Hudson Valley News

Sam's Point Fire Claims Some 2,000 Acres

Apr 27, 2016
Courtesy of NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

A brush fire that began Saturday in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County has consumed about 2,000 acres as of Tuesday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for increased penalties for people found violating election law. The bill is prompted by what he alleges were unlawful campaign contributions in the 2014 elections tied to New York City’s mayor. 

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More than three dozen New York state lawmakers have signed a letter sent to a federal energy regulator. They want construction halted on a pipeline project until an independent safety risk analysis is completed.

Cashless Tolling On TZB Is Delayed One Day

Apr 22, 2016

Plans to begin all cashless tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge have been pushed back one day because of inclement weather forecast for tonight.

SUNY New Paltz Library Renovation Is Complete

Apr 22, 2016

A multi-million dollar renovation to the library at the State University of New York at New Paltz is complete.

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Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of an inmate at a state prison in Dutchess County. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation as friends and family of the man killed continue to push for prison reform.

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There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Legislation to help communities revitalize blighted properties has passed the U.S. Senate and now two House members want to see it on their floor for a vote.

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Controversy continues over a rail-to-trail plan in Ulster County amid an agreement announced Tuesday between a railroad operator and the county executive.

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York Democratic primary, her rival Bernie Sanders clinched a few victories in Hudson Valley counties.

Kingston Mayor Appoints New Alderman

Apr 20, 2016
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble has filled a common council seat that has been vacant for about a week. The incoming alderman has served on the city’s Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee for the past four years.

On this presidential primary day, the New York Attorney General’s office has already received a higher number of calls and complaints than for past elections. And the office expects more given the state’s closed primary system. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, good government groups want to see the system changed.

Trump Rallies In Poughkeepsie

Apr 18, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a crowd more than 4,000 strong at a rally Sunday in Poughkeepsie. Meanwhile, some 200 protestors gathered across the street.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at a rally Sunday in Poughkeepsie while Chelsea Clinton speaks at events on both sides of the Hudson River.

A trio of New York state lawmakers is calling for a town supervisor in Rockland County charged in a corruption probe to resign.

A coalition that opposes the construction of a gas pipeline through the Hudson Valley is holding a day of activism and resistance in Westchester County Saturday.

The Democratic presidential candidates participated in a raucous debate in Brooklyn last night ahead of New York’s primary on Tuesday. In one of their most contentious debates, they challenged each other's stances on the usual topics.

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz is holding its annual conference Friday. This year’s focus is on responding to mass transportation disasters.

Town Supervisor Is Arrested In Corruption Probe

Apr 14, 2016

A town supervisor in Rockland County has been arrested in connection with the financing of Ramapo's baseball stadium.

Senator Bernie Sanders Visits Dutchess County

Apr 13, 2016
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his “Future to Believe In” rally to Poughkeepsie Tuesday night. It was his first visit to the Hudson Valley of the campaign, with just one week before the New York primary.

VP Biden To Deliver Commencement Address At West Point

Apr 12, 2016
Courtesy of the U.S. Army

Vice President Joe Biden will return to West Point next month to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy.

Equal Pay Day Highlights Gender Wage Gap

Apr 12, 2016
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Today is Equal Pay Day. The date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to catch up to what men were paid the year before. That’s based on national figures, but New York and a few other Northeastern states fare better.

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As the presidential candidates make various stops around New York ahead of the state’s April 19 primary, a medical marijuana company is asking that candidates clarify their positions on medical cannabis.

New York is requiring insurers providing individual coverage through the state health exchange to allow victims of domestic violence or abandonment to enroll at any time.

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The recently-approved New York state budget includes a doubling of investments in water infrastructure. Environmental groups and others are applauding the increase.

The enacted budget invests $350 million over the next two years to help communities upgrade and maintain drinking and wastewater infrastructure. First established in 2015, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act is a three-year grant program started with an original investment of $200 million.  Dan Shapley is Water Quality Program Manager for Westchester County-based environmental group Riverkeeper.

Columbia County Has A New Farm Food Rescue Program

Apr 11, 2016
Courtesy of Audrey Berman/Long Table Harvest

Long Table Harvest is a new farm food rescue program serving Columbia County. The goal is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to county residents in need. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Long Table Harvest co-founder Audrey Berman about her program and its mission.

Courtesy of Mercy College

Two New York congressional representatives have announced a grant for a college’s Veterans Education Program.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says federal charges brought April 7 signify a big step in neutralizing two different drug rings that have been peddling drugs for years in Peekskill.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Lumber from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was delivered to Newburgh Thursday and will be used in constructing a Habitat for Humanity house. It turns out the tree not only ended up in the Hudson Valley, but began there as well.

NY Counties Receive Funding To Stem Gun Violence

Apr 8, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced more than $13.3 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to continue fighting gun violence in the 17 counties currently participating in a state initiative. A few of the counties are in the Hudson Valley.