Democratic Congressman from the Hudson Valley visited with officials from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spoke about the impending damage of sequestration on West Point.  

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